Vermont Humanities
Author Phuc Tran crouches at the edge of a body of water and looks at a goose, who looks back

Sigh, Gone: A Memoir Discussion with Phuc Tran

Author Phuc Tran will discuss his book, Sigh, Gone: A Misfit’s Memoir of Great Books, Punk Rock, and The Fight To Fit In, and the memoir and writing process. For anyone who has ever felt like they don’t belong, Sigh, Gone shares an irreverent, funny, and moving tale of displacement and assimilation woven together with poignant themes from beloved works of classic literature.

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Welcome 2 Houston: Hip Hop as Local Heritage

Langston Collin Wilkins returns to the city where he grew up to illuminate the complex relationship between place, identity, and music in Houston’s hip hop culture. Interviews with local rap artists, producers, and managers inform an exploration of how artists, audiences, music, and place interact to create a heritage that musicians negotiate in a variety of ways.

Statue of the Wampanogas chief against a blue sky

Monumental Mobility: The Memory Work of Massasoit

A monument depicting Massasoit welcoming the Pilgrims was installed in Plymouth, MA in 1921 to mark the 300th anniversary of the landing of the English. Historian Jean O’Brien considers if the monument prompts us to reckon with the structural violence of settler colonialism, or further entrenches celebratory narratives of national origins.

Colorful Squares with the words Hanging Out interspersed.

Hanging Out: The Radical Power of Killing Time

With the introduction of AI and constant Zoom meetings, our lives have become more fractured and isolated. In Hanging Out: The Radical Power of Killing Time, author Sheila Liming shows us what we have lost to the frenetic pace of digital life, and how to get it back.

An illustration of Don Quixote on a horse with a yellow sky in the background

Don Quixote of La Mancha

Miguel de Cervantes’ DON QUIXOTE DE LA MANCHA, published in Spain, in two parts, in 1605 and 1615, is considered the first “modern” novel. But it is also the novel that invented modernity, with its unending angst and uncertainties and its sense of impeding doom. Internationally-renown, prize-winning scholar Ilan Stavans, author of QUIXOTE: THE NOVEL AND THE WORKS, discusses its origins, structure and characters, and the way it continues to redefine us all.