Vermont Humanities

The Talk: Children of Color Who Grow Up with White Parents

Vermont Humanities Zoom VT

When Black families refer to The Talk, it pertains to the important conversation parents must have with their children if they are to survive and prosper in a racially hostile environment. The Talk, Vermont invites you into these conversations, along with other talks about the various forms of systemic bigotry people of color and marginalized communities encounter.

“The Other Side of Hope:” Films About Immigration

St. Johnsbury Athenaeum 1171 Main St, St Johnsbury, VT

Filmmakers have tackled issues of displacement, discrimination, exploitation, and assimilation in movies like The Other Side of Hope (Syrians in Finland) and Dirty Pretty Things (West Africans in London.) Film history expert Rick Winston shares clips from fifteen works that address one of the most pressing issues of our times. 

The Secret to Superhuman Strength 

St. Johnsbury Athenaeum 1171 Main St, St Johnsbury, VT

Celebrated cartoonist Alison Bechdel discusses her work as an illustrator and memoirist, including her most recent book, The Secret to Superhuman Strength, a graphic memoir about her lifelong love affair with exercise that won the 2021 Vermont Book Award. 

War Reenactors: Who Gets to Tell History?

St. Johnsbury Athenaeum 1171 Main St, St Johnsbury, VT

Artist Ed Gendron shares and discusses images from his photo project about World War II reenactors in the United States. Gendron later produced Playing Soldier, a feature-length documentary on the same topic. “The re-enactors assert that ‘history is a personal thing,’ says Gendron. “And for them, it may be quite true.”