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December 2017

Reformation and Response: What Luther Did to Art

December 6
7:00 pm
Brownell Library, Essex Junction

Dartmouth professor Jane Carroll examines how the Reformation, driven by Martin Luther’s rejection of the establishment Church, brought into question the assumptions by which most Europeans had lived, and how this played out in the art of the time. Read More »

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Hamilton: The Man and the Musical

December 6
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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What We Learn When We Learn about History

December 6
7:00 pm
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Henry Ford famously said, “History is more or less bunk.” Author, historian, and professor Woden Teachout discusses why history does matter, exploring the intellectual skills and larger cultural understandings that come from studying the past. Read More »

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World War I and American Writers

December 6
7:00 pm
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Dartmouth professor Barbara Will discusses the effect of the war on American writers, particularly Gertrude Stein, John Dos Passos, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, and T. S. Eliot, and explores how the war changed American literature and made it “modern.” Read More »

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Luther 101: The Man, The Legacy

December 6
7:00 pm
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On the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s posting his Ninety-five Theses, Dartmouth Professor of German Studies Irene Kacandes discusses Luther’s life, the unfolding of historical events in light of his teachings, and some lasting legacies of the revolution he started. Read More »

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Physicists’ Dream of a Theory of Everything

December 6
7:00 pm
Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury
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Theoretical physicists have long dreamt of a theory of everything that encompasses all particles of matter and their interactions. Dartmouth professor Marcelo Gleiser describes how physics and astronomy obtain knowledge of the natural world and how their limitations preclude us from ever getting to a “final” theory. Read More »

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J. D. Salinger’s Family Dramas

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Why did Salinger write novels that sound like plays, begging to be acted out? Yale Professor of English and Dean of Humanities Amy Hungerford explores the voices and dramas of the Glass family at the heart of Salinger’s work and his themes of love, religion, and the power of human performance. Read More »

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Charles Dickens and the Writing of A Christmas Carol

December 6
7:00 pm
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Dickens scholar Barry Dietz considers Dickens’s career up to the publication of A Christmas Carol in 1843, what the novella’s success meant to Dickens’s life and work, and how the story has resonated since, including in films. Read More »

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Rembrandt and Vermeer in their Place and Time

December 6
7:00 pm
St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, St Johnsbury
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Middlebury professor Carrie Anderson explores seventeenth-century Amsterdam and Delft through the eyes of Golden Age artists Rembrandt and Vermeer, who lived, worked, and painted in these prosperous Dutch cities. Read More »

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January 2018

An Evening with Langston Hughes

January 3, 2018
7:00 pm
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In this dramatic rendition of Langston Hughes’ poems and short stories, actor and writer David Mills celebrates the life of the Harlem Renaissance writer. Read More »

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