Speakers Bureau Talks and Living History Presentations for Your CommunityNew Speakers Bureau Talks: 2020We added the following new talks to our Speakers Bureau Catalogue in 2020. Click on the photos or the blurbs for more information about each talk. view talkA Dramatic ConstitutionMeg Mott considers how the Constitution has contained our most violent disagreements, how reformers were able to expand the Bill of Rights, and how the Constitution might address the pressures of climate change. view talkAn Evening with Walt WhitmanThe audience is a visitor in Walt Whitman's room as he prepares for his seventieth birthday celebration and questions his success as a man and a poet. Through Whitman's poetry and letters, actor Stephen Collins helps us experience the poet's growth into a mature artist who is at peace about “himself, God and death.” view talkBearing Witness and the Endurance of VoiceLucy Terry Prince was born in Africa, where she was kidnapped by slave traders and transported to Rhode Island. While still enslaved in 1746, she wrote “Bars Fight,” the oldest known poem by an African American. Prince later regained her freedom and moved to Vermont with her husband. Shanta Lee Gander illustrates Prince's importance as a poet and orator, and as one unafraid to fight for her rights within the landscape of early Vermont, New England, and America. view talkChoice, Chance, and CreativityBill Mares has authored or co-authored 17 books on diverse subjects, ranging from the Marine Corps to brewing beer. He discusses his inspiration for the books, and relates the challenges and satisfactions of collaboration. The presentation will conclude with a workshop where audience members can create their own short narrative fiction or nonfiction pieces. view talkFrom Homebrew to the House of FermentologyBill Mares began making his own beer 45 years ago, when homebrewing was illegal and there were no microbreweries in America. Today there are over 7,000 such breweries nationwide, and Vermont has the highest percentage of breweries per capita in the country. In this presentation, Mares will discuss the American beer revolution, Vermont's small but significant contribution, and his co-ownership of a brewery. view talkThe Theater of the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950sThis era represents a great period of in American theater. In this presentation, actor Stephen Collins performs monologues from the work of William Saroyan, Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, Eugene O’Neill, and N. Richard Nash and may sing a Cole Porter and George Gershwin tune. view talkThe Value of Our StoriesEach one of us has a story that is valuable. In this presentation, Rajnii Eddins will share his poetry, and will discuss how our stories can be used to confront racism and other injustices, affirm diversity and equity, and initiate community dialogue. view talkVermont and the Fenian InvasionsIn the five years following the Civil War, Irishmen twice invaded Canada from Vermont. Historian Vince Feeney describes the little-known part played by Green Mountain residents in the invasions and discusses the attitude of Vermonters and of the Catholic church towards the rebels.