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February 2022

*DIGITAL* Boneyarn: New York Slavery Poems

February 2
7:00 pm
Hand-drawn old map with "Negro Burial Ground" written on it in fountain pen

The oldest and largest slave cemetery in the United States is located in the shadow of Wall Street. Actor and poet David Mills reads from and discusses his award-winning poetry collection, Boneyarn, featuring groundbreaking poems about slavery in New York City, a topic rarely addressed. (Registration required.) Read More »

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*DIGITAL* Vermont Hairwork: Connecting Past and Present

February 2
7:00 pm
Brownell Library, Essex Junction
Woman in black and white photo touching her hair and looking down

19th century Americans often saved or exchanged locks of hair, constructing jewelry or keepsake wreaths of their kinship networks. In more recent decades, hair has become a powerful political medium. Middlebury professor Ellery Foutch shares the research about hair-based works in local collections and explores the meanings of hair in American culture, past and present. Read More »

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*DIGITAL*: Walt Whitman: American Poet

February 2
7:00 pm
Manchester Community Library, Manchester Center
Walt Whitman with long beard, wearing a hat

Walt Whitman was a great poetic innovator, the poet who best sums up what it is to be an American, and his Song of Myself is the most majestic poem written in our nation. And yet, for all this, UVM professor emeritus Huck Gutman finds Whitman to be wonderfully approachable. Read More »

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*DIGITAL*: Sermon From the Studio: Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On”

February 2
7:00 pm
Singer Marvin Gaye in a shiny suit under lights in concert

Fifty years after its release, vocalist/composer Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On, an extended work addressing societal (and personal) challenges, has grown more pertinent and haunting with age. Jazz archivist and poet Reuben Jackson shares tracks from and discusses this riveting recording. Read More »

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*DIGITAL* Rethinking the Classics

February 2
7:00 pm
Illustration of man in rowboat with harpoon, facing a whale

How does a book become a literary classic? And what do the classics say about who we are? Author Ilan Stavans meditates on how literary classics become the collective memory of a culture and suggests that as society changes so must our literary canon. Read More »

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*DIGITAL* My John Dewey Problem

February 2
7:00 pm
Portrait of John Dewey sitting in a chair, hand at his temple

What are the ways that John Dewey, America’s greatest democratic philosopher, still speaks to us—or fails to speak to us—at a moment of great peril for our democratic society and political institutions? UVM professor Bob Pepperman Taylor explores the relevance of Dewey’s political and educational ideas in the 21st century. Read More »

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*DIGITAL* Lucy Terry Prince: Witness, Voice, and Poetics within the American Tradition

February 2
7:00 pm
Statue of Phillis Wheatley

Beginning with Vermonter Lucy Terry Prince, the first known African American poet in the U.S., poet Shanta Lee Gander explores creative lineage within poetics. Surveying the work of Phillis Wheatley, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Rita Dove, and slam poet Dominique Christina, Gander considers the poetic arc from the past to the modern moment. (Registration required.) Read More »

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*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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*DIGITAL* John Lewis and RUN!

February 3
7:00 pm
Cover of "Run!" by John Lewis

Andrew Aydin, co-author of The March Trilogy with civil rights icon John Lewis, describes the creation of the next book in the series, RUN! Aydin also relates becoming an author, how he became involved in politics, and his experiences working with Congressman Lewis. 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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