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A drawing of a woman standing on a pile of pharmaceutical pills
Live Event

What is Graphic Medicine?

Author and cartoonist Rachel Lindsay explores the themes of mental illness and psychopharmaceutical advertising, as chronicled in her book RX: A Graphic Memoir.

A green hill spotted with small colorful doors for Hobbit homes
Live Event

Tolkien and Goddess Worship 

UVM lecturer Chris Vaccaro explores J.R.R. Tolkien’s devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary and his occupation with female divinities such as Varda, Yavanna, Melian, Luthien, and Galadriel in his work. Vaccaro compares these divinities with goddesses within Greco-Roman, Celtic, and Norse mythologies and considers Tolkien’s influences. 

Sherlock Holmes statue in profile against sunset
Live Event

Sherlock Holmes: The Game’s Afoot

Scholar Barry Deitz looks at the life and times of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of Sherlock Holmes. He discusses the inspiration for Holmes and examines what other writers, actors, and directors have done with the character over the past 30 years. 

An Arizona street with tents lined along each side
Digital Event

What is Trauma Informed Journalism?

Journalist and activist Lori Yearwood explores what it means to be a trauma-informed journalist when reporting on difficult topics. Having experienced homelessness herself, she suggests key ideas to keep in mind as journalists engage with populations who face dire situations and systemic poverty. 

a path leads out on to a rock ledge that overlooks a bay or ocean at sunset
Live Event

Arribada- A Novel

Author and Middlebury professor Gloria Estela Gonzalez Zenteno discusses her new novel Arribada, about a woman pushed to confront her role in environmental and social injustice, and a well-to-do family’s realization that their comfortable position rests on crimes against the natural world, their town, and their loved ones. 

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Live Event

Healing Through Art 

Author and artist Dana Walrath practices a border-crossing blend of creative writing, comics, art, and anthropology. In this lecture, she explores the work that went into creating projects such as Aliceheimer’s, a graphic memoir about her mother’s dementia journey, and considers the last impacting of this type of storytelling.