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Essex Junction, VT 05452 United States
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January 2020

The Science of Happiness

January 8, 2020
7:00 pm
Brownell Library, Essex Junction

Amherst College professor Catherine Sanderson describes cutting-edge research from the field of positive psychology on the factors that do (and do not) predict happiness, and shares practical ways to increase one's own psychological well-being. Read More »

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February 2020

Love and Rockets and Alternative Comics

February 5, 2020
7:00 pm
Brownell Library, Essex Junction

The 1980s comics movement offered an alternative to earlier mainstream superhero comics with groundbreaking works like Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez’s series Love and Rockets. Middlebury professor Enrique Garcia discusses the importance of this series and how its use of irony, parody, and nostalgia play with readers’ notions of race, ethnicity, and gender. Read More »

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March 2020

The Poetics of Protest in Nina Simone’s “Mississippi Goddam!”

March 4, 2020
7:00 pm
Brownell Library, Essex Junction

In 1964, Nina Simone performed the protest song "Mississippi Goddam!" at Carnegie Hall in front of mostly white audiences. When the live recording was released, many radio stations destroyed the albums. Middlebury professor Matthew Evan Taylor discusses how Simone's protest is found not only in her words, but also in the musical structure. Read More »

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April 2020

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

April 8, 2020
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 2020

Edward Gorey’s Morbid Nonsense

May 6, 2020
7:00 pm
Brownell Library, Essex Junction

Critics never knew quite what to make of Edward Gorey (1925-2000), the author and illustrator whose picture books full of murder, mayhem, and discreet depravity influenced Tim Burton, Lemony Snicket, and Guillermo Del Toro. In this illustrated lecture, cultural critic Mark Dery reveals the surprisingly serious themes woven through Gorey’s whimsically sinister body of work. Read More »

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