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April 2021

*DIGITAL*: Racism in America Forum: Re-imagining Policing and Public Safety in Vermont

April 21
7:00 pm
Two hands cuffed with words like "bias" and "poverty" written on them

Rev. Dr. Arnold Isidore Thomas moderates a panel discussion with Lieutenant Robert Lucas, Commander of the Williston State Police Barracks; Maroni Minter, Campaign Director of VT ACLU; and Captain Garry Scott, Director of Fair and Impartial Policing with Vermont State Police. Read More »

*DIGITAL* Book Discussion: My Garden (Book) by Jamaica Kincaid

April 22
2:00 pm
Image of farmer beside tractor

Vermonters know as well as anyone the rich metaphors inherent in farming and gardening. These authors dig deep to explore the philosophical roots, family dynamics, and personal enrichment associated with tending and growing. Read More »

*DIGITAL* Climate Crisis In Focus: Finding Hope Through Democratic Action: An Evening with Frances Moore Lappe

April 22
5:00 pm

Frances Moore Lappe is an American researcher, world-renowned author, and activist in the area of food and democracy. She is the author of 19 books including Diet for a Small Planet. In this presentation Lappe will shed light on the transformative environmental, cultural and political issues of our time. Read More »

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*DIGITAL* Mindfulness: The History, Practice, and Use of Cultivating Mindful Awareness

April 22
6:30 pm
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What is mindfulness? Where does it come from? And how has it appeared in so many contemporary Western institutions? In this lecture, Marlboro College professor William Edelglass traces the history of various forms of mindfulness from multiple traditions. Read More »

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*DIGITAL* Courageous Conversations: Befriending Radical Disagreement/Grounding Values

April 25
9:00 am
Catamount Arts, St Johnsbury
Colorful illustration of hands casting ballots in a box

This four-part series, in partnership with Catamount Arts, offers a hospitable space for participants to take up the hard questions of our time. Each session, and its requisite prework, affords deep reflection on civility and focuses on the tools needed to engage in civil conversation in a divided country. Registration required. Read More »

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*DIGITAL* Book Discussion: A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain

April 27
7:00 pm
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Part of The Genius of Mark Twain series. Brilliant satire, knee-slapping comedy, potent social commentary... what more can you ask for? Read More »

May 2021

*DIGITAL* Courageous Conversations: Talking About Whiteness

May 2
9:00 am
Catamount Arts, St Johnsbury
Colorful illustration of hands casting ballots in a box

This four-part series, in partnership with Catamount Arts, offers a hospitable space for participants to take up the hard questions of our time. Each session, and its requisite prework, affords deep reflection on civility and focuses on the tools needed to engage in civil conversation in a divided country. Registration required. Read More »

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*DIGITAL* From the Parlor to Polling Place: Stories and Songs from the Suffragists

May 2
2:00 pm
Suffragette standing before a banner

Singer and historian Linda Radtke, in period garb and “Votes for Women” sash, celebrates the centennial of the passage of the 19th Amendment, specifically highlighting the decades-long persistence of Vermonters, both women and men. Registration required. Read More »

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*DIGITAL* Book Discussion: Berlin, City of Stone by Jason Lutes

May 4
6:00 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* The Genealogy of Happiness: From Aristotle to Positive Psychology

Engraving of a couple standing before the sun

What is happiness? Can it be measured? And what is the relationship between happiness and virtue, money, pleasure, relationships, mindfulness, and satisfaction? This program with William Edelglass will begin with an overview of different conceptions of happiness in Western philosophy, religion, and political theory, as well as discuss "the new science of happiness." This event will be held on Zoom. Read More »

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