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November 2020

*DIGITAL* The Story of Water in Times of Crisis

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What does water tell us about who we are? Dartmouth professor Tarek El-Ariss examines our relationship to water in times of crisis, linking war in the Middle East with regional water shortages and pandemics. (Pre-registration required.) Read More »

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*DIGITAL* Emma Willard: Early Female Education and the Campaign for Women’s Suffrage

November 4
7:00 pm
Emma Willard stone carving

Emma Willard founded the first school for women’s higher education in the United States. Saint Michael’s professor Susan Ouellette describes how the opportunities provided by Willard’s schools laid the groundwork for the early suffrage movement. (Pre-registration required.) Read More »

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*DIGITAL* Democracies, Libraries, and Free Information

November 4
7:00 pm
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Democracy works only when citizens enjoy unfettered access to good information. But a broken system of publishing can impede this learning. UVM dean of libraries Bryn Geffert shares the innovative ways that some libraries get information into the hands of everyone who needs it. (Pre-registration required.) Read More »

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*DIGITAL* Say Their Names, A Personal Story of Artistic Activism

November 4
7:00 pm
George Floyd memorial wall in Minneapolis

In May 2020, Dr. Matthew Evan Taylor began a musical composition in response to the escalating uprising in the wake of the murders of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and Ahmaud Arbery. Including selections from his recorded work, Dr. Taylor will discuss his journey towards using music as an avenue for advocacy and activism. Read More »

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*DIGITAL* Emma Willard: Early Female Education and the Campaign for Women’s Suffrage

November 4
7:00 pm
Emma Willard stone carving

Emma Willard founded the first school for women’s higher education in the United States. Saint Michael’s professor Susan Ouellette describes how the opportunities provided by Willard’s schools laid the groundwork for the early suffrage movement. (Pre-registration required.) Read More »

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Book Discussion: Growing Up by Russell Baker

November 8
1:30 pm
Image of painting of Eudora Welty

Part of the Memorable Memoirs series. Memoirs come in all shapes and sizes, but they all have one thing in common: They are not autobiographies. Rather than a straight chronology of the author’s life, memoirs hone in on a specific feature of that life. The memoirs in this series use both traditional and unconventional formats to do just that. Read More »

*DIGITAL* Democracy 20/20 Discussion with Suzanne Brown

November 11
7:00 pm
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Vermont Humanities program scholar Suzanne Brown will expertly lead attendees in a discussion of three short selections that will explore our Fall Conference theme of democracy through the lens of the Chinese-American experience. Read More »

*DIGITAL* Educator Discussion with Alan Berolzheimer

November 12
4:30 pm
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Historian Alan Berolzheimer will lead three discussion sessions using recorded videos from our Democracy 20/20 Fall Conference. Educators are invited to attend all of these facilitated sessions free of charge to discuss the conference themes. Read More »

*DIGITAL* Book Discussion: Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi

November 12
6:30 pm
Alison Bechdel cartoon

The genre of graphic novels has flourished in recent years. The four highly acclaimed works in this series—three memoirs and one work of historical fiction (Berlin)—highlight the literary value and artistic merit in this growing medium. Read More »

*DIGITAL* Above and Beyond: JFK and the U-2 Pilots During the Cuban Missile Crisis

November 12
7:00 pm
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The thirteen harrowing days of the Cuban Missile Crisis brought the world to the brink of nuclear disaster. Writer Michael Tougias recounts this tense chapter of history and explores how President Kennedy reached a decision on a course of action. Read More »

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