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October 2021

Alfred Hitchcock and the Art of Suspense

October 20
6:45 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. By drawing on twelve film clips, starting with his 1925 silent The Lodger and continuing through to his Hollywood classics such as Notorious and Rear Window, Winston will illuminate the arc of Hitchcock’s brilliant career. Read More »

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Alfred Hitchcock and the Art of Suspense

October 21
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. By drawing on twelve film clips, starting with his 1925 silent The Lodger and continuing through to his Hollywood classics such as Notorious and Rear Window, Winston will illuminate the arc of Hitchcock’s brilliant career. Read More »

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*LIVE* Rising Tide: The Crossroads Project with the Fry Street Quartet

October 22
7:30 pm
UVM Recital Hall, Burlington
Physicist Dr. Robert Davies of Utah State University with the Fry Street Quartet in front of a green close-up of a leaf

Confronting a planet under siege and a future in peril, the Crossroads Project creates live performance experiences that address global sustainability and provide a path toward meaningful response. With an original score by composer Laura Kaminsky as well as music by Haydn and Janáček, the Fry Street Quartet provides the backdrop to a compelling film and expert scientific storytelling by physicist Dr. Robert Davies of Utah State University. (Tickets required.) Read More »

Rosie’s Mom: Forgotten Women of the First World War

October 23
2:00 pm
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One hundred years ago, a full generation before Rosie the Riveter, women rolled up their sleeves and entered war industries where they had never been welcome before. They ran powerful machinery, learned new skills, and faced the sullen hostility of the men in the shops. In this illustrated lecture, historian Carrie Brown reveals their courage and their hard work, and explores how these women helped shape the work that their more famous daughters would do in the next World War. Read More »

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Justin Morgan’s Horse: Making an American Myth

October 23
4:00 pm
Pond Village Church, Brookfield
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All Morgan horses today trace their lineage back to a single horse: a mystery stallion named Figure, owned by singing teacher Justin Morgan in the late 18th century. But who was Figure, really? Amanda Gustin of the Vermont Historical Society explores the story of the first Morgan horse. Read More »

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From the Parlor to the Polling Place: Stories and Songs from the Suffragists

October 24
3:00 pm
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Singer and historian Linda Radtke, in period garb and “Votes for Women” sash, celebrates the centennial of the passage of the 19th Amendment, specifically highlighting the decades-long persistence of Vermonters, both women and men. Read More »

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Norwich Public Library: Gilded Age: Then and Now

October 25
4:00 pm
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This series starts with the 1893 Columbian Exposition and continues on through the Gilded Age.  Portrayals of inventors, entrepreneurs, artists and lawyers include Henry James, Stanford White, Clarence Darrow, George Westinghouse, Thomas Edison, D.W. Griffiths and detective William Burns. Three novels and a narrative history illustrate that spectacular time period in ways that in turn illuminate our own era. Read More »

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Peacham Library: African American Experience: South to North

October 26
7:00 pm
Peacham Library, Peacham
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Personal writing by African-American authors can transcend self-reflection, becoming meditations on history, justice, and freedom from oppression. From Frederick Douglass's first autobiography to Malcolm X's incendiary account of his political awakening, the memoirs and essays in this series reveal as much about society as they do about their authors. Read More »

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Vermont Women and the Civil War

October 27
7:00 pm
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“Vermont women enlisted for the duration.” So said a Vermont historian assessing the war years 1861-1865. Vermont’s remarkable Civil War battlefield record is well documented, but little is known of how Vermont women sustained the home front. Historian Howard Coffin explains, with nearly 35,000 of the state’s able-bodied men at war, how women took on farming, worked in factories, served as nurses in the state's military hospitals, and more. Read More »

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November 2021

A Life in Art and Activism

November 3
7:00 pm
Dancer with arms spread wide, wearing a striped leotard

Artist, legislator, and former director of the Flynn Center in Burlington, John R. Killacky draws on commentaries from his book Because Art to relate his experiences as a dancer in New York in the 1970s and ‘80s, the maelstrom of the Culture Wars of the 1990s, and his work advocating for artists with disabilities. Read More »

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