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April 2021

*DIGITAL* Bees Besieged: A History of Beekeeping

April 20
7:00 pm
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Bill Mares, writer, and a beekeeper for 45 years, will tell of the origins and evolution of beekeeping, sometimes referred to as "farming for intellectuals," with a particular emphasis on his research in Vermont. Read More »

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*DIGITAL* Mindfulness: The History, Practice, and Use of Cultivating Mindful Awareness

April 22
6:30 pm
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What is mindfulness? Where does it come from? And how has it appeared in so many contemporary Western institutions? In this lecture, Marlboro College professor William Edelglass traces the history of various forms of mindfulness from multiple traditions. Read More »

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May 2021

*DIGITAL* From the Parlor to Polling Place: Stories and Songs from the Suffragists

May 2
2:00 pm
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Singer and historian Linda Radtke, in period garb and “Votes for Women” sash, celebrates the centennial of the passage of the 19th Amendment, specifically highlighting the decades-long persistence of Vermonters, both women and men. Registration required. Read More »

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*DIGITAL* The Genealogy of Happiness: From Aristotle to Positive Psychology

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What is happiness? Can it be measured? And what is the relationship between happiness and virtue, money, pleasure, relationships, mindfulness, and satisfaction? This program with William Edelglass will begin with an overview of different conceptions of happiness in Western philosophy, religion, and political theory, as well as discuss "the new science of happiness." This event will be held on Zoom. Read More »

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From the Parlor to Polling Place: Stories and Songs from the Suffragists

May 23
2:00 pm
Suffragette standing before a banner

Singer and historian Linda Radtke, in period garb and “Votes for Women” sash, celebrates the centennial of the passage of the 19th Amendment, specifically highlighting the decades-long persistence of Vermonters, both women and men. Read More »

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“These Old Tunes are Good Enough for Me”: Harold Luce, the Story of a Vermont Fiddler

May 23
2:00 pm
Bridgewater Grange Hall, Bridgewater Corners
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Harold “Chuck” Luce (1918-2014) grew up in Chelsea, and would become one of the premier traditional “Yankee” fiddlers of his generation. Adam Boyce, one of Luce’s many pupils, shares photos, audio recordings, and personal recollections of Harold, and also plays a few favorite tunes that he learned from him. Read More »

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June 2021

*DIGITAL* Murder in the Vermont Woods: A Story About Race, Class, and Gender in the 19th Century

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Historian Jill Mudgett tells the story of an Indigenous man from southern New England who came to central Vermont during the late 19th century and was the victim of a murder. Recreating community connections in a rural Vermont hill town, this story is about poverty, racism, disability, and gendered violence against women, but is also an account of Indigenous movement and choice despite great obstacles. Registration required. Read More »

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July 2021

Of Wheelmen, the New Woman, and Good Roads: Bicycling in Vermont, 1880-1920

July 17
11:00 am
Worthen Library, South Hero
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In this lecture, UVM professor Luis Vivanco explores the fascinating early history of the bicycle in Vermont, a new invention that generated widespread curiosity when it arrived here in the 1880s. Read More »

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A History of the Concept of Race

July 22
5:30 pm
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The first European to divide the peoples of the world into distinct races, in the seventeenth century, claimed that the Sami people of northern Scandinavia were one of four races on earth, How did such a bizarre distinction among groups of people develop into one of the most historically significant ideas of the modern world? Professor William Edelglass will trace the intellectual history of the concept of race in the West, from its prehistory to today. Read More »

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August 2021

Vermont Women and the Civil War

August 22
2:00 pm
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“Vermont women enlisted for the duration.” So said a Vermont historian assessing the war years 1861-1865. Vermont’s remarkable Civil War battlefield record is well documented, but little is known of how Vermont women sustained the home front. Historian Howard Coffin explains, with nearly 35,000 of the state’s able-bodied men at war, how women took on farming, worked in factories, served as nurses in the state's military hospitals, and more. Read More »

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