Digital Programs

Podcasts, videos, and other online resources.

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Eleanor Jones Harvey, the author of Alexander von Humboldt and the United States: Art, Nature and Culture, illuminates Humboldt’s lasting impression on American visual arts, sciences, literature, and politics.

The talk is part of our free Fall Conference: “Democracy 20/20.” View all of the sessions recorded for the conference.

Digital Programs

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Fall Conference Recorded Sessions

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

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Upcoming Digital Events

Free lectures, discussions, and workshops, presented on our website and social media channels. See list of events.

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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

Politics and Proverbs from Mud Season

Politics and Proverbs from Mud Season

We’d like to share this “Mud Season” episode about politics and proverbs, which features Wolfgang Mieder, a professor of German and folklore at UVM. Wolfgang is the author of several books about proverbs, including one on Vermont proverbs in particular: “Talk Less and Say More.”

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David Blight on “Writing the Life of Frederick Douglass”

David Blight on “Writing the Life of Frederick Douglass”

Video: Yale historian David Blight, winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in History for his biography “Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom,” tells Douglass’s story: an escaped slave who became one of the leading abolitionists, orators, and writers of his era.

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Katherine Paterson on Bridge to Terabithia

Katherine Paterson on Bridge to Terabithia

Katherine Paterson is the author of more than 30 books, including 16 novels for children and young people. She has twice won the Newbery Medal, for “Bridge to Terabithia” in 1978 and for “Jacob Have I Loved” in 1981. In this episode, she discusses and reads from “Bridge to Terabithia.”

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Edward Gorey’s Morbid Nonsense

Edward Gorey’s Morbid Nonsense

Video: Biographer Mark Dery discusses Edward Gorey, the author and illustrator whose picture books full of murder, mayhem, and discreet depravity influenced Tim Burton, Lemony Snicket, and Guillermo Del Toro.

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David Macaulay: “Crossing On Time”

David Macaulay: “Crossing On Time”

Video: Illustrator David Macaulay illuminates the rich and storied history that culminated in the building of the steamship the SS United States. He also tells of a personal journey: the famed vessel was the very one on which the author emigrated to America as a ten-year-old.

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We Are All Fast Food Workers Now: A Conversation with Annelise Orleck

We Are All Fast Food Workers Now: A Conversation with Annelise Orleck

Labor historian and Dartmouth professor Annelise Orleck is the author of “We Are All Fast Food Workers Now,” which provides a close look at globalization and its costs. She interviewed berry pickers, fast food servers, garment workers, hotel housekeepers and others who are fighting for respect, safety, and a living wage.

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After the Crossing

After the Crossing

Audio: Many different groups of people, from many different continents, have helped build our state. But from the 19th century through 2019, the stories of immigrants have largely been excluded from the popular image of Vermont.

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Poet Richard Blanco: “How to Love a Country”

Poet Richard Blanco: “How to Love a Country”

Video: Richard Blanco reads from his recent poetry collection “How to Love a Country,” exploring immigration, gun violence, racism, LGBTQ issues, and more, unraveling the fabric of the American narrative in accessible and emotive verses.

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Celebrating E. B. White

Celebrating E. B. White

Video: From Charlotte’s Web to his exquisite essays in The New Yorker, E. B. White remains the master’s master of elegant prose, sophisticated wit, and graceful irreverence. Drawing on his stories, essays, poems, and letters, Dartmouth professor Nancy Jay Crumbine celebrates White’s versatility and enormous legacy.

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