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February 2016

An Evening with Langston Hughes

February 3, 2016
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Brownell Library, Essex Junction
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In this dramatic rendition of Langston Hughes’ poems and short stories, actor and writer David Mills celebrates the life of the Harlem Renaissance writer. Read More »

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Latino Americans, Episode One: Foreigners in their Own Land (1565-1880)

February 24, 2016
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Brownell Library, Essex Junction

This PBS documentary series chronicles the rich and varied experiences of Latinos, who have helped shape our country and gradually constructed a new identity within the changing yet repeating context of American history. Read More »

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March 2016

The Golden Cage

March 1, 2016 – March 31, 2016
Brownell Library, Essex Junction

Through photographs and intimate interviews, this exhibit strives to create a revealing portrait of dairy farmers and their Mexican employees and offers a glimpse into their interdependent lives, exploring who they are and what they hope for. Read More »

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The Pulitzer Gold Medal for Public Service

March 2, 2016
7:00 pm
Brownell Library, Essex Junction
Image of Joseph Pulitzer

In Pulitzer Prizes’ centennial year, author Roy Harris tells stories of the coveted prize awarded annually to a newspaper, and considers the profound contribution great journalism has made and still makes today. Read More »

Latino Americans, Episode Five: Prejudice and Pride (1965-1980)

March 9, 2016
7:00 pm
Brownell Library, Essex Junction

This episode tells the story of Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta’s struggle to organize for the rights of Latino migrant farm workers in California and provides historical background on Latinos’ struggle for civil rights and voter participation. Read More »

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El viaje mas caro/The Most Costly Journey

March 23, 2016
7:00 pm
Brownell Library, Essex Junction

This presentation describes an initiative to use comics to promote well-being among migrant farm workers in Vermont. Presented by Julia Doucet RN (Open Door Clinic), Andy Kolovos PhD (Vermont Folklife Center), and Teresa Mares PhD (UVM Professor of Anthropology). Read More »

Film Screening: Under the Cloak of Darkness

March 30, 2016
7:00 pm
Brownell Library, Essex Junction

This is a documentary about Vermont's migrant Mexican farmhands, who work long hours every day to keep Vermont's struggling dairy farms going. Chris Urban, who conducted the filmed interviews, will lead a discussion and answer questions following the screening. Read More »

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April 2016

Merton, Meditation, and More: Buddhism in the West

April 13, 2016
7:00 pm
Brownell Library, Essex Junction

Buddhism is well-established in the US, among Buddhists and others, such as Catholic monk and author Thomas Merton, who engaged in Buddhism without conversion. Middlebury College religion professor Elizabeth Morrison considers what has emerged from the West’s encounter with Buddhism. Read More »

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October 2016

Teaching and Parenting in the Digital Age

October 13, 2016
7:00 pm
Brownell Library, Essex Junction
Image of father and daughter with phone

In this free public talk, Chip Donohue, PhD, will explore how technology can empower and engage children, parents, families, librarians and early childhood educators. Read More »

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November 2016

Hamilton: The Man and the Musical

November 2, 2016
7:00 pm
Brownell Library, Essex Junction
Image of Alexander Hamilton

From his birth in the Caribbean to death in a duel, Alexander Hamilton's life was part romance, part tragedy—and the inspiration for the blockbuster Broadway musical. Hamilton biographer Willard Sterne Randall discusses the man and the musical, with excerpts from its score. Read More »

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December 2016

America in a New, More Dangerous World

December 7, 2016
7:00 pm
Brownell Library, Essex Junction

Distinguished veteran diplomat George Jaeger discusses recent rapid changes in world power relationships and the key challenges America faces: from our perception of our world role and management of nuclear policy to our critical relationships with Europe, Russia, and China. Read More »

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January 2017

Walt Whitman and the Civil War

January 11, 2017
7:00 pm
Brownell Library, Essex Junction
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Whitman’s Civil War writings give us a dual portrait, first the war as “a strange, unloosen’d wondrous time,” and second the emergence of a new Whitman. UVM professor Huck Gutman examines some of the most remarkable poems about war ever published and looks at Whitman’s remarkable development. Read More »

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February 2017

The Wyeths: First Family of American Art

February 1, 2017
7:00 pm
Brownell Library, Essex Junction
Image of N.C. Wyeth in his studio

Shelburne Museum director Thomas Denenberg discusses the Wyeths—N. C. (1882–1945), Andrew (1917–2009), and Jamie (b. 1946)—and offers new perspectives on these three painters who have shaped the way Americans view their world. Read More »

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March 2017

Conversations That Change How We Live and Die

March 1, 2017
7:00 pm
Brownell Library, Essex Junction

Dartmouth professor and memoirist Irene Kacandes draws our attention to passages from great literature and nonfiction that can help launch or deepen conversations about living and dying. Read More »

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April 2017

Building for a Gilded Age

April 12, 2017
7:00 pm
Brownell Library, Essex Junction

Middlebury College architecture professor Glenn Andres explores how the U.S. asserted itself architecturally on the world stage around the turn of the twentieth century, a time of bold experiments, proud philanthropy, and a desire to rival the Old World in splendor. Read More »

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May 2017

Video Games: Changing Stories and Changing Behaviors

May 3, 2017
7:00 pm
Brownell Library, Essex Junction
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Ann DeMarle, director of Champlain College’s Emergent Media Center, explores digital gaming, how designers and players both participate in the storytelling process, and ways some game creators seek to effect social change through gaming. Read More »

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October 2017

Dine and Discuss: Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

October 18, 2017
5:30 pm
Brownell Library, Essex Junction

Join us for a multi-generational potluck and discussion of VHC's 2017 VT Reads Book Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson. Potluck dishes can be inspired from the various places where Ms. Woodson lived: Ohio, South Carolina, or New York City—or bring your favorite dish. Students are welcome! Read More »

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November 2017

Einstein in a Nutshell

November 1, 2017
7:00 pm
Brownell Library, Essex Junction
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Einstein’s most famous contribution to science—his theory of relativity—is based on an idea so simple it can be stated in one sentence. Yet from that simple idea, explains Middlebury professor Richard Wolfson, follow conclusions that have revolutionized our notions of space, time, and causality. Read More »

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December 2017

Reformation and Response: What Luther Did to Art

December 6, 2017
7:00 pm
Brownell Library, Essex Junction

Dartmouth professor Jane Carroll examines how the Reformation, driven by Martin Luther’s rejection of the establishment Church, brought into question the assumptions by which most Europeans had lived, and how this played out in the art of the time. Read More »

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January 2018

*CANCELED* The Examined Life

January 3, 2018
7:00 pm
Brownell Library, Essex Junction
Image of hiker at top of mountain

Socrates famously proclaimed, “The unexamined life is not worth living.” Philosophy scholar Suzanne Claxton explores what constitutes the examined life and how we may best pursue it. Read More »

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April 2018

Building Monticello

April 11, 2018
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 »

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Transatlantic Traumas: Endangering the West

April 25, 2018
7:00 pm
Brownell Library, Essex Junction
Image of the White House in thunderstorm

"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 »

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May 2018

Love and Marriage in the 21st Century

May 2, 2018
7:00 pm
Brownell Library, Essex Junction
Image of couple holding hands

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 »

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June 2018

The Legacy of Rachel Carson

June 6, 2018
7:00 pm
Brownell Library, Essex Junction
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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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October 2018

Factory Girls: How Women First Came to the Workplace

October 3, 2018
7:00 pm
Brownell Library, Essex Junction

St. Michael's College Professor Susan Ouellette leads a discussion of the experiences of young women who helped to create the new industrial workplace at the turn of the 19th century. Read More »

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November 2018

Vermont Reads 2018: Bread and Roses, Too Book Discussion

November 14, 2018
5:30 pm
Brownell Library, Essex Junction

Join the Brownell Library for a potluck dinner and a discussion of Bread and Roses, Too for kids, parents, and seniors. Read More »

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December 2018

Daily Life in Prewar Nazi Germany

December 5, 2018
7:00 pm
Brownell Library, Essex Junction
Image at Nazi record listening booth

Focusing on the prewar experience of non-Jewish citizens, Keene State professor Paul Vincent examines how ideology and terror undermined human dignity, numbed self-awareness, and atomized German society. Read More »

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January 2019

American Modernism

January 2, 2019
7:00 pm
Brownell Library, Essex Junction
Image of painting of couple dancing

Citing examples from the works of Georgia O’Keeffe, Marsden Hartley, Stuart Davis, Charles Sheeler, and others, former Head of American Paintings at Christie’s and Sotheby’s James Maroney provides an overview of American art from 1913 to 1949 and explains its importance and beauty. Read More »

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February 2019

We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy

February 6, 2019
7:00 pm
Brownell Library, Essex Junction
Image of President Obama giving boy high five

UVM Professor Emily Bernard discusses We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy, Ta-Nehisi Coates’s most recent reflections on race, the Obama Presidency, and the election of Donald Trump. Read More »

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March 2019

Arguing about Civility

March 6, 2019
7:00 pm
Brownell Library, Essex Junction
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Middlebury political scientist Sarah Stroup focuses on two questions for both local and national discourse: What topics are suitable for public discussion? And how can we facilitate productive disagreements? She explores how to deliberate hot topics in ways that are respectful and ultimately helpful. Read More »

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April 2019

Amelia

April 10, 2019
7:00 pm
Brownell Library, Essex Junction
Image of Amelia Earhardt and plane

The mysterious disappearance of Amelia Earhart in 1937 often overshadows her accomplishments as a pilot and author. Champlain College professor Nancy Nahra examines the remarkable life of the aviation legend.  Read More »

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May 2019

Churchill and Roosevelt: The Personal Element in Their Partnership

May 1, 2019
7:00 pm
Brownell Library, Essex Junction
Image of Churchill and Roosevelt in Casablance

University of Vermont History Professor Emeritus Mark A. Stoler examines the important personal relationship between Britain’s Prime Minister and America’s President during their World War II alliance. Read More »

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November 2019

From Rembrandt to Van Gogh and Beyond

November 6, 2019
7:00 pm
Brownell Library, Essex Junction

Vincent Van Gogh’s art was among the first that made visible the artist’s subjective feelings, an approach later emulated by 20th-century artists. Art historian Carol Berry discusses Van Gogh’s life, the development of his art, and the artists who influenced him. Read More »

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December 2019

Food Across Borders

December 4, 2019
7:00 pm
Brownell Library, Essex Junction

Our production and consumption of food relies on a series of border crossings that we often take for granted. Dartmouth professor Matt Garcia highlights how food and the boundaries it crosses lead to new thinking about what it means to be an American and a Vermonter. Read More »

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January 2020

The Science of Happiness

January 8, 2020
7:00 pm
Brownell Library, Essex Junction
Old woman laughing while wearing a shawl

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
Cover of Love and Rockets issue

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

**POSTPONED** 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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October 2020

*DIGITAL* The Opulence of Integrity: Dance and Muhammad Ali

October 7, 2020
7:00 pm
Brownell Library, Essex Junction
Muhammad Ali with a speed bag

Christal Brown’s original dance piece “The Opulence of Integrity” was inspired by the public life and inner searching of Muhammad Ali, boxing’s outspoken superstar. Brown discusses the making of the work and its relevance to our present moment. (Pre-registration required.) Read More »

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November 2020

*DIGITAL* The Complicated Histories of Monuments

November 4, 2020
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, 2020
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

*DIGITAL* Why College in Prison? Why Liberal Arts?

January 6
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. (Pre-registration required.) Read More »

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February 2021

*DIGITAL* The Postmodern Turn in Architecture

February 3
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. (Registration required). Read More »

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March 2021

*DIGITAL* Religious Literacy is Social Justice

March 3
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. (Registration required.) Read More »

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*DIGITAL* Indian Wars of New England

March 22
7:00 pm
Brownell Library, Essex Junction
Image of colonial battle blockprint

Michael Tougias offers a slide lecture on the conflicts between New England's Native Americans and colonists. Tougias takes the audience on a historic journey from the Pilgrims' first arrival in New England to the closing days of the French and Indian War, as the colonists and Indians fought for control of New England. Read More »

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April 2021

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

April 7
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. (Registration required.) Read More »

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May 2021

*DIGITAL* The Need to Read Unrealisms

May 5
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. Registration required. Read More »

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October 2021

*DIGITAL* All The Imagination Can Hold: The Other Side(s) Of Quincy Jones

October 6
7:00 pm
Brownell Library, Essex Junction
Composer Quincy Jones gesturing while leading an orchestra

While Quincy Jones may be best known as a record producer for superstars like Michael Jackson, jazz archivist and poet Reuben Jackson highlights Jones’ work as a film composer, a Big Band arranger, and a collaborator with legendary vocalists like Sarah Vaughan. (Registration required.) Read More »

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