Fall Conference 2018

The Ebb and Flow of Optimism through American History

November 16-17, University of Vermont

Friday Afternoon Breakout Sessions

Fri 16

How to Be an Antiracist

November 16, 2018
4:00 pm
- 5:15 pm
In this deeply personal and empowering lecture, Ibram X. Kendi shifts the discussion from how not to be racist, to how to be an antiracist, offering direction to those who want to see a real antiracist America. (Registration required.) Read More »
Fri 16

From Here to Nowhere: Utopian Schemes in American Life

November 16, 2018
4:00 pm
- 5:15 pm
Randall Balmer considers how The Great Awakening at the turn of the 19th century unleashed a flurry of utopian experiments, several of which had their roots in Vermont. (Registration required.) Read More »
Fri 16

Frederick Douglass, In Spite of Everything, Optimistic

November 16, 2018
4:00 pm
- 5:15 pm
Despite having been an enslaved person, a leading abolitionist for decades, and a witness of the end of Reconstruction and the establishment of Jim Crow, Frederick Douglass had a deep 19th-century belief in progress. David Blight examines this brilliant, prominent, and influential American. (Registration required.) Read More »
Fri 16

Walt Whitman, America’s Great Optimistic Writer

November 16, 2018
4:00 pm
- 5:15 pm
Huck Gutman and Mary Lou Kete discuss the ebb and flow of optimism in Walt Whitman, an optimist among American writers, and yet one with a darker side. (Registration required.) Read More »