Vermont Humanities

Standing in This Place: Growing Up LGBTQ in Vermont

Goodrich Memorial Library 202 Main St, Newport, VT, United States

Playwright Maura Campbell wove the stories of 18 LGBTQ+ Vermonters, old and young, into the book Standing in This Place: Growing Up LGBTQ in Vermont. Campbell joins gay-rights activist Howdy Russell from an older generation and trans actor/school educator Ray Merrill from a younger generation, who shared their personal stories in the book, as they discuss their challenges growing up LGBTQ+ in Vermont and respond to audience questions.

POSTPONED: Our Native Land

Goodrich Memorial Library 202 Main St, Newport, VT, United States

Father and son storytellers and musicians Joseph and Jesse Bruchac of the Nulhegan Abenaki Nation use traditional music, storytelling, and the Abenaki language to describe the continuing connection of their people to Ndakinna (our land.) They share greeting and friendship songs and tell stories that relate to the creation of the place now called Vermont. 

Slow Democracy and the Power of Community

Vermont Humanities Zoom VT, United States

Author and advocate Susan Clark explains the Slow Democracy movement in which ordinary people mobilize to find local solutions to local problems. In the process some find they can bridge the “us/them” divide so prevalent in our national politics today. Clark shares stories of democratic community building from across the nation, and gives practical tips for breaking down barriers.

Revolution in Our Time

Goodrich Memorial Library 202 Main St, Newport, VT, United States

National Book Award finalist Kekla Magoon discusses her award-winning nonfiction book, Revolution in Our Time: The Black Panther Party’s Promise to the People. The Vermont author also considers the importance of reading as a tool for social change, and our individual and collective power to transform our communities.  

The People’s Tongue: Americans and the English Language

Vermont Humanities Zoom VT, United States

Longtime First Wednesdays favorite Ilan Stavans discusses his new book, an anthology that tells the story of how the English language has been transformed in the United States. The People’s Tongue features essays, letters, poems, songs, speeches, stories, jeremiads, manifestos, and decrees across history, from Sojourner Truth and Abraham Lincoln to Henry Roth and Zora Neale Hurston and beyond.

Robert Frost’s Life and Writing

Dailey Memorial Library 101 Junior High Drive, Derby, VT, United States

This series invites readers to learn more about Robert Frost's life and the diversity of his writings. Robert Frost is commonly regarded as America's greatest poet. Among his many honors are four Pulitzer Prizes and an appointment as Consultant in Poetry at the Library of Congress.

From Red State to Blue State: Vermont’s Political Transformation

Goodrich Memorial Library 202 Main St, Newport, VT, United States

For 100 years—from the 1850s to the 1950s—Vermont was the most Republican state in the nation. But today it is the most Democratic. Journalist Chris Graff considers some factors behind the switch from “red to blue,” including interstate highways, the arrival of IBM in Vermont, and the reapportionment of the Vermont House. 

Building Berlin: the Genesis of a Graphic Novel

Goodrich Memorial Library 202 Main St, Newport, VT, United States

The graphic novel Berlin by Jason Lutes depicts life during the rise of fascism in post-WWI Germany. Lutes discusses his development as a cartoonist—with inspiration from William Faulkner to Dungeons & Dragons, Wim Wenders to Star Wars—that culminated in the creation of a book The Guardian called “a modern classic.”

Reckless Ideas: This Changes Everything

Generator 40 Sears Ln, Burlington

The smart machines are here, ever more so, and there is no going back. Now what? What exactly is A.I.? How does it work? How is it used? And who gets to say? Join us at Reckless Ideas, a free and open-to-the-public lecture series.

Freedom and Unity

Goodrich Memorial Library 202 Main St, Newport, VT, United States

Join lead cartoonist of the Freedom and Unity: A Graphic Guide to Civics and Democracy in Vermont, Dan Nott, for this lively presentation about the making of the book. The presentation includes perspectives of the cartoonists and scholars that helped create a comic book about the past, present, and potential of democracy and civics in Vermont. Learn more about our brave little state, cartooning, and using comics to teach civic and history.