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Addison and Bennington

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Vermont Humanities Calendar of Events by County

Addison

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.

January 21 — The Western Abenaki Today. Where are the Abenaki today and what are they doing? Jeanne discusses the Abenaki of the twenty-first century and the many different programs and projects in which they are involved to maintain and preserve their culture, traditions, and language in today's fast changing world. How do computers, the internet, cell phones, and DVDs affect Abenaki culture, traditions, and language? Hosted by the New Haven Community Library. New Haven, Town Offices, 78 North St Ste 2, 7:30 pm. Norma Norland, (802) 545-2637.

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 

January 6 — Book Discussion: Under the Sea Wind by Rachel Carson. Part of the Earth Tones series. These authors strike a variety of provocative and poignant environmental notes— haunting, satirical, delicate, mysterious, hopeful, wise—as they look with fresh eyes at the ageold question of how to live in harmony with nature. Led by Eric A Bye. Hosted by the Dorset Village Library. Dorset Village Library, 13 Church St, 10:00 am. Diana Green, (802) 867-9990.

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 Manchester Community Library. Manchester, First Congregational Church, 7:00 pm. Cindy Waters, (802) 362-2607.

January 20 — Book Discussion: Hunting for Hope: A Father's Journey by Scott Russell Sanders. Part of the Earth Tones series. These authors strike a variety of provocative and poignant environmental notes—haunting, satirical, delicate, mysterious, hopeful, wise—as they look with fresh eyes at the age-old question of how to live in harmony with nature. Led by Eric A Bye. Hosted by the Dorset Village Library. Dorset Village Library, 13 Church St, 10:00 am. Diana Green, (802) 867-9990.

February 1 — Film Discussion: Freedom and Unity: The Vermont Movie: Part One: "A Very New Idea." Part of the Freedom and Unity: The Vermont Movie series. This six-part collaborative documentary produced by several dozen Vermont-based filmmakers uses personal stories, rare footage, compelling interviews, and original reenactments to explore the history and contemporary culture of the Green Mountain State and tell how one small state has made a very big difference. This part explores the Native and Colonial roots from which Vermont grew. Led by Nora Jacobson. Hosted by the Martha Canfield Memorial Free Library. Arlington, Martha Canfield Library, 528 E Arlington Rd, 2:00 pm. Phyllis Skidmore, (802) 375-6153.

February 3 — Book Discussion: A Friend of the Earth by T.C. Boyle. Part of the Earth Tones series. These authors strike a variety of provocative and poignant environmental notes— haunting, satirical, delicate, mysterious, hopeful, wise—as they look with fresh eyes at the ageold question of how to live in harmony with nature. Led by Eric A Bye. Hosted by the Dorset Village Library. Dorset Village Library, 13 Church St, 10:00 am. Diana Green, (802) 867-9990.

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 Manchester Community Library. Manchester, First Congregational Church, 7:00 pm. Cindy Waters, (802) 362-2607.

February 15 — Film Discussion: Freedom and Unity: The Vermont Movie: Part Two: "Under the Surface." Part of the Freedom and Unity: The Vermont Movie series. This six-part collaborative documentary produced by several dozen Vermont-based filmmakers uses personal stories, rare footage, compelling interviews, and original reenactments to explore the history and contemporary culture of the Green Mountain State and tell how one small state has made a very big difference. This part explores labor wars, eugenics, the McCarthy era, and progressive Republicanism. Led by Nora Jacobson. Hosted by the Martha Canfield Memorial Free Library. Arlington, Martha Canfield Library, 528 E Arlington Rd, 2:00 pm. Phyllis Skidmore, (802) 375-6153.

February 17 — Book Discussion: Mean Spirit by Linda Hogan. Part of the Earth Tones series. These authors strike a variety of provocative and poignant environmental notes—haunting, satirical, delicate, mysterious, hopeful, wise—as they look with fresh eyes at the age-old question of how to live in harmony with nature. Led by Eric A Bye. Hosted by the Dorset Village Library. Dorset Village Library, 13 Church St, 10:00 am. Diana Green, (802) 867-9990.

March 1 — Film Discussion: Freedom and Unity: The Vermont Movie: Part Three: "Refuge, Reinvention, and Revolution." Part of the Freedom and Unity: The Vermont Movie series. This six-part collaborative documentary produced by several dozen Vermont-based filmmakers uses personal stories, rare footage, compelling interviews, and original reenactments to explore the history and contemporary culture of the Green Mountain State and tell how one small state has made a very big difference. This part explores innovation, interstates, and counter-culture. Led by Nora Jacobson. Hosted by the Martha Canfield Memorial Free Library. Arlington, Martha Canfield Library, 528 E Arlington Rd, 2:00 pm. Phyllis Skidmore, (802) 375-6153.

March 3 — Book Discussion: The Great Work: Our Way into the Future by Thomas Berry. Part of the Earth Tones series. These authors strike a variety of provocative and poignant environmental notes—haunting, satirical, delicate, mysterious, hopeful, wise—as they look with fresh eyes at the age-old question of how to live in harmony with nature. Led by Eric A Bye. Hosted by the Dorset Village Library. Dorset Village Library, 13 Church St, 10:00 am. Diana Green, (802) 867-9990.

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 Manchester Community Library. Manchester, First Congregational Church, 7:00 pm. Cindy Waters, (802) 362-2607.

March 15 — Film Discussion: Freedom and Unity: The Vermont Movie: Part Four: "Doers and Shapers." Part of the Freedom and Unity: The Vermont Movie series. This six-part collaborative documentary produced by several dozen Vermont-based filmmakers uses personal stories, rare footage, compelling interviews, and original reenactments to explore the history and contemporary culture of the Green Mountain State and tell how one small state has made a very big difference. This part explores progressivism in education and state law from Act 250 to civil unions. Led by Nora Jacobson. Hosted by the Martha Canfield Memorial Free Library. Arlington, Martha Canfield Library, 528 E Arlington Rd, 2:00 pm. Phyllis Skidmore, (802) 375-6153.

March 29 — Film Discussion: Freedom and Unity: The Vermont Movie: Part Five: "Ceres' Children." Part of the Freedom and Unity: The Vermont Movie series. This six-part collaborative documentary produced by several dozen Vermont-based filmmakers uses personal stories, rare footage, compelling interviews, and original reenactments to explore the history and contemporary culture of the Green Mountain State and tell how one small state has made a very big difference. This part explores participatory democracy and ethics in conservation and farming. Led by Nora Jacobson. Hosted by the Martha Canfield Memorial Free Library. Arlington, Martha Canfield Library, 528 E Arlington Rd, 2:00 pm. Phyllis Skidmore, (802) 375-6153.

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 Manchester Community Library. Manchester, First Congregational Church, 7:00 pm. Cindy Waters, (802) 362-2607.

April 12 — Film Discussion: Freedom and Unity: The Vermont Movie: Part Six: "People's Power." Part of the Freedom and Unity: The Vermont Movie series. This six-part collaborative documentary produced by several dozen Vermont-based filmmakers uses personal stories, rare footage, compelling interviews, and original reenactments to explore the history and contemporary culture of the Green Mountain State and tell how one small state has made a very big difference. This part explores contemporary tensions over energy, independence, climate, and the state's future. Led by Nora Jacobson. Hosted by the Martha Canfield Memorial Free Library. Arlington, Martha Canfield Library, 528 E Arlington Rd, 2:00 pm. Phyllis Skidmore, (802) 375-6153.

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 Manchester Community Library. Manchester, First Congregational Church, 7:00 pm. Cindy Waters, (802) 362-2607.

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