Vermont Humanities

Adapting Traditional Stories into Mainstream Literature

Norwich Public Library 368 Main St, Norwich, VT

Indigenous people have shared stories to pass down knowledge, ways of living, traditions, and ceremonies for thousands of years. Author David A. Robertson examines his middle grade fiction fantasy novels, The Misewa Saga, and discusses what role traditional stories played in the development of the series. He explains how he honored the richness, intent, and themes of those original stories. 

Poetry Reflections with Richard Blanco

Norwich Congregational Church, United Church of Christ 15 Church St, Norwich, VT

Selected by President Obama as the fifth inaugural poet in US history, Richard Blanco is the first Latino, immigrant, and gay person to serve in such a role. Born in Madrid to Cuban exile parents and raised in Miami, the negotiation of cultural identity characterizes his four collections of poetry.  

Essential Work in the Food System: Imagining a Better Future

Norwich Public Library 368 Main St, Norwich, VT

Consumers are increasingly concerned with what goes into their food and demand a healthier and more ecologically sustainable food system. However, labor is rarely part of the so-called sustainable food discussion. Dr. Mares shares her ongoing research on food and farmworkers, focusing both on local labor concerns in the dairy industry and national conversations about essential work.