Vermont Humanities

Based on a Real Life: All The King’s Men

Norwich Public Library 368 Main St, Norwich, VT, United States

One biography each year is awarded a Pulitzer Prize, but these character studies wouldn't count - each is a Pulitzer-winning work of fiction, with portions based on one person's real life story. All the King's Men is a 1946 novel by Robert Penn Warren. Its title is drawn from the nursery rhyme "Humpty Dumpty".

Vermont Reads: Podcast Interviews

Brownell Library 6 Lincoln St, Essex Junction, VT, United States

Bring a friend or family member to share a short story about finding yourself in new places or situation. Your story will be edited by teens and shared with the wider community as part of our 2023 Vermont Reads Programming about "The Most Costly Journey." Prompts and easy-to-follow instructions will be available, along with help from a youth librarian.

Robert Frost’s Life and Writing

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

This series invites readers to learn more about Robert Frost's life and the diversity of his writings. Robert Frost is commonly regarded as America's greatest poet. Among his many honors are four Pulitzer Prizes and an appointment as Consultant in Poetry at the Library of Congress.

Must Free Speech Endure Hate Speech?

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Bennington 108 School St, Bennington, VT, United States

The First Amendment prevents Congress from passing any laws that abridge the freedom of speech. But what does that actually mean? Professor Meg Mott considers the history of speech laws in the United States, how states and municipalities have tried to curb offensive speech, and how the Supreme Court has ruled on those efforts.

An Evening with Walt Whitman

Manchester Community Library 138 Cemetery Ave, Manchester Center, United States

Through Whitman’s poetry and letters, actor Stephen Collins helps us experience the poet’s growth into a mature artist who is at peace about “himself, God and death.”

Revolution in Our Time

Brooks Memorial Library 224 Main St, Brattleboro, VT, United States

National Book Award finalist Kekla Magoon discusses her award-winning nonfiction book, Revolution in Our Time: The Black Panther Party’s Promise to the People. The Vermont author also considers the importance of reading as a tool for social change, and our individual and collective power to transform our communities.  

In Goldleana’s Hands: Black Women and Labor Choices in North Louisiana in 1950s

Ilsley Public Library 75 Main St, Middlebury, VT, United States

Jolivette Anderson-Douoning shares the lived experience of Mrs. Goldleana, whose story illuminates the role Black women played as laborers in the Louisiana cotton and timber industries—and in their own families—in the 1940s and 50s. She also highlights geographical differences in Black migration: some left the South while others remained. 

The Art of the Haiku

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

Poet Keiselim (Keysi) Montás discusses how to read the traditional Japanese poetic form of haiku, illustrated with works from his haiku collection, Like Water.

From Red State to Blue State: Vermont’s Political Transformation

Goodrich Memorial Library 202 Main St, Newport, VT, United States

For 100 years—from the 1850s to the 1950s—Vermont was the most Republican state in the nation. But today it is the most Democratic. Journalist Chris Graff considers some factors behind the switch from “red to blue,” including interstate highways, the arrival of IBM in Vermont, and the reapportionment of the Vermont House.