Vermont Humanities

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Upcoming Events

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Live Event

Jayna Zweiman: A Conversation about Craft and Activism

Jayna Zweiman, founder of Welcome Blanket and the Pussyhat Project joins us from California for this special in-person event about craft and activism.

Detail of cover of The Most Costly Journey, showing a drawing of a Mexican man holding a paintbrush and a photo of his family
Live Event

Vermont Reads: Podcast Interviews

Bring a friend or family member to share a short story about finding yourself in new places or situation. Your story will be edited by teens and shared with the wider community as part of our 2023 Vermont Reads Programming about “The Most Costly Journey.” Prompts and easy-to-follow instructions will be available, along with help from a youth librarian.

Detail of cover of The Most Costly Journey, showing a drawing of a Mexican man holding a paintbrush and a photo of his family
Live Event

Under the Cloak of Darkness Film Screening

The Waterbury Public Library wraps up its Vermont Reads 2022 programming with a movie night “Under the Cloak of Darkness” (2008), a feature-length documentary about Vermont’s migrant Mexican farm worker population that aims to humanize this invisible community and bring to light the issues surrounding migrant labor.  The movie will be followed by a discussion and refreshments.

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Live Event

Finding Jesse: A Fugitive from Slavery in Vermont

“Finding Jesse: A Fugitive from Slavery in Vermont” traces Jesse’s life from enslavement in North Carolina to freedom in Vermont. His story is told through letters in the collection at Rokeby Museum and documents at the North Carolina State Archives. The illustrated talk brings the narrative of one slave out of anonymity and explores his life and pursuit of freedom.

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Live Event

John Lewis and RUN!

In this special Farmers’ Night presentation at the Vermont State House, Andrew Aydin, co-author of The March Trilogy with civil rights icon John Lewis, describes the creation of the next book in the series, RUN! Aydin also relates becoming an author, how he became involved in politics, and his experiences working with Congressman Lewis.

Cover of "Run!" by John Lewis
Hybrid Event

For Vermont Students: John Lewis and RUN!

In this free live-streamed presentation for Vermont middle and high school students, Andrew Aydin, co-author of The March Trilogy with civil rights icon John Lewis, describes the creation of the next book in the series, RUN! He’ll be joined by a panel of students from Rutland Union High School.

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Live Event

The Most Costly Journey: Latin American Migrant Workers, Health Care, and Collaborative Non-Fiction Comics

In this presentation, Andy Kolovos from the Vermont Folklife Center and Julia Grand Doucet from the Open Door Clinic provide an overview of the goals of the El Viaje Más Caro Project.

The cover of War & Peace by Leo Tolstoy set on a white table, standing up, with a red cover
Live Event

War & Peace – 4 of 5

Join Stowe Library to read and discuss Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace. The novel chronicles the French invasion of Russia and the impact of the Napoleonic era on Tsarist society through the stories of five Russian aristocratic families. 

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Hybrid Event

Vermont Reads: Book Discussion with James Sturm

Join a discussion with James Sturm at Hartford High School & virtual gathering at the Quechee Library. A multi-generational talk about the art of the graphic novel and how it lends itself to portraying personal stories, difficult issues and historical events.

Market Bennett wearing a blue shirt with a tan fedora hat drawing at a table
Hybrid Event

The Most Costly Journey Comics Workshop

Join award-winning cartoonist and educator Marek Bennett as he presents some of the many comics documenting human migrations and struggles throughout the ages, and lead a hands-on demo to show how YOU can cartoon the stories of your own family, neighborhood, and wider world.

Live Event

Vermont Reads Film Series: Who is Dayani Cristal?

In the film “Who is Dayani Cristal?” an anonymous body in the Arizona desert sparks the beginning of a real-life human drama. The search for identity leads us back across a continent to seek out the people left behind and the meaning of a mysterious tattoo.

Image of old postcard of maple syrup gathering
Live Event

The Many Meanings of Maple

This presentation examines the many meanings of maple sugaring. Maple is enormously important to Vermont’s economy, ecology, and heritage. Champlain College professor Michael Lange will discuss sugaring ethnographically, based on over five years of research among sugarmakers all over the state, to learn from them what sugaring really means to Vermont.

Detail of cover of The Most Costly Journey, showing a drawing of a Mexican man holding a paintbrush and a photo of his family
Live Event

The Most Costly Journey Book Discussion

Join fellow community members in Essex Junction and Williston for a discussion of this year’s Vermont Reads book, “The Most Costly Journey.” This discussion is offered as a collaboration between Brownell Library and Dorothy Alling Memorial Library. Attendees may join in person at Dorothy Alling Memorial Library where we will discuss the book over a cup of Mexican Hot Cocoa, or register to receive the virtual link.

Painting of slaves attacking a house during the Stono Rebellion
Digital Event

The Stono Rebellion

The Stono Rebellion has been called the most important slave revolt in North American history. In this lecture, Damian Costello examines the events and the deep African roots of the 1739 uprising in South Carolina. Costello will also trace the sangamento tradition in the U.S. and throughout the Americas, and discuss how the Kongolese message of liberty can inform present-day efforts to overcome the lingering effects of our colonial inheritance.

Illustration from the book Dolores Huerta A Hero to Migrant Workers featuring a group of organizers on a farm with protest signs and a megaphone
Live Event

Vermont Reads: Home School Book Club

Join us for a read aloud of “Lola Out Loud” and “Dolores Huerta: A Hero to the Migrant Workers” and a discussion about migrant workers. Reading will be followed by a themed activity. For ages 6-10, siblings welcome.

a volunteer conservationist hold hula hoops and stands in a forest wearing a mask
Digital Event

Biodiversity, Conservation, and Civic Participation in Paraguay

South America’s Atlantic Forest is one of the most diverse ecosystems on the planet. Cristian Fretes Ojeda, technical trainer for Peace Corps Paraguay, discusses how civic participation is leading the effort to conserve crucial natural areas like the Atlantic Forest and the Gran Chaco, which span several South American countries. 

a group of workers stand facing a farm while holding shoulders
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. 

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Digital Event

The People’s Tongue: Americans and the English Language

Longtime First Wednesdays favorite Ilan Stavans discusses his new book, an anthology that tells the story of how the English language has been transformed in the United States. The People’s Tongue features essays, letters, poems, songs, speeches, stories, jeremiads, manifestos, and decrees across history, from Sojourner Truth and Abraham Lincoln to Henry Roth and Zora Neale Hurston and beyond.

Detail of cover of The Most Costly Journey, showing a drawing of a Mexican man holding a paintbrush and a photo of his family
Live Event

Vermont Reads: Podcast Interviews

Bring a friend or family member to share a short story about finding yourself in new places or situation. Your story will be edited by teens and shared with the wider community as part of our 2023 Vermont Reads Programming about “The Most Costly Journey.” Prompts and easy-to-follow instructions will be available, along with help from a youth librarian.

Suffragist standing on stump at Vermont State Fair
Live Event

From the Parlor to the Polling Place: Stories and Songs from the Suffragists

Singer and historian Linda Radtke, in period garb and a “Votes for Women” sash, celebrates the centennial of the passage of the 19th Amendment, which gave the right to vote to white women.

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Vermont Humanities*** December 1, 2021