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April 2021

*DIGITAL* Alfred Hitchcock and the Art of Suspense

April 15
7:00 pm
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Hitchcock famously said “Some films are slices of life; mine are slices of cake.” His career spanned forty years and many film eras. Film expert Rick Winston will discuss the evolution of Hitchcock’s craft, exploring his favorite themes, his relationship with his collaborators, and his wry sense of humor no matter how grisly the subject matter. Read More »

*DIGITAL* Courageous Conversations: Living the Questions

April 18
9:00 am
Catamount Arts, St Johnsbury
Colorful illustration of hands casting ballots in a box

This four-part series, in partnership with Catamount Arts, offers a hospitable space for participants to take up the hard questions of our time. Each session, and its requisite prework, affords deep reflection on civility and focuses on the tools needed to engage in civil conversation in a divided country. Registration required. Read More »

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*DIGITAL* Book Discussion: Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

April 18
1:30 pm
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A book of short stories, a memoir and two novels bring us to 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 »

*DIGITAL* Book Discussion: Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrap

April 20
6:00 pm
Alison Bechdel cartoon

The genre of graphic novels has flourished in recent years. The four highly acclaimed works in this series—three memoirs and one work of historical fiction (Berlin)—highlight the literary value and artistic merit in this growing medium. Read More »

*DIGITAL* Bees Besieged: A History of Beekeeping

April 20
7:00 pm
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Bill Mares, writer, and a beekeeper for 45 years, will tell of the origins and evolution of beekeeping, sometimes referred to as "farming for intellectuals," with a particular emphasis on his research in Vermont. Read More »

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*DIGITAL*: Racism in America Forum: Re-imagining Policing and Public Safety in Vermont

April 21
7:00 pm
Two hands cuffed with words like "bias" and "poverty" written on them

Rev. Dr. Arnold Isidore Thomas moderates a panel discussion with Lieutenant Robert Lucas, Commander of the Williston State Police Barracks; Maroni Minter, Campaign Director of VT ACLU; and Captain Garry Scott, Director of Fair and Impartial Policing with Vermont State Police. Read More »

*DIGITAL* What Does Race Have to Do with It?

April 21
7:00 pm
Speakers Delma Jackson III and Kesha Ram

Delma Jackson and Vermont State Senator Kesha Ram reflect on barriers to civic engagement and equity in Vermont. They'll discuss how our history and policies have contributed to creating, maintaining–and disrupting–systems of oppression. (Registration required.) Read More »

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*DIGITAL* Book Discussion: My Garden (Book) by Jamaica Kincaid

April 22
2:00 pm
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Vermonters know as well as anyone the rich metaphors inherent in farming and gardening. These authors dig deep to explore the philosophical roots, family dynamics, and personal enrichment associated with tending and growing. Read More »

*DIGITAL* Climate Crisis In Focus: Finding Hope Through Democratic Action: An Evening with Frances Moore Lappe

April 22
5:00 pm

Frances Moore Lappe is an American researcher, world-renowned author, and activist in the area of food and democracy. She is the author of 19 books including Diet for a Small Planet. In this presentation Lappe will shed light on the transformative environmental, cultural and political issues of our time. Read More »

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*DIGITAL* Mindfulness: The History, Practice, and Use of Cultivating Mindful Awareness

April 22
6:30 pm
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What is mindfulness? Where does it come from? And how has it appeared in so many contemporary Western institutions? In this lecture, Marlboro College professor William Edelglass traces the history of various forms of mindfulness from multiple traditions. Read More »

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