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St. Johnsbury Athenaeum

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St Johnsbury, VT 05819 United States

October 2021

*DIGITAL* Are “We the People” Up to the Task?

October 6
7:00 pm
Young man holding an American flag jumping between rocks in a river

In the United States, all power is derived from the people. While this sounds noble in theory, can we expect the American public to have the wits and self-control to meet the demands of climate change? Constitutional scholar Meg Mott explores the paradox of self-governance when the natural foundations of life itself are changing. (Registration required.) Read More »

November 2021

*DIGITAL* When the Bicycle Came to Vermont

November 3
7:00 pm
Bicyble Shop in Burlington Vermont in 1901

UVM Professor Luis Vivanco explores the fascinating early history of the bicycle in Vermont, an invention that generated widespread curiosity when it arrived in the 1880’s - helping spark important changes in industrial production, consumerism, road policies, gender relations, and cultural ideas. (Registration required.) Read More »


December 2021

*DIGITAL* The Legacy of Nicholas Black Elk

December 1
7:00 pm
Nicholas Black Elk and family

Historian Damian Costello explores the life of the man behind the famous book Black Elk Speaks. Nicholas Black Elk’s Lakota philosophy can help us see the natural world as a unified whole, and his continued hope amidst great tragedy can inform how we approach contemporary crises. (Registration required.) Read More »


January 2022

One Hundred Years of Solitude: The Bible of Latin America

January 5, 2022
7:00 pm
Author Gabriel Garcia Marquez sitting outside with his arms crossed

Gabriel García Márquez established the aesthetics of Magical Realism through his novel One Hundred Years of Solitude, which reintroduced Latin America to the rest of the world. Author Ilan Stavans, professor of Latin American and Latino Culture at Amherst College, describes how Márquez became a spokesperson for a continent besieged by inequality, corruption, and dictatorship. Read More »


February 2022

*DIGITAL* Lucy Terry Prince: Witness, Voice, and Poetics within the American Tradition

February 2, 2022
7:00 pm
Statue of Phillis Wheatley

Beginning with Vermonter Lucy Terry Prince, the first known African American poet in the U.S., poet Shanta Lee Gander explores creative lineage within poetics. Surveying the work of Phillis Wheatley, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Rita Dove, and slam poet Dominique Christina, Gander considers the poetic arc from the past to the modern moment. (Registration required.) Read More »


March 2022

“Vast Library of the Female Mind:” the Life and Poetry of Ruth Stone

March 2, 2022
7:00 pm
Poet Ruth Stone in a black dress outside of a bungalow

Acclaimed Vermont poet Ruth Stone transformed her intense grief into poetry, using simple yet startling language. Nora Jacobson’s film “Vast Library of the Female Mind” provides an intimate look into Stone’s life and family. This screening will include panel discussion with Jacobson, former Vermont Poet Laureate Chard DeNiord, and a member of Ruth’s family. Read More »


April 2022

Walt Whitman: American Poet

April 6, 2022
7:00 pm
Portrait of Walt Whitman in a floppy hat with a white beard

Walt Whitman was a great poetic innovator, the poet who best sums up what it is to be an American, and his Song of Myself is the most majestic poem written in our nation. And yet, for all this, UVM professor emeritus Huck Gutman finds Whitman to be wonderfully approachable. Read More »


May 2022

The Legacy of “The Notorious RGB”

May 4, 2022
7:00 pm
Portrait of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg was a feminist superhero who could still do a plank at 87 and who survived pancreatic cancer long beyond expectations. Dartmouth history professor Annelise Orleck examines the life of the brilliant jurist who remained fiercely progressive, unapologetically liberal, and committed to equality to the end, and who loved her status as a pop culture idol. Read More »

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