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:

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.


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Past Fall Conferences

See a list of the themes for our Past Fall Conferences.