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January 2019

Finding Your Voice in 2019

January 2, 2019
7:00 pm
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For those with New Years’ resolutions to write or those just wanting to write more clearly and deliberately, Dartmouth writing instructor Julie Kalish leads an interactive exploration of the principles of context, audience, tone, purpose, and message. Read More »

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The Music of the Late 1960s: Social Upheaval in Song

January 2, 2019
7:00 pm
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Music historian David Tibbs shares and discusses music from this turbulent era and explores how its songs helped bring revolution into our living rooms. Read More »

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Mad Men and Mad Women: The Construction of Gender in Mid-Century America

January 2, 2019
7:00 pm
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Using AMC’s TV series Mad Men as an introduction, Middlebury professor Joyce Mao examines the Cold War foundations of gender in the US at the dawn of the 1960s, when the federal government and corporate America indelibly shaped middle-class masculinity and femininity. Read More »

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The Original Renaissance Man: Understanding Leonardo da Vinci

January 2, 2019
7:00 pm
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Famed for paintings such as The Last Supper and the portrait of Mona Lisa, Leonardo da Vinci was also a dedicated observer and a prolific journal writer. Middlebury associate professor Katy Smith Abbott considers what set him apart, then and now. Read More »

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My Antonia

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Amherst College professor Michele Barale explores how Willa Cather’s novel My Antonia brings alive immigrants’ experience in the American West and blazes new trails in depicting women as strong and independent role models. Read More »

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Hamilton: The Man and the Musical

January 2, 2019
7:00 pm
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From his birth in the Caribbean to death in a duel, Alexander Hamilton's life was part romance, part tragedy—and the inspiration for the blockbuster Broadway musical. Hamilton biographer Willard Sterne Randall discusses the man and the musical, with excerpts from its score. Read More »

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American Modernism

January 2, 2019
7:00 pm
Brownell Library, Essex Junction
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Citing examples from the works of Georgia O’Keeffe, Marsden Hartley, Stuart Davis, Charles Sheeler, and others, former Head of American Paintings at Christie’s and Sotheby’s James Maroney provides an overview of American art from 1913 to 1949 and explains its importance and beauty. Read More »

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Music, Storytelling, and Politics

January 2, 2019
7:00 pm
St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, St Johnsbury
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Ugandan ethnomusicologist and Middlebury assistant professor Damascus Kafumbe examines music-making and storytelling, especially as they are used both to maintain political power and to help people survive political repression in his native Uganda. Read More »

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Conversations with Frank Bruni

January 9, 2019
7:00 pm
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Join New York Times columnist Frank Bruni for a wide-ranging conversation on topics including identity politics and its effect on campuses and communities, and the importance of free speech. Read More »

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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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