Vermont Humanities Programs Because Ideas Matter Public 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 Conference Our annual conference is held every November. The theme for 2018 is “The Ebb and Flow of Optimism in American History.” First Wednesdays This eclectic lecture series offers talks in nine towns on the first Wednesday of the month, October through May. Ideas on Tap Our Ideas on Tap conversation series is designed to convene informal, informative, and provocative discussions. Reading and Discussion Built on the foundation of reading literature and discussing it with your neighbors, coworkers, and even family members. Reading Frederick Douglass Community events presenting and examining Frederick Douglass’s famous Fourth of July address. Speakers Bureau Offers nonprofit organizations an easy, inexpensive way to host quality lectures and living history presentations. Vermont Reads A statewide community reading program. The Vermont Reads selection for 2018 is Bread and Roses, Too.