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August 2020

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

August 12, 2020
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, 2020
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, 2020
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, 2020
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, 2020
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, 2020
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, 2020
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, 2020
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, 2020
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, 2020
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, 2020
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, 2020
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, 2020
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, 2020
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 »

*DIGITAL* Getting it Right: Research and Diligence in Reporting

October 28, 2020
7:00 pm
Reporter writing in a notebook

Author and longtime Vermont journalist Yvonne Daley interviews David Moats, her former colleague from the Rutland Herald, about Moats’ series of Pulitzer Prize-winning editorials on the divisive issues arising from civil unions for same-sex couples, and about the importance of research and depth in journalism. Read More »

November 2020

*DIGITAL* Say Their Names, A Personal Story of Artistic Activism

November 4, 2020
7:00 pm
Mural of George Floyd on brick wall

In May 2020, Dr. Matthew Evan Taylor began a musical composition in response to the escalating uprising in the wake of the murders of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and Ahmaud Arbery. Including selections from his recorded work, Dr. Taylor will discuss his journey towards using music as an avenue for advocacy and activism. Read More »

*DIGITAL* Say Their Names, A Personal Story of Artistic Activism

November 4, 2020
7:00 pm
George Floyd memorial wall in Minneapolis

In May 2020, Dr. Matthew Evan Taylor began a musical composition in response to the escalating uprising in the wake of the murders of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and Ahmaud Arbery. Including selections from his recorded work, Dr. Taylor will discuss his journey towards using music as an avenue for advocacy and activism. Read More »

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*DIGITAL* Democracy 20/20 Discussion with Suzanne Brown

November 11, 2020
7:00 pm
Image of Suzanne Brown leading a book discussion

Vermont Humanities program scholar Suzanne Brown will expertly lead attendees in a discussion of three short selections that will explore our Fall Conference theme of democracy through the lens of the Chinese-American experience. Read More »

*DIGITAL* Educator Discussion with Alan Berolzheimer

November 12, 2020
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 »

*DIGITAL* The Presidents vs. the Press: The Endless Battle Between the White House and the Media

November 13, 2020
7:00 pm
Podium at the White House

How did we go from journalism as a trusted form of information to an era of “fake news” and “alternative facts”? Presidential historian Harold Holzer examines the tension between chief executives and their chief critics, from George Washington to the present. Read More »

*DIGITAL* Democracy 20/20 Discussion with Suzanne Brown

November 15, 2020
4:00 pm
Image of Suzanne Brown leading a book discussion

Vermont Humanities program scholar Suzanne Brown will expertly lead attendees in a discussion of three short selections that will explore our Fall Conference theme of democracy through the lens of the Chinese-American experience. Read More »

*DIGITAL* Educator Discussion with Alan Berolzheimer

November 19, 2020
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 »

December 2020

*DIGITAL* Chasing the Happily Neverafter

December 2, 2020
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 »

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*DIGITAL* Educator Discussion with Alan Berolzheimer

December 3, 2020
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 10
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 »

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*DIGITAL* Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Remembrance with Tim Wise

January 17
3:00 pm
Image of Martin Luther King at March on Washington

Tim Wise is among the most prominent anti-racist writers and educators in the United States. He has spent the past 25 years speaking to audiences in all 50 states, on over 1500 college and high school campuses, at hundreds of professional and academic conferences, and to community groups across the country. Read More »

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February 2021

*DIGITAL* Cannabis: Medical Uses and Public Safety

February 3
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 »

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March 2021

*DIGITAL* Libraries in the Time of Covid

March 10
3:00 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 »

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*DIGITAL* Answering the Challenge of Democracy: Building Unity, Connection, and Engagement for a Stronger Future

March 23
10:00 am – 11:30 am
Colorful illustration of hands casting ballots in a box

Join the Vermont Council on Rural Development for a panel presentation and discussion on the future of our democracy. How do our differences impact civic engagement? How do we come together to communicate across differences and build unity to move forward? Read More »

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April 2021

*DIGITAL* Three Revolutions in the History of Happiness

April 12
7:00 pm

Dartmouth history professor Darrin McMahon considers three major transformations in humanity’s understanding of happiness. Covering the Paleolithic period to the present, McMahon ponders what the history of happiness might have to tell us about its future. Read More »

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

April 14
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 »

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May 2021

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

May 12
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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July 2021

*DIGITAL* Words in the Woods with Shanta Lee Gander

July 14
7:00 pm
Poet Shanta Lee Gander leaning against a tree

In this virtual presentation, poet Shanta Lee Gander visits Sweet Pond State Park in Guilford, Vermont. Read More »

August 2021

*DIGITAL* Words in the Woods with Sarah Audsley

August 18
7:00 pm
Poet Sarah Audsley in a black dress in front of a large gray rock.

In this virtual presentation, poet Sarah Audsley visits Taconic Mountains Ramble in Hubbarton, Vermont and reflects with Vermont Humanities staffers Rachel Edens and Sahra Ali on the power of place and the influence of identity. Read More »

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