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October 2021

*DIGITAL* All The Imagination Can Hold: The Other Side(s) Of Quincy Jones

October 6
7:00 pm
Brownell Library, Essex Junction
Composer Quincy Jones gesturing while leading an orchestra

While Quincy Jones may be best known as a record producer for superstars like Michael Jackson, jazz archivist and poet Reuben Jackson highlights Jones’ work as a film composer, a Big Band arranger, and a collaborator with legendary vocalists like Sarah Vaughan. (Registration required.) Read More »

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November 2021

*DIGITAL* Why We Eat What We Eat at Thanksgiving

November 3
7:00 pm
Brownell Library, Essex Junction
Thanksgiving turkey on table with other traditional holiday foods

How did America’s most iconic food holiday come to include green bean casserole? What did the Wampanoag people and the Pilgrims really eat in 1621? Susan Evans McClure, executive director of the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, serves up the story of Thanksgiving foods and how they help us understand our American identity. (Registration required.) Read More »

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December 2021

*DIGITAL* What Inspires the Mind to Create?

December 1
7:00 pm
Brownell Library, Essex Junction
Paper stars glowing yellow in dark tree at night

Olympic fencer and author Geza Tatrallyay draws on his writing across multiple genres and his varied life experiences to explore the nature of creativity. Referencing his short stories, poetry, memoirs, and thrillers, he shows how deeply an author’s life is interwoven with the works they create. (Registration required.) Read More »

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January 2022

*DIGITAL* From German Expressionism to Film Noir: How the Extraordinary Weimar Directors Forever Changed Hollywood

January 5, 2022
7:00 pm
Brownell Library, Essex Junction
Director Fritz Lang looking at a film camera on a tripod

Fritz Lang, Billy Wilder, Ernst Lubitch, and Josef von Sternberg were all extraordinary film directors who fled from Germany during the rise of the Nazis. Natalie Neuert, director of UVM’s Lane Series, explores how these filmmakers profoundly influenced Hollywood and made movies that altered the American cultural landscape. (Registration required.) Read More »

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February 2022

Vermont Hairwork: Connecting Past and Present

February 2, 2022
7:00 pm
Brownell Library, Essex Junction
Woman in black and white photo touching her hair and looking down

19th century Americans often saved or exchanged locks of hair, constructing jewelry or keepsake wreaths of their kinship networks. In more recent decades, hair has become a powerful political medium. Middlebury professor Ellery Foutch shares the research about hair-based works in local collections and explores the meanings of hair in American culture, past and present. Read More »

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March 2022

(Un)Common Spaces

March 2, 2022
7:00 pm
Brownell Library, Essex Junction
Diverse group of young marchers in city with "All Power to the People" banner

People gather in public spaces for many reasons, including expressing pride in their community, celebrating major milestones, and protesting. Jay Wahl, executive director of the Flynn, considers how the arts can rewrite the cultural memory of public spaces and help overcome barriers of access and equity. Read More »

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April 2022

Vermont Reads: We Contain Multitudes

April 13, 2022
7:00 pm
Brownell Library, Essex Junction
We Contain Multitudes book cover with Vermont Reads 2021 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 Power of Persuasion

May 4, 2022
7:00 pm
Brownell Library, Essex Junction
Young man gesturing during meeting while seated at a table

Members of Dartmouth’s National Championship policy debate team and director John Cameron Hart discuss the role of research and persuasion in a liberal arts education. They’ll describe how students explore topics related to our responsibilities as informed citizens and delve into how rhetoric intersects with the humanities and social sciences. Read More »

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