Speakers Bureau Talks and Living History Presentations for Your Community New Speakers Bureau Talks: 2018 We added the following new talks to our Speakers Bureau Catalogue in early 2018. Click on the photos or the blurbs for more information about each talk. view talk A History of the Concept of Race William Edelglass traces the intellectual history of the concept of race in the West, from its prehistory to today. view talk Above and Beyond: JFK and the U-2 Pilots During the Cuban Missile Crisis Michael Tougias recounts this tense chapter of history and explores how President Kennedy reached a decision on a course of action. view talk All the Film's A Stage Join Rick Winston in an exploration of how cinema has portrayed what goes into a theater production, from audition to rehearsal to performance. view talk Bees Besieged: A History of Beekeeping Bill Mares, writer, and a beekeeper for 45 years, tells of the origins and evolution of beekeeping, with a particular emphasis on his research in Vermont. view talk Double-Talk on Doubleday: How a Dead Civil War General Invented Baseball Without His Permission Rowly Brucken explores the founding myths of baseball’s real and fictional origins, and will consider the broader context of the age. view talk First Impressions: 19th Century New Englanders and the Origins of American Perceptions of Islam Philip Crossman tells the story of Middlebury College graduates Pliny Fisk and Levi Parsons, who set out to the Middle East to serve as Christian missionaries in the Islamic world in 1819. view talk Remember and Resist: The Dutch Example Mary Fillmore explores how Dutch people decided to resist the Nazis, what they actually did, and what the results were of their actions. view talk Solidarity Forever: Songs of Unions and Labor Using live and recorded music, Mark Greenberg surveys American labor songs from the beginnings of the Industrial Revolution, through the Wobblies, and into the coal wars of the 1930. view talk Sorting the News From the Chaff Veteran journalist and educator Mark Timney shares strategies for evaluating news sources in the rapidly changing digital information age. view talk Soup to Nuts: An Eccentric History of Food Rebecca Rupp reveals the rocky evolution of table manners, the not-so-welcome invention of the fork, the awful advent of portable soup, and the surprising benefits of family dinners. view talk The Digital Humanities Revolution How have humanists taken up new technologies? What has the digital world added to the study of history, literature, folklore, and art? Bryan Alexander surveys the rise of the digital humanities. view talk Vermont's Remarkable Sharpshooters Historian Howard Coffin will discuss his recent research into this little-recognized group and consider the reasons why Vermont may have been so well-represented in this elite group of marksmen.