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December 2021

*DIGITAL* What Inspires the Mind to Create?

December 1
7:00 pm
Brownell Library, Essex Junction
Paper stars glowing yellow in dark tree at night

Olympic fencer and author Geza Tatrallyay draws on his writing across multiple genres and his varied life experiences to explore the nature of creativity. Referencing his short stories, poetry, memoirs, and thrillers, he shows how deeply an author’s life is interwoven with the works they create. (Registration required.) Read More »

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*DIGITAL* War Reenactors: Who Gets to Tell History?

December 1
7:00 pm
Manchester Community Library, Manchester Center
Middle-aged man in World War Two uniform with helmet

Artist Ed Gendron shares and discusses images from his photo project about World War II reenactors in the United States. Gendron later produced Playing Soldier, a feature-length documentary on the same topic. “The re-enactors assert that ‘history is a personal thing,’ says Gendron. “And for them, it may be quite true.” (Registration required.) Read More »

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From “Little Jerusalem” to the “Lost Mural”: Preserving Jewish & Immigrant Heritage

December 1
7:00 pm
Construction staging in front of colorful Lost Mural painting

In 1885, a group of Lithuanian immigrants settled in Burlington’s Old North End, where they transplanted their religious traditions and culture. Archivists Aaron Goldberg and Jeff Potash describe the “Lost Mural,” a rare survivor of the lost genre of European painted synagogues and tell the story of conserving the mural in Burlington. Read More »

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*DIGITAL* Mad for Mid-Century Modern

December 1
7:00 pm
Brown multi-level modern house in Norwich, Vermont

In the years following World War II, a circle of artists and architects came to the area around Dartmouth College, bringing an infusion of modernism to an otherwise traditional setting. Sarah Rooker, director of the Norwich Historical Society, explores the art and architecture that these newcomers generated, and their influence on the community and its landscape. (Registration required.) Read More »

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A Journalist’s “Unique Corner” on Vermont History

December 1
7:00 pm
State history marker: Vermont Equality for Same-Sex Couples

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Moats has covered Vermont news for more than 45 years. In this talk, he shares up-close experiences and broad observations of the historical trends that have shaped the state for the past half-century. Read More »

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*DIGITAL* Vermont Humor: “I Could Hardly Keep from Laughing”

December 1
7:00 pm
Vermont farmer sitting on snow bank laughing

Author Bill Mares and cartoonist Don Hooper share drawings and tales that illustrate the understatement, comeuppance, and subtlety of Vermont humor. Enjoy this ramble through the decades as the pair show how Vermont’s true character shines in dry (and occasionally tables-turned) jokes and stories. (Registration required.) Read More »

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Responsible Investing: One Tool in the Toolbox to Fight Climate Change

December 1
7:00 pm
Stop light sign partly submerged in water

We need to use every means at our disposal to alter the current trajectory of climate change and stave off the most devastating effects of a warming planet. Financial services professional Joy Facos explains that responsible investing—along with innovation, creativity, compassion, and hope—can serve as an effective instrument of change. Read More »

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*DIGITAL* The Legacy of Nicholas Black Elk

December 1
7:00 pm
Nicholas Black Elk and family

Historian Damian Costello explores the life of the man behind the famous book Black Elk Speaks. Nicholas Black Elk’s Lakota philosophy can help us see the natural world as a unified whole, and his continued hope amidst great tragedy can inform how we approach contemporary crises. (Registration required.) Read More »

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January 2022

Atlantic Is a Sea of Bones

January 5, 2022
7:00 pm
Two underwater statues with moss growing over them

Jarvis Green, founder of the Black theatre company JAG Productions, invites us to reflect individually and collectively on the afterlives and the legacies of the transatlantic slave trade. Green will explore how Black queer and feminist artists have created ways to honor this history and heal ancestral trauma. Registration required. Read More »

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*DIGITAL* From German Expressionism to Film Noir: How the Extraordinary Weimar Directors Forever Changed Hollywood

January 5, 2022
7:00 pm
Brownell Library, Essex Junction
Director Fritz Lang looking at a film camera on a tripod

Fritz Lang, Billy Wilder, Ernst Lubitch, and Josef von Sternberg were all extraordinary film directors who fled from Germany during the rise of the Nazis. Natalie Neuert, director of UVM’s Lane Series, explores how these filmmakers profoundly influenced Hollywood and made movies that altered the American cultural landscape. (Registration required.) Read More »

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