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April 2020

**DIGITAL ONLY** The Genealogy of Happiness: From Aristotle to Positive Psychology

April 2, 2020
7:00 pm
Engraving of a couple standing before the sun

On Zoom (registration is now closed): What is happiness? Can it be measured? And what is the relationship between happiness and virtue, money, pleasure, relationships, mindfulness, and satisfaction? This program with William Edelglass will begin with an overview of different conceptions of happiness in Western philosophy, religion, and political theory, as well as discuss "the new science of happiness." Read More »

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**DIGITAL ONLY** Having Fizzical Fun at Home

April 10, 2020
3:00 pm
Peter Gould leading a workshop in Montpelier

Peter Gould, one of the “Clown Jewels” of Vermont, will share an hour with you, using hats and apples and silk scarves and sofas and plastic bags and vacuum cleaners. Audience participation invited! Read More »

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May 2020

**DIGITAL** Writing Workshop with Melanie Finn

May 20, 2020
4:00 pm

Join novelist Melanie Finn in three online sessions to craft a short story set in the Northeast Kingdom. Read More »

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January 2021

*DIGITAL* Telling Disability Stories: Histories, Representations, and Imaginations

January 13
7:00 pm
Woman in wheelchair and standing women holding "We Are All Humans" sign

In spotlighting stories centered on disabled people, Middlebury professor Susan Burch draws on history, popular media representations, and inclusive design practices to reimagine our past, present, and possible future. (Pre-registration required.) Read More »

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*DIGITAL* Qualities of “Mercy?” Screening

January 14
7:00 pm
Two young women on Zoom looking at each other

Join Peter Gould, founder of the “Get Thee to the Funnery” Shakespeare camp, and young actors in Vermont and Mumbai, India for the world premiere of their streaming film “Qualities of ‘Mercy?’” Read More »

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*DIGITAL* Why Does the Electoral College Matter?

January 26
7:00 pm
Colorful illustration of hands casting ballots in a box

When the national vote and the electoral vote reach different conclusions, as happened in 2016, voters on the losing side cry foul. Why do we have an electoral college in the first place? Read More »

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*DIGITAL* Qualities of “Mercy?” Discussion

January 28
7:00 pm
Two young women on Zoom looking at each other

Join Peter Gould, founder of the “Get Thee to the Funnery” Shakespeare camp, campers Gouri Bhuyan and Audrey Grant, and longtime Funnery participant and Literacy Programs Officer Jonny Flood for a roundtable discussion about their “Qualities of ‘Mercy?’” film. Read More »

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February 2021

*DIGITAL* Why Does Robust Dialogue Matter?

February 2
7:00 pm
Colorful illustration of hands casting ballots in a box

Due to the pandemic, many cities and towns are forgoing Town Meeting in favor of voting by Australian ballot. What do we lose when we can’t deliberate? Read More »

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*DIGITAL* Why Does Our Complex Humanity Matter?

February 9
7:00 pm
Colorful illustration of hands casting ballots in a box

We’ll consider the advantages and disadvantages of highlighting group identity in electoral politics. Is there still a place for eloquence and wit in our political strategies? Read More »

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*DIGITAL* Talking In Place: What Can Vermont Town Meetings Teach Us About Bridging Divides?

February 24
7:00 pm
Woman speaking into a microphone at East Montpelier Town Meeting. Photo by Terry J. Allen

Listen to “Town Meeting,” a new half-hour show in the award-winning Rumblestrip podcast series, then join this panel discussion to reflect on what Vermont’s rural town meeting tradition can teach us about our nation’s democracy today. Panelists include author Susan Clark, historian Paul M. Searls, podcaster Erica Heilman, and UVM professor Cheryl Morse. Read More »

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May 2021

*DIGITAL* An Evening with Angie Thomas

May 26
7:00 pm
Angie Thomas, author of "The Hate U Give." Photo by Anissa Hidouk.

Join Angie Thomas, the author of five acclaimed books, in a free Zoom presentation for Vermont Reads 2020. Her bestselling debut novel, "The Hate U Give," won multiple national and international awards. Vermont Reads has introduced the book to thousands of Vermonters of all ages, who engaged with Thomas’ YA novel through a variety of community activities. Read More »

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