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February 2022

*DIGITAL* Lucy Terry Prince: Witness, Voice, and Poetics within the American Tradition

February 2
7:00 pm
Statue of Phillis Wheatley

Beginning with Vermonter Lucy Terry Prince, the first known African American poet in the U.S., poet Shanta Lee Gander explores creative lineage within poetics. Surveying the work of Phillis Wheatley, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Rita Dove, and slam poet Dominique Christina, Gander considers the poetic arc from the past to the modern moment. (Registration required.) Read More »


March 2022

“Vast Library of the Female Mind:” the Life and Poetry of Ruth Stone

March 2
7:00 pm
Poet Ruth Stone in a black dress outside of a bungalow

Acclaimed Vermont poet Ruth Stone transformed her intense grief into poetry, using simple yet startling language. Nora Jacobson’s film “Vast Library of the Female Mind” provides an intimate look into Stone’s life and family. This screening will include panel discussion with Jacobson, former Vermont Poet Laureate Chard DeNiord, and a member of Ruth’s family. Read More »


April 2022

Walt Whitman: American Poet

April 6
7:00 pm
Portrait of Walt Whitman in a floppy hat with a white beard

Walt Whitman was a great poetic innovator, the poet who best sums up what it is to be an American, and his Song of Myself is the most majestic poem written in our nation. And yet, for all this, UVM professor emeritus Huck Gutman finds Whitman to be wonderfully approachable. Read More »


May 2022

The Legacy of “The Notorious RGB”

May 4
7:00 pm
Portrait of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg was a feminist superhero who could still do a plank at 87 and who survived pancreatic cancer long beyond expectations. Dartmouth history professor Annelise Orleck examines the life of the brilliant jurist who remained fiercely progressive, unapologetically liberal, and committed to equality to the end, and who loved her status as a pop culture idol. Read More »

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