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December 2020

*DIGITAL* Chasing the Happily Neverafter

December 2
7:00 pm
Silhouette of couple kissing in front of cityscape

Americans love (and hate) romance. And when things get rough — a global pandemic, the threat of nuclear war and global climate collapse — we turn to Disney and the Hallmark channel. Middlebury professor Laurie Essig reviews the ideology that sells us hope for a better future if we only find “the one.” Read More »


*DIGITAL* Educator Discussion with Alan Berolzheimer

December 3
4:30 pm
Two young women with laptop, pointing and looking

Historian Alan Berolzheimer will lead three discussion sessions using recorded videos from our Democracy 20/20 Fall Conference. Educators are invited to attend all of these facilitated sessions free of charge to discuss the conference themes. Read More »

January 2021

*DIGITAL* Winslow Homer and the Poetics of Place

January 6, 2021
7:00 pm
Winslow Homer's The Reaper

The painter Winslow Homer (1836-1910) occupies an unusual and pivotal place in the history of American art. Thomas Denenberg, director of the Shelburne Museum, sketches Homer’s long and productive career, focusing on how he bridged the sentimental culture of the nineteenth century with the visual culture of the modern era. Read More »


February 2021

*DIGITAL* Cannabis: Medical Uses and Public Safety

February 3, 2021
7:00 pm
Eyedropper and small bottle on background with marijuana leaf

UVM Pharmacology professor Dr. Karen Lounsbury reviews the history of cannabis and the medicinal products derived from it, as well as the benefits, risks, and the therapeutic potential of medical cannabis. She’ll include time for questions and open discussion after this interactive session. Read More »


March 2021

*DIGITAL* Libraries in the Time of Covid

March 3, 2021
7:00 pm
Young woman walking into lit-up library building

Libraries have a central role in their communities, often being the only place to access free internet and other technology necessary for life in 2021. In the wake of the pandemic, libraries have had to both evaluate and rapidly respond to the changing world. Librarian Jessamyn West helps us to understand the role of the library in these unusual times.   Read More »


April 2021

*DIGITAL* For the Love of N’dakinna: Abenaki Continuity and Adaptation

April 7, 2021
7:00 pm
Abenaki artists in front of Wall of Honor

Abenaki people have thrived within N’dakinna, their homeland, for more than 10,000 years. While the people and their culture have changed during this time, the core values of their ancestors have remained constant. Melody Walker Brook, citizen of the Elnu Abenaki Band of N’dakinna and former chair of the Vermont Commission on Native American Affairs, describes how these core values can help shape a more beautiful future. Read More »


May 2021

*DIGITAL* Television Cop Shows, Police Brutality, and Black Lives Matter

May 5, 2021
7:00 pm
Policeman from behind with close up of holster

How do television cop shows shape our understanding of police, race, and crime in America? Focusing on the television series The Wire, Middlebury professor Jason Mittell challenges our understanding of this television genre in the era of the Black Lives Matter movement. Read More »

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