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Ira Allen Chapel

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Burlington, VT 05405 United States
(802) 656-3131

October 2016

The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration

October 5, 2016
5:00 pm
Ira Allen Chapel, Burlington
Image of migrant workers beside car

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Isabel Wilkerson chronicles one of the greatest stories of American history: the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities in search of a better life—a movement that reshaped culture and politics and set in motion racial challenges we now face. Read More »

November 2016

Martin Luther King, Jr.: Lessons in Leadership

November 4, 2016
5:00 pm
Ira Allen Chapel, Burlington
Image of Martin Luther King at March on Washington

Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Taylor Branch will explore how the citizens' movement around Dr. King is a patriotic model for the future, not the past, promising once again to overcome gridlock and other intractable barriers along with race. Read More »

September 2017

The Writing Life

September 27, 2017
5:00 pm
Ira Allen Chapel, Burlington
Image of Typewriter

Writer, humorist, and regular contributor to The New Yorker since 1963, Calvin Trillin takes an antic look at writing as an occupation in a country in which the shelf life of a book is “somewhere between milk and yogurt.” Read More »

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October 2018

The Perfect Weapon: War, Sabotage, and Fear in the Cyber Age

October 17, 2018
5:00 pm
Ira Allen Chapel, Burlington
Image of solider looking at computer screens

New York Times national security correspondent David Sanger describes America's move to using cyber warfare as a key part of its arsenal. Examining its impact on both defense strategy and civil liberties, he argues that over-classification is not only impeding our understanding of government actions but also hurting American national security. Read More »

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November 2018

Racist Ideas in America: From Slavery to Black Lives Matter

November 16, 2018
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Ira Allen Chapel, Burlington
Image of Black Lives Matter march

Ibram X. Kendi will trace the history of racist ideas through American history, including the “dueling dualities” of racial progress and simultaneous progress of racism. He considers the relationship between those ideas and racial discrimination, and offers reasons for hope for the future. Read More »

October 2019

Eleanor Roosevelt: Hammering Out Human Rights

October 11
7:00 pm
Ira Allen Chapel, Burlington
Eleanor Roosevelt

2019 marks the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). This historic document drafted under the leadership of Eleanor Roosevelt has stood the test of time. Dr. Blanche Wiesen Cook, author of a biography of Eleanor Roosevelt, helps celebrate the anniversary with this free talk. Read More »

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November 2019

The Girl at the Baggage Claim: Author Gish Jen

November 15
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Ira Allen Chapel, Burlington

Author of The Girl at the Baggage Claim: Explaining the East-West Culture Gap, Gish Jen offers a provocative and essential look at the different ideas Eastern and Western cultures have about self and society. What’s more important—self-sacrifice or self-definition? Do we ultimately answer to something larger than ourselves—a family, a religion, a troop? Or is our mantra “To thine own self be true”? Read More »

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