Fall Conference:
Democracy 20/20

Free online sessions available now.

Upcoming Sessions

Please note: we plan to offer up to 15 different sessions—both online and in-person—for our Fall Conference 2020. We’ll continue to add to the list as we solidify details of the upcoming events.

Missed a session? View it on our Recorded Sessions page.

Wed 23

*DIGITAL* The Informed Citizen, from Athens to Today

September 23
7:00 pm
What does it mean to be an informed citizen? What, if anything, should we expect citizens to know before casting a ballot in an election? Melissa Schwartzberg will address these questions, with an eye toward the history of democracy, particularly in ancient Athens. Read More »
Wed 30

*DIGITAL* My Brigadista Year: A Democratic Ideal Amidst a Movement

September 30
7:00 pm
Join us for a conversation between Katherine Paterson and Vermont Humanities Executive Director Christopher Kaufman Ilstrup about Paterson's trips to Cuba and what compelled her to write about the Cuban literacy brigades of the early 1960s. Read More »
Wed 07

*DIGITAL* Merely Bystanders: The Psychology of Courage and Inaction

October 7
7:00 pm
Amherst College psychology professor Catherine Sanderson examines the factors that lead most of us to stay silent in the face of bad behavior, and how this tendency to stay silent allows such acts to continue. Sanderson will provide practical strategies that we can all use to speak up and take action. (Pre-registration required.) Read More »
Wed 14

*DIGITAL* Alexander von Humboldt and the United States: Art, Nature, and Culture

October 14
7:00 pm
Renowned Prussian naturalist and explorer Alexander von Humboldt was one of the most influential figures of the nineteenth century. He visited the United States in 1804 and met with our leading thinkers. Eleanor Jones Harvey, senior curator at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, illuminates Humboldt's lasting impression on American visual arts, sciences, literature, and politics. Read More »
Wed 21

*DIGITAL* The Reporter: A Preview of the Vermont International Film Festival 2020

October 21
7:00 pm
In partnership with the Vermont International Film Festival (VTIFF), we present a preview of the VTIFF 2020. Join us for previews and clips from the films and a discussion with director Orly Yadin. Read More »
Wed 28

*DIGITAL* Getting it Right: Reseach and Diligence in Reporting

October 28
7:00 pm
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, and about the importance of research and depth in journalism. Read More »
Wed 04

*DIGITAL* Say Their Names, A Personal Story of Artistic Activism

November 4
7:00 pm
In May 2020, Dr. Matthew Evan Taylor began a composition in response to the escalating uprising in the wake of the murders of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and Ahmaud Arbery. Including selections from his recorded work, Dr. Taylor will discuss his journey towards using music as an avenue for advocacy and activism. Read More »
Fri 13

*DIGITAL* The Presidents vs. the Press: The Endless Battle Between the White House and the Media

November 13
7:00 pm
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. Read More »

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.