Vermont Humanities

The Counterculture’s Impact on Vermont and Vermont’s Influence on the Counterculture Generation

Waterbury Municipal Center, Steele Room 28 N Main St, Waterbury, VT

In the late 1960s and ’70s, thousands of young migrants, largely from the cities and suburbs of New York and Massachusetts, turned their backs on the establishment of the 1950s and moved to the back woods, small towns and cities of rural Vermont. Author Yvonne Daley discusses this interesting time in Vermont’s history and its impact today.

The Most Costly Journey Comics Workshop

Waterbury Public Library 28 N Main St, Waterbury, VT, United States

Join award-winning cartoonist & educator Marek Bennett for a closer look at the Vermont Reads 2022 book The Most Costly Journey. Marek presents some of many comics documenting human migrations and struggles throughout the ages, and leads a hands-on demo to show how YOU can cartoon the stories of your own family, neighborhood, and wider world. (No prior art experience needed — Everybody can create comics!)

The Most Costly Journey Book Discussion

Waterbury Public Library 28 N Main St, Waterbury, VT, United States

Author and graphic novelist, Alison Bechdel says of the anthology, The Most Costly Journey: "Every North American should read this book in order to understand the disturbing degree to which we all depend on the self-sacrifice of these workers." Join with the Waterbury Public Library for a discussion around themes of immigration, border crossings, language barriers, climate and weather disparities, health crises and working unimaginable long hours.

Under the Cloak of Darkness Film Screening

Waterbury Public Library 28 N Main St, Waterbury, VT, United States

The Waterbury Public Library wraps up its Vermont Reads 2022 programming with a movie night “Under the Cloak of Darkness” (2008), a feature-length documentary about Vermont’s migrant Mexican farm worker population that aims to humanize this invisible community and bring to light the issues surrounding migrant labor.  The movie will be followed by a discussion and refreshments.

Red Scare in the Green Mountains: Vermont in the McCarthy Era

Waterbury Public Library 28 N Main St, Waterbury, VT, United States

What happened in Vermont when the anti-Communist fear known as the “Red Scare” swept the country? Quite a bit, as it turns out. Rick Winston, author of the book "Red Scare in the Green Mountains: Vermont in the McCarthy Era," explores some forgotten history as we see how a small, rural “rock-ribbed Republican” state with a historically libertarian streak handled the hysteria of the time.