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November 2020

*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
Image of JFK at lectern

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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*DIGITAL* The Presidents vs. the Press: The Endless Battle Between the White House and the Media

November 13
7:00 pm
Podium at the White House

How did we go from journalism as a trusted form of information to an era of “fake news” and “alternative facts”? Presidential historian Harold Holzer examines the tension between chief executives and their chief critics, from George Washington to the present. Read More »

*DIGITAL* “A Woman, Ain’t I?”

Image of Kathryn Woods as Sojourner Truth

Born a slave in New Paltz, New York, Isabella Baumfree walked away from slavery and in her travels evolved into Sojourner Truth: maid, laundress, evangelist, abolitionist, and suffragist. This program, presented by Kathryn Woods, tells Sojourner Truth's story in her own words, speeches, and songs. Read More »

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*DIGITAL* Democracy 20/20 Discussion with Suzanne Brown

November 15
4:00 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* Book Discussion: Crossers by Philip Caputo

November 16
4:00 pm
Image of woman running across dunes

A book of short stories, a memoir and two novels bring us to present day consideration of migration, immigration and refuge. Their love and a sense of their past as they walk through fantastical doors to new lands. Read More »

*DIGITAL* Book Discussion: Good Morning, Good Night by Lily Brooks-Dalton.

November 16
4:30 pm
Quechee Library, Quechee
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Through a collection of short fictional stories from New York Times Magazine's July 12 edition and two novels readers will explore the impact of pandemics. Read More »

Book Discussion: Cane by Jean Toomer

November 16
6:30 pm
Image of Zora Neale Hurston

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 »

*DIGITAL* Book Discussion: The Line Becomes A River by Francisco Cantu

November 16
7:00 pm
Image of woman running across dunes

A book of short stories, a memoir and two novels bring us to present day consideration of migration, immigration and refuge. Their love and a sense of their past as they walk through fantastical doors to new lands. Read More »

*DIGITAL* Educator Discussion with Alan Berolzheimer

November 19
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 »

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