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May 2019

Vermont’s Musical Ladies

May 20
6:00 pm
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Singer and researcher Linda Radtke, joined by pianist Arthur Zorn, explores the contributions of Vermont women to the traditions of parlor songs, women’s club music contests, and social reform efforts. Read More »

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Life in a Jar: The Irena Sendler Project

May 20
7:00 pm
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Dr. Jack Mayer tells the story of Irena Sendler, a holocaust hero who rescued 2,500 children from the Warsaw ghetto. Sendler’s story remained unknown after the war—until three Kansas teens uncovered a reference to her heroism 60 years later. Read More »

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Vermont’s Remarkable Sharpshooters and Gettysburg

May 25
7:00 pm
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Vermont sent far more sharpshooters to the Union armies than any other state, on a per capita basis. Historian Howard Coffin will discuss his recent research into this little-recognized group and consider the reasons why Vermont may have been so well-represented in this elite group of marksmen. Read More »

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How the Guitar Conquered America

May 28
6:30 pm
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When the first guitar reached these shores 425 years ago, it was a small, unimpressive folk instrument. Now, more guitars are sold in America than all other musical instruments combined. How did this unlikely conquest take place? Tim Brookes attempts to answer that question. Read More »

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What is Art?

May 30
7:00 pm
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It is sometimes tempting to think that art is just "in the eye of the beholder." But, by imagining art history as an ongoing conversation, Champlain College Professor David Mills explores ways of encountering art as more than just subjective preference. Read More »

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Sorting the News From the Chaff

May 30
7:00 pm
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Paradoxically, the Internet has made it both easier and harder to find "truth." Veteran journalist and educator Mark Timney will share strategies for evaluating news sources in the rapidly changing digital information age. Read More »

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“Reading” Places: Art, Architecture, and Gravestones in Early Vermont

May 30
7:00 pm
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In developing their towns, early Vermont settlers created a wide range of things that spoke to their values, backgrounds, skills, and cultural attitudes. William Hosley demonstrates how art and artifacts can be used to understand historical experience while surveying the extraordinary visual allure of historic Vermont. Read More »

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June 2019

A History of the Concept of Race

June 1
10:00 am
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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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A History of the Concept of Race

June 2
4:00 pm
Image of multiple faces combined

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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The Counterculture’s Impact on Vermont and Vermont’s Influence on the Counterculture Generation

June 4
6:30 pm
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In the late 1960s and ’70s, thousands of young migrants, largely from the cities and suburbs of New York and Massachusetts, turned their backs on the establishment of the 1950s and moved to the back woods, small towns and cities of rural Vermont. Author Yvonne Daley discusses this interesting time in Vermont’s history and its impact today. Read More »

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