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January 2019

Conversations with Frank Bruni

January 9, 2019
7:00 pm
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Join New York Times columnist Frank Bruni for a wide-ranging conversation on topics including identity politics and its effect on campuses and communities, and the importance of free speech. Read More »

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February 2019

What You Didn’t Know about Evangelicalism

February 6, 2019
7:00 pm
Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury
Image of hands folded on the Bible

Most Americans associate evangelicals with the hard-right precincts of the Republican Party. But as Dartmouth religion professor Randall Balmer explains, evangelicalism in America has a much longer and more complex history, including a distinguished pedigree of working for progressive reforms. What happened? Read More »

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March 2019

Where’s Chaucer in The Canterbury Tales?

March 6, 2019
7:00 pm
Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury

Dartmouth professor Peter Travis discusses the subtle irony with which Chaucer depicts his pilgrims, leaving us to judge them for ourselves. Read More »

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April 2019

Slow Democracy and the Power of Neighborliness

April 3, 2019
7:00 pm
Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury
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Author and advocate Susan Clark explains the Slow Democracy movement in which ordinary people mobilize to find local solutions to local problems. In the process some find they can bridge the “us-them” divide so prevalent in our national politics. Read More »

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May 2019

Natural Icons and National Identity: Frederic Church’s Landscapes

May 1, 2019
7:00 pm
Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury
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Frederic Church painted landscapes of distinctive American features, including Natural Bridge in Virginia and Niagara Falls in New York. Eleanor Jones Harvey, senior curator at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, explores how and why we used these American landscapes to distinguish the scale and scope of our cultural ambitions. Read More »

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