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November 2019

The Book of Mormon and the Search for an American Homeland

November 15
4:00 pm – 5:15 pm
Painting of wagon trains

A powerful text that sparked a mass American migration, the Book of Mormon is arguably the most significant book published in the United States during the nineteenth century. We will consider how this book reveals what it means to leave one homeland in search of another. (Registration required.) Read More »

Re-envisioning Relationships with Place through Indigenous Studies

November 15
4:00 pm – 5:15 pm
Man in clearing speaking to Native Americans.

Jessica Dolan shares insights from her doctoral work on Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) relationships with place, and explains how these narratives themselves have migrated over time. (Registration required.) Read More »

The Jewish Diaspora in Twenty Recipes

November 15
4:00 pm – 5:15 pm
Bowl of matzo soup

Food—like music and language—it is a strong link to our past. We’ll explore recipes that Jews took with them as a diasporic people to the Balkans, Europe, North Africa, and America. (Registration required.) Read More »

Rethinking Native, Stranger, and Home: From the Lure of the Local to a Progressive Sense of Place

November 15
4:00 pm – 5:15 pm
Woman with suitcase walking toward sunset

The distinction between native and stranger, often used to justify exclusion and violence, is grounded in a strong sense of home and local belonging. William Edelglass explores contemporary ideas of place that are more inclusive, dynamic, and accepting of difference. (Registration required.) Read More »

Kiese Laymon

November 15
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Ira Allen Chapel, Burlington
Kiese Laymon

In his observant, often hilarious work, Kiese Laymon does battle with the personal and the political: race and family, body and shame, poverty and place. He is the author of the powerful and provocative memoir "Heavy." Read More »

“Whose Land Have I Come to Now?”: The Foreigner in Homer’s Odyssey (Part 1)

November 16
9:30 am – 10:45 am
Mosaic of scene from the Odyssey

Odysseus was a refugee who sought repeatedly to survive among alien landscapes and foreign peoples. Carol Dougherty, Professor of Classical Studies at Wellesley College, explains how the Odyssey prompts us to consider questions about the foreigner beyond “Who is he?” or “Where is he from?” (Registration required.) Read More »

How to Save an Alphabet

November 16
11:00 am – 12:15 pm
Image of ancient alphabet writing

More than 85% of the world's alphabets are in danger of extinction, threatening the wisdom, history and sense of identity of the culture that created them. A global movement among indigenous and minority groups now aims to reclaim these languages. (Registration required.) Read More »

“Whose Land Have I Come to Now?”: The Foreigner in Homer’s Odyssey (Part 2)

November 16
11:00 am – 12:15 pm
Stone carving of men in boat

After Odysseus awakens on the shores of his native Ithaca, he thinks he is once again among foreign peoples. Yet Homer suggests a model for a reciprocal relationship between the familiar and the foreign. (Registration required.) Read More »

What’s Good with Home: Addiction and Adulation in Our Safe Place

November 16
11:00 am – 12:15 pm
Kiese Laymon

In this talk, Kiese Laymon will explore the perpetual state of running to and away from home for children born to addicted parents, and in addicted places. That means you. (Registration required.) Read More »

Voices of the World

November 16
11:00 am – 12:15 pm
Women in Muslim dress with man at table

Four panelists from differing countries will share their stories as refugees and answer questions in a facilitated conversation. (Registration required.) Read More »

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