Vermont Humanities

Vermont Women and the Civil War

Bristol Historical Museum, Howden Hall 19 West St, Bristol, VT, United States

Vermont’s remarkable Civil War battlefield record is well documented, but little is known of how Vermont women sustained the home front. Historian Howard Coffin explains how women took on farming, worked in factories, served as nurses in the state's military hospitals, and more.

Vermont’s Remarkable Sharpshooters

Bridport Community/Masonic Hall 52 Crown Point Rd, Bridport, VT, United States

Vermont sent far more sharpshooters to the Union armies than any other state, on a per capita basis. Sharpshooters from this state played a little-known but major role at Gettysburg. Historian Howard Coffin will discuss his recent research into this little-recognized group and consider the reasons why Vermont may have been so well-represented in this elite group of marksmen.

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You (SOLD OUT)

McCullough Student Center 14 Old Chapel Road, Middlebury, VT, United States

#1 New York Times bestselling author Jason Reynolds discusses his collaborative work on the book Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You, a reimagining of Ibram X. Kendi’s Stamped from the Beginning, “remixed” for a Young Adult audience.

The Black Presence at the Battle of Bennington

Orwell Free Library 473 Main St, Orwell, United States

Most Vermonters might be surprised that among the 30 men killed at the Battle of Bennington was a black man, Sipp Ives, a member of Seth Warner’s Continental regiment of Green Mountain Boys. And Ives was not the only patriot of African descent who played a role in the fighting and its aftermath. In this illustrated talk, teacher and author Phil Holland explores military records and early town histories to present a more diverse picture of Vermont’s iconic battle and its Green Mountain Boys than typically depicted. Holland will also reflect on historical memory and how it is preserved and constructed.

North: A Reading and Discussion of the Novel

Ilsley Public Library 75 Main St, Middlebury, VT, United States

A finalist for the Vermont Book Award, North is a moving story about a Vermont monk, a Somali refugee, and an Afghan war veteran whose lives converge on a snowy Vermont night. Author Brad Kessler reviews the creation of the novel and his ongoing work with new Americans in Vermont.

The Genealogy of Happiness: From Aristotle to Positive Psychology

Ilsley Public Library 75 Main St, Middlebury, VT, United States

What is happiness? Can it be measured? And what is the relationship between happiness and virtue, money, pleasure, relationships, mindfulness, and satisfaction? In this program, William Edelglass will focus on what research suggests makes us happier, and then introduce three practices that research shows do make us happier

Postponed: The New History of Watergate

Ilsley Public Library 75 Main St, Middlebury, VT, United States

This event has been postponed due to illness. Fifty years after five burglars were caught inside the Watergate offices of the Democratic National Committee, the scandal that brought down Richard Nixon’s presidency continues to reverberate in modern American politics. Journalist Garrett M. Graff, author of Watergate: A New History, discusses how Watergate shaped modern Washington, and how the events of 1971-1974 are stranger, wilder, and weirder than our popular memory.

The Making of “No Other Lake”

Ilsley Public Library 75 Main St, Middlebury, VT, United States

In 2021, UVM student Jordan Rowell kayaked the 120-mile length of Lake Champlain. Over a two-week journey, Rowell and local filmmaker Duane Peterson conducted interviews to better understand the challenges facing the lake and to explore our relationship with natural resources in the era of climate change. The pair shares excerpts from their short documentary film and discusses its creation.

In Goldleana’s Hands: Black Women and Labor Choices in North Louisiana in 1950s

Ilsley Public Library 75 Main St, Middlebury, VT, United States

Jolivette Anderson-Douoning shares the lived experience of Mrs. Goldleana, whose story illuminates the role Black women played as laborers in the Louisiana cotton and timber industries—and in their own families—in the 1940s and 50s. She also highlights geographical differences in Black migration: some left the South while others remained. 

Birding Her-story: The Lost Legacy of Women in Ornithology

Ilsley Public Library 75 Main St, Middlebury, VT, United States

“Bird Diva” Bridget Butler believes that there’s a bit of bias in the birding world when it comes to females. In this presentation, she examines new scientific studies on female birds, shares stories of the “Mothers of Ornithology,” and reflects on current research about gender and birding.