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Addison and Bennington

Last Updated 9/19/2014 4:18:23 PM

Vermont Humanities Calendar of Events by County

Addison

October 1 — The Real Robert Frost. Alternatively described as a “monster of egotism” or the folksy, avuncular bard of popular legend, the real Robert Frost remains elusive. Edinboro College professor Donald Sheehy, coeditor of Frost’s recently published Complete Letters, explains why.A First Wednesdays lecture. Hosted by the Ilsley Public Library. Middlebury, Ilsley Public Library, 75 Main St, 7:00 pm. Chris Kirby, (802) 388-4095.

October 6 — Valley Readers Book Discussion Group. A Vermont Reads Event. Join our lively book discussion group as we read Wonder by R.J. Palacio as our October pick. Hosted by the Hancock Free Public Library. Hancock Town Hall, 1091 Vermont Route 100, 6:30 pm. Jill Jesso-White, (802) 767-4128.

November 3 — Lincoln and Vermont. Beginning with Lincoln’s preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, and continuing through to the consecration of the National Soldiers Cemetery at Gettysburg, historian Howard Coffin traces how Lincoln’s leadership of the Federal war effort and his political canniness shaped the relationship between the president and Vermont, a state Lincoln admired though never visited. Hosted by the EastView at Middlebury. Middlebury, EastView at Middlebury, 100 Eastview Ter, 7:00 pm. EastView at Middlebury, (802) 989-7500.

November 5 — Gothic Magnificence. Dartmouth professor Cecilia Gaposchkin discusses the power of Gothic architecture in thirteenth-century Paris, including the cathedrals of Notre-Dame and Sainte-Chapelle.A First Wednesdays lecture. Hosted by the Ilsley Public Library. Middlebury, Ilsley Public Library, 75 Main St, 7:00 pm. Chris Kirby, (802) 388-4095.

November 13 — Inventive Vermonters: A Sampling of Farm Tools and Implements. Vermonters have always been inventive, especially when it comes to agricultural innovations. Time- and laborsaving inventions that ease the hard work of farming have always been important in our rural, agricultural state. In this illustrated lecture, retired engineer Paul Wood presents a sampling of farm tools, implements, and artifacts invented or produced in Vermont, examining their use, uniqueness of design, and the often fascinating stories of the inventors themselves. Hosted by the Starksboro Historical Society. Starksboro Public Library, 2827 Route 116, 7:00 pm. Robert Stokes, (802) 453-3068.

December 3 — Daily Life in Prewar Nazi Germany. Focusing on the prewar experience of non-Jewish citizens, Keene State professor Paul Vincent examines how ideology and terror undermined human dignity, numbed selfawareness, and atomized German society.A First Wednesdays lecture. Hosted by the Ilsley Public Library. Middlebury, Ilsley Public Library, 75 Main St, 7:00 pm. Chris Kirby, (802) 388-4095.

January 7 — The History of Herbal Medicine in America. Expert herbalist Rosemary Gladstar examines the early history of herbalism in America and how herbs play a role in healthcare today.A First Wednesdays lecture. Hosted by the Ilsley Public Library. Middlebury, Ilsley Public Library, 75 Main St, 7:00 pm. Chris Kirby, (802) 388-4095.

February 4 — The Hungry Heart. Filmmaker Bess O’Brien discusses and shows excerpts from her film The Hungry Heart, which provides an intimate look at the often hidden world of prescription drug addiction in Vermont.A First Wednesdays lecture. Hosted by the Ilsley Public Library. Middlebury, Ilsley Public Library, 75 Main St, 7:00 pm. Chris Kirby, (802) 388-4095.

March 4 — You Are Not Special . . . and Other Encouragements. Expanding on his popular commencement speech, viewed by millions on YouTube, high school English teacher and father of four David McCullough Jr. considers how we raise our kids today, and why passionate engagement—rather than success for its own sake—is critical to a fulfilling, happy life.A First Wednesdays lecture. Hosted by the Ilsley Public Library. Middlebury, Ilsley Public Library, 75 Main St, 7:00 pm. Chris Kirby, (802) 388-4095.

April 1 — An Evening with Julia Alvarez. At the outset of National Poetry Month, celebrated author and activist Julia Alvarez speaks and reads from her early and recent work.A First Wednesdays lecture. Hosted by the Ilsley Public Library. Middlebury, Ilsley Public Library, 75 Main St, 7:00 pm. Chris Kirby, (802) 388-4095.

May 6 — Inventing Ethan Allen. After more than two centuries, Ethan Allen remains the most remembered figure in Vermont’s past. Historian H. Nicholas Muller III considers how the memory of Allen coincides with the reality and why his story was shaped and reshaped after his death.A First Wednesdays lecture. Hosted by the Ilsley Public Library. Middlebury, Ilsley Public Library, 75 Main St, 7:00 pm. Chris Kirby, (802) 388-4095.

Bennington 

October 1 — A Century after World War I: Are We Sleepwalking Again? It’s been said that in 1914 Europe sleepwalked into a war no one wanted. Distinguished veteran diplomat George Jaeger considers whether current geopolitics might play out similarly.A First Wednesdays lecture. Hosted by the Mark Skinner Library. Manchester, First Congregational Church, 7:00 pm. Cindy Waters, (802) 362-2607.

October 7 — Alfred Hitchcock and the Art of Suspense. Hitchcock famously said “Some films are slices of life; mine are slices of cake.” His career spanned forty years and many film eras. Film expert Rick Winston will discuss the evolution of Hitchcock’s craft, exploring his favorite themes, his relationship with his collaborators, and his wry sense of humor no matter how grisly the subject matter. By drawing on twelve film clips, starting with his 1925 silent The Lodger and continuing through to his Hollywood classics such as Notorious and Rear Window, Winston will illuminate the arc of Hitchcock’s brilliant career. Hosted by the Martha Canfield Memorial Free Library. Arlington, Martha Canfield Library, 528 East Arlington Road, 7:00 pm. Phyllis Skidmore, (802) 375-6153.

October 9 — R.J. Palacio Presents 365 Days of Wonder: Mr. Browne's Book of Precepts. A Vermont Reads Event. In R.J. Palacio's novel Wonder, readers were introduced to memorable English teacher Mr. Browne and his love of precepts. Simply put, precepts are principles to live by, and the new book compiles 365 of them—one for each day of the year. This event is free and open to the public. Hosted by the Northshire Bookstore. Manchester Center, Manchester Elementary Middle School, 80 Memorial Ave, 4:30 pm. Mary Allen, (800) 437-3700.

October 14 — Wonder What It's Like with Sam Drazin. A Vermont Reads Event. Sam Drazin of Changing Perspectives will present a program about improving disability awareness and understanding. He has a unique perspective as a student with a disability and a teacher in an inclusive classroom. Light refreshments will be served after the program. Hosted by the Bennington Free Library. Bennington, Southern Vermont College, 982 Mansion Dr, 7:00 pm. Linda Donigan, (802) 442-9051.

October 16 — Wonder What It's Like with Sam Drazin. A Vermont Reads Event. Sam Drazin of Changing Perspectives will present a program about improving disability awareness and understanding. He has a unique perspective as a student with a disability and a third-grade teacher. The public is invited to attend. Hosted by the Mark Skinner Library. Manchester Center, Manchester Elementary Middle School, 1:00 pm. Cindy Waters, (802) 362-2607.

October 19 — Vermont History through Song. Singer and researcher Linda Radtke, joined by pianist Arthur Zorn, brings Vermont history to life with engaging commentary about the songs found in the Vermont Historical Society's collection of sheet music. Dressed in period costume, Ms. Radtke takes listeners through state history, using the songs Vermonters published in their communities. Hosted by the Rupert Historical Society. Rupert Congregational Church, 2890 VT Route 153, 3:00 pm. Gene Higgins, (802) 394-7738.

October 23 — An Evening of Wonder. A Vermont Reads Event. A book discussion of R.J. Palacio's Wonder led by librarians Karson Kiesinger and Linda Donigan. Music, art, and light supper. Hosted by the Bennington Free Library. Bennington Free Library, 101 Silver St, 5:30 pm. Linda Donigan, (802) 442-9051.

November 5 — Painting in Early Renaissance Florence: Competition and Collaboration. Middlebury College professor Katy Smith Abbott explores how competition led to great artistic achievements in fifteenth-century Florence while a network of collaboration characterized painters’ daily experience. A First Wednesdays lecture. Hosted by the Mark Skinner Library. Manchester, First Congregational Church, 7:00 pm. Cindy Waters, (802) 362-2607.

November 7 — Staged Reading of Wonder. A Vermont Reads Event. Members of the Dorset Players in conjunction with students from several area schools will perform a staged reading of R.J. Palacio's novel. There will be a brief discussion following the reading. Hosted by the Dorset Players, Inc. Dorset Playhouse, 104 Cheney Rd, 7:00 pm. Maureen Chaffee, (802) 867-5570.

December 3 — Beethoven’s Deafness: Psychological Crisis and Artistic Triumph. This performance lecture by renowned concert pianist and psychiatrist Richard Kogan explores the power of music to help heal artist and audience alike, and considers the influence of psychological factors on Beethoven’s creative output.A First Wednesdays lecture. Hosted by the Mark Skinner Library. Manchester, First Congregational Church, 7:00 pm. Cindy Waters, (802) 362-2607.

January 7 — Building Monticello. Thomas Jefferson never knew the Monticello we visit today — in perfect condition, impeccably furnished. Jefferson died so deeply in debt that the house and contents had to be auctioned off. Dartmouth College senior lecturer Marlene Heck explains the lifelong project Jefferson called his “essay in architecture.”A First Wednesdays lecture. Hosted by the Mark Skinner Library. Manchester, First Congregational Church, 7:00 pm. Cindy Waters, (802) 362-2607.

February 4 — Giants: The Parallel Lives of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. Douglass and Lincoln — one born a slave, the other born dirt poor — became respectively one of the nation’s greatest orators and one of its greatest presidents. Harvard professor John Stauffer examines their friendship, the similarities in their lives, and their legacies.A First Wednesdays lecture. Hosted by the Mark Skinner Library. Manchester, First Congregational Church, 7:00 pm. Cindy Waters, (802) 362-2607.

March 4 — The Memoir Boom: Who, What, Why. Dartmouth professor and experimental memoirist Irene Kacandes discusses current approaches to life writing and considers why we continue to love reading about others’ lives.A First Wednesdays lecture. Hosted by the Mark Skinner Library. Manchester, First Congregational Church, 7:00 pm. Cindy Waters, (802) 362-2607.

April 1 — A Slight Sound at Evening: Why Thoreau’s Quiet Writing Endures Today. Drawing upon Thoreau’s journals and letters, Dartmouth professor Nancy Jay Crumbine examines the spirituality, inherent and explicit, in his walking and writing life.A First Wednesdays lecture. Hosted by the Mark Skinner Library. Manchester, First Congregational Church, 7:00 pm. Cindy Waters, (802) 362-2607.

May 6 — Redeemer President: The Significance of Jimmy Carter. Dartmouth professor of American religious history Randall Balmer examines the rise of the Religious Right and Jimmy Carter, a Southern Baptist Sunday school teacher elected president with the support of evangelicals, who turned against him four years later.A First Wednesdays lecture. Hosted by the Mark Skinner Library. Manchester, First Congregational Church, 7:00 pm. Cindy Waters, (802) 362-2607.

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