Vermont Reads 2017

Brown Girl Dreaming

Vermont Reads Events

Thu 02

Film Screening: Black America since MLK: And Still I Rise

March 2
7:00 pm
Hosted by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Black America since MLK: And Still I Rise looks at the last five decades of African-American history, exploring the tremendous gains and persistent challenges of these years. Read More »
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Tue 14

Cross-Class Conversation: How to Have a Difficult Dialogue

March 14
7:00 pm
Curtis Reed, Executive Director of Vermont Partnership for Fairness and Diversity, will present and facilitate a talk/workshop on how to have conversations to address the cultural divide in the US. Read More »
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Tue 21

“A Woman, Ain’t I?”

March 21
2:00 pm
Kathryn Woods tells Sojourner Truth's story in her own words, speeches, and songs. Read More »
Thu 23

Book Discussion: Brown Girl Dreaming

March 23
12:00 pm
This beautiful memoir of author Jacqueline Woodson's childhood, written in verse, tells the story of a young person finding her voice and examines the strength of family bonds. Discussions begin at 12:00 pm and 6:00 pm. Read More »
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Wed 29

Discuss Brown Girl Dreaming with SBHS Diversity Union

March 29
3:30 pm
Join South Burlington Mentoring participants and the South Burlington High School Diversity Union for an afternoon of conversation, snacks, and fun as we discuss Jacqueline Woodson's Brown Girl Dreaming. Read More »
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Wed 29

Muslim Girls Making Change

March 29
6:30 pm
Muslim Girls Making Change is a youth-led group dedicated to social justice through poetry. They will perform poetry that reflects their experiences, many of which have relevance to the themes of Brown Girl Dreaming. Read More »
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Fri 31

Storytime for Social Justice

March 31
5:00 pm
Help our children become thoughtful, kind, and open-minded leaders. All are welcome! Storytimes are planned for youth age 6 and younger. Read More »
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Sat 01

Implicit Bias Workshop

April 1
2:00 pm
This two-part presentation and workshop is led by Kerry Fantelli, who works at the Center for Health and Wellbeing at UVM. She also sits on the Divisional Diversity Council for the Division of Student Affairs, which is responsible for creating the diversity trainings provided to UVM staff. Read More »
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Sat 08

Implicit Bias Workshop

April 8
2:00 pm
This two-part presentation and workshop is led by Kerry Fantelli, who works at the Center for Health and Wellbeing at UVM. She also sits on the Divisional Diversity Council for the Division of Student Affairs, which is responsible for creating the diversity trainings provided to UVM staff. Read More »
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Mon 10

Memoir Writing Workshop with Jessica Hendry Nelson

April 10
6:30 pm
Author, editor, and writing professor Jessica Hendry Nelson ("If Only You People Could Follow Directions") will lead a multi-generational memoir writing workshop, helping participants gain a sense of what makes a compelling memoir and how they can incorporate those elements into their own writing. Read More »
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Thu 20

Film Screening: The Long Walk Home

April 20
5:00 pm
This 1990 film depicts the Montgomery Bus Boycotts of 1955, in which Rosa Parks is arrested for refusing to give up her bus seat to a white man. Read More »
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Thu 27

Book Discussion: Night on Fire by Ronald Kidd

April 27
12:00 pm
Ronald Kidd's acclaimed novel takes a young adult's perspective on the 1961 Freedom Rides in Anniston, Alabama. Discussions begin at 12:00 pm and 6:00 pm. Read More »
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Thu 27

Book Discussion: Brown Girl Dreaming

April 27
6:30 pm
This beautiful memoir of author Jacqueline Woodson's childhood, written in verse, tells the story of a young person finding her voice and examines the strength of family bonds. This multi-generational discussion is facilitated by students from area schools who have been studying Brown Girl Dreaming. Read More »
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Fri 28

Storytime for Social Justice

April 28
5:00 pm
Help our children become thoughtful, kind, and open-minded leaders. All are welcome! Storytimes are planned for youth age 6 and younger. Read More »
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Sat 29

Making Meaning of Memory: Memoir Writing Workshop

April 29
10:30 am
Try your hand at the popular genre that author Jacqueline Woodson employs in Brown Girl Dreaming. Award-winning author Elayne Clift will lead this Memoir Writing Workshop. Read More »
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Sat 29

Making Meaning of Memory: Memoir Writing Workshop

April 29
10:30 am
Try your hand at the popular genre that author Jacqueline Woodson employs in Brown Girl Dreaming. Award-winning author Elayne Clift will lead this memoir writing workshop. Read More »
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Mon 08

Talking to Our Neighbors about Racism

May 8
6:30 pm
This community discussion explores how to more effectively engage friends, family and acquaintances about topics of race and racism. We will draw on participants' experiences in order to develop thoughtful and productive approaches to topics that can be difficult. Read More »
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Thu 18

Film Screening: Selma

May 18
5:00 pm
David Oyelowo stars as Martin Luther King, Jr. in this 2014 historical drama set during the height of the American civil rights movement, depicting the marches from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, to secure voting rights for black people. Read More »
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Thu 25

Book Discussion: Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

May 25
12:00 pm
Ta-Nehisi Coates's National Book Award-winning series of essays, written as a letter to his son, explores contemporary and historical issues of race in America. Discussions begin at 12:00 pm and 6:00 pm. Read More »
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Fri 26

Storytime for Social Justice

May 26
5:00 pm
Help our children become thoughtful, kind, and open-minded leaders. All are welcome! Storytimes are planned for youth age 6 and younger. Read More »
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