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August 2020

*DIGITAL:* Justin Morgan’s Horse: Making an American Myth

August 12
7:00 pm
Image of Morgan Horse

All Morgan horses today trace their lineage back to a single horse: a mystery stallion named Figure, owned by singing teacher Justin Morgan in the late 18th century. But who was Figure, really? Amanda Gustin of the Vermont Historical Society explores the story of the first Morgan horse. Read More »

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*DIGITAL* Women’s Suffrage: Moral Advancement or Politics as Usual?

August 19
7:00 pm
Two women with National Suffrage Association banner

The suffrage movement operated under two very different principles. Elizabeth Cady Stanton saw women’s suffrage as a right that had been unfairly denied to women, while Frederick Douglass saw women’s suffrage as a means to save the country's soul. Professor Meg Mott considers both of these visions. Read More »

*DIGITAL* Democracy, Social Change, and Representation in N’dakinna (Our Homeland)

August 26
7:00 pm
Abenaki artists in front of Wall of Honor

Deviating from the common format of solo keynote presentations, this lively discussion will include contributions from several Abenaki voices. Beginning with a greeting and historic overview of democracy in  N'dakinna (Abenaki for Homeland), the panel will consider the threads of place, home, belonging, and representation in a time of great social change. Read More »

September 2020

*DIGITAL* Democracy Knitting Circle

September 2
7:00 pm
State House knitting project with balls of yarn

Knit or crochet pieces of a state capitol sculpture while discussing contemporary political issues via Zoom. Individual pieces will be assembled into a finished whole by artist Eve Jacobs-Carnahan. (Registration required; event is now full.) Read More »

*DIGITAL* Vermont’s Temples of Democracy: A Tour with State Curator David Schutz

September 9
7:00 pm
Early photo of Vermont State House in handmade frame

Vermont State Curator David Schutz explores the architectural symbolism of Vermont’s beautifully-restored state capitol and connects the State House with the civic buildings—such as town halls and courthouses—that enable us to govern ourselves. Read More »

*DIGITAL* Cartoonists: Still Foot Soldiers of Democracy

September 16
7:00 pm
Cartoonist Jeff Danziger with mug

Political cartoonist Jeff Danziger will speak about his role in a French documentary film, “Cartoonists, Foot Soldiers of Democracy,” and about creating editorial cartoons during this time in American history. Read More »

*DIGITAL* The Informed Citizen, from Athens to Today

September 23
7:00 pm
The Parthenon in Athens, Greece

What does it mean to be an informed citizen? What, if anything, should we expect citizens to know before casting a ballot in an election? Melissa Schwartzberg will address these questions, with an eye toward the history of democracy, particularly in ancient Athens. Read More »

*DIGITAL* My Brigadista Year: A Democratic Ideal Amidst a Movement

September 30
7:00 pm
Cover of "My Brigadista Year" book

Join us for a conversation between Katherine Paterson and Vermont Humanities Executive Director Christopher Kaufman Ilstrup about Paterson's trips to Cuba and what compelled her to write about the Cuban literacy brigades of the early 1960s. Read More »

October 2020

Let’s Talk Antiracism

October 1
2:30 pm
Jason Broughton and Laura Jiménez

Join Latinx scholar Dr. Laura Jiménez and Vermont State Librarian Jason Broughton on Zoom as they examine ways to lead effective discussions centered on diversity and antiracism. Read More »

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*DIGITAL* Culture Wars

October 7
7:00 pm
Allan Ginsberg with puppet, by Dona Ann McAdams

In the 1990s, artists such as David Wojnarowicz, Karen Finley, and Ron Athey served as lightning rods for outrage over the appropriateness of their receiving support from the National Endowment for the Arts. Photographer Dona Ann McAdams and curator John Killacky discuss the culture wars of this era and McAdams’ exhibition at the Helen Day Art Center, “Dona Ann McAdams: Performative Acts.” Read More »

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*DIGITAL* Alexander von Humboldt and the United States: Art, Nature, and Culture

October 14
7:00 pm
Portrait of Alexander von Humboldt

Renowned Prussian naturalist and explorer Alexander von Humboldt was one of the most influential figures of the nineteenth century. He visited the United States in 1804 and met with our leading thinkers. Eleanor Jones Harvey, senior curator at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, illuminates Humboldt's lasting impression on American visual arts, sciences, literature, and politics. Read More »

*DIGITAL* The Reporter: A Preview of the Vermont International Film Festival 2020

October 21
7:00 pm
Reporter holding a microphone and notebook

In partnership with the Vermont International Film Festival (VTIFF), we present a preview of the VTIFF 2020. Join us for previews and clips from the films and a discussion with director Orly Yadin. Read More »

Women Voted Here: Before Columbus

October 21
7:00 pm
Dr. Sally Roesch Wagner

As part of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom's celebration of the 19th Amendment, this free online presentation featuring Dr. Sally Roesch Wagner will explore important influences in the US women’s suffrage movement that are often forgotten. (Pre-registration required.) Read More »

Women’s Suffrage: The Rest of the Story

October 22
2:00 pm
Dr. Sally Roesch Wagner

As part of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom's celebration of the 19th Amendment, this free online presentation featuring Dr. Sally Roesch Wagner will explore important influences in the US women’s suffrage movement that are often forgotten. (Pre-registration required.) Read More »

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