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Rutland Free Library

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October 2019

So This Happened: A Comic Confronts Cancer

October 2
7:00 pm

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 »


November 2019

Photography as Social Justice

November 6
7:00 pm

In conjunction with her 45-year career retrospective exhibition at Castleton University, Dona Ann McAdams sits down with curator John Killacky to discuss her work, and shows her empathetic black-and-white portraits of performing artists, AIDS activists, political protests, people living with schizophrenia, Appalachian farmers, cloistered nuns, and others. Read More »


December 2019

The Other America II

December 4
7:00 pm

Using as inspiration Martin Luther King, Jr.’s 1967 speech “The Other America,” author Mitchell S. Jackson reflects on his childhood in a poor, black community in Portland, Oregon—where he witnessed drug use, gang violence, and sexual exploitation—and reveals how he transformed despair into hope. Read More »


January 2020

How to Read a Renaissance Portrait

January 8, 2020
7:00 pm

Renaissance portraits were serious undertakings, carefully crafted to indicate wealth, status, interests, trade, and family ties of the subject. Dartmouth professor Jane Carroll leads a visual exploration of the messages encoded in these portraits. Read More »


February 2020

Daybreak Express: Duke Ellington’s Train-Inspired Compositions

February 5, 2020
7:00 pm

Reuben Jackson, jazz scholar and former host of VPR’s Friday Night Jazz, shares some evocative Ellington recordings and discusses Ellington's love for trains and the role they played in his orchestra's work in the then-segregated United States. Read More »


March 2020

I Am a Man: Martin Freeman, Colonization, and Identity

March 4, 2020
7:00 pm

Martin Freeman was the second black graduate of Middlebury College (1849) and the first black president of an American college. But he left to teach at Liberia College in Monrovia, Liberia. Middlebury professor Bill Hart discusses what eventually convinced Freeman that he could only experience freedom, full citizenship, and self-determination in exile in a black republic. Read More »


April 2020

A Slight Sound at Evening: Why Thoreau’s Quiet Writing Endures Today

April 1, 2020
7:00 pm

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 »


May 2020

Edward Gorey’s Morbid Nonsense

May 7, 2020
7:00 pm

Critics never knew quite what to make of Edward Gorey (1925-2000), the author and illustrator whose picture books full of murder, mayhem, and discreet depravity influenced Tim Burton, Lemony Snicket, and Guillermo Del Toro. In this illustrated lecture, cultural critic Mark Dery reveals the surprisingly serious themes woven through Gorey’s whimsically sinister work. Read More »

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