Vermont Humanities

Montpelier First Wednesdays

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First Wednesdays

Venue: Kellogg-Hubbard Library

135 Main Street, Montpelier
Library phone: (802) 223-3338
Library website
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Montpelier First Wednesdays

A red barn stands in the white snow in the winter of Vermont
Live Event

Vermonters and the Land

UVM professor Cheryl Morse—who studies how people perceive, co-produce, and experience rural places—reports on how different groups of Vermonters have engaged with land as landscape, place, and environment in recent years, and why these engagements matter in contemporary land debates.

A barn at sunset, with a weathered white roof and red painted sides
Live Event

Landscape with Invisible Hand

Why do we consider Vermont’s hills beautiful? What’s attractive about a ruined barn? National Book Award-winner M. T. Anderson, author of the satirical novel Landscape with Invisible Hand, will discuss the national longings behind our sense of landscape. 

A group of people gatheed for a rally in the middle of the road with a ship painted pink and the words TELL THE TRUTH in black on the side.
Live Event

Journalists Consider Community News Reporting

Richard Watts, Director of the Center for Research on Vermont, leads a panel of journalists as they explore what journalism means in the digital age, and examine ways in which youth take part in current journalism trends. Panelists include Meg Little Reilly, Deputy Associate Director at the White House Office of Management and Budget for President Obama.

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Digital Event

Youth in Agriculture: Why It Matters

Greenagers engages young adults in environmental conservation, sustainable farming, and natural resource management. Sarah Monteiro from the Massachusetts non-profit reflects on the importance of getting youth involved in environmental and agricultural industries. 

Three stones standing in sand, one with "haiku" painted on it in black letters
Live Event

The Art of the Haiku

Poet Keiselim (Keysi) Montás discusses how to read the traditional Japanese poetic form of haiku, illustrated with works from his haiku collection, Like Water.

a protester holds a rainblow flag that says we the people on a NYC street
Live Event

Dare Not Speak: Autocrats and the Campaign to Silence LGBTQI+ Communities

Michael Bosia, a leading scholar on global trans- and homophobia, argues that manufactured “LGBTQI+ peril” helps obscure growing social inequality and the policy failures of politicians who have turned their backs on democratic accountability. In this talk, Bosia focuses on laws and rhetoric that target LGBTQI+ youth, teachers, and allies as part of a global anti-democratic effort.

Statewide Underwriters: The Institute of Museum & Library Services through the Vermont Department of Libraries.

Series Underwriters: Montpelier Community Fund

Program Underwriters: Bear Pond Books; Leonine Public Affairs, LLP; Federation of State Humanities Councils funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; Pomerleau Real Estate; Preservation Trust of Vermont

Printed Montpelier First Wednesdays brochure

We’ll share the PDF of the Montpelier First Wednesdays talks by September 21.

Vermont Humanities*** November 21, 2014