Fall Conference 2019

Searching for Home: Journeys, Quests and Migrations

November 15-16, University of Vermont

Saturday Morning Breakout Sessions

Sat 16

How to Save an Alphabet

November 16, 2019
11:00 am
- 12:15 pm
More than 85% of the world's alphabets are in danger of extinction, threatening the wisdom, history and sense of identity of the culture that created them. A global movement among indigenous and minority groups now aims to reclaim these languages. (Registration required.) Read More »
Sat 16

“Whose Land Have I Come to Now?”: The Foreigner in Homer’s Odyssey (Part 2)

November 16, 2019
11:00 am
- 12:15 pm
After Odysseus awakens on the shores of his native Ithaca, he thinks he is once again among foreign peoples. Yet Homer suggests a model for a reciprocal relationship between the familiar and the foreign. (Registration required.) Read More »
Sat 16

Voices of the World

November 16, 2019
11:00 am
- 12:15 pm
Four panelists from differing countries will share their stories as refugees and answer questions in a facilitated conversation. (Registration required.) Read More »
Sat 16

Discussion and Reflection on the Theme

November 16, 2019
11:00 am
- 12:15 pm
Vermont Humanities program scholar Suzanne Brown will expertly lead attendees in a discussion using excerpts from "The Line Becomes a River" by Francisco Cantu. (Registration required.) Read More »
Sat 16

World and Town: A Discussion on Home and Identity

November 16, 2019
11:00 am
- 12:15 pm
Gish Jen will read an excerpt from her novel, World and Town, which is set in a small Vermont town where the world comes to the townspeople through the arrival of Cambodian refugees. Read More »