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December 2016

Ideas on Tap: Growing Up Disney: A History of Childhood in the Twentieth Century

December 13, 2016
7:00 pm
ArtsRiot, Burlington
Image of girl with camera

Created in 1923, the Walt Disney Company is now the second largest media conglomerate in the world after Comcast. From the global celebrity of Mickey Mouse that began in the Great Depression to the current popularity of the Disney princesses, the Disney studios have had a significant impact on the lives of children worldwide. Read More »

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March 2017

Tastes of Place and Tastes of Home: Reflections on Food and Identity

March 28, 2017
7:00 pm
ArtsRiot, Burlington
Image of table with plates and wine

Join three scholars—each of whom has an upcoming book on food and identity—for a discussion about how food makes us feel a part of communities, past and present. Part of the Ideas on Tap conversations series presented in partnership with the University of Vermont Humanities Center. Read More »

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April 2017

Acoustic Archeology: Impressions of Ancient Greek Music

April 25, 2017
7:00 pm
ArtsRiot, Burlington
Image of statue with lyre

How do we know what ancient music sounded like? Join UVM classics professor John Franklin for an entertaining exploration of ancient sounds. Part of the Ideas on Tap conversation series, held in partnership with the University of Vermont Humanities Center. Read More »

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May 2017

A Thinking Person’s Guide to Watching Wildlife Films

May 30, 2017
7:00 pm
ArtsRiot, Burlington
Image of penguin

UVM anthropologist Luis Vivanco will unpack how nature and culture are portrayed in wildlife films over time, using the history of cinematic penguins as a key example. Part of the Ideas on Tap conversation series, held in partnership with the University of Vermont Humanities Center. Read More »

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September 2017

Ideas on Tap: Sacred Objects/Secular Spaces

September 13, 2017
7:00 pm
ArtsRiot, Burlington
Image of multiple sacred objects

How are sacred objects transformed when they enter the museum? What does it mean to collect and exhibit religious and sacred objects connected to living peoples and cultures? Join UVM Religious Studies Professor Vicki Brennan and Fleming Museum Curator Andrea Rosen for a conversation exploring these and other questions. Read More »

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Ideas on Tap: Not Just a Musical: The Book of Mormon as Text

September 26, 2017
7:00 pm
ArtsRiot, Burlington
Image of Book of Mormon

The Book of Mormon inspired controversy even before its first publication in 1830. To believers, it is an ancient Christian scripture, discovered and translated by Joseph Smith, Jr., originally from Vermont, following a divine revelation. Join UVM literature professor Elizabeth Fenton for an introduction to The Book of Mormon and a discussion of its (very complicated) structure and plot-lines, as well as its history. Read More »

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October 2017

Ideas on Tap: Vandals, Vigilantes, or Virtuosos? The History and Power of Street Art

October 11, 2017
7:00 pm
ArtsRiot, Burlington
Image of street art

Street art is one of the most popular and best-selling genres of art today. As we explore the transgressive practices of street artists, Champlain College Professor David Mills will confront questions about the ownership and control of public places, about power and difference in the imagescape of the city, and about the nature, value, and place of art in society. Read More »

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March 2018

Apples to Apples: Deciphering Sounds and Images in an Era of Media Saturation

March 21, 2018
5:30 pm
ArtsRiot, Burlington
Image of painting of Adam and Even

We live in an era of media saturation. How do we make sense of all of this information, process it, and give it meaning? UVM professor David Jenemann will discuss how the intellectual history of the twentieth century prepared us to be more efficient and critical readers of the mass media. Read More »

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April 2018

Myth Matters: Meaning Making and the Myths in Everyday Modern Life

April 18, 2018
5:30 pm
ArtsRiot, Burlington
Image of Little Red Riding Hood and wolf

What’s in a myth? Join folklorists and Champlain College faculty Kerry Noonan and Steve Wehmeyer for a spirited discussion of the ways we might tap into some old and new trends in the study of story to help understand how myths make meaning—for good or ill—in everyday life. Read More »

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May 2018

Busting Out of the Ivory Tower: Journey From Academic to Artist

May 16, 2018
5:30 pm
ArtsRiot, Burlington
Image of detail from notebook

Dementia. Genocide. Mental Illness. The Atomic Bomb. Rich topics for academics, but ones that make most of us turn away. Yet writer, artist, and anthropologist Dana Walrath focuses on these subjects in her creative works. Here she explores how bringing these topics into creative writing and art can be healing for all of us. Read More »

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