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September 2020

*DIGITAL* The Informed Citizen, from Athens to Today

September 23
7:00 pm
The Parthenon in Athens, Greece

What does it mean to be an informed citizen? What, if anything, should we expect citizens to know before casting a ballot in an election? Melissa Schwartzberg will address these questions, with an eye toward the history of democracy, particularly in ancient Athens. Read More »

*DIGITAL* My Brigadista Year: A Democratic Ideal Amidst a Movement

September 30
7:00 pm
Cover of "My Brigadista Year" book

Join us for a conversation between Katherine Paterson and Vermont Humanities Executive Director Christopher Kaufman Ilstrup about Paterson's trips to Cuba and what compelled her to write about the Cuban literacy brigades of the early 1960s. Read More »

October 2020

*DIGITAL* Merely Bystanders: The Psychology of Courage and Inaction

October 7
7:00 pm
Young woman with hands out in front of line of police

Amherst College psychology professor Catherine Sanderson examines the factors that lead most of us to stay silent in the face of bad behavior, and how this tendency to stay silent allows such acts to continue. Sanderson will provide practical strategies that we can all use to speak up and take action. (Pre-registration required.) Read More »

*DIGITAL* Alexander von Humboldt and the United States: Art, Nature, and Culture

October 14
7:00 pm
Portrait of Alexander von Humboldt

Renowned Prussian naturalist and explorer Alexander von Humboldt was one of the most influential figures of the nineteenth century. He visited the United States in 1804 and met with our leading thinkers. Eleanor Jones Harvey, senior curator at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, illuminates Humboldt's lasting impression on American visual arts, sciences, literature, and politics. Read More »

*DIGITAL* The Reporter: A Preview of the Vermont International Film Festival 2020

October 21
7:00 pm
Reporter holding a microphone and notebook

In partnership with the Vermont International Film Festival (VTIFF), we present a preview of the VTIFF 2020. Join us for previews and clips from the films and a discussion with director Orly Yadin. Read More »

*DIGITAL* Getting it Right: Reseach and Diligence in Reporting

October 28
7:00 pm
Reporter writing in a notebook

Author and longtime Vermont journalist Yvonne Daley interviews David Moats, her former colleague from the Rutland Herald, about Moats’ series of Pulitzer Prize-winning editorials on the divisive issues arising from civil unions for same-sex couples, and about the importance of research and depth in journalism. Read More »

November 2020

*DIGITAL* Say Their Names, A Personal Story of Artistic Activism

November 4
7:00 pm
Mural of George Floyd on brick wall

In May 2020, Dr. Matthew Evan Taylor began a composition in response to the escalating uprising in the wake of the murders of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and Ahmaud Arbery. Including selections from his recorded work, Dr. Taylor will discuss his journey towards using music as an avenue for advocacy and activism. Read More »

*DIGITAL* The Presidents vs. the Press: The Endless Battle Between the White House and the Media

November 13
7:00 pm
Podium at the White House

How did we go from journalism as a trusted form of information to an era of “fake news” and “alternative facts”? Presidential historian Harold Holzer examines the tension between chief executives and their chief critics, from George Washington to the present. Read More »

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