Speakers Bureau Talks and Living History Presentations for Your CommunityNew Speakers Bureau Talks: 2019We added the following new talks to our Speakers Bureau Catalogue in 2019. Click on the photos or the blurbs for more information about each talk. view talk1800 and Froze to Death: The Cold Year of 18161816 has long been known as the year without summer. This talk includes scores of anecdotes about the dark year of failed crops, scarce food, and religious revival. view talkA Manner of SpeakingUsing various examples from his own and others’ work, Alan demonstrates how writers creating speeches and monologues must pay special attention to such elements as focus, rhythm and sound devices. view talkAaron Copland's AmericaPianist Michael Arnowitt offers a program surveying the music of Aaron Copland, who created what is considered today to be a distinctively American sound in classical music. view talkAlfred Starr Hamilton: Outsider PoetAlfred Starr Hamilton wrote poems so deeply metaphoric that one can enjoy them both for their fairy-tale charm and as serious confessions of unease in 20th-Century America view talkCircle of Sawdust: The Mud, Myth, and Magic of the CircusRob Mermin shows rare film clips and relates personal anecdotes of wacky characters, wild escapades, and poignant recollections of life in the world of circus. view talkFinding Jesse: “A Fugitive from Slavery in Vermont”This illustrated talk brings the narrative of one slave out of anonymity and explores his life and pursuit of freedom. It traces Jesse’s life from enslavement in North Carolina to freedom in Vermont. view talkFrom the Parlor to the Polling Place: Stories and Songs from the SuffragistsSinger and historian Linda Radtke, in period garb and "Votes for Women" sash, celebrates the centennial of the passage of the 19th Amendment through songs and stories. view talkJustin Morgan's Horse: Making an American MythAll Morgan horses today trace their lineage back to a single horse: a mystery stallion named Figure, owned by singing teacher Justin Morgan in the late 18th century. view talkMindfulness: The History, Practice, and Use of Cultivating Mindful AwarenessThis lecture will address questions about mindfulness by tracing its history from multiple traditions, starting with early Buddhist texts and ending with the secularization of mindfulness in contemporary American society. view talkMovements of the Soul: The Role of Religion in Nonviolent Struggles for PeaceJoseph explores how the 20th century saw the rise of religious faith-based organizations and groups working to advance the cause of peace. view talkMurder in the Vermont Woods: A Story About Race, Class, and Gender in the 19th CenturyTells the story of an Indigenous man from southern New England who came to central Vermont during the late 19th century and was the victim of a murder. view talkRed Scare in the Green Mountains: Vermont in the McCarthy EraRick Winston explores some forgotten history as we see how a small, rural “rock-ribbed Republican” state with a historically libertarian streak handled the hysteria of the time. view talkSailing Towards my FatherSailing Towards My Father is a one-man play written and directed by Carl A. Rossi and performed by Stephen Collins. view talkSilents Are Golden: A Celebration of Silent CinemaAn entertaining and educational lecture lavishly illustrated with clips from 100 silent film comedies and dramas from the 1920s! view talkSo Close to Home: A True Story of an American Family’s Fight for Survival During World War IIFast asleep in their berths, the Downs family had no idea that two torpedoes were heading their way. Author Alison O’Leary presents the story of the sinking of the freighter Heredia in 1942 with dramatic images and selections from the German U-boat captain's diary. view talkStravinsky's "The Rite of Spring" and the Music of 1911In this special lecture-demonstration, Michael Arnowitt explores some of the fascinating creative details of Stravinsky’s landmark work of genius view talkThat the People May Live: The Life and Legacy of Nicholas Black Elk, Holy Man of the LakotaThis lecture explores the life and legacy of Nicholas Black Elk (1866-1950), the Lakota holy man made famous by the book “Black Elk Speaks.” view talkThe Black Presence at the Battle of BenningtonIt may come as a surprise that one of the 30 men killed at the Battle of Bennington was black. This illustrated lecture tells the story of Sipp Ives and other black patriots who played a role in the fighting and its aftermath. view talkThe Counterculture’s Impact on Vermont and Vermont’s Influence on the Counterculture GenerationIn the late 1960s and '70s, thousands of young migrants moved to the back woods, small towns and cities of rural Vermont. Author Yvonne Daley discusses this time in Vermont’s history and its impact today. view talkThe Harlem RenaissanceWilliam Tortolano draws a vivid recollection of the 1920’s and 1930’s, the great cultural rebirth of African-American music, art, and literature. view talkThe Middle EastThis multimedia presentation by Mohamed Defaa provides an analytical framework to understand the histories, social identities, and cultures behind this complex concept of “Middle East.” view talkThese Old Tunes are Good Enough for Me: Harold Luce, the Story of a Vermont FiddlerAdam Boyce, one of Luce’s many pupils, shares photos, audio recordings, and personal recollections of Harold, and also plays a few favorite tunes that he learned from him. view talkThunderbolt: A True History of a Scottish Highwayman in 19th Century VermontWeeks before his execution for highway robbery in 1821, a young immigrant wrote a confession detailing a series of robberies he’d undertaken in the company of a notorious Scottish outlaw known as “Captain Thunderbolt.” view talkVermont Women and the Civil WarWith nearly 35,000 of Vermont's able-bodied men at war, the monumental task of keeping more than 30,000 farms in operation became very much a female enterprise during the Civil War.