Vermont Humanities

*DIGITAL* War Reenactors: Who Gets to Tell History?

Manchester Community Library 138 Cemetery Ave, Manchester Center, United States

Artist Ed Gendron shares and discusses images from his photo project about World War II reenactors in the United States. Gendron later produced Playing Soldier, a feature-length documentary on the same topic. “The re-enactors assert that ‘history is a personal thing,’ says Gendron. “And for them, it may be quite true.” (Registration required.)

The Ethics of Vermont Eugenics: Past and Present

First Congregational Church of Manchester 3624 Main St, Manchester, VT, United States

In the name of “human betterment” a century ago, public institutions and private organizations in Vermont chose some of the state’s most marginalized persons for institutionalization, sterilization, and family separation. Harvard Medical School lecturer Charlene Galarneau explores the factors that led to Vermont’s distinct expression of eugenics, and its continuing legacies today.

Walt Whitman: American Poet

First Congregational Church of Manchester 3624 Main St, Manchester, VT, United States

Walt Whitman was a great poetic innovator, the poet who best sums up what it is to be an American, and his Song of Myself is the most majestic poem written in our nation. And yet, for all this, UVM professor emeritus Huck Gutman finds Whitman to be wonderfully approachable.

“Rebel Music:” Afro-Caribbean Music and Political Thought

Manchester Community Library 138 Cemetery Ave, Manchester Center, United States

Middlebury College professor Kemi Fuentes-George traces the development of pan-African political theory in the early 20th century and discusses how Afro Caribbean “rebel music” helped these ideas challenge established assumptions about nonwhite people and global relations. (Registration required.)

Birding Her-story: The Lost Legacy of Women in Ornithology

Manchester Community Library 138 Cemetery Ave, Manchester Center, United States

In this celebration of paying attention to female birds, “Bird Diva” Bridget Butler examines new scientific studies on female birds and shares stories of the “Mothers of Ornithology.”

“Vast Library of the Female Mind:” the Life and Poetry of Ruth Stone

Manchester Community Library 138 Cemetery Ave, Manchester Center, United States

Acclaimed Vermont poet Ruth Stone transformed her intense grief into poetry, using simple yet startling language. Nora Jacobson’s film “Vast Library of the Female Mind” provides an intimate look into Stone’s life and family. This screening will include panel discussion with Jacobson, former Vermont Poet Laureate Chard DeNiord, and a member of Ruth’s family.