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December 2020

*DIGITAL* Anne Frank’s Neighbors: What Did They Do?

December 6, 2020
2:00 pm
Image of Anne Frank

Although Anne Frank's Diary is the most widely read nonfiction book in the world after the Bible, little attention has been paid to her neighbors. Writer Mary Fillmore examines the choices faced by the people who lived alongside the Jewish population as persecution intensified. Read More »


*DIGITAL* Book Discussion: The Man Who Planted Trees by Jean Giono

December 8, 2020
6:00 pm
Image of hands holding plant

Part of the Sustainability series. "Green" and "sustainable" have become such buzzwords, they have almost lost their meanings. This series explores how different authors and communities understand the multiple definitions and connotations of ecological sustainability and try to make it work in the world. Read More »

*DIGITAL* Book Discussion: Fun Home by Alison Bechdel

December 10, 2020
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*: Restorative Justice: How Vermont, Argentina, and Rwanda Wrestle With Crime, the Past, and Rebuilding Community

Image of granite wall with names

Norwich University Professor Rowly Brucken explains the principles of restorative justice, such as repairing relationships by uncovering the truth, holding offenders accountable, and making restitution to victims, and how they have been applied locally and internationally as a response to criminal offenses large and small. Read More »


January 2021

*DIGITAL* Why College in Prison? Why Liberal Arts?

January 6
7:00 pm
Brownell Library, Essex Junction
Kathy Fox teaching course in prison

Kathy Fox, founder and director of the UVM Liberal Arts in Prison Program, explains how everyone can be transformed by exposure to a liberal arts curriculum. (Pre-registration required.) Read More »


*DIGITAL* How Yiddish Changed America and How America Changed Yiddish

January 6
7:00 pm
Painting of Jewish immigrants arriving in New York by boat

Yiddish is imprinted in American English in terms like chutzpah, kosher, bagel, and schmooze. And the work of Sholem Aleichem, Anzia Yezierska, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Grace Paley, and Irving Howe shows the deep impact of Jewish immigration on the United States. Amherst College professor Ilan Stavans surveys the journey. (Pre-registration required.) Read More »


*DIGITAL* Winslow Homer and the Poetics of Place

January 10
7:00 pm
Winslow Homer's The Reaper

The painter Winslow Homer (1836-1910) occupies an unusual and pivotal place in the history of American art. Thomas Denenberg, director of the Shelburne Museum, sketches Homer’s long and productive career, focusing on how he bridged the sentimental culture of the nineteenth century with the visual culture of the modern era. Read More »


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

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 McCarty Era," explores some forgotten history. Read More »


*DIGITAL* Book Discussion: Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

January 11
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 »

Book Discussion: The Portable Harlem Renaissance Reader by David Lewis

January 11
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 »

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