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Newport, VT 05855 United States

February 2016

Confused by the News?

February 10, 2016
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
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Veteran journalists Cynthia Skrzycki and Pulitzer Prize winner David Shribman examine the contemporary news scene with an eye to helping people discern truth from untruth, professional from amateur, and the enduring from the ephemeral. Read More »

March 2016

Photographing Any Place: Real or Ideal?

March 2, 2016
7:00 pm
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Photographer John Miller, author of Deer Camp and Granite and Cedar, discusses current projects and his ongoing challenges with documentary work. Read More »


April 2016

Myths of World War II

April 6, 2016
7:00 pm

Americans have maintained strong beliefs regarding WWII’s causes, consequences, and historical lessons—lessons cited to justify postwar US policies. UVM History Professor Emeritus Mark A. Stoler compares these perceptions of the war with what historians now maintain. Read More »


May 2016

Beethoven’s Sketchbooks

May 4, 2016
7:00 pm

In this performance lecture, pianist Michael Arnowitt considers Beethoven’s creative process by exploring Beethoven’s sketchbooks. Read More »


October 2016

Lindbergh and The Spirit of St. Louis

October 5, 2016
7:00 pm

Writer Reeve Lindbergh tells how the Spirit of St. Louis, the plane in which 25-year-old Charles Lindbergh made his non-stop New York-to-Paris flight, was also the vehicle that brought together her father and mother, and established a family. Read More »

November 2016

The Buildings of Vermont

November 2, 2016
7:00 pm
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Middlebury College professor Glenn Andres looks beyond Vermont’s pastoral stereotypes to examine the remarkable range, quality, humanity, and persistence of its built landscape. Read More »


December 2016

Classic Films of 1966

December 7, 2016
7:00 pm

Stanstead College educator Christopher Planetta delves into classic films from fifty years ago, screening selected scenes, discussing the era’s Hollywood stars and legendary directors, and considering whether the films have stood the test of time. Read More »


January 2017

Buddhism and Christianity

January 4, 2017
7:00 pm

John P. Keenan, Emeritus Professor of Religion at Middlebury College, explores how Buddhism explicitly undermines the truth of all religious claims—doing so, ironically, in order to reinvigorate its practitioners’ understanding and practice. Read More »


February 2017

Vincent Van Gogh: What Influenced Him, and His Influence on Art

February 1, 2017
7:00 pm
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Art historian Carol Berry considers the experiences, painters, and authors that influenced Van Gogh’s work, and looks at his influence on twentieth-century artists. Read More »


March 2017

Daisy Turner’s Kin

March 1, 2017
7:00 pm
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Vermont folklorist Jane Beck shares the story of the Turner family, a multi-generational saga spanning two centuries and played out across three continents. Read More »


April 2017

The Genocide and the Love Story: Fiction as Activism

April 5, 2017
7:00 pm

This April marks the 102nd anniversary of the start of the Armenian Genocide. Chris Bohjalian—Vermonter, New York Times bestselling novelist, and descendant of survivors of the Genocide—shares in words and photographs the role that history plays in his work. Read More »


May 2017

John Quincy Adams: A Spirit Unconquerable!

May 3, 2017
7:00 pm
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Ralph Waldo Emerson once said that John Quincy Adams "took his tea with sulfuric acid." Perhaps he did, but he also wrote poetry, loved theater, opera, and good wine and company; he held informed views on a myriad of subjects. Actor Jim Cooke portrays him in the last decade of a remarkable life. Read More »


June 2017

American Exceptionalism Revisited

June 7, 2017
7:00 pm

Derek Boothby, former director of the UN’s Department of Political Affairs, considers how the determination of America’s original settlers to create a society different from the 18th century European model has fared in the long term, and offers a naturalized American’s assessment of whether modern America is all that different from anywhere else. Read More »


October 2017

The Beatles: Band of the Sixties

October 4, 2017
7:00 pm

In this multimedia presentation, Beatles music scholar Aaron Krerowicz explores the band’s music beginning with the band's seminal visits to Hamburg and continuing through Beatlemania to Abbey Road. Read More »


December 2017

What We Learn When We Learn about History

December 6, 2017
7:00 pm
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Henry Ford famously said, “History is more or less bunk.” Author, historian, and professor Woden Teachout discusses why history does matter, exploring the intellectual skills and larger cultural understandings that come from studying the past. Read More »


January 2018

Aaron Copland’s America

January 3, 2018
7:00 pm
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Pianist Michael Arnowitt performs and discusses the iconic and distinctly American music of Aaron Copland—including music from Four Piano Blues, Piano Variations, El Salon Mexico, Conversation at the Soda Fountain, his famous Appalachian Spring, and music he wrote for the film version of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town. Read More »


February 2018

The News about the News

February 8, 2018
10:00 am
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In today’s political and cultural atmosphere, it is vital the public stays informed and the press does its job. Journalists Cindy Skrzycki and Pulitzer Prize winner David Shribman examine the current media landscape, distinguishing between fake and real news, amateur and professional, slanted and objective. Read More »


March 2018

*POSTPONED* Building for a Gilded Age

March 14, 2018
7:00 pm

Middlebury College architecture professor Glenn Andres explores how the U.S. asserted itself architecturally on the world stage around the turn of the twentieth century, a time of bold experiments, proud philanthropy, and a desire to rival the Old World in splendor. Read More »


April 2018

Virtue and Vice: The World of Vermeer’s Women

April 4, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
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 »


October 2018

After Fifty Years of Teaching, a Teacher’s Favorite Poems

October 3, 2018
7:00 pm
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UVM professor emeritus Huck Gutman reflects on some of his favorite poets, both American and European, whom he explored in his fifty years of teaching at UVM. Read More »


November 2018

*POSTPONED* The Roots of Fascism

November 7, 2018
7:00 pm
Image of Mussolini and Hitler

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 »


December 2018

Making Sense of the News, Local to Global

December 5, 2018
7:00 pm
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Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist David Moats leads a panel discussion with some of the region’s best journalists, including VTDigger founder and editor Anne Galloway and Chronicle founder and publisher Chris Braithwaite. Read More »


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

*RESCHEDULED* The Roots of Fascism

May 1, 2019
7:00 pm
Image of Mussolini and Hitler

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 »


October 2019

The Game’s Afoot

October 2, 2019
7:00 pm

Scholar Barry Deitz looks at the life and times of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of Sherlock Holmes. He discusses the inspiration for Holmes and examines what other writers, actors, and directors have done with the character over the past 130 years. Read More »


November 2019

So This Happened: A Comic Confronts Cancer

November 6, 2019
7:00 pm
Comedian Josie Leavitt

In early 2018, award-winning comic and storyteller Josie Leavitt was diagnosed with breast cancer. In her solo show "So This Happened," she takes the audience on her almost year-long cancer journey, pulling no punches in an intimate performance about her treatment. Read More »


December 2019

Vermont’s Climate: Past, Present, and Future

December 4, 2019
7:00 pm

Mark Breen, Senior Meteorologist at the Fairbanks Museum and host of VPR’s Eye on the Sky forecast, looks at Vermont’s ever-changing climate, using past events to put today’s changes into perspective, and discusses what these changes suggest for the future. Read More »


January 2020

Finding Your Voice in 2020

January 8, 2020
7:00 pm
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For those with New Years’ resolutions to write or those just wanting to write more clearly and deliberately, Dartmouth writing instructor Julie Kalish leads an interactive exploration of the principles of context, audience, tone, purpose, and message. Read More »


February 2020

Stories about Composing Music

February 5, 2020
7:00 pm

Accompanied by recorded and live performances, musician and UVM professor Patricia Julien discusses the interplay between words and music, and the ways in which literature has influenced the process of her music composition. Read More »


March 2020

Vermont’s 183 Libraries

March 4, 2020
7:00 pm

Sharing history, trivia, and photographs, librarian Jessamyn West reflects on her quest to visit Vermont's 183 public libraries. Come learn about Vermont's live-in libraries, the history of Vermont's bookmobiles, and why there are old shoes in one library's display case. Read More »


May 2020

**POSTPONED** Conspiracy Theory and Democracy Today

May 6, 2020
7:00 pm

Conspiracy theories are as old as politics. Dartmouth professor Russell Muirhead explores how “conspiracy without theory” has moved from the fringes to the heart of government within the last decade. He discusses how this new form differs from classic conspiracy theory and suggests what can be done to resist it. Read More »


October 2020

*DIGITAL* Celebrating E. B. White

October 7, 2020
7:00 pm
Young girl reading EB White's Charlotte's Web

From Charlotte’s Web to his exquisite essays in The New Yorker, E.B. White remains the master’s master of elegant prose, sophisticated wit, and graceful irreverence. (Pre-registration required.) Read More »


November 2020

*DIGITAL* Express Your Mind – Without Losing It

November 4, 2020
7:00 pm
Two men talking outside

Curiosity, empathy, and other tools can transform even passionate disagreements into chances to authentically share opinions. Journalist and cultural critic Molly Zapp offers practical techniques to avoid straining relationships while expressing yourself. (Pre-registration required.) Read More »


December 2020

*DIGITAL* Martin Luther King: Dare to Dream

December 2, 2020
7:00 pm

Actor David Mills portrays Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. surmounting his early uncertainties and transforming into a world-renowned civil rights icon. Be reawakened and elevated with highlights from Dr. King’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” “I Have a Dream,” and “Promised Land.” (Pre-registration required.) Read More »


January 2021

*DIGITAL* The Ingredients of Informed Environmental Stewardship

January 13
7:00 pm
Man holding notebook in front of kids in the woods

Communities around the world have connected science, policy, community action, and the arts to work toward a pesticide-free future. Philip Ackerman-Leist from Sterling College shares inspiring stories from these communities and highlights ways to preserve critical ecological and social resources. (Pre-registration required.) Read More »


February 2021

*DIGITAL* The News about the News

February 3
7:00 pm
Two people reading different newspapers on a park bench

In today’s political and cultural atmosphere, it is vital the public stays informed and the press does its job. Journalists Cindy Skrzycki and Pulitzer Prize winner David Shribman examine the current media landscape, distinguishing between fake and real news, amateur and professional, slanted and objective. (Registration required.) Read More »


March 2021

*DIGITAL* Vincent Van Gogh and His Language of Compassion

March 3
7:00 pm
Memory of the Garden at Etten (Ladies of Arles) by Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890)

Despite his reputation for madness, Vincent Van Gogh was a compassionate and faith-filled man. Art historian Carol Berry explains how Van Gogh depicted the sacredness of life in ways that touched and comforted people around the world. (Registration required.) Read More »


*DIGITAL* Wolf Peaches, Poisoned Peas, and Madame Pompadour’s Underwear: The Surprising History of Common Garden Vegetables

March 9
10:00 am
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Common garden vegetables have long and fascinating histories. Science and history writer Rebecca Rupp will discuss the stories behind many of our favorites. Read More »


May 2021

*DIGITAL* The Counterculture’s Impact on Vermont and Vermont’s Influence on the Counterculture Generation

May 5
7:00 pm
Young hippies playing flute with sheep in Vermont

In the late 1960s and ’70s, thousands of young migrants, largely from the cities and suburbs of New York and Massachusetts, turned their backs on the establishment of the 1950s and moved to the back woods, small towns and cities of rural Vermont, transforming the state while being transformed themselves. Registration required. Read More »


October 2021

*DIGITAL* All The Imagination Can Hold: The Other Side(s) Of Quincy Jones

October 6
7:00 pm
Composer Quincy Jones gesturing while leading an orchestra

While Quincy Jones may be best known as a record producer for superstars like Michael Jackson, jazz archivist and poet Reuben Jackson highlights Jones’ work as a film composer, a Big Band arranger, and a collaborator with legendary vocalists like Sarah Vaughan. (Registration required.) Read More »

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