Vermont Humanities

Sorting the News from the Chaff

Groton Free Public Library 1304 Scott Hwy, Groton, VT, United States

Paradoxically, the Internet has made it both easier and harder to find “truth.” Almost everything we could ever want to know is available online, but how can we tell the good sources from the bad ones, discern fact from assumption, and distinguish “fake news” from the real thing? And how can we effectively communicate with others when discussing or debating public issues in the news? Veteran journalist and educator Mark Timney will explore these questions and share strategies for evaluating news sources in the rapidly changing digital information age.

Bees Besieged: A History of Beekeeping

Groton Free Public Library 1304 Scott Hwy, Groton, VT, United States

Bill Mares, writer, and a beekeeper for 45 years, will tell of the origins and evolution of beekeeping, sometimes referred to as “farming for intellectuals,” with a particular emphasis on his new book, with Ross Conrad, and others, “The Land of Milk and Honey, a History of Beekeeping in Vermont.”

The Most Costly Journey Book Discussion

Groton Free Public Library 1304 Scott Hwy, Groton, VT, United States

Join Groton Public Library for a facilitated book discussion of this year's Vermont Reads book, "The Most Costly Journey."

Sorting the News From the Chaff

Groton Free Public Library 1304 Scott Hwy, Groton, VT, United States

How can we tell good sources from the bad ones, discern fact from assumption, and distinguish “fake news” from the real thing? And how can we effectively communicate with others when discussing or debating public issues in the news? Veteran journalist and educator Mark Timney will explore these questions and share strategies for evaluating news sources in the rapidly changing digital information age.

The Many Meanings of Maple

Groton Free Public Library 1304 Scott Hwy, Groton, VT, United States

This presentation examines the many meanings of maple sugaring. Maple is enormously important to Vermont’s economy, ecology, and heritage. Champlain College professor Michael Lange will discuss sugaring ethnographically, based on over five years of research among sugarmakers all over the state, to learn from them what sugaring really means to Vermont.