Vermont Humanities

Justin Morgan’s Horse: Making an American Myth

Orwell Free Library 473 Main St, Orwell, United States

All Morgan horses today trace their lineage back to a single horse: a mystery stallion named Figure, owned by singing teacher Justin Morgan in the late 18th century. But who was Figure, really? What stories have people told about him in the two centuries since he lived and worked in Vermont?

Student Livestream with Nana-Ama Danquah

Middlebury Union High School 73 Charles Ave, Middlebury, VT, United States

Join us for a special livestream for Vermont high school students. Nana-Ama Danquah, a native of Ghana, is a freelance journalist, ghostwriter, public speaker, actress, and teacher. Her groundbreaking memoir, Willow Weep for Me: A Black Woman's Journey through Depression (W.W. Norton & Co.).

Alfred Hitchcock and the Art of Suspense

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

Hitchcock famously said “Some films are slices of life; mine are slices of cake.” His career spanned forty years and many film eras. Film expert Rick Winston will discuss the evolution of Hitchcock’s craft, exploring his favorite themes, his relationship with his collaborators, and his wry sense of humor no matter how grisly the subject matter.

South Korean Cinema, aka K-Cinema: What’s in a Name?

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

What does South Korea’s vibrant cinema have to say about our understanding of society and the human subject? Hyon Joo Yoo will unpack how South Korean cinema, as an aesthetic response to conditions in South Korea and beyond, reflects upon the universal human subject in the era of global capitalism

Soup to Nuts: An Eccentric History of Food

Platt Memorial Library 279 Main St, Shoreham, VT, United States

The history of what and how we eat encompasses everything from the prehistoric mammoth luau to the medieval banquet to the modern three squares a day. Find out about the rocky evolution of table manners, the not-so-welcome invention of the fork, the awful advent of portable soup, and the surprising benefits of family dinners – plus some catchy info on seasonal foods.

Vermont vs. Hollywood: 100 Years of Vermont in Film

Platt Memorial Library 279 Main St, Shoreham, VT, United States

Vermont has been a featured location in Hollywood movies for nearly a century. It has represented many different ideals during that time, and its portrayal reflects both Vermont’s own history as well as American history. Examining those films provides interesting and fun insights into the hold Vermont has had on imagination in the media age.

Barbie’s Reflection on Our World

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

St. Michael’s Theater professor Peter Harrigan has collected Barbies for over three decades, amassing a personal collection of over 500 of the figurines. In this talk, he takes a dive into the fantastic world of plastic and how it echoes our own world.

Vermont vs. Hollywood: 100 Years of Vermont in Film

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

Vermont has been a featured location in Hollywood movies for nearly a century. It has represented many different ideals during that time, and its portrayal reflects both Vermont’s own history as well as American history. Examining those films provides interesting and fun insights into the hold Vermont has had on imagination in the media age.

Finding Jesse: A Fugitive from Slavery in Vermont

Orwell Free Library 473 Main St, Orwell, United States

“Finding Jesse: A Fugitive from Slavery in Vermont” traces Jesse’s life from enslavement in North Carolina to freedom in Vermont. His story is told through letters in the collection at Rokeby Museum and documents at the North Carolina State Archives. The illustrated talk brings the narrative of one slave out of anonymity and explores his life and pursuit of freedom.