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First Congregational Church of Manchester

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3624 Main St
Manchester, VT 05254 United States
http://mclvt.org

October 2021

*DIGITAL* Bees Besieged by Our Changing Climate

October 6
7:00 pm
Honeybees gathering around a hole in wood painted white

All 20,000 species of bees worldwide are at risk as global climate change affects their forage, reproduction, and behavior. Based on his 50 years as a backyard beekeeper, author Bill Mares addresses the macro and micro effects of a rapidly warming planet on Vermont’s bees, particularly Apis mellifera, the common honeybee. (Registration required.) Read More »

November 2021

*DIGITAL* Global Food Sovereignty, from Resilience to Reclamation

November 3
7:00 pm
Native American woman with two sheep in a pasture

The global food system is marked by Black land loss, the dispossession of Indigenous territory, and violence against land defenders. But grassroots movements around the world are building communities of care against these harmful systems. Foodways researcher Veronica Limeberry describes how these communities honor the sovereignty of their peoples and ecologies. (Registration required.) Read More »

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December 2021

*DIGITAL* War Reenactors: Who Gets to Tell History?

December 1
7:00 pm
Middle-aged man in World War Two uniform with helmet

Artist Ed Gendron shares and discusses images from his photo project about World War II reenactors in the United States. Gendron later produced Playing Soldier, a feature-length documentary on the same topic. “The re-enactors assert that ‘history is a personal thing,’ says Gendron. “And for them, it may be quite true.” (Registration required.) Read More »

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January 2022

The Ethics of Vermont Eugenics: Past and Present

January 5, 2022
7:00 pm
Anti-eugenics tapestry with tree

In the name of “human betterment” a century ago, public institutions and private organizations in Vermont chose some of the state’s most marginalized persons for institutionalization, sterilization, and family separation. Harvard Medical School lecturer Charlene Galarneau explores the factors that led to Vermont’s distinct expression of eugenics, and its continuing legacies today. Read More »

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February 2022

Walt Whitman: American Poet

February 2, 2022
7:00 pm
Walt Whitman with long beard, wearing a hat

Walt Whitman was a great poetic innovator, the poet who best sums up what it is to be an American, and his Song of Myself is the most majestic poem written in our nation. And yet, for all this, UVM professor emeritus Huck Gutman finds Whitman to be wonderfully approachable. Read More »

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March 2022

*DIGITAL* “Rebel Music:” Afro-Caribbean Music and Political Thought

March 2, 2022
7:00 pm
Musician Bob Marley holding a guitar and pointing skyward during a concert.

Middlebury College professor Kemi Fuentes-George traces the development of pan-African political theory in the early 20th century and discusses how Afro Caribbean “rebel music” helped these ideas challenge established assumptions about nonwhite people and global relations. (Registration required.) Read More »

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April 2022

Birding Her-story: The Lost Legacy of Women in Ornithology

April 6, 2022
7:00 pm
Young woman in green jacket pointing in the woods while holding binoculars

In this celebration of paying attention to female birds, “Bird Diva” Bridget Butler examines new scientific studies on female birds and shares stories of the “Mothers of Ornithology.” Read More »

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May 2022

“Vast Library of the Female Mind:” the Life and Poetry of Ruth Stone

May 4, 2022
7:00 pm
Poet Ruth Stone in a black dress outside of a bungalow

Acclaimed Vermont poet Ruth Stone transformed her intense grief into poetry, using simple yet startling language. Nora Jacobson’s film “Vast Library of the Female Mind” provides an intimate look into Stone’s life and family. This screening will include panel discussion with Jacobson, former Vermont Poet Laureate Chard DeNiord, and a member of Ruth’s family. Read More »

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