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Podcasts, videos, and other online resources.

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Author Susan Clark, historian Paul M. Searls, podcaster Erica Heilman, and UVM professor Cheryl Morse reflect on what Vermont’s rural town meeting tradition can teach us about our nation’s democracy today. Photo of the East Montpelier town meeting by Terry J. Allen.

Digital Programs

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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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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.

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Fall Conference Recorded Sessions

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

Recent Digital Posts

Telling Disability Stories: Histories, Representations, and Imaginations

Telling Disability Stories: Histories, Representations, and Imaginations

(Transcript and slides only.) The meaning of “disability” shifts across time, places, and cultures. In spotlighting stories centered on disabled people, Middlebury professor Susan Burch draws on history, popular media representations, and inclusive design practices to reimagine our past, present, and possible future.

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Making Rumble Strip in My Closet

Making Rumble Strip in My Closet

Podcaster Erica Heilman discusses her interview process and shares stories from her “Rumble Strip” podcast, which she describes as “extraordinary conversations with ordinary people. Or that’s the goal.”

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Martin Luther King Jr. Remembrance Ceremony 2021

Martin Luther King Jr. Remembrance Ceremony 2021

Tim Wise, a prominent anti-racist writer and educator gave this keynote presentation on January 17 for the Greater Burlington Multicultural Resource Center at the St. Joseph’s Cathedral in Burlington as part of a remembrance of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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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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