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May 2017

The Indian World of George Washington

May 3
7:00 pm

Dartmouth College professor Colin Calloway discusses the first president’s relations with Indian peoples and considers how Native American nations and lands shaped the man who shaped the republic. Read More »

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Video Games: Changing Stories and Changing Behaviors

May 3
7:00 pm
Brownell Library, Essex Junction

Ann DeMarle, director of Champlain College’s Emergent Media Center, explores digital gaming, how designers and players both participate in the storytelling process, and ways some game creators seek to effect social change through gaming. Read More »

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Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory

May 3
7:00 pm

Yale professor David Blight discusses America’s collective memory of the Civil War and the perilous path of remembering and forgetting. Read More »

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Don Quixote of La Mancha: The Novel that Invented Modernity

May 3
7:00 pm
Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury
Image of painting of Don Quixote

Celebrated literary critic and author Ilan Stavans considers the impact of the masterful Don Quixote on the eve of the 401st anniversary year of Cervantes’s death. Read More »

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The Meaning of Faith in Christian and Jewish Thought

May 3
7:00 pm

Ronald B. Sobel, Senior Rabbi Emeritus of the world’s largest Jewish house of worship, examines the similarities and differences in the idea and reality of faith as understood and lived in both religions. Read More »

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A History of the Republican Party

Boston College professor Heather Cox Richardson considers how, through its 150+ year history, the GOP has alternately focused on property rights and on equal opportunity, and what that might mean for its future. Read More »

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What the Buddhists Teach: Finding Clarity in Everyday Life

May 3
7:00 pm
Image of Buddha and hills

How do we develop mindfulness and a compassionate optimism about a highly imperfect world? Author Dr. Polly Young-Eisendrath discusses the Buddhist model for remaining fully engaged in the ups and downs of everyday life. Read More »

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World War II: American Perceptions and Historical Realities

May 3
7:00 pm
St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, St Johnsbury

Americans have held strong beliefs regarding WWII’s causes, consequences, and historical lessons—lessons cited to justify postwar US policies. UVM History Professor Emeritus Mark A. Stoler compares these beliefs about the war with what historians now maintain. Read More »

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June 2017

What If Poor Women Ran the World? *RESCHEDULED*

June 7
7:00 pm
Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury
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Labor historian Annelise Orleck tells the story of nine African-American union maids in Las Vegas during the 1970’s who challenged welfare cuts and built a long-lasting, vibrant anti-poverty program run by poor mothers. Read More »

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American Exceptionalism Revisited *RESCHEDULED*

June 7
7:00 pm

Derek Boothby, former director of the UN’s Department of Political Affairs, considers how the determination of America’s original settlers to create a society different from the 18th century European model has fared in the long term, and offers a naturalized American’s assessment of whether modern America is all that different from anywhere else. Read More »

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