Vermont Humanities

Red Scare in the Green Mountains: Vermont in the McCarthy Era

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

What happened in Vermont when the anti-Communist fear known as the “Red Scare” swept the country? Quite a bit, as it turns out. Rick Winston, author of the book "Red Scare in the Green Mountains: Vermont in the McCarthy Era," explores some forgotten history as we see how a small, rural “rock-ribbed Republican” state with a historically libertarian streak handled the hysteria of the time.

Finding Inspiration Across the Arts

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

Julio Desmont and Matt LaRocca from the Vermont Symphony Orchestra will hold an interactive workshop and discussion about inspiration across artistic mediums at the Rutland Free Library.

Vermont Reads: Last Night at the Telegraph Club Discussion

Pittsfield Town Hall Village Green 40 Village Green, Pittsfield, United States

Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo will be the topic of discussion Lesley Wright, a Vermont Humanities book discussion leader, will facilitate a discussion of the 2023-24 statewide read book selection. Multiple copies of the book are available at Roger Clark Memorial Library and are available to anyone who would like to read it.

Alfred Hitchcock and the Art of Suspense

Fair Haven Free Library 107 N Main St, Fair Haven, 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.

The Evolution of Jazz

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

Ray Vega and his quartet will present a musical program demonstrating the elements of Jazz. The ensemble will address the ever changing styles of the music from the Blues to Ragtime to Traditional to Swing to Bebop and beyond. Vega and the members of his ensemble will participate in a question and answer session at the end of their presentation