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February 2022

*POSTPONED* John Lewis and RUN!

February 2
7:30 pm
Cover of "Run!" by John Lewis

Andrew Aydin, co-author of The March Trilogy with civil rights icon John Lewis, returns to Vermont to describe the creation of the next book in the series, RUN! In this Farmers' Night performance, the National Book Award winner relates becoming an author, how he became involved in politics, and his experiences working with Congressman Lewis. Read More »

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Book Discussion: The Given Day by Dennis Lehane

February 21
4:00 pm

This series examines, through excellent works of fiction, the formation of unions in different industries, the often cruel and callous calculus behind labor negotiations, and the people who suffered, fought, and died as part of the labor battle. Led by Rachael Cohen. Read More »

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Book Discussion: Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America by Barbara Ehrenreich

February 21
7:00 pm

This series examines, through excellent works of fiction, the formation of unions in different industries, the often cruel and callous calculus behind labor negotiations, and the people who suffered, fought, and died as part of the labor battle. Led by Rachael Cohen. Read More »

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March 2022

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

March 2
7:00 pm
Suffragist standing on stump at Vermont State Fair

Singer and historian Linda Radtke, in period garb and a “Votes for Women” sash, celebrates the centennial of the passage of the 19th Amendment, which gave the right to vote to white women. Read More »

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(Un)Common Spaces

March 2
7:00 pm
Brownell Library, Essex Junction
Diverse group of young marchers in city with "All Power to the People" banner

People gather in public spaces for many reasons, including expressing pride in their community, celebrating major milestones, and protesting. Jay Wahl, executive director of the Flynn, considers how the arts can rewrite the cultural memory of public spaces and help overcome barriers of access and equity. Read More »

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Leaving the World of the Temporarily Abled

March 2
7:00 pm
John Killacky with his hand on a cane

Artist and legislator John R. Killacky shares his journey of overcoming paralysis from spinal surgery complications 25 years ago. He also reflects on how reentering the world in a disabled body radically changed his perspective in his artistic practice as well as in his advocacy for artists with disabilities. Read More »

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The Art of the Haiku

March 2
7:00 pm
Three stones standing in sand, one with "haiku" painted on it in black letters

Poet Keiselim (Keysi) Montás discusses how to read the traditional Japanese poetic form of haiku, illustrated with works from his haiku collection, Like Water. Read More »

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“Vast Library of the Female Mind:” the Life and Poetry of Ruth Stone

March 2
7:00 pm
Poet Ruth Stone in a black dress outside of a bungalow

Acclaimed Vermont poet Ruth Stone transformed her intense grief into poetry, using simple yet startling language. Nora Jacobson’s film “Vast Library of the Female Mind” provides an intimate look into Stone’s life and family. This screening will include panel discussion with Jacobson, former Vermont Poet Laureate Chard DeNiord, and a member of Ruth’s family. Read More »

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Vermont, 1800 and Froze to Death: The Cold Year of 1816

March 20
2:00 pm
Bennington Museum, Bennington
Image of Vermont field in winter

1816 has long been known as the year without summer. Vermonters still call it “1800 and Froze to Death,” a year of frosts every month, dark skies, and mysterious lights that caused a widespread belief that a higher power was displeased. In this talk, historian Howard Coffin includes scores of anecdotes on the dark year of failed crops, scarce food, and religious revival. Read More »

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Book Discussion: Storming Heaven by Denise Giardina

March 21
4:00 pm

This series examines, through excellent works of fiction, the formation of unions in different industries, the often cruel and callous calculus behind labor negotiations, and the people who suffered, fought, and died as part of the labor battle. Led by Rachael Cohen. Read More »

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