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Goodrich Memorial Library

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Newport, VT 05855 United States

January 2019

The Original Renaissance Man: Understanding Leonardo da Vinci

January 2, 2019
7:00 pm
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Famed for paintings such as The Last Supper and the portrait of Mona Lisa, Leonardo da Vinci was also a dedicated observer and a prolific journal writer. Middlebury associate professor Katy Smith Abbott considers what set him apart, then and now. Read More »


February 2019

The Artist as Activist

February 6, 2019
7:00 pm
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When is art activism and when is it escapism? Artists can take the risks that politicians won’t, and art can often reach people in ways that politics can't. Author Chris Bohjalian discusses how he has used fiction to address issues as diverse as genocide, domestic violence, and teen homelessness. Read More »


March 2019

A Slight Sound at Evening: Why Thoreau’s Quiet Writing Endures Today

March 6, 2019
7:00 pm
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Drawing upon Thoreau’s journals and letters, Dartmouth professor Nancy Jay Crumbine examines the spirituality, inherent and explicit, in his walking and writing life. Read More »


April 2019

Poetry and Song

April 3, 2019
7:00 pm

Veteran singing ensemble, the Thetford Chamber Singers, present powerful literary texts with complex choral arrangements, including the work of Wendell Berry, Emily Dickinson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and others. Read More »


May 2019

The Game’s Afoot

May 1, 2019
7:00 pm
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Scholar Barry Deitz looks at the life and times of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of Sherlock Holmes. He will discuss the inspiration for Holmes and examine what other writers, actors, and directors have done with the character over the past 130 years. Read More »


June 2019

*RESCHEDULED* The Roots of Fascism

June 5, 2019
7:00 pm
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Dartmouth professor Graziella Parati tells the history of fascism and its roots in Italy in 1919, and explores similarities and differences in the fascist regimes of Adolf Hitler and Francisco Franco. Read More »

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