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November 2020

*POSTPONED* Atlantic Is a Sea of Bones 

November 4
7:00 pm
Woman's hand with diamonds on blue dress

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. (Pre-registration required.) Read More »

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*DIGITAL* The Complicated Histories of Monuments

November 4
7:00 pm
Brownell Library, Essex Junction
Statue of man on horse atop stone plinth

As monuments come down across the US, some decry that history is being erased. But what (and whose) history do monuments contain? UVM professor Kelley Di Dio explores the history and future of certain monuments. (Pre-registration required.) Read More »

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*DIGITAL* The American Civil War and the Shaping of the Western Hemisphere

November 4
7:00 pm
Painting of Civil War battle

The Union victory in the Civil War affected the future of the Western Hemisphere in profound ways. Castleton history professor Andre Fleche describes how the war influenced the demise of slavery in the Americas, the retreat of European empires from the New World, and the emergence of the United States as an imperialist power. (Pre-registration required.) Read More »

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*DIGITAL* Life on the Other Border: Farmworkers and Food Justice in Vermont

November 4
7:00 pm
Latino man picking tomatoes in field

For more than seven years, UVM professor Teresa Mares has studied food access among the Latinx farmworker community in Vermont. Her ethnographic research illuminates the many ways workers sustain themselves and their families. (Pre-registration required.) Read More »

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*DIGITAL* Express Your Mind – Without Losing It

November 4
7:00 pm
Two men talking outside

Curiosity, empathy, and other tools can transform even passionate disagreements into chances to authentically share opinions. Journalist and cultural critic Molly Zapp offers practical techniques to avoid straining relationships while expressing yourself. (Pre-registration required.) Read More »

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*DIGITAL* The Story of Water in Times of Crisis

Image of hands under a stream of water

What does water tell us about who we are? Dartmouth professor Tarek El-Ariss examines our relationship to water in times of crisis, linking war in the Middle East with regional water shortages and pandemics. (Pre-registration required.) Read More »

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*DIGITAL* Emma Willard: Early Female Education and the Campaign for Women’s Suffrage

November 4
7:00 pm
Emma Willard stone carving

Emma Willard founded the first school for women’s higher education in the United States. Saint Michael’s professor Susan Ouellette describes how the opportunities provided by Willard’s schools laid the groundwork for the early suffrage movement. (Pre-registration required.) Read More »

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*DIGITAL* Democracies, Libraries, and Free Information

November 4
7:00 pm
Silhouette of man reading library book in stacks

Democracy works only when citizens enjoy unfettered access to good information. But a broken system of publishing can impede this learning. UVM dean of libraries Bryn Geffert shares the innovative ways that some libraries get information into the hands of everyone who needs it. (Pre-registration required.) Read More »

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*DIGITAL* Say Their Names, A Personal Story of Artistic Activism

November 4
7:00 pm
George Floyd memorial wall in Minneapolis

In May 2020, Dr. Matthew Evan Taylor began a musical composition in response to the escalating uprising in the wake of the murders of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and Ahmaud Arbery. Including selections from his recorded work, Dr. Taylor will discuss his journey towards using music as an avenue for advocacy and activism. Read More »

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*DIGITAL* Emma Willard: Early Female Education and the Campaign for Women’s Suffrage

November 4
7:00 pm
Emma Willard stone carving

Emma Willard founded the first school for women’s higher education in the United States. Saint Michael’s professor Susan Ouellette describes how the opportunities provided by Willard’s schools laid the groundwork for the early suffrage movement. (Pre-registration required.) Read More »

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