Vermont Humanities

The Evolution of Jazz

Rutland Free Library 10 Court St, Rutland, VT, United States

Ray Vega and his quartet will present a musical program demonstrating the elements of Jazz. The ensemble will address the ever changing styles of the music from the Blues to Ragtime to Traditional to Swing to Bebop and beyond. Vega and the members of his ensemble will participate in a question and answer session at the end of their presentation.

Finding Inspiration Across the Arts

Rutland Free Library 10 Court St, Rutland, VT, United States

Julio Desmont and Matt LaRocca from the Vermont Symphony Orchestra will hold an interactive workshop and discussion about inspiration across artistic mediums at the Rutland Free Library.

Return of the American Chestnut

Rutland Free Library 10 Court St, Rutland, VT, United States

In the early 20th century a blight accidentally spread to the United States and killed approximately 4-5 billion American Chestnut trees. Thomas Estill explores the historical uses, economic importance, and demise of the tree, as well as ongoing research to bring the American Chestnut back and possibility reintroduced into the wild in the near future.

Healing Through Art 

Rutland Free Library 10 Court St, Rutland, VT, United States

Author and artist Dana Walrath practices a border-crossing blend of creative writing, comics, art, and anthropology. In this lecture, she explores the work that went into creating projects such as Aliceheimer’s, a graphic memoir about her mother’s dementia journey, and considers the last impacting of this type of storytelling. 

Arribada- A Novel

Rutland Free Library 10 Court St, Rutland, VT, United States

Author and Middlebury professor Gloria Estela Gonzalez Zenteno discusses her new novel Arribada, about a woman pushed to confront her role in environmental and social injustice, and a well-to-do family’s realization that their comfortable position rests on crimes against the natural world, their town, and their loved ones. 

What is Trauma Informed Journalism?

Rutland Free Library 10 Court St, Rutland, VT, United States

Trauma-informed journalist and essayist Lori Yearwood explores what it means to be a trauma-informed journalist when reporting on difficult topics. Having experienced homelessness herself, she suggests key ideas to keep in mind as journalists engage with populations who face dire situations and systemic poverty. 

Sherlock Holmes: The Game’s Afoot

Rutland Free Library 10 Court St, Rutland, VT, United States

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. 

Tolkien and Goddess Worship 

Rutland Free Library 10 Court St, Rutland, VT, United States

UVM lecturer Chris Vaccaro explores J.R.R. Tolkien’s devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary and his occupation with female divinities such as Varda, Yavanna, Melian, Luthien, and Galadriel in his work. Vaccaro compares these divinities with goddesses within Greco-Roman, Celtic, and Norse mythologies and considers Tolkien’s influences. 

What is Graphic Medicine?

Rutland Free Library 10 Court St, Rutland, VT, United States

Author and cartoonist Rachel Lindsay explores the themes of mental illness and psychopharmaceutical advertising, as chronicled in her book RX: A Graphic Memoir.

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The Ethics of Vermont Eugenics: Past and Present

Rutland Free Library 10 Court St, Rutland, VT, United States

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.