Fall Conference:
Democracy 20/20

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Recorded Sessions

The Presidents vs. the Press with Harold Holzer

The Presidents vs. the Press with Harold Holzer

How did we go from journalism as a trusted form of information to an era of “fake news” and “alternative facts”? Presidential historian Harold Holzer examines the tension between chief executives and their chief critics, from George Washington to the present.

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Say Their Names, A Personal Story of Artistic Activism

Say Their Names, A Personal Story of Artistic Activism

In response to the murders of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and Ahmaud Arbery, Dr. Matthew Evan Taylor from Middlebury College created a musical composition. This video features selections from that recording as Dr. Taylor discusses his journey towards using music as an avenue for advocacy and activism.

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Getting it Right: Research and Diligence in Reporting

Getting it Right: Research and Diligence in Reporting

Author and longtime Vermont journalist Yvonne Daley interviews David Moats, her former colleague from the Rutland Herald, about Moats’ series of Pulitzer Prize-winning editorials on the divisive issues arising from civil unions for same-sex couples.

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My Brigadista Year: A Democratic Ideal Amidst a Movement

My Brigadista Year: A Democratic Ideal Amidst a Movement

Katherine Paterson, the author of “Bridge to Terabithia,” “The Great Gilly Hopkins” and other beloved books, joins Vermont Humanities Executive Director Christopher Kaufman Ilstrup to talk about her trips to Cuba and her 2017 Young Adult novel, “My Brigadista Year.“

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Democracy Knitting Circle with Eve Jacobs-Carnahan

Democracy Knitting Circle with Eve Jacobs-Carnahan

Knit Democracy Together is a modern take on historical knitting circles like those that supported the abolitionist and suffragist movements. At a time when people are losing confidence in government, this project creates a positive model of democracy.

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Introducing Democracy 20/20

Introducing Democracy 20/20

Christopher Kaufman Ilstrup, Executive Director of Vermont Humanities, provides a brief introduction of our Fall Conference 2020: “Democracy 20/20.”

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The Vermont Humanities Council (VHC) is under grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Any views expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the NEH or VHC.