Vermont Humanities Events
April 2 — Finding Truth in a War Zone. Bosnian-American journalist and founder of the Media in Democracy Institute Kemal Kurspahic considers the media and freedom of the press during wartime.A First Wednesdays lecture. Hosted by the Rutland Free Library. Rutland Free Library, 10 Court St, 7:00 pm. Randal Smathers, (802) 773-1860.
April 6 — Vermont Folk Art. Much of Vermont's folk art is narrative in impulse: a stair rug capturing the history of a family, a weathervane symbolizing the artist's career in the railroad, or a quilt representing the memories of farm life. This slide presentation and lecture by Jane Beck touches on the informal process of learning a traditional art, life crises that spur the creation of folk art, and the emotional bond that exists between the maker and the receiver of a folk art object. Hosted by the Mount Holly Town Library. Belmont, Mount Holly Town Library, 26 Maple Hill Rd, 4:00 pm. Joan McCallum, (802) 259-2318.
April 17 — Arming the Union: Vermont Gunmakers and the Technology that Shaped America. During the Civil War, the Union army fielded more than two million men, most of them armed with newly made, highly accurate rifles. In this illustrated lecture, historian and museum curator Carrie Brown explores the critical role that Windsor, Vermont, played in producing technology that won the war and changed American life and popular culture even after the war ended. Hosted by the Pawlett Historical Society. Pawlet Public Library, 141 School St, 7:00 pm. Steve Williams, (802) 645-9529.
May 7 — 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 Rutland Free Library. Rutland Free Library, 10 Court St, 7:00 pm. Randal Smathers, (802) 773-1860.