Vermont Humanities

Reproductive Rights and Justice in the 1970’s and Today

Goodrich Memorial Library 202 Main St, Newport, VT, United States

UVM History professor Felicia Kornbluh discusses the campaigns to decriminalize abortion and to control sterilization abuse in the years before and after Roe v. Wade. She uses this history as a launching point to explore strategies that might be effective in restoring reproductive rights today.

Canceled CANCELLED: Dancing in the Street: Carols and Songs of the Holiday Season

Goodrich Memorial Library 202 Main St, Newport, VT, United States

Sometime in November each year, holiday music -- mostly Christmas carols, but others as well -- begins to saturate the soundscape of North America. Every song has a story; what's the story of this music? Why does it have such a cultural hold? Is it a kind of folk tradition? How is it related to dance and drama? This presentation will include singing and will offer lore about the origins of these songs, their practice, and the resonance they have in our lives.

Melodic Wanderlust: Duke Ellington’s Far East Suite

Goodrich Memorial Library 202 Main St, Newport, VT, United States

Originally titled “Impressions Of The Far East,” this Duke Ellington/Billy Strayhorn suite was inspired by the Ellington Orchestra’s State Department-sponsored tour of the Far and Middle East in the fall of 1963. Reuben Jackson explores this extended work, which is imaginative and swinging, radical yet accessible.

Freedom and Unity

Goodrich Memorial Library 202 Main St, Newport, VT, United States

Join lead cartoonist of the Freedom and Unity: A Graphic Guide to Civics and Democracy in Vermont, Dan Nott, for this lively presentation about the making of the book. The presentation includes perspectives of the cartoonists and scholars that helped create a comic book about the past, present, and potential of democracy and civics in Vermont. Learn more about our brave little state, cartooning, and using comics to teach civic and history.

Building Berlin: the Genesis of a Graphic Novel

Goodrich Memorial Library 202 Main St, Newport, VT, United States

The graphic novel Berlin by Jason Lutes depicts life during the rise of fascism in post-WWI Germany. Lutes discusses his development as a cartoonist—with inspiration from William Faulkner to Dungeons & Dragons, Wim Wenders to Star Wars—that culminated in the creation of a book The Guardian called “a modern classic.”

From Red State to Blue State: Vermont’s Political Transformation

Goodrich Memorial Library 202 Main St, Newport, VT, United States

For 100 years—from the 1850s to the 1950s—Vermont was the most Republican state in the nation. But today it is the most Democratic. Journalist Chris Graff considers some factors behind the switch from “red to blue,” including interstate highways, the arrival of IBM in Vermont, and the reapportionment of the Vermont House. 

Revolution in Our Time

Goodrich Memorial Library 202 Main St, Newport, VT, United States

National Book Award finalist Kekla Magoon discusses her award-winning nonfiction book, Revolution in Our Time: The Black Panther Party’s Promise to the People. The Vermont author also considers the importance of reading as a tool for social change, and our individual and collective power to transform our communities.  

POSTPONED: Our Native Land

Goodrich Memorial Library 202 Main St, Newport, VT, United States

Father and son storytellers and musicians Joseph and Jesse Bruchac of the Nulhegan Abenaki Nation use traditional music, storytelling, and the Abenaki language to describe the continuing connection of their people to Ndakinna (our land.) They share greeting and friendship songs and tell stories that relate to the creation of the place now called Vermont. 

Standing in This Place: Growing Up LGBTQ in Vermont

Goodrich Memorial Library 202 Main St, Newport, VT, United States

Playwright Maura Campbell wove the stories of 18 LGBTQ+ Vermonters, old and young, into the book Standing in This Place: Growing Up LGBTQ in Vermont. Campbell joins gay-rights activist Howdy Russell from an older generation and trans actor/school educator Ray Merrill from a younger generation, who shared their personal stories in the book, as they discuss their challenges growing up LGBTQ+ in Vermont and respond to audience questions.

A Living Culture

Goodrich Memorial Library 202 Main St, Newport, VT, United States

Colonialism creates a division within the culture that is being colonized, a tendency seen in Europeans’ early contact with Algonquin tribal groups. Abenaki singer-songwriter Bryan Blanchette demonstrates a living vision of modern Indigenous culture through contemporary and traditional Abenaki songs, showing how our cultural similarities can foster unity.