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February 2022

*DIGITAL* John Lewis and RUN!

February 3
7:00 pm
Cover of "Run!" by John Lewis

Andrew Aydin, co-author of The March Trilogy with civil rights icon John Lewis, describes the creation of the next book in the series, RUN! Aydin also relates becoming an author, how he became involved in politics, and his experiences working with Congressman Lewis. Read More »

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Book Discussion: The Blue Flower by Penelope Fitzgerald

February 13
1:30 pm

Part of the Romantic Ideal series. The characters in these works seek out their ideal of love, happiness, and fulfillment with consequences that are by turns bittersweet, tragic, noble, unconventional, and even comic. But can an ideal ever be met? Read More »

Book Discussion: The Given Day by Dennis Lehane

February 21
4:00 pm

This series examines, through excellent works of fiction, the formation of unions in different industries, the often cruel and callous calculus behind labor negotiations, and the people who suffered, fought, and died as part of the labor battle. Led by Rachael Cohen. Read More »

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Book Discussion: Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America by Barbara Ehrenreich

February 21
7:00 pm

This series examines, through excellent works of fiction, the formation of unions in different industries, the often cruel and callous calculus behind labor negotiations, and the people who suffered, fought, and died as part of the labor battle. Led by Rachael Cohen. Read More »

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*DIGITAL*Cabot Library: African American Experience: The Harlem Renaissance

February 24
2:00 pm
Image of painting of Great Migration

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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March 2022

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

March 2
7:00 pm
Suffragist standing on stump at Vermont State Fair

Singer and historian Linda Radtke, in period garb and a “Votes for Women” sash, celebrates the centennial of the passage of the 19th Amendment, which gave the right to vote to white women. Read More »

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(Un)Common Spaces

March 2
7:00 pm
Brownell Library, Essex Junction
Diverse group of young marchers in city with "All Power to the People" banner

People gather in public spaces for many reasons, including expressing pride in their community, celebrating major milestones, and protesting. Jay Wahl, executive director of the Flynn, considers how the arts can rewrite the cultural memory of public spaces and help overcome barriers of access and equity. Read More »

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*DIGITAL* “Rebel Music:” Afro-Caribbean Music and Political Thought

March 2
7:00 pm
Manchester Community Library, Manchester Center
Musician Bob Marley holding a guitar and pointing skyward during a concert.

Middlebury College professor Kemi Fuentes-George traces the development of pan-African political theory in the early 20th century and discusses how Afro Caribbean “rebel music” helped these ideas challenge established assumptions about nonwhite people and global relations. (Registration required.) Read More »

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*DIGITAL* “It Was I Who Did It”: Women in the American Revolution

March 2
7:00 pm
Painting of woman firing a cannon during Revolutionary War battle

Why were women originally left out of the Revolutionary War narrative, and how did they eventually get written back in? Author Carol Berkin provides a close examination of the vital roles that women played in pre-revolutionary protests and in the revolution itself and describes how their participation helped create a new gender ideology. Read More »

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Leaving the World of the Temporarily Abled

March 2
7:00 pm
John Killacky with his hand on a cane

Artist and legislator John R. Killacky shares his journey of overcoming paralysis from spinal surgery complications 25 years ago. He also reflects on how reentering the world in a disabled body radically changed his perspective in his artistic practice as well as in his advocacy for artists with disabilities. Read More »

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