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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/
Recent Digital Posts
Katherine Paterson, the author of “Bridge to Terabithia,” “The Great Gilly Hopkins” and other beloved books, joins Vermont Humanities Executive Director Christopher Kaufman Ilstrup to talk about her trips to Cuba and her 2017 Young Adult novel, “My Brigadista Year.“
New York University Politics professor Melissa Schwartzberg discusses what it means to be an informed citizen in the context of the history of democracy, particularly in ancient Athens.
Political cartoonist Jeff Danziger discusses his role in a French documentary film, “Cartoonists, Foot Soldiers of Democracy,” and describes the origin of some of his recent editorial cartoons.
In an exclusive video tour, Vermont State Curator David Schutz explores the architectural symbolism of our beautifully-restored capitol building, and visits a rural town hall, another Vermont civic structure that enables us to govern ourselves.
Knit Democracy Together is a modern take on historical knitting circles like those that supported the abolitionist and suffragist movements. At a time when people are losing confidence in government, this project creates a positive model of democracy.
Beginning with a greeting and historic overview of democracy in N’dakinna (Abenaki for Homeland), this panel of Abenaki voices considers the threads of place, home, belonging, and representation in a time of great social change.
The suffrage movement operated under two very different principles. Elizabeth Cady Stanton saw women’s suffrage as a right that had been unfairly denied to women, while Frederick Douglass saw women’s suffrage as a means to save the country’s soul.
Video: Amanda Gustin of the Vermont Historical Society explores the story of the first Morgan horse, which is tied up with the idea of Vermont identity, the relationship between humans and animals, and the creation of American myth.
Video: Poet James Crews, author of “Bluebird,” reads from and discusses his poetry at Jamaica State Park for our Words in the Woods series. He also shares writing prompts for those inspired by his words.
From “A Vermont Romance” to “Funny Farm,” our state has been featured in films for over a century. What are the myths that Hollywood creates about our lives in Vermont? And what are the myths that we create ourselves?