Vermont Humanities Programs Because Ideas MatterPublic Programs All are welcome at these public programs and events. Can’t find what you’re looking for? See our Programs for Specific Audiences or Other Initiatives. Fall ConferenceOur annual conference is held every November. The theme for 2018 was “The Ebb and Flow of Optimism in American History.” First WednesdaysThis eclectic lecture series offers talks in nine towns on the first Wednesday of the month, October through May. Ideas on TapOur Ideas on Tap conversation series is designed to convene informal, informative, and provocative discussions. Reading and DiscussionBuilt on the foundation of reading literature and discussing it with your neighbors, coworkers, and even family members. Reading Frederick DouglassCommunity events presenting and examining Frederick Douglass’s famous Fourth of July address. Speakers BureauOffers nonprofit organizations an easy, inexpensive way to host quality lectures and living history presentations. Vermont ReadsA statewide community reading program. The Vermont Reads selection for 2019 is March: Book One.