Vermont Humanities

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Upcoming Events

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Live Event

Where Do We Stand? A Report from the Climate Battle

Author and activist Bill McKibben— the Schumann Distinguished Scholar at Middlebury College and leader of the climate campaign group 350.org—provides an overview of the climate crisis and what changes need to be made to save the planet. 

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Live Event

Pandemic Architecture: Two Centuries of Disease and Design

Public health crises have prompted many changes to the buildings, skylines, and streetscapes of our cities. Champlain College professor David Mills explores two centuries’ worth of alterations to the built environment made in pursuit of health and wellbeing, from modern to postmodern and beyond. 

A person with glasses, a blue shirt and pink shorts receives a black plastic bag of leafy greens from a man in a black and white shirt and camo pants wearing a surgical mask in a corner market store
Live Event

More than a Market: Food, Community, and Family in the Immigrant-owned Markets of Burlington and Winooski

The food markets operated by immigrants and refugees in Vermont’s urban areas have long offered traditional foods, social connection, and support. More than a Market, an oral history and documentary project exhibited at the Old North End Community Center through December 23, shares stories from these markets. Charlotte Barrett from Historic New England describes the importance of these social centers in the lives of their customers and owners. 

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Live Event

The History of Cosplay

Cosplay— the practice of dressing up as a character from a movie, book, or video game—has a long history within science fiction and fantasy fandom. In recent years, it’s become a mainstream phenomenon. Andrew Liptak, author of Cosplay: A History, describes how cosplay has evolved from a niche activity of convention-goers in the mid-20th century to wide popularity today.

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Live Event

The New History of Watergate

Fifty years after five burglars were caught inside the Watergate offices of the Democratic National Committee, the scandal that brought down Richard Nixon’s presidency continues to reverberate in modern American politics. Journalist Garrett M. Graff, author of Watergate: A New History, discusses how Watergate shaped modern Washington, and how the events of 1971-1974 are stranger, wilder, and weirder than our popular memory.

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

Join our 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, and Tim Calabro, Editor and Publisher of the White River Valley Herald.

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Live Event

Revolution in Our Time

National Book Award finalist Kekla Magoon discusses her award-winning nonfiction book, Revolution in Our Time: The Black Panther Party’s Promise to the People. The Vermont author also considers the importance of reading as a tool for social change, and our individual and collective power to transform our communities.  

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Live Event

Sherlock Holmes: The Game’s Afoot

Scholar Barry Deitz looks at the life and times of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of Sherlock Holmes. He discusses the inspiration for Holmes and examines what other writers, actors, and directors have done with the character over the past 30 years. 

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Live Event

Changing Times: Reconciliation or Retribution

Changing racial demographics predict that those who identify as white will be in the minority by 2050. Rev. Thomas considers whether Vermont—one of the whitest states in the nation—is prepared to confront the growing presence of people of color within its own borders. He reflects on the recent ideological civil war that aims to maintain the status quo.  

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Digital Event

Suspicious Minds: Conspiracy Theory Explained

Cultural critic Mark Dery delves deep into the history, causes, and current proliferation of conspiracy theories. He explores their appeal, social media’s role in spreading them, and the threat they pose to democracy and to the very notions of objective fact and nonpartisan truth. 

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Digital Event

The Making of “No Other Lake”

In 2021, UVM student Jordan Rowell kayaked the 120-mile length of Lake Champlain. Over a two-week journey, Rowell and local filmmaker Duane Peterson conducted interviews to better understand the challenges facing the lake and to explore our relationship with natural resources in the era of climate change. The pair shares excerpts from their short documentary film and discusses its creation.

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Digital Event

Adapting Traditional Stories into Mainstream Literature

Indigenous people have shared stories to pass down knowledge, ways of living, traditions, and ceremonies for thousands of years. Author David A. Robertson examines his middle grade fiction fantasy novels, The Misewa Saga, and discusses what role traditional stories played in the development of the series. He explains how he honored the richness, intent, and themes of those original stories. 

A document sits on the pavement and the headline reads IMMIGRATION
Digital Event

“The Other Side of Hope:” Films About Immigration

Filmmakers have tackled issues of displacement, discrimination, exploitation, and assimilation in movies like The Other Side of Hope (Syrians in Finland) and Dirty Pretty Things (West Africans in London.) Film history expert Rick Winston shares clips from fifteen works that address one of the most pressing issues of our times. 

Soldiers and sailors statue in Barre, Vermont
Digital Event

Are Your City’s Monuments Worthy? Take the Quiz!

Many communities recently have questioned the value of long-standing monuments. These debates can strike at the heart of history and memory. Seeking dialogue instead of a shouting match, author Raffi Andonian suggests four simple questions for communities to consider as they evaluate historic sites, famous figures, and public monuments. 

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Digital Event

Haymaking, Barns, and Farm Memories

In his book The Haymakers: A Chronicle of Five Farm Families, Steven Hoffbeck shows that haymaking was more than just harvesting grass, alfalfa, and clover. It was about toil, fears, and the fragile nature of human life. Anyone who grew up on a farm—or wishes they had grown up on a farm—will enjoy the insights and humor of this multimedia presentation. 

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Digital Event

What is Trauma Informed Journalism?

Journalist and activist Lori Yearwood explores what it means to be a trauma-informed journalist when reporting on difficult topics. Having experienced homelessness herself, she suggests key ideas to keep in mind as journalists engage with populations who face dire situations and systemic poverty. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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.

The cover of Revolution in our Time, featuring images from the black power movement set in a black power fist with an orange background
Live Event

Revolution in Our Time

National Book Award finalist Kekla Magoon discusses her award-winning nonfiction book, Revolution in Our Time: The Black Panther Party’s Promise to the People. The Vermont author also considers the importance of reading as a tool for social change, and our individual and collective power to transform our communities.  

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Vermont Humanities*** December 1, 2021