Vermont Humanities

Pandemics, Surreal and the Real

Norwich Public Library 368 Main St, Norwich, VT, United States

The Covid-19 pandemic has been devastating for all of us, as we grieve, struggle with separation, and combat the loneliness we collectively feel. This series created by the Quechee Library confronts this difficult time by looking at it through fiction. The series is comprised of two novellas and a collection of 23 short stories.

The Hills of Home: Mountains and Identity in Vermont History

Springfield Art and Historical Society 65 Route 106, Springfield, 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.

Environmental Humanities 101: Critical Studies for Feverish Times

Norman Williams Public Library 10 S Park St, Woodstock, VT, United States

UVM professor Adrian Ivakhiv, founder of EcoCultureLab, introduces the rapidly growing field of Environmental Humanities, which is designed to address ecological crisis, climate crisis, dramatic global inequality, political polarization, media frenzy, future pandemics, and much more. Ivakhiv will focus on what it means to live at this present moment, a moment problematically called “the Anthropocene.”

Major Jackson: Words in the Woods

Coolidge State Park 855 Coolidge State Park Road, Plymouth, United States

Major Jackson is the author of six books of poetry, including Leaving Saturn (2002), which won the Cave Canem Poetry Prize for a first book of poems. He has been awarded a Pushcart Prize, a Whiting Writers’ Award, and has been honored by the Pew Fellowship in the Arts and the Witter Bynner Foundation in conjunction with the Library of Congress. He has published poems and essays in American Poetry Review, The New Yorker, Orion Magazine, Paris Review, Ploughshares, Poetry, Poetry London, and World Literature Today. Major Jackson lives in Nashville, Tennessee where he is the Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Chair in the Humanities at Vanderbilt University.