Vermont Reads 2020

The Hate U Give

by Angie Thomas

Guest Speakers

Vermont Humanities Speakers Bureau: Host a Vermont Humanities Speakers Bureau program that relates to some of the broad topics of Vermont Reads: The Hate U Give:

  • Bearing Witness and the Endurance of Voice: Lucy Terry Prince was born in Africa, where she was kidnapped by slave traders and transported to Rhode Island. While still enslaved in 1746, she wrote “Bars Fight,” the oldest known poem by an African American. Prince later regained her freedom and moved to Vermont with her husband. Shanta Lee Gander illustrates Prince’s importance as a poet and orator, and as one unafraid to fight for her rights within the landscape of early Vermont, New England, and America.
  • Catching People’s Stories: Jane Beck explores the use of the recorded interview, reflecting on why people tell stories, what they mean to individuals, and examples of how they’re used.
  • Daisy Turner’s Kin: Vermont Folklorist Jane Beck shares the story of the Turner family, a multigenerational saga spanning two centuries. Daisy Turner’s own life story is a powerful and rare account of the African American experience in New England from the 1880s forward.
  • A History of the Concept of Race: The first European to divide the peoples of the world into distinct races, in the seventeenth century, claimed that the Sami people of northern Scandinavia were one of four races on earth; Native Americans, Europeans, South Asians, and North Africans together were considered a second race. How did such a bizarre distinction among groups of people develop into one of the most historically significant ideas of the modern world?  Presented by William Edelglass who teaches philosophy, environmental studies, and Buddhist studies at Marlboro College.
  • Meet Lucy Stone: Judith Black portrays Lucy Stone, the Massachusetts public speaker referred to as “the shining star” of the antislavery and women’s rights movements.
  • Restorative Justice: How Vermont, Argentina, and Rwanda Wrestle With Crime, the Past, and Rebuilding Community: Norwich University Professor Rowly Brucken explains these initiatives as a way of sparking discussion on the strengths and weaknesses of these creative but controversial attempts to respond to criminal wrongdoing by emphasizing the needs of victims and communities.
  • The Value of Our Stories: Each one of us has a story that is valuable. Rajnii Eddins utilizes spoken word as a tool for engagement in conversations about race, culture, equity and the richness to be found in each of our stories.

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