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Essex Junction, VT 05452 United States
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November 2020

*DIGITAL* The Complicated Histories of Monuments

November 4
7:00 pm
Brownell Library, Essex Junction
Statue of man on horse atop stone plinth

As monuments come down across the US, some decry that history is being erased. But what (and whose) history do monuments contain? UVM professor Kelley Di Dio explores the history and future of certain monuments. (Pre-registration required.) Read More »

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December 2020

*DIGITAL* After “Migrant Mother:” The Promise and Peril of the First Green New Deal

December 2
7:00 pm
Brownell Library, Essex Junction
Two men walking through hay field with scythes

The Farm Security Administration helped rural Americans improve their lives through small loans and improved farm practices during the Great Depression. Middlebury professor Kathryn Morse explores the program's successes and failures. (Pre-registration required.) Read More »

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January 2021

Why College in Prison? Why Liberal Arts?

January 6, 2021
7:00 pm
Brownell Library, Essex Junction
Kathy Fox teaching course in prison

Kathy Fox, founder and director of the UVM Liberal Arts in Prison Program, explains how everyone can be transformed by exposure to a liberal arts curriculum. Read More »

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February 2021

The Postmodern Turn in Architecture

February 3, 2021
7:00 pm
Brownell Library, Essex Junction
People walking on the High Line park in New York City

Champlain College professor David Mills explores how opposing theories of human nature have shaped and reshaped cities in the last century, from modern to postmodern and beyond. Read More »

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March 2021

Religious Literacy is Social Justice

March 3, 2021
7:00 pm
Brownell Library, Essex Junction
Man in turban looking at North American city

UVM professor Ilyse Morgenstein Fuerst describes religious literacy as a social justice issue. She explores who is allowed to be religiously illiterate, who has to be religiously literate, and how to learn more about religion. Read More »

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April 2021

Charity and Sylvia: A Same-Sex Couple in Early Vermont

April 7, 2021
7:00 pm
Brownell Library, Essex Junction

Drawing from the Sheldon Museum collections, archivist Eva Garcelon-Hart presents the story of two extraordinary women, Charity Bryant and Sylvia Drake, who were accepted in early 19th-century rural Vermont as a married couple. Read More »

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May 2021

The Need to Read Unrealisms

May 5, 2021
7:00 pm
Brownell Library, Essex Junction
Illustration of waterfall coming out of open book

Fantasy, science fiction, and other “unrealisms” are vital to our survival—especially when such stories are also silly, escapist, and strange. National Book Award winner Will Alexander describes the whimsical importance and imaginative necessity of narrative weirdness. Read More »

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