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January 2021

*DIGITAL* Why Does the Electoral College Matter?

January 26
7:00 pm
Colorful illustration of hands casting ballots in a box

When the national vote and the electoral vote reach different conclusions, as happened in 2016, voters on the losing side cry foul. Why do we have an electoral college in the first place? Read More »

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*DIGITAL* Qualities of “Mercy?” Discussion

January 28
7:00 pm
Two young women on Zoom looking at each other

Join Peter Gould, founder of the “Get Thee to the Funnery” Shakespeare camp, campers Gouri Bhuyan and Audrey Grant, and longtime Funnery participant and Literacy Programs Officer Jonny Flood for a roundtable discussion about their “Qualities of ‘Mercy?’” film. Read More »

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February 2021

*DIGITAL* Why Does Robust Dialogue Matter?

February 2
7:00 pm
Colorful illustration of hands casting ballots in a box

Due to the pandemic, many cities and towns are forgoing Town Meeting in favor of voting by Australian ballot. What do we lose when we can’t deliberate? Read More »

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*DIGITAL* Female Husbands and Their Wives

February 3
7:00 pm
Drawing of "the female husband" from the 1800s

Some people, assigned female at birth, transcended gender and lived as men in the 18th and 19th centuries, despite tremendous risk of violence. Amherst history professor Jen Manion provides examples of such people and the women they married. (Registration required.) Read More »

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*DIGITAL* The Postmodern Turn in Architecture

February 3
7:00 pm
Brownell Library, Essex Junction
People walking on the High Line park in New York City

Champlain College professor David Mills explores how opposing theories of human nature have shaped and reshaped cities in the last century, from modern to postmodern and beyond. (Registration required). Read More »

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*DIGITAL* Slow Democracy and the Power of Neighborliness

February 3
7:00 pm
Image of Norman Rockwell painting

Author and advocate Susan Clark explains the Slow Democracy movement in which ordinary people mobilize to find local solutions to local problems. In the process some find they can bridge the “us-them” divide so prevalent in our national politics. (Registration required.) Read More »

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*DIGITAL* Andy Warhol’s Animal Advocacy

February 3
7:00 pm
Andy Warhol with Great Dane

Contrary to his reputation as a mechanical figure, Andy Warhol was a biocentric artist with a deep interest in non-human life. Author Anthony Grudin examines this contradiction, which has been overlooked by most of the artist’s commentators. (Registration required.) Read More »

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*DIGITAL* We Are Still Here

February 3
7:00 pm
Joe and Jess Bruchac

In this online Farmers Night program, father and son storytellers and musicians Joseph and Jesse Bruchac of the Nulhegan Abenaki Nation will use drum, flute, rattle, and vocals to address the continued presence and vibrant cultural heritage of the Wabanaki Nations of Ndakinna. (Registration required.) Read More »

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*DIGITAL* The News about the News

February 3
7:00 pm
Two people reading different newspapers on a park bench

In today’s political and cultural atmosphere, it is vital the public stays informed and the press does its job. Journalists Cindy Skrzycki and Pulitzer Prize winner David Shribman examine the current media landscape, distinguishing between fake and real news, amateur and professional, slanted and objective. (Registration required.) Read More »

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*DIGITAL* Ancient Eyes – Ageless Skies

Shooting star over purple mountain

Meteorologist Mark Breen explains how people have gazed into the heavens since the dawn of human civilization, trying to find meaning and connection to their lives. (Registration required.) Read More »

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