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February 2021

*DIGITAL* Shakespeare and the History of Fish

February 3
7:00 pm
Painting of Miranda looking out at shipwreck

The works of Shakespeare are full of salty metaphors that reveal a profound familiarity with the ocean and its creatures. Middlebury professor Daniel Brayton discusses the role of the sea in Renaissance literary culture in general and in Shakespeare’s plays in particular. (Registration required.) Read More »

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*DIGITAL* Orozco’s American Epic

February 3
7:00 pm
Detail of mural by Jose Clemente Orozco

"The Epic of American Civilization" is a 24-panel mural painted by Jose Clemente Orozco at Dartmouth College between 1932 and 1934. Mary Coffey, Dartmouth professor and the author of "Orozco's American Epic: Myth, History, and the Melancholy of Race," explores one of the Mexican muralist’s greatest works. (Registration required.) Read More »

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*DIGITAL* Cannabis: Medical Uses and Public Safety

February 3
7:00 pm
Eyedropper and small bottle on background with marijuana leaf

UVM Pharmacology professor Dr. Karen Lounsbury reviews the history of cannabis and the medicinal products derived from it, as well as the benefits, risks, and the therapeutic potential of medical cannabis. She’ll include time for questions and open discussion after this interactive session. Read More »

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*DIGITAL* Book Discussion: Peyton Place by Grace Metalious

February 8
4:00 pm
Image of New England house

Part of the New England Uncovered series. What lies hidden beneath the popular images of New England with its white spires and Yankee frugality? More than meets the eye! Read More »

*DIGITAL* Book Discussion: A Brother’s Blood by Michael White

February 8
7:00 pm
Image of New England house

Part of the New England Uncovered series. What lies hidden beneath the popular images of New England with its white spires and Yankee frugality? More than meets the eye! Read More »

Book Discussion: The Town that Food Saved by Ben Hewitt

February 9
6:00 pm
Image of hands holding plant

This series explores how different authors and communities understand the multiple definitions and connotations of ecological sustainability. Read More »

*DIGITAL* Why Does Our Complex Humanity Matter?

February 9
7:00 pm
Colorful illustration of hands casting ballots in a box

We’ll consider the advantages and disadvantages of highlighting group identity in electoral politics. Is there still a place for eloquence and wit in our political strategies? Read More »

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*DIGITAL* Book Discussion: Beloved by Toni Morrison

February 12
4:30 pm
Blake Memorial Library, East Corinth
Image of box with old photos

Part of the Family History series. The Pulitzer-winning novels in this series examine not only relationships, but the ways difficult chapters of a family's past are revealed by the passing of time. Read More »

*DIGITAL* Book Discussion: The Line Becomes A River by Francisco Cantu

February 21
1:30 pm
Image of woman running across dunes

A book of short stories, a memoir and two novels bring us to present day consideration of migration, immigration and refuge. Their love and a sense of their past as they walk through fantastical doors to new lands. Read More »

Book Discussion: Selected Poems of Langston Hughes by Langston Hughes

February 22
6:30 pm
Image of Zora Neale Hurston

During the 1920s, New York's Harlem neighborhood hosted an explosion of African-American cultural expression. This series features a history of the era alongside texts that have come to define it. Read More »

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