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November 2021

A Life in Art and Activism

November 3
7:00 pm
Dancer with arms spread wide, wearing a striped leotard

Artist, legislator, and former director of the Flynn Center in Burlington, John R. Killacky draws on commentaries from his book Because Art to relate his experiences as a dancer in New York in the 1970s and ‘80s, the maelstrom of the Culture Wars of the 1990s, and his work advocating for artists with disabilities. Read More »


December 2021

From “Little Jerusalem” to the “Lost Mural”: Preserving Jewish & Immigrant Heritage

December 1
7:00 pm
Construction staging in front of colorful Lost Mural painting

In 1885, a group of Lithuanian immigrants settled in Burlington’s Old North End, where they transplanted their religious traditions and culture. Archivists Aaron Goldberg and Jeff Potash describe the “Lost Mural,” a rare survivor of the lost genre of European painted synagogues and tell the story of conserving the mural in Burlington. Read More »


January 2022

From Rembrandt to Vincent Van Gogh and Beyond

January 5, 2022
7:00 pm
Rembrandt self-portrait painting

Author and artist Carol Berry describes how Rembrandt, Delacroix, Millet and other artists inspired Vincent Van Gogh to develop a personal and universal language that ultimately resonated with 20th century artists. Read More »


February 2022

Sermon From the Studio: Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On”

February 2, 2022
7:00 pm
Singer Marvin Gaye in a shiny suit under lights in concert

Fifty years after its release, vocalist/composer Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On, an extended work addressing societal (and personal) challenges, has grown more pertinent and haunting with age. Jazz archivist and poet Reuben Jackson shares tracks from and discusses this riveting recording. Read More »


March 2022

*DIGITAL* “It Was I Who Did It”: Women in the American Revolution

March 2, 2022
7:00 pm
Painting of woman firing a cannon during Revolutionary War battle

Why were women originally left out of the Revolutionary War narrative, and how did they eventually get written back in? Author Carol Berkin provides a close examination of the vital roles that women played in pre-revolutionary protests and in the revolution itself and describes how their participation helped create a new gender ideology. Read More »


April 2022

Vermont Reads: We Contain Multitudes

April 14, 2022
7:00 pm
We Contain Multitudes book with Vermont Reads logo

Author and professor Sarah Henstra visits Vermont to discuss her novel in letters, We Contain Multitudes. Our Vermont Reads 2021 choice tells how two very different teenage boys fall in love after being paired as pen pals. While it touches on domestic violence, bullying, and opioid addiction, the novel is also a beautiful story of friendship. Read More »

May 2022

The Jewish Diaspora in 20 Recipes

May 4, 2022
7:00 pm
White bowl of matzoh soup on a gray table

Food—like music and language—is a strong link to our past, no matter the shores on which we arrive. Natalie Neuert, director of UVM’s Lane Series, explores the recipes that Jews took with them to the Balkans, Europe, North Africa, and America, from British fish and chips to Bubbe’s brisket to the ubiquitous Shabbos supper of cholent. Read More »

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