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October 2021

Vermont International Film Festival

October 8 – October 17
Hand holding ticket to Vermont International Film Festival

VTIFF's annual film festival of curated independent films from around the world and the USA, including screenings, filmmaker talks, Q&As, community conversation opportunities. Immerse yourself in a wide range of films from a multitude of cultures. Read More »

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From Homebrew to the House of Fermentology

October 9
3:00 pm
Bill Mares and friend with beer

Bill Mares began making his own beer 45 years ago, when home brewing was illegal and there were no microbreweries in America. In this presentation, he offers a short history of beer itself and discusses Vermont’s small but significant contribution to the American beer revolution. Read More »

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

October 10
3:00 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. Read More »

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The Legacy of Racism

October 11
4:00 pm

This series features recent Pulitzer-Prize winning works that consider the American legacy of racism through four genres. Created as a part of the “Democracy and the Informed Citizen” initiative, a special grant funded by the Mellon Foundation and administered by the Federation of State Humanities Councils, which seeks to deepen the public’s knowledge and appreciation of the vital connections between democracy, the humanities, journalism, and an informed citizenry. Read More »

The Legacy of Racism

October 11
7:00 pm

This series features recent Pulitzer-Prize winning works that consider the American legacy of racism through four genres. Created as a part of the “Democracy and the Informed Citizen” initiative, a special grant funded by the Mellon Foundation and administered by the Federation of State Humanities Councils, which seeks to deepen the public’s knowledge and appreciation of the vital connections between democracy, the humanities, journalism, and an informed citizenry. Read More »

The Value of Our Stories

October 12
6:30 pm
Rajnii Eddins beside a brick wall

Each one of us has a story that is valuable. Poet Rajnii Eddins utilizes spoken word as a tool for engagement in conversations about race, culture, equity and the richness to be found in each of our stories. Read More »

From Homebrew to the House of Fermentology

October 12
7:00 pm
North Chittenden Grange Hall, North Chittenden
Bill Mares and friend with beer

Bill Mares began making his own beer 45 years ago, when home brewing was illegal and there were no microbreweries in America. In this presentation, he offers a short history of beer itself and discusses Vermont’s small but significant contribution to the American beer revolution. Read More »

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The Red Scare in the Green Mountains: Vermont in the McCarthy Era

October 16
2:00 pm

What happened in Vermont when the anti-Communist fear known as the “Red Scare” swept the country? Quite a bit, as it turns out. Rick Winston, author of the recently published "Red Scare in the Green Mountains: Vermont in the McCarthy Era," explores some forgotten history as we see how a small, rural “rock-ribbed Republican” state with a historically libertarian streak handled the hysteria of the time. There were several fascinating stories in the Green Mountains, including a high-profile academic firing, a conservative senator who helped take down Joseph McCarthy, controversies involving left-leaning summer residents, and some veteran newspaper editors who spoke out against McCarthy’s tactics. Read More »

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Dailey Memorial Library: Women’s Literature: Dual Heritage

October 17
1:30 pm
Image of author Jhumpa Lahiri

This series features contemporary, multicultural female voices. In novels and short stories, these foreign-born American writers celebrate the diversity of their dual heritages. Read More »

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*DIGITAL* Community Engagement & Complex Conversations with Vermont Reads 2021: We Contain Multitudes

October 18
4:30 pm
We Contain Multitudes book with Vermont Reads logo

In our second 90-minute Vermont Reads 2021 Zoom webinar, we invite local organizers and social service providers to tell us about their work in Vermont supporting LGBTQ+ youth, people in recovery, survivors of violence, and more. (Registration required.) Read More »

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