Vermont Humanities

The Hills of Home: Mountains and Identity in Vermont History

Roger Clark Memorial Library 40 Village Green, Pittsfield, VT, United States

Vermonters have strong ideas about the importance of their mountain topography. Where did our pride in Vermont’s landscape come from, and why is it that we see our shared identity as rooted in the land? This lecture by historian Jill Mudgett is timely and relevant in its relationship to current interdisciplinary scholarship, and offers us tools to understand the origins and meaning of our own strongly-held attachments to the Vermont landscape.

From Homebrew to the House of Fermentology

Castleton University, Jeffords Auditorium 233 South St, Castleton, Vermont, United States

Bill Mares began making his own beer 45 years ago, when home brewing was illegal and there were no microbreweries in America. In this presentation, he offers a short history of beer itself and discusses Vermont’s small but significant contribution to the American beer revolution.

Every Problem Is Now a Technology Problem

Rutland Free Library 10 Court St, Rutland, VT, United States

The Covid Era created new challenges (and opportunities!) for technology education work. Every problem turned into a technology problem, and issues of access and the digital divide became very imposing, very rapidly. What made a difference? Library technologist and author Jessamyn West talks about the Vermont public library response.