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October 2020

*DIGITAL* I Wonder as I Wander: Duke Ellington’s Nature – Inspired Works

October 7
7:00 pm
Duke Ellington smiling at the piano

Reuben Jackson, former host of VPR’s Friday Night Jazz, explores Duke Ellington compositions that spotlight the jazz legend’s growth as an arranger and composer. (Pre-registration required.) Read More »

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Book Discussion: Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

October 12
6:30 pm
Image of Zora Neale Hurston

During the 1920s, New York's Harlem neighborhood hosted an explosion of African-American cultural expression. This series features a history of the era alongside texts that have come to define it. Read More »

November 2020

*DIGITAL* Life on the Other Border: Farmworkers and Food Justice in Vermont

November 4
7:00 pm
Latino man picking tomatoes in field

For more than seven years, UVM professor Teresa Mares has studied food access among the Latinx farmworker community in Vermont. Her ethnographic research illuminates the many ways workers sustain themselves and their families. (Pre-registration required.) Read More »

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Book Discussion: Cane by Jean Toomer

November 16
6:30 pm
Image of Zora Neale Hurston

During the 1920s, New York's Harlem neighborhood hosted an explosion of African-American cultural expression. This series features a history of the era alongside texts that have come to define it. Read More »

December 2020

*DIGITAL* The United States and the World in 2021

December 2
7:00 pm
People in UN room around circular table

Whether under a second Trump administration or a new Democratic-led administration, the United States will face multiple national security issues in 2021. Stan Sloan considers our country’s relationship with allies and adversaries, as well as the impact of the Covid-19 crisis. (Pre-registration required.) Read More »

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January 2021

Reinventing the Family Home

January 6, 2021
7:00 pm

Middlebury College professor Erin Sassin examines how American reformers and homeowners have, in pursuit of “the simple life,” attempted to reinvent the form and idea of the single-family home, from farmhouses and communal experiments to the current tiny house phenomenon. Read More »

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Book Discussion: The Portable Harlem Renaissance Reader by David Lewis

January 11, 2021
6:30 pm
Image of Zora Neale Hurston

During the 1920s, New York's Harlem neighborhood hosted an explosion of African-American cultural expression. This series features a history of the era alongside texts that have come to define it. Read More »

February 2021

We Are Still Here

February 3, 2021
7:30 pm
Joe and Jess Bruchac

Using drum, flute, rattle, and vocals, father and son storytellers and musicians Joseph and Jesse Bruchac of the Nulhegan Abenaki Nation will address the continued presence and vibrant cultural heritage of the Wabanaki Nations of Ndakinna, with special emphasis on the years of the Vermont Eugenics project and the long struggle for government recognition Read More »

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Book Discussion: Selected Poems of Langston Hughes by Langston Hughes

February 22, 2021
6:30 pm
Image of Zora Neale Hurston

During the 1920s, New York's Harlem neighborhood hosted an explosion of African-American cultural expression. This series features a history of the era alongside texts that have come to define it. Read More »

March 2021

In Wildness: Imagining the American West

March 3, 2021
7:00 pm
Man on horse beside edge of Grand Canyon

Thoreau wrote that “the West of which I speak is but another name for the Wild,” and indeed for much of its history the American West has been associated with the idea of wildness. St. Michael’s College professor Nathaniel Lewis explores our understanding of both nation and nature in the imagined West. Read More »

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April 2021

Poetry During Covid-19

April 7, 2021
7:00 pm
Painting of woman's head with tree and other colorful natural objects

Inspired by the Mary Oliver poem, “Wild Geese,” Saint Michael's College professor Adrie Kusserow wrote “Mary Oliver for Corona Times.” She’ll discuss Oliver’s poem and explore ways in which the pandemic has sparked creative work. Read More »

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May 2021

Why Not in Vermont? The Long Campaign for Women’s Suffrage

May 5, 2021
7:00 pm
Early Vermont suffragists Clarina Howard Nichols

Why did Vermont lawmakers resist women voting in the 19th and 20th centuries? Through the stories of three Vermont suffragists, Lyn Blackwell outlines the shifting debate over women’s full citizenship in from the 1850s until 1920. Read More »

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