Vermont Humanities

The Chance of Ten Lifetimes – Restoring Notre Dame de Paris

St. Johnsbury Athenaeum 1171 Main St, St Johnsbury, VT, United States

After the catastrophic fire of 2019, Carpenters Without Borders was instrumental in convincing the French government to re-build "a l'identique." Remy and Loïc Desmonts, passionate father and son members of CSF, won the contract to rebuild the roof above the Nave and invited a number of American and English carpenters to join their family company in that work. Josh had the good fortune to be among them and spent six months immersed in both the wonderful culture of Normandy and its extraordinary tradition of timber framing.

Through a Sheep’s Eyes: Pets, Livestock, and Wild Animals

Norwich Public Library 368 Main St, Norwich, VT, United States

Tunbridge-based butcher, shearer, and shepherd Mary Lake has worked closely with sheep and the people who care for them for over 15 years. By mimicking the wild in her shepherding practices, Lake simultaneously feeds her community while improving the soil. In this talk, Lake shares how clarifying our relationship with and responsibility to animals can make for a happier, healthier flock.

Reproductive Rights and Justice in the 1970’s and Today

Goodrich Memorial Library 202 Main St, Newport, VT, United States

UVM History professor Felicia Kornbluh discusses the campaigns to decriminalize abortion and to control sterilization abuse in the years before and after Roe v. Wade. She uses this history as a launching point to explore strategies that might be effective in restoring reproductive rights today.

Barbie’s Reflection on Our World

Ilsley Public Library 75 Main St, Middlebury, VT, United States

St. Michael’s Theater professor Peter Harrigan has collected Barbies for over three decades, amassing a personal collection of over 500 of the figurines. In this talk, he takes a dive into the fantastic world of plastic and how it echoes our own world.

Dare to Dream

Manchester Community Library 138 Cemetery Ave, Manchester Center, United States

Actor David Mills portrays Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. surmounting his early uncertainties and transforming into a world-renowned civil rights icon. Be reawakened and elevated with highlights from Dr. King’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” “I Have a Dream,” and “Promised Land.”

An Evening with Poet Porsha Olayiwola

Unitarian Church of Montpelier 130 Main St, Montpelier, VT, United States

Join Black writer, performer, and futurist Porsha Olayiwola for this special Poetry Month presentation. Olayiwola is the author of the poetry collection I Shimmer Sometimes Too. Author Clint Smith writes, “Porsha Olayiwola is unlike any other poet writing today…Each poem is a lesson, a story, a mirror that Olayiwola holds up to ensure we pay attention to that which we may have overlooked.”

Every Problem Is Now a Technology Problem

Rutland Free Library 10 Court St, Rutland, VT, United States

The Covid Era created new challenges (and opportunities!) for technology education work. Every problem turned into a technology problem, and issues of access and the digital divide became very imposing, very rapidly. What made a difference? Library technologist and author Jessamyn West talks about the Vermont public library response.

My Day in the Hills: The Story, Songs, and Soul of The Sound of Music

Brownell Library 6 Lincoln St, Essex Junction, VT, United States

Why do Vermonters feel such a strong attachment to the story of the von Trapp family and, subsequently, to The Sound of Music? Educator and conductor Stefanie Weigand explores why this story draws us in and holds our attention, even though the events that formed the basis of the show and film took place decades ago and thousands of miles away.

The Play Instinct: Have You Lost Yours?

Brooks Memorial Library 224 Main St, Brattleboro, VT, United States

Playfulness is the foundation for strengthening relationships and building resilient communities. In order to understanding this, we must know the intrinsic value of play and its potential for deepening our connection to self and others. In this session, Lisa Guerrero invites participants to reconnect to their natural play instinct and puts forth a passionate invitation to prioritize play.

The Ecology of Queer and Trans People in Education

St. Johnsbury Athenaeum 1171 Main St, St Johnsbury, VT, United States

UVM professor Jay Garvey describes why it’s important to boost educational opportunities for queer and trans students and educators. Taking an ecological lens, Garvey will review legislative priorities and institutional approaches that could help queer and trans people succeed in secondary and postsecondary education.