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November 2020

*DIGITAL* The Story of Water in Times of Crisis

Image of hands under a stream of water

What does water tell us about who we are? Dartmouth professor Tarek El-Ariss examines our relationship to water in times of crisis, linking war in the Middle East with regional water shortages and pandemics. (Pre-registration required.) Read More »

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December 2020

*DIGITAL* Martin Luther King: Dare to Dream

Actor David Mills portrays Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. surmounting his early uncertainties and transforming into a world-renowned civil rights icon. Be reawakened and elevated with highlights from Dr. King’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” “I Have a Dream,” and “Promised Land.” (Pre-registration required.) Read More »

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January 2021

Telling Disability Stories: Histories, Representations, and Imaginations

Woman in wheelchair and standing women holding "We Are All Humans" sign

In spotlighting stories centered on disabled people, Middlebury professor Susan Burch draws on history, popular media representations, and inclusive design practices to reimagine our past, present, and possible future. Read More »

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February 2021

Ancient Eyes – Ageless Skies

Shooting star over purple mountain

Meteorologist Mark Breen explains how people have gazed into the heavens since the dawn of human civilization, trying to find meaning and connection to their lives. Read More »

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March 2021

Various Useless and Pleasing Things: Crafty Children in the Nineteenth Century

Painting of children working on crafts in the 1800s

Crafts for children as an activity were invented in the decades after the Civil War. Saint Michael’s professor Maura D'Amore shares scenes of planning, cutting, pasting, and constructing from the 1860s and 1870s that show a new appreciation for guided childhood tinkering. Read More »

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April 2021

When the Bicycle Came to Vermont

Frank Lane Bicycles in Burlington, 1901

UVM professor Luis Vivanco explores the fascinating early history of the bicycle in Vermont, an invention that generated widespread curiosity when it arrived in the 1880s—helping spark important changes in industrial production, consumerism, road policies, gender relations, and cultural ideas. Read More »

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May 2021

In Loco Parentis

Shadows of people fighting

Documentary filmmakers James Sanchez and Joel Fendelman explore the history of rape, sexual assault, and cover-up at a prestigious New England boarding school, while unpacking the cultural and social dynamics that lead to administrators protecting their institutions over the safety of their students. Read More »

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