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May 2021

*DIGITAL* Domestic Soldiers: British Housewives and the Second World War

Painting of British housewives with "Up and at 'Em" banner

How did British housewives experience the Second World War and contribute to the war effort? Saint Michael’s history professor Jen Purcell tells the stories of seven housewives from across Britain. They grappled with the challenges of wartime, navigated shifting relationships at home and in the community, and struggled to be recognized for their efforts. Registration required. Read More »

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*DIGITAL* From Politics to Poetry

May 5
7:00 pm
Madeline Kunin at a desk in front of female reporters

As the first woman governor for the State of Vermont and the holder of other prestigious positions, Madeleine Kunin has inspired women and girls to discover their own voices as leaders. Governor Kunin will speak about her life in politics and read from her newest book of poetry. Registration required. Read More »

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*DIGITAL* Why Not in Vermont? The Long Campaign for Women’s Suffrage

May 5
7:00 pm
Early Vermont suffragists Clarina Howard Nichols

Why did Vermont lawmakers resist women voting in the 19th and 20th centuries? Through the stories of three Vermont suffragists, Lyn Blackwell outlines the shifting debate over women’s full citizenship in from the 1850s until 1920. Registration required. Read More »

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*DIGITAL* The Counterculture’s Impact on Vermont and Vermont’s Influence on the Counterculture Generation

May 5
7:00 pm
Young hippies playing flute with sheep in Vermont

In the late 1960s and ’70s, thousands of young migrants, largely from the cities and suburbs of New York and Massachusetts, turned their backs on the establishment of the 1950s and moved to the back woods, small towns and cities of rural Vermont, transforming the state while being transformed themselves. Registration required. Read More »

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*CANCELLED* In Loco Parentis

Shadows of people fighting

Documentary filmmakers James Sanchez and Joel Fendelman explore the history of rape, sexual assault, and cover-up at a prestigious New England boarding school, while unpacking the cultural and social dynamics that lead to administrators protecting their institutions over the safety of their students. Read More »

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*DIGITAL* Compassion and Its Aftermaths

May 5
7:00 pm
Man on subway platform holding "seeking human kindness" sign

How does one develop compassion, and what should one do when feeling it? Dartmouth professor Irene Kacandes explores these questions and examines how we can take action even when our movements are severely limited, such as during the Covid-19 pandemic. Registration required. Read More »

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*DIGITAL* Einstein in a Nutshell

May 5
7:00 pm
Image of Albert Einstein

Einstein’s most famous contribution to science—his theory of relativity—is based on an idea so simple it can be stated in one sentence. Yet from that simple idea, explains Middlebury professor Richard Wolfson, follow conclusions that have revolutionized our notions of space, time, and causality. Registration required. Read More »

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*DIGITAL*: Racism in America Forum: NAACP in Vermont

May 5
7:00 pm
Two hands cuffed with words like "bias" and "poverty" written on them

Rev. Dr Isidore Thomas moderates a conversation with Steffen Gillom, President of Windham County NAACP and Mia Schultz, President of the Rutland NAACP. They will share their thoughts regarding major issues and concerns of Black Americans, including Black Vermonters. Read More »

*DIGITAL* Vermont Reads Book Discussion: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

May 6
10:00 am
The Hate U Give cover

Mississippi writer Angie Thomas’ debut novel, “The Hate U Give,” runs headlong into the challenges faced by young black kids in a world that doesn’t value their bodies or respect their voices. Yet it’s a universal story about a young girl making the choice to speak out. Starr’s struggle to find her voice will likely resonate deeply with any kid who is facing down violence in their home, their neighborhood or their country. Read More »

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*DIGITAL* Television Cop Shows, Police Brutality, and Black Lives Matter

May 12
7:00 pm
Policeman from behind with close up of holster

How do television cop shows shape our understanding of police, race, and crime in America? Focusing on the television series The Wire, Middlebury professor Jason Mittell challenges our understanding of this television genre in the era of the Black Lives Matter movement. Read More »

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