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Essex Junction, VT 05452 United States

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April 2018

Building Monticello

April 11
7:00 pm
Brownell Library, Essex Junction
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Jefferson never knew the Monticello of today—in perfect condition, impeccably furnished. Dartmouth College senior lecturer Marlene Heck explains the lifelong project Jefferson called his “essay in architecture.” Read More »


Transatlantic Traumas: Endangering the West

April 25
7:00 pm
Brownell Library, Essex Junction
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"The West" has been challenged by President Trump's policies, Russian covert actions, and domestic nativist and nationalistic tendencies. Stan Sloan, Visiting Scholar at Middlebury and author of Defense of the West, examines whether a perfect storm of external threats and internal politics is undermining Western values and interests. Read More »

May 2018

Love and Marriage in the 21st Century

May 2
7:00 pm
Brownell Library, Essex Junction
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Dr. Polly Young-Eisendrath looks at the transformation of marriage over the past century from a traditional contract between families to one that celebrates idealization in the form of “true love,” and suggests why the latter may be harder to fulfill than many thought. Read More »

June 2018

The Legacy of Rachel Carson

June 6
7:00 pm
Brownell Library, Essex Junction

Silent Spring not only launched the environmental movement but also identified fundamental problems with our relationship to nature. Dartmouth professor Nancy Jay Crumbine explores Carson’s clarity, courage, and brilliance. Read More »

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