Vermont Humanities

Rebel Music: Afro-Caribbean Music and Political Thought

Brownell Library 6 Lincoln St, Essex Junction, VT

Middlebury College professor Kemi Fuentes-George traces the development of pan-African political theory in the early 20th century and discusses how Afro Caribbean “rebel music” helped these ideas challenge established assumptions about nonwhite people and global relations. 

Civil War, Emancipation, Reconstruction and America’s National Parks

Brownell Library 6 Lincoln St, Essex Junction, VT

Central Park and Yosemite Valley became public parks during the tumultuous years before and during the Civil War. UVM historian and former National Park Service superintendent Rolf Diamant explains how anti-slavery activism, war, and the remaking of the federal government gave rise to the American public park and the very concept of national parks.