Vermont Humanities

Are Your City’s Monuments Worthy? Take the Quiz!

Vermont Humanities Zoom VT

Many communities recently have questioned the value of long-standing monuments. These debates can strike at the heart of history and memory. Seeking dialogue instead of a shouting match, author Raffi Andonian suggests four simple questions for communities to consider as they evaluate historic sites, famous figures, and public monuments. 

Rebel Music: Afro-Caribbean Music and Political Thought

Brownell Library 6 Lincoln St, Essex Junction, VT

Middlebury College professor Kemi Fuentes-George traces the development of pan-African political theory in the early 20th century and discusses how Afro Caribbean “rebel music” helped these ideas challenge established assumptions about nonwhite people and global relations. 

Civil War, Emancipation, Reconstruction and America’s National Parks

Brownell Library 6 Lincoln St, Essex Junction, VT

Central Park and Yosemite Valley became public parks during the tumultuous years before and during the Civil War. UVM historian and former National Park Service superintendent Rolf Diamant explains how anti-slavery activism, war, and the remaking of the federal government gave rise to the American public park and the very concept of national parks.