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April 2018

Virtue and Vice: The World of Vermeer’s Women

April 4
7:00 pm
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Dartmouth professor Jane Carroll examines the stories of courtship, seduction, and virtue portrayed and the encoded messages presented in the works of 17th-century Dutch painter Jan Vermeer. Read More »

May 2018

What If Poor Women Ran the World?

May 2
7:00 pm
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Labor historian Annelise Orleck tells the story of nine African-American union maids in Las Vegas during the 1970’s who challenged welfare cuts and built a long-lasting, vibrant anti-poverty program run by poor mothers. Read More »

June 2018

Teaching Hamlet in Prison

June 6
7:00 pm
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Celebrated literary critic Ilan Stavans discusses his teaching Shakespeare’s Hamlet in correctional facilities, and shares insights his classes have made about the play and revenge, freedom, and redemption. Read More »

July 2018

The Old Country Fiddler: Charles Ross Taggart, Vermont’s Traveling Entertainer

July 2
2:00 pm
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Having grown up in Topsham, Vermont, Charles Ross Taggart went on to a forty-year career performing in countless stage shows across the country. Fiddler Adam Boyce portrays Mr. Taggart near the end of his career, circa 1936, sharing recollections of his life and career interspersed with live fiddling and humorous sketches. Read More »


Rosie’s Mom: Forgotten Women of the First World War

July 5
2:00 pm
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One hundred years ago, a full generation before Rosie the Riveter, women rolled up their sleeves and entered war industries where they had never been welcome before. Historian Carrie Brown explores how these women helped shape the work that their more famous daughters would do in the next World War. Read More »

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