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Checking in with the Public Humanities

Ideas Matter: WAMC Radio

radioIdeas Matter: Checking in with the Public Humanities is collaborative initiative between seven state humanities councils and WAMC Northeast Public Radio (based in Albany, New York). This 10-to-12 minute radio segment airs as part of WAMC’s popular “eclectic” morning show, The Roundtable, on Fridays (10:35-10:50 am).

The series explores the public humanities and all the many subjects and interests they touch, while also featuring the work of the councils. In conversation with one or two guests selected by the councils, host Joe Donahue discusses the contours of a project or event created or funded by a council, as well as examine the issues or questions the project raises, and why it matters. Be sure to tune in — or listen online!

Vermont Humanities on Ideas Matter Radio

February 12, 2016: Jeff Kaufman

The State of Marriage is the untold story of how legal pioneer Mary Bonauto partnered with Vermont lawyers Beth Robinson and Susan Murray in a two-decade long struggle that built the foundation for the entire marriage equality movement. Despite fierce opposition, Vermont became the first state to grant same sex couples legal recognition through a groundbreaking 1999 State Supreme Court decision and through Civil Unions in 2000, and the first to legalize marriage equality by legislative vote in 2009.

Ideas Matter Radio spoke with filmmaker Jeff Kaufman about the film, and the screening held in Montpelier, Vermont on February 23, 2016.

November 6, 2015: Maria Tatar

Maria Tatar, Professor of Germanic Languages and Literatures at Harvard University, has written and translated several books on fairy tales, and she describes how seemingly simple stories like “Little Red Riding Hood,” and “Beauty and the Beast,” challenge us to think a little harder as we try to decode the cultural contradictions in them.

The Vermont Humanities Fall Conference, “Why Do Stories Matter?” took place November 13–14 at the Dudley Davis Center at the University of Vermont. Maria Tatar was one of the plenary speakers at the conference.

May 8, 2015: Veterans Book Groups

Ideas Matter Radio was joined by Michael Heaney, a retired American History Professor, lawyer, and a wounded combat veteran of the Vietnam War. In 1965 and 1966, he served in Vietnam with the 1st Cavalry Division as an infantry platoon leader. Much of his post-war life has been devoted to working with combat veterans, and to writing, teaching, and leading discussions about war- and veteran-related matters. For 15 years, he led wilderness expedition courses for combat veterans, in a program jointly sponsored by Outward Bound and the Veterans Administration.