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Rutland Free Library

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Rutland, VT 05701 United States

December 2020

*DIGITAL* Celebrating E. B. White

December 2
7:00 pm
Young girl reading EB White's Charlotte's Web

From Charlotte’s Web to his exquisite essays in The New Yorker, E.B. White remains the master’s master of elegant prose, sophisticated wit, and graceful irreverence. (Pre-registration required.) Read More »


January 2021

China’s Belt and Road Initiative

January 6, 2021
7:00 pm
Large shipping containers on barges

In making infrastructure developments and investments in nearly 70 countries, China is seeking to restructure the world economy and energetically expand its global influence. Derek Boothby, explores the breadth and depth of this massive global initiative, and considers what it might mean for America’s future. Read More »


February 2021

Shakespeare and the History of Fish

February 3, 2021
7:00 pm
Painting of Miranda looking out at shipwreck

The works of Shakespeare are full of salty metaphors that reveal a profound familiarity with the ocean and its creatures. Middlebury professor Daniel Brayton discusses the role of the sea in Renaissance literary culture in general and in Shakespeare’s plays in particular. Read More »


March 2021

A History of the Concept of Race

March 3, 2021
7:00 pm
Four different faces forming a single image

The first European to divide the people of the world into distinct races did so in the 17th century. This bizarre categorization developed into one of the most historically significant ideas of the modern world. Marlboro professor William Edelglass traces the intellectual history of the concept of race in the West, from its prehistory to today. Read More »


April 2021

Nerds and Geeks: A New Update on an Old Idea

April 7, 2021
7:00 pm
Nerdy woman looking up at blackboard

American anti-intellectualism has a long and colorful history, but the triumph of Silicon Valley laid these prejudices to rest...or did it? Professor of psychology David Anderegg explores whether we really love nerds and geeks now. Read More »


May 2021

Compassion and Its Aftermaths

May 5, 2021
7:00 pm
Man on subway platform holding "seeking human kindness" sign

How does one develop compassion, and what should one do when feeling it? Dartmouth professor Irene Kacandes explores these questions and examines how we can take action even when our movements are severely limited, such as during the Covid-19 pandemic Read More »

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