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November 2019

The Ethics of Raising Children

Parenting can be a difficult, exhausting task. It is also morally fraught. UVM professor Tyler Doggett examines parenthood from a philosophical standpoint, covering ethical issues about how we treat young people and family relations in our society. Read More »


December 2019

Making Rumble Strip in My Closet

Erica Heilman’s podcast Rumble Strip covers a range of Vermont-related topics, from mental health, hunger, and homelessness to deer hunting, cheerleading, and donut shops. In this talk, Heilman discusses the interview process and shares stories from her podcast, which she describes as “extraordinary conversations with ordinary people. Or that’s the goal.” Read More »


January 2020

Creativity and Historical Truths

Image of Picasso's Guernica painting

Despite journalism’s essential role in informing the public about significant events, Dartmouth professor Irene Kacandes proposes that memoir, fiction, music, and art not only leave lasting impressions but sometimes convey important truths that journalism and history cannot. Read More »


February 2020

Building Monticello

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Jefferson never knew the Monticello of today—in perfect condition, impeccably furnished. Dartmouth College senior lecturer Marlene Heck explains the lifelong project Jefferson called his “essay in architecture.” Read More »


March 2020

Read to Live

National Book Award winner Katherine Paterson speaks on the importance of literacy and developing a love for reading, which was the inspiration for her latest novel My Brigadista Year, the story of a Cuban teenager who volunteers for a national literacy campaign to teach others how to read. Read More »


April 2020

Art, Technology, and Connected Learning

Champlain College professor emerita Ann DeMarle examines how computing straddles art and technology, the challenges this can pose to education, and what she has learned in creating groundbreaking degree programs that merge these disciplines. Read More »


May 2020

Why We Need Artemisia

Who was Artemisia Gentileschi, and why does she elicit such a wide range of critical responses? As a female artist working in 17th-century Rome, Artemisia was already exceptional. But as Middlebury professor Katy Smith Abbott explains, it is Artemisia’s personal history with violence and misogyny, and her exploration of these themes in paint, that resonates most deeply with contemporary audiences. Read More »

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