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Norwich, VT 05055 United States

December 2021

*DIGITAL* Vermont Humor: “I Could Hardly Keep from Laughing”

December 1
7:00 pm
Vermont farmer sitting on snow bank laughing

Author Bill Mares and cartoonist Don Hooper share drawings and tales that illustrate the understatement, comeuppance, and subtlety of Vermont humor. Enjoy this ramble through the decades as the pair show how Vermont’s true character shines in dry (and occasionally tables-turned) jokes and stories. (Registration required.) Read More »


January 2022

*DIGITAL* Sherlock Holmes: The Game’s Afoot

January 5, 2022
7:00 pm
Sherlock Holmes statue against sunset

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 30 years. Read More »


February 2022

*DIGITAL* My John Dewey Problem

February 2, 2022
7:00 pm
Portrait of John Dewey sitting in a chair, hand at his temple

What are the ways that John Dewey, America’s greatest democratic philosopher, still speaks to us—or fails to speak to us—at a moment of great peril for our democratic society and political institutions? UVM professor Bob Pepperman Taylor explores the relevance of Dewey’s political and educational ideas in the 21st century. Read More »


March 2022

*DIGITAL* From Little Jerusalem to the Lost Mural: Preserving Jewish and Immigrant Heritage

March 2, 2022
7:00 pm
Construction staging in front of colorful Lost Mural painting

In 1885, a group of Lithuanian immigrants settled in Burlington’s Old North End, where they transplanted their religious traditions and culture. Archivists Aaron Goldberg and Jeff Potash describe the “Lost Mural,” a rare survivor of the lost genre of European painted synagogues, and tell the story of conserving the mural in Burlington. Read More »


April 2022

*DIGITAL* Disability and the Poetry of Natural and Supernatural Worlds

April 6, 2022
7:00 pm
Young woman seated cross-legged in front of wall with wings painted on it

Four poets—Eli Clare, Judy Chalmer, Deborah Lisi-Baker, and Toby McNutt—reflect on the ways disabled poets write about natural and supernatural spaces. In this wide-ranging discussion, they consider how poetry invites us into an embodied experience, and how supernatural poetry can expand or question traditional understandings of the “natural.” Read More »


May 2022

*DIGITAL* Civil War, Emancipation, Reconstruction and America’s National Parks

May 4, 2022
7:00 pm
River in Yosemite National Park

Central Park and Yosemite Valley became public parks during the tumultuous years before and during the Civil War. UVM historian and former National Park Service superintendent Rolf Diamant explains how anti-slavery activism, war, and the remaking of the federal government gave rise to the American public park and the very concept of national parks. Read More »

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