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Vermont Humanities Announces First Wednesdays Talks to be Held Online

Montpelier VT—Vermont Humanities has announced that it will offer its First Wednesdays series of humanities lectures online via Zoom and its social media channels through May, the remainder of its 2020-2021 season. Advance registration is required for most of these free events; visit vermonthumanities.org/first-wednesdays for a list of upcoming talks, and for details on how to register.

The events taking place on February 3 at 7:00 pm will include “We Are Still Here” with Joseph and Jesse Bruchac of the Nulhegan Abenaki Nation. The father and son storytellers and musicians will use drum, flute, rattle, and vocals to address the continued presence and vibrant cultural heritage of the Wabanaki Nations of Ndakinna, with special emphasis on the years of the Vermont Eugenics project.

The same night, Mark Breen, meteorologist and planetarium director at the Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium in St. Johnsbury, will keep our eyes on the sky as he discusses how people have gazed into the heavens to find meaning and connection to their lives for centuries.

On March 3, Greg Bottoms explores the powerful historical, cultural, social, and political forces behind white supremacy while drawing from his memoir,  Lowest White Boy.

Archivist Eva Garcelon-Hart from the Henry Sheldon Museum in Middlebury will delve into the extraordinary story of Charity Bryant and Sylvia Drake on April 7. Bryant and Drake were a married same-sex couple who were socially accepted in early 19th-century rural Vermont.

Finally, viewers can Listen along through the poetic lens of Madeleine Kunin, Vermont’s first woman Governor and Ambassador to Switzerland for President Clinton. On May 5,  Kunin  speaks about her life in politics and reads from her latest poetry book, Red Kite, Blue Sky.

Many talks presented earlier in the season can be viewed online at vermonthumanities.org/first-wednesdays/recorded-talks. These recordings include cartoonist Glynnis Fawkes explaining the research and design processes she followed to create her graphic biography, Charlotte Brontë Before Jane Eyre, and photographer Dona Ann McAdams and curator John Killacky discussing the culture wars of the 1990s era and McAdams’ exhibition at the Helen Day Art Center “Dona Ann McAdams: Performative Acts.”

All of these First Wednesdays talks are free and open to all.

About Vermont Humanities

A statewide nonprofit organization founded in 1974, Vermont Humanities seeks to engage all Vermonters in the world of ideas, foster a culture of thoughtfulness, and inspire a lifelong love of reading and learning. Learn more at www.vermonthumanities.org