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First Congregational Church of Manchester

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October 2020

*DIGITAL* Busting Out of the Ivory Tower: From Anthropology to Writing and Art

October 7
7:00 pm
Homecoming by Dana Walrath

Dementia. Genocide. Mental Illness. The atomic bomb. These may be rich subjects for academics, but most of us turn away from such topics. Yet writer, artist, and anthropologist Dana Walrath focuses on these themes in her creative work, finding hope, insight, and even laughter in the most unexpected places. (Pre-registration required.) Read More »

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November 2020

*DIGITAL* The American Civil War and the Shaping of the Western Hemisphere

November 4
7:00 pm
Painting of Civil War battle

The Union victory in the Civil War affected the future of the Western Hemisphere in profound ways. Castleton history professor Andre Fleche describes how the war influenced the demise of slavery in the Americas, the retreat of European empires from the New World, and the emergence of the United States as an imperialist power. (Pre-registration required.) Read More »

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December 2020

*DIGITAL* Charlotte Brontë Before Jane Eyre: The Making of a Graphic Biography

December 2
7:00 pm
Glynnis Fawkes drawing of the Bronte sisters

Cartoonist Glynnis Fawkes explains the research and design processes she followed to create her graphic biography, Charlotte Brontë Before Jane Eyre. Focusing on two segments of the biography, she illuminates moments in Brontë’s life that were key to her literary success. (Pre-registration required.) Read More »

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January 2021

How Yiddish Changed America and How America Changed Yiddish

January 6, 2021
7:00 pm
Painting of Jewish immigrants arriving in New York by boat

Yiddish is imprinted in American English in terms like chutzpah, kosher, bagel, and schmooze. And the work of Sholem Aleichem, Anzia Yezierska, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Grace Paley, and Irving Howe shows the deep impact of Jewish immigration on the United States. Amherst College professor Ilan Stavans surveys the journey Read More »

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February 2021

Slow Democracy and the Power of Neighborliness

February 3, 2021
7:00 pm
Image of Norman Rockwell painting

Author and advocate Susan Clark explains the Slow Democracy movement in which ordinary people mobilize to find local solutions to local problems. In the process some find they can bridge the “us-them” divide so prevalent in our national politics. Read More »

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March 2021

Roman Women

March 3, 2021
7:00 pm
Statue of Roman woman

Some might expect that the lives of women in the Roman world revolved entirely around the family and domesticity. But Roman women owned property, ran businesses, and represented themselves in court. Middlebury classics professor Jane Chaplin discusses the place of women in the Roman world, the sources about them, and the values attached to them. Read More »

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April 2021

US Immigration Policy in Historical Perspective

April 7, 2021
7:00 pm

It may seem that the current anxieties about immigration in the US have never been more intense, but history suggests otherwise. Dartmouth professor Richard Wright examines the present-day contradictions of US immigration policy and places them in historical perspective. Read More »

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May 2021

Domestic Soldiers: British Housewives and the Second World War

May 5, 2021
7:00 pm
Painting of British housewives with "Up and at 'Em" banner

How did British housewives experience the Second World War and contribute to the war effort? Saint Michael’s history professor Jen Purcell tells the stories of seven housewives from across Britain. They grappled with the challenges of wartime, navigated shifting relationships at home and in the community, and struggled to be recognized for their efforts. Read More »

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