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January 2021

Meeting Men through Imagination

January 6, 2021
7:00 pm
Man with hands on hips looking at statue

In the post-#MeToo era, men need new interventions to help express their masculinity without causing harm. Josiah Rule Randazzo, creator of The Complete Dick podcast, will explore how we can transform our understanding of masculinity and manhood. Read More »

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Why College in Prison? Why Liberal Arts?

January 6, 2021
7:00 pm
Brownell Library, Essex Junction
Kathy Fox teaching course in prison

Kathy Fox, founder and director of the UVM Liberal Arts in Prison Program, explains how everyone can be transformed by exposure to a liberal arts curriculum. Read More »

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How Yiddish Changed America and How America Changed Yiddish

January 6, 2021
7:00 pm
Painting of Jewish immigrants arriving in New York by boat

Yiddish is imprinted in American English in terms like chutzpah, kosher, bagel, and schmooze. And the work of Sholem Aleichem, Anzia Yezierska, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Grace Paley, and Irving Howe shows the deep impact of Jewish immigration on the United States. Amherst College professor Ilan Stavans surveys the journey Read More »

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How to Read Chinese Poetry (If You Can’t Read Chinese): The Case of Ezra Pound

January 6, 2021
7:00 pm
Painting of Chinese warriors on horseback

In 1915, Ezra Pound published a collection of early “translations” of Chinese poetry that took the poetic world by storm. However, Pound didn’t know a word of Chinese. Middlebury professor Timothy Billings deciphered the manuscripts that Pound used as “cheat sheets,” and shares his discoveries. Read More »

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Reinventing the Family Home

January 6, 2021
7:00 pm

Middlebury College professor Erin Sassin examines how American reformers and homeowners have, in pursuit of “the simple life,” attempted to reinvent the form and idea of the single-family home, from farmhouses and communal experiments to the current tiny house phenomenon. Read More »

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The Ingredients of Informed Environmental Stewardship

January 6, 2021
7:00 pm
Man holding notebook in front of kids in the woods

Communities around the world have connected science, policy, community action, and the arts to work toward a pesticide-free future. Philip Ackerman-Leist from Sterling College shares inspiring stories from these communities and highlights ways to preserve critical ecological and social resources. Read More »

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Telling Disability Stories: Histories, Representations, and Imaginations

Woman in wheelchair and standing women holding "We Are All Humans" sign

In spotlighting stories centered on disabled people, Middlebury professor Susan Burch draws on history, popular media representations, and inclusive design practices to reimagine our past, present, and possible future. Read More »

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China’s Belt and Road Initiative

January 6, 2021
7:00 pm
Large shipping containers on barges

In making infrastructure developments and investments in nearly 70 countries, China is seeking to restructure the world economy and energetically expand its global influence. Derek Boothby, explores the breadth and depth of this massive global initiative, and considers what it might mean for America’s future. Read More »

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Making Rumble Strip in My Closet

January 6, 2021
7:00 pm

Erica Heilman’s podcast Rumble Strip covers a range of Vermont-related topics, from mental health, hunger, and homelessness to deer hunting, cheerleading, and donut shops. In this talk, Heilman discusses the interview process and shares stories from her podcast, which she describes as “extraordinary conversations with ordinary people. Or that’s the goal.” Read More »

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*DIGITAL* Winslow Homer and the Poetics of Place

January 6, 2021
7:00 pm
Winslow Homer's The Reaper

The painter Winslow Homer (1836-1910) occupies an unusual and pivotal place in the history of American art. Thomas Denenberg, director of the Shelburne Museum, sketches Homer’s long and productive career, focusing on how he bridged the sentimental culture of the nineteenth century with the visual culture of the modern era. Read More »

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