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Wendy Hysko

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March 2020

The Poetics of Protest in Nina Simone’s “Mississippi Goddam!”

March 4
7:00 pm
Brownell Library, Essex Junction

In 1964, Nina Simone performed the protest song "Mississippi Goddam!" at Carnegie Hall in front of mostly white audiences. When the live recording was released, many radio stations destroyed the albums. Middlebury professor Matthew Evan Taylor discusses how Simone's protest is found not only in her words, but also in the musical structure. Read More »

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April 2020

Charity and Sylvia: A Same-Sex Couple in Early Vermont

April 8
7:00 pm
Brownell Library, Essex Junction

Drawing from the Sheldon Museum collections, archivist Eva Garcelon-Hart presents the story of two extraordinary women, Charity Bryant and Sylvia Drake, who were accepted in early 19th-century rural Vermont as a married couple. Read More »

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May 2020

Edward Gorey’s Morbid Nonsense

May 6
7:00 pm
Brownell Library, Essex Junction

Critics never knew quite what to make of Edward Gorey (1925-2000), the author and illustrator whose picture books full of murder, mayhem, and discreet depravity influenced Tim Burton, Lemony Snicket, and Guillermo Del Toro. In this illustrated lecture, cultural critic Mark Dery reveals the surprisingly serious themes woven through Gorey’s whimsically sinister body of work. Read More »

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