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Kellogg-Hubbard Library

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Montpelier, VT 05602 United States

October 2021

*DIGITAL* The Ethics of Vermont Eugenics: Past and Present

October 6
7:00 pm
Anti-eugenics tapestry with tree

In the name of “human betterment” a century ago, public institutions and private organizations in Vermont chose some of the state’s most marginalized persons for institutionalization, sterilization, and family separation. Harvard Medical School lecturer Charlene Galarneau explores the factors that led to Vermont’s distinct expression of eugenics, and its continuing legacies today. Read More »


November 2021

*DIGITAL* We are the Land: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives on Abenaki Sovereignty

November 3
7:00 pm
Image of Abenaki woman with baby

Although four bands of the Abenaki were recognized by the state of Vermont ten years ago, the bands continue to face challenges. Bryan Blanchette and Melody Walker Mackin discuss the historical ramifications of colonialism, contrast the traditional Abenaki connection to the land with contemporary ideas, and consider ideas on reciprocity and reconciliation. Read More »


December 2021

*DIGITAL* Mad for Mid-Century Modern

December 1
7:00 pm
Brown multi-level modern house in Norwich, Vermont

In the years following World War II, a circle of artists and architects came to the area around Dartmouth College, bringing an infusion of modernism to an otherwise traditional setting. Sarah Rooker, director of the Norwich Historical Society, explores the art and architecture that these newcomers generated, and their influence on the community and its landscape. (Registration required.) Read More »


January 2022

*DIGITAL* Thinking Race, Religion, and Gender: Muslim Women and Islamophobia

January 5, 2022
7:00 pm
Young Black Muslim woman in a black head scarf

As “critical race theory” and “intersectionality” move out of academia and into public conversation, what do these theories tell us about actual people? UVM professor Ilyse Morgenstein Fuerst examines how race, religion, and gender affect the lives of Black Muslim women in the US. Exploring this diverse community helps illuminate how intersectionality functions, but also how one's identity shapes religious practice and the experience of discrimination. Read More »


March 2022

Leaving the World of the Temporarily Abled

March 2, 2022
7:00 pm
John Killacky with his hand on a cane

Artist and legislator John R. Killacky shares his journey of overcoming paralysis from spinal surgery complications 25 years ago. He also reflects on how reentering the world in a disabled body radically changed his perspective in his artistic practice as well as in his advocacy for artists with disabilities. Read More »


April 2022

A Reading from “New and Collected Poems”

April 6, 2022
7:00 pm
Poet Jay Parini, in a brown vest, leaning on a door frame inside a house

Vermont poet Jay Parini reads from his "New and Collected Poems: 1975-2015," plus a selection of poems written since that book was published. Presented in collaboration with Poem City in honor of Poetry Month. Read More »


May 2022

What Makes Jewish Literature Jewish?

May 4, 2022
7:00 pm
Black and white photo of author Anne Frank

Jewish literature is unlike many other literary traditions in that it can be written anywhere. Amherst College professor Ilan Stavans leads us on a journey through Jewish literature from the expulsion from Spain in 1492 to the creation of the state of Israel. Protagonists include Sholem Aleichem, Anne Frank, Elie Wiesel, Grace Paley, Philip Roth, and Amos Oz. Read More »

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