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February 2021

*DIGITAL* 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. (Registration required.) Read More »


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 »


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 »


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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