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 welcomes you to our 45th annual Fall Conference!
- 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