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In 2020, the “Get Thee to the Funnery” Shakespeare camp took on the controversial Shakespeare play, “Merchant of Venice” and used it to confront prejudice and hate speech, deal with the pandemic lockdown, and examine the Black Lives Matter movement. Young actors in Vermont and Mumbai, India collaborated on the project that was filmed on Zoom and their iPhones. The piece was edited by Funnery founder Peter Gould and Burlington videographer Isaiah Palmeri.

On Thursday, January 28 at 7:00 pm join Gould, campers Gouri Bhuyan and Audrey Grant, and longtime Funnery participant and Vermont Humanities Literacy Programs Officer Jonny Flood as they host a roundtable discussion about the film on Zoom. Audience participation at this event is welcome and encouraged! Register at: https://www.vermonthumanities.org/event/qualities-of-mercy/

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First Wednesdays Videos

Recorded talks from our free public lecture series, from 2016 through the 2020-2021 season. View talks.

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Fall Conference Recorded Sessions

Videos from our free 2020 Fall Conference “Democracy 20/20.” View talks.

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Before Your Time Podcast Series

Exploring Vermont’s history, one object at a time. Produced with the Vermont Historical Society. See list of episodes.

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The Portable Humanist Podcast Series

Listen to Vermont Humanities talks and learn when you’re on the go. View list of episodes.

Recent Digital Posts

Qualities of “Mercy?”

Qualities of “Mercy?”

In 2020, the “Get Thee to the Funnery” Shakespeare camp took on the controversial Shakespeare play, “Merchant of Venice” and used it to confront prejudice and hate speech, deal with the pandemic lockdown, and examine the Black Lives Matter movement.

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Life on the Other Border: Farmworkers and Food Justice in Vermont

Life on the Other Border: Farmworkers and Food Justice in Vermont

Those who put food on our tables disproportionately experience food insecurity in their own homes. UVM professor Teresa Mares illuminates the many ways Latinx farm workers in Vermont sustain themselves and their families while also serving as the backbone of the state’s agricultural economy.

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Winslow Homer and the Poetics of Place

Winslow Homer and the Poetics of Place

The painter Winslow Homer (1836-1910) occupies an unusual and pivotal place in the history of American art. Thomas Denenberg, director of the Shelburne Museum, sketches Homer’s long and productive career, focusing on how he bridged the sentimental culture of the nineteenth century with the visual culture of the modern era.

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Staff Picks: Our Favorite Moments from 2020

Staff Picks: Our Favorite Moments from 2020

Vermont Humanities staffers share their favorite moments from this sad, strange, and sometimes uplifting year. Includes clips from our Words in the Woods, First Wednesdays, Speakers Bureau, and Vermont Reads programs.

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Words in the Woods with Poet Judith Chalmer

Words in the Woods with Poet Judith Chalmer

Enjoy the fall colors of New Discovery State Park and the poetry of Judith Chalmer in this Words in the Woods video, recorded when foliage was near its peak. Chalmer reads from her latest collection, “Minnow,” including some poems that were inspired by visits to Vermont state parks.

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Night Moves: Discovering the Wonders of Bird Migration

Night Moves: Discovering the Wonders of Bird Migration

Many of us are dazzled by autumn colors during the daytime. But we can be just as dazzled by the night moves of thousands of birds passing quietly overhead during their fall migration. Join “bird diva” Bridget Butler to discover this almost-silent world.

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The Complicated Histories of Monuments

The Complicated Histories of Monuments

As monuments come down across the US, some decry that history is being erased. But what (and whose) history do monuments contain? Using several American and European monuments as examples, UVM Art History professor Kelley Di Dio explores why, when, and by whom these monuments were made, and considers what should be done with them.

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Democracy 20/20 Fall Conference Supercut

Democracy 20/20 Fall Conference Supercut

This Fall Conference “supercut” video selects the best clips from our Democracy 20/20 Fall Conference and presents them all in a 13-minute video. Our first-ever virtual Fall Conference was just one of the ways that we pivoted to meet the challenges that 2020 brought to us and our state.

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