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March 2016

Book Discussion: Pelagie-La-Charrette by Antonine Maillet

March 16, 2016
6:30 pm

Travel through Canada with four critically acclaimed books that make manifest Canada's cultural diversity. Read More »

Vermont versus Hollywood: 100 Years of Vermont in Film

March 31, 2016
7:00 pm

Vermont has been a featured location in Hollywood movies for nearly a century. It has represented many different ideals during that time, and its portrayal reflects both Vermont’s own history as well as American history. Read More »

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April 2016

Book Discussion: Canoe Lake by Roy McGregor

April 20, 2016
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Travel through Canada with four critically acclaimed books that make manifest Canada's cultural diversity. Read More »

May 2016

Book Discussion: Island by Alistair MacLeod

May 25, 2016
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Travel through Canada with four critically acclaimed books that make manifest Canada's cultural diversity. Read More »

June 2016

Reading Frederick Douglass South Burlington

June 30, 2016
1:00 pm
Image of Frederick Douglass

Join us as we read together the fiery July 5, 1852 speech in which the great abolitionist orator Frederick Douglass took exception to being asked to commemorate the signing of the Declaration of Independence. This is a participatory event. Read More »

July 2016

The Irish “Wave” in the Green Mountains

July 20, 2016
7:00 pm

Vince Feeney tells the little-known story of the impact of Irish immigrants on Vermont life in the middle of the nineteenth century. Read More »

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September 2016

Book Discussion: Our Town: A Play in Three Acts by Thornton Wilder

September 14, 2016
6:30 pm

Since 1918, the Pulitzer Prize for Drama has spotlighted outstanding playwriting. The titles in this series, including one by four-time winner Eugene O'Neill, span over fifty years of the award. Read More »

October 2016

Book Discussion: Long Day’s Journey into Night by Eugene O’Neill

October 12, 2016
6:30 pm

Since 1918, the Pulitzer Prize for Drama has spotlighted outstanding playwriting. The titles in this series, including one by four-time winner Eugene O'Neill, span over fifty years of the award. Read More »

November 2016

Book Discussion: Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller

November 9, 2016
6:30 pm

Since 1918, the Pulitzer Prize for Drama has spotlighted outstanding playwriting. The titles in this series, including one by four-time winner Eugene O'Neill, span over fifty years of the award. Read More »

January 2017

Book Discussion: Crimes of the Heart by Beth Henley

January 11, 2017
6:30 pm

Since 1918, the Pulitzer Prize for Drama has spotlighted outstanding playwriting. The titles in this series, including one by four-time winner Eugene O'Neill, span over fifty years of the award. Read More »

February 2017

Book Discussion: Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes by Tony Kushner

February 8, 2017
6:30 pm

Since 1918, the Pulitzer Prize for Drama has spotlighted outstanding playwriting. The titles in this series, including one by four-time winner Eugene O'Neill, span over fifty years of the award. Read More »

Returning Home from War: Vermont Civil War Soldiers from a Vietnam-era Veteran’s Perspective

February 15, 2017
2:00 pm

Presenter Howard Coffin was a corporal in the Army during the Vietnam War, and came home from war at a time when it was not popular to do so. He will speak about soldiers in the Civil War's aftermath and relate that to his own post-war experience. Read More »

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Book Discussion: Brown Girl Dreaming

February 23, 2017
7:00 pm

This beautiful memoir of author Jacqueline Woodson's childhood, written in verse, tells the story of a young person finding her voice and examines the strength of family bonds. Read More »

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March 2017

Returning Home: Common Readjustment Challenges for Veterans and Their Families

March 16, 2017
7:00 pm

Laura Gibson, Ph.D. (Associate Director of Behavioral Health for the White River Junction VA Medical Center) will provide an overview of common reactions to combat stress among veterans and their family members. Read More »

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“A Woman, Ain’t I?”

March 21, 2017
2:00 pm
Image of Kathryn Woods as Sojourner Truth

Kathryn Woods tells Sojourner Truth's story in her own words, speeches, and songs. Read More »

Discuss Brown Girl Dreaming with SBHS Diversity Union

March 29, 2017
3:30 pm

Join South Burlington Mentoring participants and the South Burlington High School Diversity Union for an afternoon of conversation, snacks, and fun as we discuss Jacqueline Woodson's Brown Girl Dreaming. Read More »

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April 2017

Implicit Bias Workshop

April 1, 2017
2:00 pm

This two-part presentation and workshop is led by Kerry Fantelli, who works at the Center for Health and Wellbeing at UVM. She also sits on the Divisional Diversity Council for the Division of Student Affairs, which is responsible for creating the diversity trainings provided to UVM staff. Read More »

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Implicit Bias Workshop

April 8, 2017
2:00 pm

This two-part presentation and workshop is led by Kerry Fantelli, who works at the Center for Health and Wellbeing at UVM. She also sits on the Divisional Diversity Council for the Division of Student Affairs, which is responsible for creating the diversity trainings provided to UVM staff. Read More »

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Book Discussion: Middlemarch by George Eliot

April 12, 2017
6:30 pm

Classic works of literature of a certain size and heft—both literal and figurative—can be a little daunting to tackle on one’s own, and in one big gulp. A multi-session group is the ideal environment in which to relish them, and the rewards are many. Read More »

Returning Home: Was the Deployment Worth It?

April 13, 2017
7:00 pm

US Army Reserve Lieutenant Colonel Judy Boyd reflects on her recent one-year deployment to Afghanistan. Read More »

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May 2017

Book Discussion: Middlemarch by George Eliot

May 10, 2017
6:30 pm

Part of the B.I.G. (Big, Intense, Good) series. Classic works of literature of a certain size and heft—both literal and figurative—can be a little daunting to tackle on one’s own, and in one big gulp. A multi-session group is the ideal environment in which to relish them, and the rewards are many. Read More »

Coming Home from War: From the War in Sudan to Refuge to American Citizenship

May 11, 2017
7:00 pm

Akol Aguek will share his life story as a minor who was separated from his parents by the Second Sudanese Civil War at the age of nine. He spent over a decade in refugee camps in Ethiopia and Kenya before he came to Vermont in the summer of 2001 as one of the Lost Boys of Sudan. Read More »

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June 2017

Book Discussion: Middlemarch by George Eliot

June 14, 2017
6:30 pm

Part of the B.I.G. (Big, Intense, Good) series. Classic works of literature of a certain size and heft—both literal and figurative—can be a little daunting to tackle on one’s own, and in one big gulp. A multi-session group is the ideal environment in which to relish them, and the rewards are many. Read More »

Coming Home from War: Major Zachariah Fike and Purple Hearts Reunited

June 15, 2017
7:00 pm
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Major Zachariah Fike, a combat-wounded veteran and Army National Guard officer, speaks about his experiences with Purple Hearts Reunited, the nonprofit he founded in 2012, which is America’s only organization returning lost or stolen medals to veterans and military families at no cost. Read More »

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August 2017

Reading Frederick Douglass 2017

August 9, 2017
11:45 am

Join us as we read together the fiery July 5, 1852 speech in which the great abolitionist orator Frederick Douglass took exception to being asked to commemorate the signing of the Declaration of Independence. This is a participatory event. Read More »

September 2017

Book Discussion: Beloved by Toni Morrison

September 13, 2017
6:30 pm

The Pulitzer-winning novels in this series examine not only relationships, but the ways difficult chapters of a family's past are revealed by the passing of time. Read More »

October 2017

Book Discussion: A Summons to Memphis by Peter Taylor

October 11, 2017
6:30 pm

The Pulitzer-winning novels in this series examine not only relationships, but the ways difficult chapters of a family's past are revealed by the passing of time. Read More »

November 2017

Book Discussion: Gilead by Marilynne Robinson

November 8, 2017
6:30 pm

The Pulitzer-winning novels in this series examine not only relationships, but the ways difficult chapters of a family's past are revealed by the passing of time. Read More »

April 2018

Book Discussion: Can You Forgive Her? by Anthony Trollope

April 11, 2018
6:30 pm

Classic works of literature of a certain size and heft—both literal and figurative—can be a little daunting to tackle on one’s own, and in one big gulp. A multi-session group is the ideal environment in which to relish them, and the rewards are many. Read More »

May 2018

Book Discussion: Can You Forgive Her? by Anthony Trollope

Classic works of literature of a certain size and heft—both literal and figurative—can be a little daunting to tackle on one’s own, and in one big gulp. A multi-session group is the ideal environment in which to relish them, and the rewards are many. Read More »

June 2018

Book Discussion: Can You Forgive Her? by Anthony Trollope

June 13, 2018
6:30 pm

Classic works of literature of a certain size and heft—both literal and figurative—can be a little daunting to tackle on one’s own, and in one big gulp. A multi-session group is the ideal environment in which to relish them, and the rewards are many. Read More »

July 2018

Reading Frederick Douglass 2018: South Burlington

July 31, 2018
12:00 pm
Image of Reading Frederick Douglass in S. Burlington

Join us as we read together the fiery July 5, 1852 speech in which the great abolitionist orator Frederick Douglass took exception to being asked to commemorate the signing of the Declaration of Independence. This is a participatory event. Read More »

September 2018

A History of Race

September 8, 2018
10:00 am
Image of multiple faces combined

Professor William Edelglass will trace the intellectual history of the concept of race in the West, from its prehistory to today. Read More »

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Book Discussion: Black Boy by Richard Wright

September 12, 2018
6:30 pm

Throughout the 20th century, African-Americans fled southern states to escape persecution and seek opportunities further north. This series pairs Isabel Wilkerson's masterful history of this Great Migration with fiction and memoir that illuminate the north/south divide. Read More »

October 2018

Book Discussion: Cane by Jean Toomer

October 10, 2018
6:30 pm

Throughout the 20th century, African-Americans fled southern states to escape persecution and seek opportunities further north. This series pairs Isabel Wilkerson's masterful history of this Great Migration with fiction and memoir that illuminate the north/south divide. Read More »

Catching People’s Stories

October 17, 2018
6:30 pm
Image of two people talking on a porch

Jane Beck has used the recorded interview as her major source of material for exhibits, media and written materials throughout her career. Here she reflects on why people tell stories, what they mean to an individual, and discusses examples of how they are used. Read More »

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November 2018

Book Discussion: In My Father’s House by Ernest J. Gaines

November 14, 2018
6:30 pm

Throughout the 20th century, African-Americans fled southern states to escape persecution and seek opportunities further north. This series pairs Isabel Wilkerson's masterful history of this Great Migration with fiction and memoir that illuminate the north/south divide. Read More »

December 2018

Book Discussion: The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson

December 12, 2018
6:30 pm

Throughout the 20th century, African-Americans fled southern states to escape persecution and seek opportunities further north. This series pairs Isabel Wilkerson's masterful history of this Great Migration with fiction and memoir that illuminate the north/south divide. Read More »

March 2019

Bees Besieged: A History of Beekeeping

March 13, 2019
6:30 pm
Image of beekeeper with hive

Bill Mares, writer and a beekeeper for 45 years, discusses the origins and evolution of beekeeping, sometimes referred to as "farming for intellectuals," with a particular emphasis on his research in Vermont. Read More »

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July 2019

Reading Frederick Douglass 2019 – South Burlington

July 1, 2019
12:00 pm
Image of Reading Frederick Douglass in S. Burlington

Join us as we read together the fiery July 5, 1852 speech in which the great abolitionist orator Frederick Douglass took exception to being asked to commemorate the signing of the Declaration of Independence. This is a participatory event. Read More »

February 2020

Book Discussion: Winterdance by Gary Paulsen

February 18, 2020
5:30 pm
Image of dog with stick

People of all ages love these timeless tales of man-and-dog-against-nature by a beloved Newbery Award-winning author. Read More »

March 2020

**POSTPONED** Book Discussion: Woodsong by Gary Paulsen

March 17, 2020
5:30 pm
Image of dog with stick

People of all ages love these timeless tales of man-and-dog-against-nature by a beloved Newbery Award-winning author. Read More »

May 2020

**DIGITAL** Wolf Peaches, Poisoned Peas, and Madame Pompadour’s Underwear: The Surprising History of Common Garden Vegetables

May 21, 2020
6:30 pm
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Common garden vegetables have long and fascinating histories. Science and history writer Rebecca Rupp will discuss the stories behind many of our favorites. Read More »

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September 2021

Adventures in Mime: The Legacy of Mime Marcel Marceau

September 30
6:30 pm
Image of The Silent Language of the Soul: The Legacy of Mime Marcel Marceau

Twentieth-century mime master Marcel Marceau advanced the art of the ancient Greco-Roman mime storytellers, the improvisational actors of the Commedia dell’Arte, and the pantomime of Charlie Chaplin. in this presentation, Circus Smirkus founder Rob Mermin will explore the metaphors of mime technique—what Marceau called “the silent language of the soul”—and discuss Marceau’s particular influence on the world’s cultural history. Read More »

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