Fall Conference 2018
The Ebb and Flow of Optimism through American History
November 16–17, 2018
Dudley H. Davis Center, University of Vermont
The hope that tomorrow will be better than today is a key element of America’s self-image. But Americans have not always been optimistic.
The Vermont Humanities Council invites you to its 45th annual Fall Conference to enjoy 15 breakout sessions and these four plenary talks on the subject of optimism through American history:
- Racist Ideas in America: From Slavery to Black Lives Matter
Ibram X Kendi, author of Stamped from the Beginning
- Composite Nation: Can America Find a Unifying Historical Narrative Rooted in Progress?
David W. Blight, Professor of American History, Yale University
- The American Pendulum and the Renewal of American Democracy
Heather Cox Richardson, Professor of History, Boston College
- Emerson and the Literary Landscape of Optimism
Mary Lou Kete, Professor of English, University of Vermont
About the Conference Image
The image we’ve used to illustrate the Fall Conference 2018 is a portion of the mural, “Achelous and Hercules” by Thomas Hart Benton. Credit: Smithsonian American Art Museum. See an image of the full mural, and learn about its history.
Call Richelle Franzoni at (802) 262-1355, or email us at .
Past Fall Conferences
See a list of the themes for our Past Fall Conferences.