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November 2018

Solidarity Forever: Songs of Unions and Labor

November 27
7:00 pm
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For centuries, working people have used songs to express protest and hope and as an organizing tool. Using live and recorded music, Mark Greenberg surveys American labor songs from the beginnings of the Industrial Revolution, through the Wobblies, and into the coal wars of the 1930. Read More »

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December 2018

Endangered Alphabets, Cultural Erosion, and the Future of the Written Word

December 7
3:00 pm
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What does the age of digital convergence, Facebook, and globalization mean for the future of the written word? Writer/carver/painter Tim Brookes offers remarkable and thought-provoking perspective on this question by looking at a range of forms of writing from all over the world that are in danger of extinction. Read More »

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A History of the Concept of Race

December 16
4:00 pm
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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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January 2019

Poems in Performance: A Cure for Poemphobia

January 10, 2019
7:00 pm

In the past fifty years, a magical loosening of "poetry" has opened doors for reluctant readers, and the performance of poems in "poetry slams" has attracted new audiences. The assumption of sing-song or anticipation of hidden metaphors no longer applies. In this informal talk, slam poet Geof Hewitt will offer poems that defy stereotype, and discuss strategies for finding more. Read More »

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February 2019

Vermont and the Civil War

February 7, 2019
7:00 pm
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From Cedar Creek to Gettysburg, Vermonters were central to the Union cause. Vermont author and Civil War historian Howard Coffin addresses the Vermont contribution to the Civil War. Read More »

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March 2019

Bees Besieged: A History of Beekeeping

March 10, 2019
2:00 pm
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Beekeeping goes back 10,000 years, but bees have been much in the news recently. 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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Bees Besieged: A History of Beekeeping

March 13, 2019
6:30 pm
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Bill Mares, writer and a beekeeper for 45 years, discusses 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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