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August 2020

*DIGITAL* Women’s Suffrage: Moral Advancement or Politics as Usual?

August 19
7:00 pm
Two women with National Suffrage Association banner

The suffrage movement operated under two very different principles. Elizabeth Cady Stanton saw women’s suffrage as a right that had been unfairly denied to women, while Frederick Douglass saw women’s suffrage as a means to save the country's soul. Professor Meg Mott considers both of these visions. Read More »

*DIGITAL* Book Discussion: A Brother’s Blood by Michael White

August 25
7:00 pm
Image of New England house

Part of the New England Uncovered series. What lies hidden beneath the popular images of New England with its white spires and Yankee frugality? More than meets the eye! Read More »

*DIGITAL* Democracy, Social Change, and Representation in N’dakinna (Our Homeland)

August 26
7:00 pm
Abenaki artists in front of Wall of Honor

Deviating from the common format of solo keynote presentations, this lively discussion will include contributions from several Abenaki voices. Beginning with a greeting and historic overview of democracy in  N'dakinna (Abenaki for Homeland), the panel will consider the threads of place, home, belonging, and representation in a time of great social change. Read More »

**Digital Only** Book Discussion: Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

August 28
4:30 pm

A book of short stories, a memoir, and two novels bring us to a present-day consideration of migration, immigration, and refuge. Their love and a sense of their past as they walk through fantastical doors to new lands. Read More »

September 2020

*DIGITAL* Democracy Knitting Circle

September 2
7:00 pm
Hands knitting with purple yarn

Knit or crochet pieces of a state capitol sculpture while discussing contemporary political issues via Zoom. Individual pieces will be assembled into a finished whole by artist Eve Jacobs-Carnahan. Read More »

*DIGITAL* Vermont’s Temples of Democracy: A Tour with State Curator David Schutz

September 9
7:00 pm
Parthenon in Athens, Greece

Vermont State Curator David Schutz explores the architectural symbolism of Vermont’s beautifully-restored state capitol and connects the State House with the civic buildings—such as town halls and courthouses—that enable us to govern ourselves. Read More »

*DIGITAL* Cartoonists: Still Foot Soldiers of Democracy

September 16
7:00 pm
Cartoonist Jeff Danziger with mug

Political cartoonist Jeff Danziger will speak about his role in a French documentary film, “Cartoonists, Foot Soldiers of Democracy,” and about creating editorial cartoons during this time in American history. Read More »

*DIGITAL* How Did Germany’s Weimar Democracy Become the Third Reich?

September 18
3:00 pm
Image of rally in Germany

Defeated, humiliated, and in chaos, Germany after World War I was imperiled by leftist revolution and right-wing violence. Jack Mayer recounts the origins of the Third Reich through the story of Ernst Werner Techow. Read More »


**DIGITAL ONLY** Book Discussion: I’m a Stranger Here Myself: Notes on Returning to America After Twenty Years Away by Bill Bryson

September 22
7:00 pm

Part of the New England Uncovered series. What lies hidden beneath the popular images of New England with its white spires and Yankee frugality? More than meets the eye! Read More »

*DIGITAL* The Original Model of Athenian Democracy and America Today

September 23
7:00 pm
The Parthenon in Athens, Greece

While we might consider elections to be the cornerstone of democracy, the Athenians who coined the term actually employed a lottery system to choose most of their politicians. Melissa Schwartzberg describes the ins and outs of Athenian democracy, and considers some ways in which a lottery system might benefit us today. Read More »

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