Vermont Humanities

Vermont Reads: Last Night at the Telegraph Club Discussion

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

Come join Dr. Alan Berolzheimer, Vermont Humanities scholar, as he leads us in an interesting and informative community book discussion of the Vermont Reads book Last Night at the Telegraph Club. Copies of the book are available at the Athenaeum circulation desks to read before the discussion.

Farmers Night with Kekla Magoon and NEH Chair Shelly C. Lowe (Navajo)

House Chamber, Vermont State House 115 State Street, Montpelier, VT, United States

Join us at the Vermont State House for a special Black History Month presentation featuring National Book Award Finalist Kekla Magoon, author of Revolution in Our Time: The Black Panther Party’s Promise to the People. Kekla will be joined at the State House by Special Guest Shelly C. Lowe (Navajo), Chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Ms. Lowe and Ms. Magoon will speak together about the role of the humanities and women’s scholarship in advancing social justice, women’s rights, and racial equity.

The Many Meanings of Maple

Franklin Homestead 142 Homestead Dr, Franklin, VT, United States

This presentation examines the many meanings of maple sugaring. Maple is enormously important to Vermont’s economy, ecology, and heritage. Champlain College professor Michael Lange will discuss sugaring ethnographically, based on over five years of research among sugarmakers all over the state, to learn from them what sugaring really means to Vermont.

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

Springfield Town Library 43 Main St, Springfield, VT, United States

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.

400 Miles Down the Connecticut River

Windsor Welcome Center 3 Railroad Ave, Windsor, VT, United States

New England's longest river, the Connecticut, is rich in history. Michael Tougias, author of fourteen books about New England, offers a narrated slide presentation that takes the viewer down the entire 410 miles of the river, discussing history from the days of loggers, Indian Wars, steamships, and canals.

A Hard Look at America: Summer for the Gods

Dailey Memorial Library 101 Junior High Drive, Derby, VT, United States

Established by a newspaper publisher and coinciding with the founding of a journalism school at Columbia University, the Pulitzer Prizes have continually recognized excellence in journalism. The books in this series, comprised of Pulitzer-winning reporting and research, dig deep, revealing facts and stories that continue to be relevant years after they were brought to the surface. Chosen book: Summer for the Gods: The Scopes Trial and America's Continuing Debate Over Science and Religion by Edward J. Larson.

Writers for Recovery: Bearing Witness, Sharing Stories, and Helping People Heal

Kellogg-Hubbard Library 135 Main St, Montpelier, VT, United States

In this participatory workshop, WFR co-founder Gary Miller will take you through their process of writing with people in recovery and those connected to people in recovery. He’ll share readings from their anthologies and powerful recovery stories. This is a free, in-person program in the Hayes Room at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library.

Becoming an Explorer of Social Change

Vermont Humanities Zoom VT, United States

The podcast and video series “Deep Dish Conversations” unpacks the issues shaping our world today, especially as it impacts our local communities. Join host and author Jerome Moore as he takes us on a dynamic journey toward becoming “an explorer of social change.”

Gastronomy: Novels about Food and Culture

Latham Memorial Library 16 Library Lane, Thetford, VT, United States

One of the most tantalizing ways to learn about a culture is through its food. The mouth-watering novel Paper Fish by Tina De Rosa highlights how what we eat is closely aligned with who we are.