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October 2021

*DIGITAL* Thinking Through the Future with Bill McKibben

October 18
7:00 pm
Author Bill McKibben wearing glasses, a blue shirt, and a vest

Science can help us understand the greatest crisis we've ever found ourselves in—but so can the humanities. From the biblical book of Job to the latest science fiction, literature can help us learn what it means to have suddenly become so large and can also give us clues to how we might shrink ourselves and our society a little. (Registration required.) Read More »

*DIGITAL* The Zone is Us: Sacrifice in the Space-Time of Climate Change

October 19
7:00 pm
Woman walking through a maze in stones on a cliff edge

While some have sheltered themselves from the effects of climate change so far, others are already traumatized by wildfires, droughts, hurricanes, rising seas, and wars over land and water. And for Indigenous groups, climate change follows centuries of world-destroying, identity-rupturing trauma. Gleaning from classical mythology, UVM professor Adrian Ivakhiv suggests three paths for navigating climate-related trauma: those of Chronos (science), of Aion (arts and humanities), and of Kairos (action without guarantee). (Registration required.) Read More »

*DIGITAL* Discussion: Are “We the People” Up to the Task?

October 20
7:00 pm
Young man holding an American flag jumping between rocks in a river

Join constitutional scholar Meg Mott for a lively discussion based on her October 6 First Wednesdays talk at the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, which will be recorded and offered in advance of this event. Ask your questions of Meg and add to the conversation! (Registration required.) Read More »

*DIGITAL* Vermont Teen Shakespeareans Save the Planet

October 21
7:00 pm
Drawing of people fleeing in terror during Midsummer Night's Dream

In 2020 the Get Thee to the Funnery Shakespeare camp for teenagers studied Merchant of Venice to frame a discussion of prejudice and hate speech. And in 2021, the group discussed global warming and climate justice through Midsummer Night’s Dream. Funnery founder Peter Gould and a panel of informed, passionate, articulate, and wise campers describe their experience. (Registration required.) Read More »

*DIGITAL* NPR’s Eric Westervelt on Bigger Fires, Hotter Days, and Drier Lands

October 22
12:15 pm
Person with a red umbrella standing on a dock in the rain

Mega fires, excessive heat and widening drought all underscore how climate change is fueling the routinization of extreme weather, with consequences for all of us. (Registration required.) Read More »

*LIVE* Rising Tide: The Crossroads Project with the Fry Street Quartet

October 22
7:30 pm
UVM Recital Hall, Burlington
Physicist Dr. Robert Davies of Utah State University with the Fry Street Quartet in front of a green close-up of a leaf

Confronting a planet under siege and a future in peril, the Crossroads Project creates live performance experiences that address global sustainability and provide a path toward meaningful response. With an original score by composer Laura Kaminsky as well as music by Haydn and Janáček, the Fry Street Quartet provides the backdrop to a compelling film and expert scientific storytelling by physicist Dr. Robert Davies of Utah State University. (Tickets required.) Read More »

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