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September 2017

The Writing Life

September 27
5:00 pm
Ira Allen Chapel, Burlington
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Writer, humorist, and regular contributor to The New Yorker since 1963, Calvin Trillin takes an antic look at writing as an occupation in a country in which the shelf life of a book is “somewhere between milk and yogurt.” Read More »

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October 2017

Hamilton: The Man and the Musical

October 4
7:00 pm
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From his birth in the Caribbean to death in a duel, Alexander Hamilton's life was part romance, part tragedy—and the inspiration for the blockbuster Broadway musical. Hamilton biographer Willard Sterne Randall discusses the man and the musical, with excerpts from its score. Read More »

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The Beatles: Band of the Sixties

October 4
7:00 pm

In this multimedia presentation, Beatles music scholar Aaron Krerowicz explores the band’s music beginning with the band's seminal visits to Hamburg and continuing through Beatlemania to Abbey Road. Read More »

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Walt Whitman and the Civil War

October 4
7:00 pm
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Whitman’s Civil War writings give us a dual portrait, first the war as “a strange, unloosen’d wondrous time,” and second the emergence of a new Whitman. UVM professor Huck Gutman examines some of the most remarkable poems about war ever published and looks at Whitman’s remarkable development. Read More »

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Willa Cather’s Prairie Landscapes

October 4
7:00 pm
Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury
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The European immigrant farmers in My Antonia and Cather’s other novels fail as often as they succeed. Amherst College professor Michele Barale examines the relation between Cather’s art and her very tangible earth. Read More »

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Nothing to Fear, But Fear Itself: FDR and the New Deal

October 4
7:00 pm
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From 1929 to 1939, the US experienced the longest and worst economic depression in its history and the first in which the federal government acted decisively to reverse it. UVM History Professor Emeritus Mark A. Stoler discusses how Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal changed the government’s role in the economy and affected the lives of Americans in ways that are still with us today. Read More »

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The President’s Global Policies

October 4
7:00 pm

Veteran American diplomat George Jaeger discusses President Trump’s America First global policies, the changes they may entail, and their possible implications. Read More »

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Fallingwater

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Frank Lloyd Wright’s masterpiece Fallingwater is often ranked number one in the AIA ratings of America’s most important structures. Former Executive Director of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, H. Nicholas Muller III, shares stories about this legendary property and its creator. Read More »

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“It Was 50 Years Ago Today”: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

October 5
7:00 pm
St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, St Johnsbury
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Released fifty years ago this year, this iconic Beatles album is often regarded as the single greatest rock album ever made. In a multimedia presentation, Beatles music scholar Aaron Krerowicz discusses the album and illustrates the development of its songs. Read More »

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November 2017

The Voyage of the St. Louis and American Refugee Policy

November 1
7:00 pm
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Keene State professor Paul Vincent shares the story of the May 1939 voyage of the St. Louis—carrying mostly Jewish refugees fleeing Germany but denied entry into the US—and argues that many historians have failed to account for the event’s complex political context or the history of US immigration in their criticism of the Roosevelt’s Administration’s actions. Read More »

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