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Vermont Humanities Events Statewide

Last Updated 10/30/2014 4:36:27 PM

Vermont Humanities Events Statewide     

 

Through November 29 — Dance at Bennington College: 80 Years of Moving Through. Grant Event. A gallery exhibition of photographs from the 1930s to the present, drawn from the dance archives of Bennington College. Open Saturdays 11 am to 4 pm. Hosted by the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts and supported by a VHC grant.. Burlington, Amy E. Tarrant Gallery at the Flynn, 153 Main St. Nancy Abbott-Hourigan, (802) 652-4505.

Through Spring 2015 — Cycles of Change: Farming in Norwich. Grant Event. An exhibit documenting agricultural heritage through the stories of eight working farms. On display through spring 2015. Visit norwichhistory.org for more information. Hosted by the Norwich Historical Society and supported by a VHC grant. Norwich Historical Society, 277 Main St. Norwich Historical Society, (802) 649-0124 or info@norwichhistory.org.

October

October 31–November 1 — Look Back, Dance Forward: Tales of Home. Grant Event. This two-evening program stars Faustin Linyekula of Congo (October 31) in his acclaimed solo, Le Cargo, and Panaibra Gabriel Canda of Mozambique (November 1) in his expressive duet, Time and Spaces: The Marrabenta Solos, with live music by guitarist Jorge Domingos. In both pieces, the artists grapple with the complex histories of their countries by re-igniting memories of and experiences with their fathers. Hosted by the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts. Burlington, FlynnSpace, 153 Main St, 8:00 pm both evenings. Fee for performances, tickets at flynntix.org. Leigh Chandler, (802) 652-4500.

November

November 1 — 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 Pettee Memorial Library. Wilmington, Memorial Hall, 14 W Main St, 7:00 pm. Allison Smith, (802) 464-8557.

November 1 — Book Discussion: Wonder. A Vermont Reads Event. A setting for parents, grandparents, and guardians who have read R.J. Palacio's bestseller to discuss their reading experience and response to the book. Copies are available for checkout in advance. Hosted by the Bixby Memorial Free Library. Vergennes, Bixby Memorial Free Library, 258 Main St, 10:30 am. Muir Haman, (802) 877-2211.

November 2 — Beatrix Potter Revisited. Using books, props, and bibliography, Helene Lang presents the life of Beatrix Potter, highlighting her artistic talent, her writing ability where every word is appropriate and perfectly arranged, and finally, her years as a countrywoman raising Herdwick sheep. The presentation takes her from her Victorian childhood, through the years of her little books, to her final thirty years of farming in England's Lake District. Hosted by the Newbury Woman's Club. Newbury, Tenney Memorial Library, 4886 Main St South, 2:00 pm. Selenda Girardin, (802) 866-5676.

November 3 — Book Discussion: What Work Is by Philip Levine. Part of the Blue Collar America series. Who is the working class? Look past the stereotypes to examine the realities of minimum-wage existence, small-town economics, social divisions, and what does or doesn't constitute the good life. Led by Helene Lang. Hosted by the Wake Robin Retirement Community. Shelburne, Wake Robin, 200 Wake Robin Dr, 7:30 pm. Advance Signup Required, Natalie Albers, (802) 985-0659.

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 3 — A High Price to Pay, A Heavy Burden to Bear: One Family’s Civil War Story. Abel Morrill, Sr., was an early settler of Cabot, Vermont. He was a respected farmer and maple sugar producer for much of the 19th century. His story reflects the hardship and heartbreak suffered by those who lived at the time of America’s greatest conflict, the Civil War. David Book’s portrayal of Abel Morrill profiles life before the war and life as it was affected by the war. Drawing on primary resources, Book’s monologue describes with historical accuracy life in mid-19th century Vermont and is a story that could be repeated by many families in every town in Vermont during this era. Hosted by the Hardwick Historical Society. Hardwick Historical Society, 47 Depot St, 7:30 pm. Elwyn Daniels, (802) 586-7565.

November 3 — Cranky Yankees: All Together, Now! Jim Cooke is known for "Calvin Coolidge: More Than Two Words"— a one-man show that has changed popular perceptions and challenged scholarly misperceptions of Vermont's only elected president. Jim has created other one-man performances based mainly on New England characters. "Cranky Yankees" is a chance to see Calvin Coolidge, Daniel Webster, and John Quincy Adams joined by Ethan Allen, James Whitcomb Riley, Samuel Sewall, Harriet Beecher Stowe and Joseph P. Kennedy, to name but a few. While not exactly a "How to," this lecture/performance features Jim's cranky process of giving actuality to the past. Hosted by the Bethel Historical Society. Bethel, Whitcomb High School Cafeteria, 273 Pleasant St, 6:00 pm. Nick Nikolaidis, (802) 234-5064.

November 5 — 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 Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Lamoille Valley. Morrisville, River Arts, 74 Pleasant St., 1:30 pm. Millie Marron, (802) 253-9011.

November 5 — 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 Hartland Public Library. Hartland Public Library, 153 US Route 5, 6:30 pm. Theresa Gregory, (802) 436-2473.

November 5 — 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 Kenneth Peck. Hosted by the Wake Robin Retirement Community. Shelburne, Wake Robin Meeting Room, 200 Wake Robin Dr,  3:30 pm. Krista Malaney, (802) 264-5107.

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 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 5 — The Buildings of Vermont. Middlebury College professor Glenn Andres looks beyond Vermont’s pastoral stereotypes to examine the remarkable range, quality, humanity, and persistence of its built landscape.A First Wednesdays lecture. Hosted by the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum. St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 1171 Main St, 7:00 pm. Robert Joly, (802) 748-8291.

November 5 — The Marshall Plan Revisited. Mark A. Stoler, editor of George Marshall’s papers and UVM professor emeritus, examines the Marshall Plan of the late 1940s and early 1950s, considered one of the most successful programs in the history of American foreign relations.A First Wednesdays lecture. Hosted by the Brownell Library. Essex Junction, Brownell Library, 6 Lincoln St, 7:00 pm. Wendy Hysko, (802) 878-6954.

November 5 — Amelia. The mysteries surrounding the 1937 disappearance of aviation legend Amelia Earhart often overshadow her accomplishments as a pilot and author. Champlain College professor Nancy Nahra explores the life of a woman who lived as if she were invincible but understood she was anything but.A First Wednesdays lecture. Hosted by the Goodrich Memorial Library. Newport, Goodrich Memorial Library, 202 Main St, 7:00 pm. Carol Nicholson, (802) 334-7902.

November 5 — Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring and the Music of 1911. Igor Stravinsky’s ballet The Rite of Spring is widely considered the most influential composition of the twentieth century. In this lecture-demonstration, pianist Michael Arnowitt examines this landmark work, and other pieces written in 1911 by Ravel, Schoenberg, Bartok, and Rachmaninov.A First Wednesdays lecture. Hosted by the Rutland Free Library. Rutland Free Library, 10 Court St, 7:00 pm. Abby Noland, (802) 773-1860.

November 5 — Pablo Picasso and Gertrude Stein: The Making of Modernism. How did these two great creative visionaries of Modernism come into their own? Dartmouth professor Barbara Will examines their early friendship and mutual artistic influences.A First Wednesdays lecture. Hosted by the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. Montpelier, Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main St, 7:00 pm. Rachel Senechal, (802) 223-3338.

November 5 — The Morally Injured. In light of his experiences fighting in Iraq, Tyler Boudreau, author of Packing Inferno: The Unmaking of a Marine, reflects on PTSD and “moral injury.”A First Wednesdays lecture. Hosted by the Brooks Memorial Library. Brattleboro, Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St, 7:00 pm. Jerry Carbone, (802) 254-5290.

November 5 — Why Radio? Longtime NPR broadcast journalist Susan Stamberg celebrates the power of radio in a high-tech world, sharing stories from the early days of NPR and more recent radio days, and reflecting on why radio has endured.A First Wednesdays lecture. Hosted by the Norwich Public Library. Norwich Public Library, 368 Main St, 7:00 pm. Lucinda Walker, (802) 649-1184.

November 6 — Staged Reading of Wonder. A Vermont Reads Event. Students from various area schools will perform a staged reading of the novel by R.J. Palacio. Hosted by the Stratton Mountain School. Stratton Mountain School, Patty Kalstas Performing Arts Center,  7 World Cup Cir, 7:00 pm. Mary Mangiacotti, (973) 903-4836.

November 6 — Steve Paxton Pre- Performance Discussion. Grant Event. Pre-performance discussion with Stowe-based choreographer Polly Motley and dancer Steve Paxton. Hosted by the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts. Burlington, Amy E. Tarrant Gallery at the Flynn, 153 Main St, 6:00 pm. Leigh Chandler, (802) 652-4500.

November 6 — Jurij Konjar/Steve Paxton. Grant Event. Postmodern pioneer Steve Paxton transformed dance vocabulary through improvisational work with Judson Dance Theatre and Grand Union. In this performance of Paxton’s 1983 work, Bound, Slovenian dancer Jurij Konjar performs the solo dance piece as taught to him by the choreographer. With formal training in Judo, Konjar is an ideal performer for Paxton’s work inspired by the concepts of gravity and momentum. Hosted by the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts. Fee for performance, tickets at flynntix.org. Burlington, FlynnSpace, 153 Main St, 7:30 pm. Leigh Chandler, (802) 652-4500.

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.

November 7 — Book Discussion: Wonder. A Vermont Reads Event. A setting for parents, grandparents, and guardians who have read R.J. Palacio's bestseller to discuss their reading experience and response to the book. Copies are available for checkout in advance. Hosted by the Bixby Memorial Free Library. Vergennes, Bixby Memorial Free Library, 258 Main St, 6:00 pm. Muir Haman, (802) 877-2211.

November 8 — 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 Pettee Memorial Library. Wilmington, Memorial Hall, 14 W Main St, 7:00 pm. Allison Smith, (802) 464-8557.

November 8 — Book Discussion: The Seven Deadly Sins Sampler. Part of the Seven Deadly Sins series. Delve into the short stories from the Great Books Foundation’s Seven Deadly Sins Sampler and join us as we explore such issues as what makes these sins so deadly, who decided which sins qualify, and whether avoidance of sin is rising or falling in today’s society. Bring a friend to learn and laugh with us! In this session, we will discuss the Introduction and the stories on Envy. Led by Linda Bland. Hosted by the Cambridge Arts Council. Jeffersonville, Varnum Memorial Library, 194 Main St, 3:00 pm. April Tuck, (802) 644-6632.

November 8 — Wonder-ful Self Portrait Exhibition. A Vermont Reads Event. Student self portraits by Vergennes Union Elementary School and Addison Central School sixth graders who read Wonder in their classes will be on display. Hosted by the Bixby Memorial Free Library. Vergennes, Bixby Memorial Free Library, 258 Main St, 10:00 am. Rachel Plant, (802) 877-2211.

November 9 — Book Discussion: Reading the Mountains of Home by John Elder. Part of the The New England Character series. These works by New England authors examine the personality and values of the region. Led by Rachael Cohen. Hosted by the Dailey Memorial Library. Derby, Dailey Memorial Library, 101 Junior High Dr, 1:30 pm. Barbara Whitehill, (802) 766-5063.

November 10 — Book Discussion: La Tour Dreams of the Wolf Girl by David Huddle. Part of the Portraits of the Artists series. These books feature fictional interpretations of famous artists. What happens when the visual arts and the literary arts meet? How do fiction writers interpret the lives of famous painters, and the canvases they leave behind? Led by Linda Bland. Hosted by the Fletcher Free Library. Burlington, Heineberg Senior Center, 14 Heineberg Rd, 1:00 pm. Barbara Shatara, (802) 865-7211 or Pam Slattery, (802) 863-3982.

November 11 — Book Discussion: Minaret by Leila Aboulela. Part of the Literary Reflections on Islam series. Islam has long provided a source of inspiration through which Muslims experience, understand, and guide their everyday lives. This series, developed jointly by the American Library Association and the NEH, offers literary reflections on Muslim piety and communal concepts such as ethics, governance, knowledge, and identity, and reveals transformations in faith and identity, as Muslims living at different times and in different places have interpreted Islam. Led by Suzanne H Brown. Hosted by the Norwich Public Library. Norwich Public Library, 368 Main St, 7:00 pm. Mary McKenna, (802) 296 -2191.

November 11 — 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 Duxbury Historical Society. Waterbury, Crossett Brook Middle School, 5672 Vt Route 100, 7:00 pm. Donald Welch, (802) 244-7558.

November 12 — Book Discussion: The Berlin Stories by Christopher Isherwood. Grant Event. Led by Jeff Tolbert. Part of the Literature into Film Series, which will investigate the structure, aesthetics, impact, and history behind eight remarkable movies and the significant literary works that inspired them. Hosted by the Chandler Film Society. Randolph, Kimball Public Library, 67 N Main St, 67 N Main St, 7:00 pm. Lynne Gately, (802) 728-5073 or lynne@kimballlibrary.org.

November 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 Dorothy Tod. Hosted by the Wake Robin Retirement Community. Shelburne, Wake Robin Meeting Room, 200 Wake Robin Dr, 3:30 pm. Krista Malaney, (802) 264-5107.

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, Starksboro Public Library, 2827 Route 116, 7:00 pm. Robert Stokes, (802) 453-3068.

November 13 — How to Read the Landscape. Grant Event. This session will illustrate for participants the cultural landscape features, architectural styles, and signs of both natural and cultural agricultural activity that can be found in Norwich. We will use the VT Division for Historic Preservation’s barn census as part of this presentation. Participants will receive a checklist of features to find on their own land, in essence taking an agricultural census of their property. Led by Alan Berolzheimer and Nancy Osgood. Cost: $10 for all three workshops or $5 per workshop. Space is limited and reservations are recommended. Hosted by the Norwich Historical Society. Norwich Historical Society, 277 Main St, 7:00 pm. Norwich Historical Society, (802) 649-0124 or info@norwichhistory.org.

November 13 — Book Discussion: Wonder and Mr. Browne's Precepts. A Vermont Reads Event. There will be a slide show, discussion, and other activities related to the book. Refreshments related to the book will be served. Hosted by the Waterbury Public Library. Waterbury, Crossett Brook Middle School Library, 5672 Vt Route 100, 6:30 pm. Elise Werth, (802) 244-7036.

November 14–15 — VHC 2014 Fall Conference: A Fire Never Extinguished: How the Civil War Continues to Shape Civic and Cultural Life in America. Many of the issues associated with the Civil War resonate today—in Vermont and throughout the nation. VHC’s fall conference (five months before the end of the sesquicentennial of the Civil War) will examine the influence that the War has had and continues to have, and will seek to identify lessons vital to American democracy that still can be learned from the War and its aftermath as we continue to build “a more perfect union” in the twenty-first century. Presented in collaboration with the Vermont Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission and the National Park Service. More details. Burlington, University of Vermont, Dudley H. Davis Center. Max Matthews, (802) 262-2626 x304.

November 15 — An Unofficial Guide to Audience Watching Performance. Grant Event. Philadelphia-based dancer and choreographer Raphael Xavier combines breakdancing and spoken word to create this evening-length autobiographical work. Based on 30 years of experience in hip-hop dance, The Unofficial Guide to Audience Watching Performance sets street dance choreography to a conversational monologue that “captivates with the impassioned lyrical delivery of a hip-hop artist” (Philadelphia Inquirer). By deconstructing Xavier’s lyrics and breakdancing technique, this group ensemble performance takes audiences on an artistic journey defined by sacrifice, passion, and transcendence. Hosted by the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts. Fee for performance, tickets at flynntix.org. Burlington, FlynnSpace, 153 Main St, 8:00 pm. Leigh Chandler, (802) 652-4500.

November 15 — 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 Linda Bland. Hosted by the Varnum Memorial Library. Jeffersonville, Varnum Memorial Library, 194 Main St, 3:00 pm. Laurie Baron, (802) 644-5669.

November 15 — 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 Pettee Memorial Library. Wilmington, Memorial Hall, 14 W Main St, 7:00 pm. Allison Smith, (802) 464-8557.

November 15 — Book Discussion: Wonder. A Vermont Reads Event. Adult Services Librarian Muir Haman will lead a group for community members who have read R.J. Palacio's bestseller to discuss their reactions to the book. Copies are available for checkout in advance. Hosted by the Bixby Memorial Free Library. Vergennes, Bixby Memorial Free Library, 258 Main St, 10:30 am. Muir Haman, (802) 877-2211.

November 16 — Film Screening and Discussion: Cabaret. Grant Event. A nightclub entertainer in 1931 Berlin romances two men while the Nazi Party rises to power around them. Director Bob Fosse and stars Liza Minelli and Joel Grey earned Oscars for this dark 1972 musical, based on the Christopher Isherwood novel The Berlin Stories and the John Van Druten play, I Am a Camera. Part of the Literature into Film Series, which will investigate the structure, aesthetics, impact, and history behind eight remarkable movies and the significant literary works that inspired them. Tickets $9; discounts for Chandler Film Society members and students. Anyone who cannot afford the price of admission can request a discount at the box office. Hosted by the Chandler Film Society. Randolph, Chandler Center for the Arts, 71-73 N Main St, 6:00 pm. Emily Crosby, (802) 431-0204 or emily@chandler-arts.org.

November 17 —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 Mount Tabor/Danby Historical Society. Danby, Mount Tabor/Danby Historical Society, 74 S Main St, 7:00 pm. Lauren Dever, (802) 293 -2265.

November 19 — 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 Hartland Public Library. Hartland Public Library, 153 US Route 5, 6:30 pm. Theresa Gregory, (802) 436-2473.

November 20 — Wonder Community Supper and Presentation. A Vermont Reads Event. Potluck supper followed by a presentation by Sam Drazin about his personal experiences living with craniofacial differences. Please join us and bring a dish to share! Hosted by the Weybridge Elementary School. Weybridge Elementary School, 210 Quaker Village Rd, 6:00 pm. Megan Sutton, (802) 545-2113.

November 21 — Martha Graham Dance Company Pre-Performance Discussion. Grant Event. Pre-performance conversation with Janet Elber, artistic director of the Martha Graham Dance Company, and Flynn Executive Director John Killacky. Hosted by the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts. Burlington, Amy E. Tarrant Gallery at the Flynn, 153 Main St, 6:30 pm. Leigh Chandler, (802) 652-4500.

November 21 — Martha Graham Dance Company. Grant Event. Martha Graham’s influence on modern dance has been compared to Picasso’s influence on art or Stravinsky’s on music. Graham revolutionized dance, lighting, stage designing, costuming, and music; today, her company is one of the most revered modern dance troupes in the world, called “one of the seven wonders of the artistic universe” by the Los Angeles Times. For this performance, the company performs a new piece by Andonis Foniadakis titled Echo, Diversion of Angels (1948), Errand into the Maze (1947), and an 85th anniversary recital of Graham’s famous solo work, Lamentation Variations. Graham’s choreography remains “a true, living American document” (New York Times). Hosted by the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts. Fee for performance, tickets at flynntix.org. Burlington, Flynn MainStage, 153 Main St, 8:00 pm. Leigh Chandler, (802) 652-4500.

November 30 — Book Discussion: Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton. Part of the The New England Character series. These works by New England authors examine the personality and values of the region. Led by Rachael Cohen. Hosted by the Dailey Memorial Library. Derby, Dailey Memorial Library, 101 Junior High Dr, 1:30 pm. Barbara Whitehill, (802) 766-5063.

December

December 2 — The Old Country Fiddler: Charles Ross Taggart, Vermont’s Traveling Entertainer. Having grown up in Topsham, Vermont, Charles Ross Taggart went on to a forty-year career performing in countless stage shows across the country, including the famous Red Path Chautauqua circuit. A fiddler, piano player, humorist, singer, and ventriloquist, he made at least 25 recordings with the Victor, Edison, and Columbia companies, and appeared in a talking movie picture four years before Al Jolson starred in The Jazz Singer. Fiddler Adam Boyce portrays Mr. Taggart near the end of his career, circa 1936, sharing recollections of his life and career interspersed with live fiddling and humorous sketches. Hosted by the Williamstown Historical Society. Williamstown, The Gardens at Williamstown Square, 2844 Vt Route 14, 2:30 pm. Becky Watson, (802) 433-5565.

December 3 — Book Discussion: Berlin Stories by Christopher Isherwood. Part of the From Page to Screen series. When is it true that the movie's good, but the book is better? What makes it so? What does a book or the script of a play have to offer that its film version does not? Conversely, what does film offer that print cannot? Led by Merilyn Burrington. Hosted by the South Burlington Community Library. South Burlington Community Library, 540 Dorset St, 6:30 pm. Contact the library, (802) 652-7076.

December 3 — Book Discussion: Black Narcissus by Rumer Godden. Part of the Literature into Film Series, which will investigate the structure, aesthetics, impact, and history behind eight remarkable movies and the significant literary works that inspired them. Hosted by the Chandler Film Society. Randolph, Kimball Public Library, 67 N Main St, 7:00 pm. Lynne Gately, (802) 728-5073 or lynne@kimballlibrary.org.

December 3 — 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 Hartland Public Library. Hartland Public Library, 153 Route 5, 6:30 pm. Theresa Gregory, (802) 436-2473.

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.

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.

December 3 — Walking with the Great Apes. Three intrepid women—Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Birute Galdikas—changed the way people understand animals’ lives. Bestselling author Sy Montgomery presents images from her travels to Gombe, Rwanda, and Borneo while researching her triple biography of this remarkable scientific sisterhood.A First Wednesdays lecture. Hosted by the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum. St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 1171 Main St, 7:00 pm. Robert Joly, (802) 748-8291.

December 3 — Presidential Term Limits: The History of a Bad Idea. UVM professor emeritus Frank Bryan argues that America’s adoption of presidential term limits not only weakened the Presidency, but also perhaps the Republic itself.A First Wednesdays lecture. Hosted by the Brownell Library. Essex Junction, Brownell Library, 6 Lincoln St, 7:00 pm. Wendy Hysko, (802) 878-6954.

December 3 — The Soldier’s Pen: Letters from the Civil War Battlefront. Dartmouth History professor Robert Bonner considers what we can learn from the numerous firsthand accounts written by Union and Confederate soldiers.A First Wednesdays lecture. Hosted by the Goodrich Memorial Library. Newport, Goodrich Memorial Library, 202 Main St, 7:00 pm. Carol Nicholson, (802) 334-7902.

December 3 — Jesus: The Human Face of God. Author and Middlebury College professor Jay Parini considers Jesus, a figure who has dominated our collective imagination and cultural iconography for twenty centuries.A First Wednesdays lecture. Hosted by the Rutland Free Library. Rutland Free Library, 10 Court St, 7:00 pm. Abby Noland, (802) 773-1860.

December 3 — Becoming American: An Inaugural Poet's Journey. Poet Richard Blanco read at President Obama’s second inauguration, the first Latino, immigrant, and gay writer to have such an honor—and the youngest. Blanco examines cultural identity and the essence of place and belonging.A First Wednesdays lecture. Hosted by the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. Montpelier, Unitarian Church, 130 Main St, 7:00 pm. Rachel Senechal, (802) 223-3338.

December 3 — The Costumes of Downton Abbey. Middlebury College artist-in-residence Jule Emerson discusses the fashions worn by Lady Mary and her family in the popular PBS series Downton Abbey.A First Wednesdays lecture. Hosted by the Brooks Memorial Library. Brattleboro, Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St, 7:00 pm. Jerry Carbone, (802) 254-5290.

December 3 — What the Buddhists Teach: Finding Clarity in Everyday Life. How do we develop not only mindfulness, but a compassionate optimism about a highly imperfect world? Author Dr. Polly Young-Eisendrath discusses the Buddhist model for remaining fully engaged in the ups and downs of everyday life, a model that differs dramatically from traditional Western perspectives.A First Wednesdays lecture. Hosted by the Norwich Public Library. Norwich Public Library, 368 Main St, 7:00 pm. Lucinda Walker, (802) 649-1184.

December 3 — 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 South Burlington Community Library. South Burlington Community Library, 540 Dorset St, 12:00 pm. Jennifer Murray, (802) 652-7076.

December 4 — Lifelong Learning Music Series: Tomas Luis de Victoria. Grant Event. Victoria, the most famous Spanish composer of the late Renaissance period, studied music in Rome, possibly with Palestrina. He devoted himself exclusively to sacred vocal music yet was influenced by secular madrigalists such as Marenzio. Part of the Lifelong Learning Music Series, a great opportunity to increase your musical knowledge in a relaxed and fun environment. Led by Lois Price, a flutist who teaches music appreciation at Champlain College. Hosted by the South Burlington Community Library. South Burlington Community Library, 540 Dorset St, 7:00 pm. Jennifer Murray, (802) 652-7076.

December 7 — Film Screening and Discussion: Black Narcissus. Grant Event. Based on Rumer Godden's novel, this controversial 1947 film, set in a convent in the Himalayas, features Deborah Kerr, Kathleen Byron, Jean Simmons as women facing conflict, passion and tension in exotic surroundings. The team of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger produced one of the most stunning Technicolor films of the 1940s. Part of the Literature into Film Series, which will investigate the structure, aesthetics, impact, and history behind eight remarkable movies and the significant literary works that inspired them. Tickets $9; discounts for Chandler Film Society members and students. Anyone who cannot afford the price of admission can request a discount at the box office. Hosted by the Chandler Film Society. Randolph, Chandler Center for the Arts, 71-73 N Main St, 6:00 pm. Emily Crosby, (802) 431-0204 or emily@chandler-arts. org.

December 8 — Book Discussion: Frida by Barbara Mujica. Part of the Portraits of the Artists series. These books feature fictional interpretations of famous artists. What happens when the visual arts and the literary arts meet? How do fiction writers interpret the lives of famous painters, and the canvases they leave behind? Led by Linda Bland. Hosted by the Fletcher Free Library. Burlington, Heineberg Senior Center, 14 Heineberg Rd, 1:00 pm. Barbara Shatara, (802) 865-7211 or Pam Slattery, (802) 863-3982.

December 8 — Book Discussion: The Cliff Walk: A Memoir of a Job Lost and a Life Found by Don Snyder. Part of the Blue Collar America series. Who is the working class? Look past the stereotypes to examine the realities of minimum-wage existence, small-town economics, social divisions, and what does or doesn't constitute the good life. Led by Helene Lang. Hosted by the Wake Robin Retirement Community. Shelburne, Wake Robin, 200 Wake Robin Dr, 7:30 pm. Advance Signup Required, Natalie Albers, (802) 985-0659.

December 13 — Book Discussion: The Seven Deadly Sins Sampler. Part of the Seven Deadly Sins series. Delve into the short stories from the Great Books Foundation’s Seven Deadly Sins Sampler and join us as we explore such issues as what makes these sins so deadly, who decided which sins qualify, and whether avoidance of sin is rising or falling in today’s society. Bring a friend to learn and laugh with us! In this session, we will discuss the stories on Pride and Anger. Led by Linda Bland. Hosted by the Cambridge Arts Council. Jeffersonville, Varnum Memorial Library, 194 Main St, 3:00 pm. April Tuck, (802) 644-6632.

December 15 — 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 Tom Fels. Hosted by the Mount Tabor/Danby Historical Society. Danby, Mount Tabor/Danby Historical Society, 74 S Main St, 7:00 pm. Lauren Dever, (802) 293 -2265.

January 2015

January 3 — 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 Linda Bland. Hosted by the Varnum Memorial Library. Jeffersonville, Varnum Memorial Library, 194 Main St, 3:00 pm. Laurie Baron, (802) 644-5669.

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 — 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 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.

January 7 — The White Mountain Huts. Dartmouth professor Allen Koop explains the Appalachian Mountain Club’s hut system in New Hampshire, and how the huts and their people have formed a society with its own history, traditions, and legends.A First Wednesdays lecture. Hosted by the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum. St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 1171 Main St, 7:00 pm. Robert Joly, (802) 748-8291.

January 7 — The Examined Life. Socrates famously proclaimed, “The unexamined life is not worth living.” Philosophy scholar Susanne Claxton explores what constitutes the examined life and how we may best pursue it.A First Wednesdays lecture. Hosted by the Goodrich Memorial Library. Newport, Goodrich Memorial Library, 202 Main St, 7:00 pm. Carol Nicholson, (802) 334-7902.

January 7 — Rowing Against Wind and Tide: The Journals and Letters of Anne Morrow Lindbergh. Author Reeve Lindbergh discusses collecting four decades of her mother’s previously unpublished diaries and letters— shedding light on her mother’s marriage to Charles Lindbergh and her take on world events.A First Wednesdays lecture. Hosted by the Rutland Free Library. Rutland Free Library, 10 Court St, 7:00 pm. Abby Noland, (802) 773-1860.

January 7 — On Thin Ice: Climate Change in the Cryosphere. Pam Pearson, director of the International Cryosphere Climate Initiative, considers changes in the globe’s regions of ice and snow—and whether we can and will act in time to halt these changes.A First Wednesdays lecture. Hosted by the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. Montpelier, Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main St, 7:00 pm. Rachel Senechal, (802) 223-3338.

January 7 — Delicious to the Ear: The Inspiring Voice of Maya Angelou. Before she became an internationally revered poet, memoirist, and activist, Maya Angelou was mute for five years as a child. UVM professor Emily Bernard explains how poetry awakened Angelou’s voice, a voice that transformed a history of trauma into inspiration and beauty.A First Wednesdays lecture. Hosted by the Brooks Memorial Library. Brattleboro, Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St, 7:00 pm. Jerry Carbone, (802) 254-5290.

January 7 — Georgia O'Keeffe: A Critical Look. Georgia O'Keeffe lived 99 years and produced more than 2,000 works in her 75- year career. James Maroney, the former head of American Paintings at both Sotheby's and Christie's in New York who appraised her estate after her death, presents a critical evaluation of her best work.A First Wednesdays lecture. Hosted by the Norwich Public Library. Norwich Public Library, 368 Main St, 7:00 pm. Lucinda Walker, (802) 649-1184.

January 7 — Anne Frank’s Neighbors: What Did They Do? Although Anne Frank’s Diary is the most widely read nonfiction book in the world after the Bible, little attention has been paid to her neighbors—the people who lived alongside the Jewish population as persecution intensified. Mary Fillmore examines the choices they faced and the decisions they made in the face of those choices. Why did some people ignore the situation, while others felt compelled to resist? What can we learn from them as we face the humanitarian crises of our own time? Hosted by the Thompson Center. Woodstock, Thompson Center, 99 Senior Lane, 1:00 pm. Pam Butler, (802) 457-3277

January 8 — Book Discussion: Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe. Part of the The Rise of the English Novel series. How did the modern novel arise? What were the first true novels like? This series was created by VHC Scholar Eric Bye in conjunction with the Dorset Free Library. Led by Helene Lang. Hosted by the Morristown Centennial Library. Morrisville, Morristown Centennial Library, 7 Richmond St, 7:00 pm. Frances Ruggles, (802) 888-2616.

January 9 — Vermont and the Civil War. From Cedar Creek to Gettysburg, Vermonters were central to the Union cause. Vermont author and Civil War historian Howard Coffin addresses the Vermont contribution to the Civil War. Hosted by the Tunbridge Public Library. Tunbridge Public Library, 289 Vermont Route 110, 7:00 pm. Contact the library, (802) 889-9404.

January 10 — Book Discussion: The Seven Deadly Sins Sampler. Part of the Seven Deadly Sins series. Delve into the short stories from the Great Books Foundation’s Seven Deadly Sins Sampler and join us as we explore such issues as what makes these sins so deadly, who decided which sins qualify, and whether avoidance of sin is rising or falling in today’s society. Bring a friend to learn and laugh with us! In this session, we will discuss the stories on Sloth and Greed. Led by Linda Bland. Hosted by the Cambridge Arts Council. Jeffersonville, Varnum Memorial Library, 194 Main St, 3:00 pm. April Tuck, (802) 644-6632.

January 12 — 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 Tom Fels. Hosted by the Mount Tabor/Danby Historical Society. Danby, Mount Tabor/Danby Historical Society, 74 S Main St, 7:00 pm. Lauren Dever, (802) 293-2265.

January 12 — 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 Latham Memorial Library. Thetford, Latham Memorial Library, 16 Library Ln, 7:00 pm. Peter Blodgett, (802) 785-4361.

January 14 — Book Discussion: The Horse's Mouth by Joyce Cary. Grant Event. Led by Jim Schley. Part of the Literature into Film Series, which will investigate the structure, aesthetics, impact, and history behind eight remarkable movies and the significant literary works that inspired them. Hosted by the Chandler Film Society. Randolph, Kimball Public Library, 67 N Main St, 7:00 pm. Lynne Gately, (802) 728-5073 or lynne@kimballlibrary.org.

January 14 — What’s the Use of Stories That Aren’t Even True? Salman Rushdie, author of VHC's 2015 Vermont Reads Book, Haroun and the Sea of Stories, talks about the importance of storytelling. A First Wednesdays lecture. Presented with the Office of the President, University of Vermont.Hosted by the Brownell Library. Burlington, Ira Allen Chapel, 26 University Ter, 5:00 pm. Max Matthews, (802) 262-1355.

January 15 — Lifelong Learning Music Series: Francesco Maria Veracini. Grant Event. Veracini came from a family of violinists in Florence. His 18th-century career took him to Dresden and London as violinist, conductor and composer. His playing was virtuosic, but his arrogant personality and eccentric behavior often got him into trouble. Part of the Lifelong Learning Music Series, a great opportunity to increase your musical knowledge in a relaxed and fun environment. Led by Lois Price, a flutist who teaches music appreciation at Champlain College. Hosted by the South Burlington Community Library. South Burlington Community Library, 540 Dorset St, 7:00 pm. Jennifer Murray, (802) 652-7076.

January 17 — Song of the Vikings. Like Greek mythology, Norse myths are still with us, inspiring storytellers from Tolkien to Neil Gaiman, Michael Chabon, and A.S. Byatt. Surprisingly, most of what we know about Valhalla and the Valkyries, Odin and the Well of Wisdom, the Mighty Thor, and Ragnarok or the Twilight of the Gods was written by a 13th-century Icelandic chieftain, Snorri Sturluson. Award-winning author Nancy Marie Brown brings the fascinating story of Sturluson’s life into focus, drawing on newly available sources and illuminating the folklore and pagan legends of medieval Scandinavia. Hosted by the Springfield Town Library. Springfield, Town Library, Flinn Reading Room, 43 Main St, 2:00 pm. Library, (802) 885-3108.

January 18 — Film Screening and Discussion: The Horse's Mouth. Grant Event. Joyce Cary's novel is the source of this droll, iconic 1958 comedy starring Alec Guinness in the greatest role of his career: the eccentric London painter and visionary Gulley Jimson, surrounded by an array of colorful characters. Guinness also wrote the screenplay and Ronald Neame directed. Part of the Literature into Film Series, which will investigate the structure, aesthetics, impact, and history behind eight remarkable movies and the significant literary works that inspired them. Tickets $9; discounts for Chandler Film Society members and students. Anyone who cannot afford the price of admission can request a discount at the box office. Hosted by the Chandler Film Society. Randolph, Chandler Center for the Arts, 71-73 N Main St, 6:00 pm. Emily Crosby, (802) 431-0204 or emily@chandler-arts.org.

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.

January 24 — 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 Linda Bland. Hosted by the Varnum Memorial Library. Jeffersonville, Varnum Memorial Library, 194 Main St, 3:00 pm. Laurie Baron, (802) 644-5669.

January 25 — How the Guitar Conquered America. When the first guitar reached these shores 425 years ago, it was a small, unimpressive folk instrument. Now, more guitars are sold in America than all other musical instruments combined. How did this unlikely conquest take place? Tim Brookes attempts to answer that question with demonstrations, displays, and slides. He touches on the rise of technologies and speaks to the guitar’s importance in defining national, ethnic, and regional identity. He also connects the guitar to such utterly unexpected incidents as the importance of the Confederate Steam Ship Shenandoah, Bonnie and Clyde’s life of crime, and the sad demise of Strenuous Lifer, the pig in the Coney Island Zoo. Hosted by the Jewish Community of Greater Stowe. Stowe, the Jewish Community of Greater Stowe, 1189 Cape Cod Road, 3:00 pm. Carole Lichtenstein, (802) 253-7408.

January 26 — 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 Alan Berolzheimer. Hosted by the Latham Memorial Library. Thetford, Latham Memorial Library, 16 Library Ln, 7:00 pm. Peter Blodgett, (802) 785-4361.

January 29 — Book Discussion: Pamela by Samuel Richardson. Part of the The Rise of the English Novel series. How did the modern novel arise? What were the first true novels like? This series was created by VHC Scholar Eric Bye in conjunction with the Dorset Free Library. Led by Helene Lang. Hosted by the Morristown Centennial Library. Morrisville, Morristown Centennial Library, 7 Richmond St, 7:00 pm. Frances Ruggles, (802) 888-2616.

February 2015

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 — Book Discussion: Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen. Part of the From Page to Screen series. When is it true that the movie's good, but the book is better? What makes it so? What does a book or the script of a play have to offer that its film version does not? Conversely, what does film offer that print cannot? Led by Merilyn Burrington. Hosted by the South Burlington Community Library. South Burlington Community Library, 540 Dorset St, 6:30 pm. Contact the library, (802) 652-7076.

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.

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.

February 4 — The Shia-Sunni Divide in Islam. Former Iranian Ambassador to the UN Mansour Farhang examines the origin and contemporary revival of this 1300-year-long divide and explores how contemporary challenges facing states and societies in the Middle East exacerbate the animosity.A First Wednesdays lecture. Hosted by the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum. St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 1171 Main St, 7:00 pm. Robert Joly, (802) 748-8291.

February 4 — Delicious to the Ear: The Inspiring Voice of Maya Angelou. Before she was a revered poet, memoirist, and activist, Maya Angelou was mute for five years as a child. UVM professor Emily Bernard explains how poetry awakened Angelou’s voice, which transformed a history of trauma into inspiration and beauty.A First Wednesdays lecture. Hosted by the Brownell Library. Essex Junction, Brownell Library, 6 Lincoln St, 7:00 pm. Wendy Hysko, (802) 878-6954.

February 4 — An Evening with E.B. White. From his exquisite essays in The New Yorker to the beloved children’s classic Charlotte's Web, E.B. White remains the master's master of elegant prose, sophisticated wit, and graceful irreverence. Drawing from his stories, essays, poems, and letters, Dartmouth professor Nancy Jay Crumbine celebrates White's versatility and enormous legacy.A First Wednesdays lecture. Hosted by the Goodrich Memorial Library. Newport, Goodrich Memorial Library, 202 Main St, 7:00 pm. Carol Nicholson, (802) 334-7902.

February 4 — Knight to Queen. Chess, Courtly Life, and the Game of Love in the Middle Ages. Imported from the Arabs and Persians in the ninth century, chess became a status symbol, an allegory of battle, and a metaphor for love. Dartmouth professor Jane Carroll examines the game of kings.A First Wednesdays lecture. Hosted by the Rutland Free Library. Rutland Free Library, 10 Court St, 7:00 pm. Abby Noland, (802) 773-1860.

February 4 — Plato's Republic: Rethinking His Utopian Ideal. Philosophy scholar Susanne Claxton explores the key elements of the utopian republic envisioned by Plato and considers their adequacy.A First Wednesdays lecture. Hosted by the Brooks Memorial Library. Brattleboro, Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St, 7:00 pm. Jerry Carbone, (802) 254-5290.

February 4 — Victoria’s Secrets. Middlebury College professor Antonia Losano explains how the Victorian era, the age of staid decorum, also had its guilty pleasures: mysteries, ghost stories, science fiction, imperialist adventure tales, and radical fantasies of gender confusion.A First Wednesdays lecture. Hosted by the Norwich Public Library. Norwich Public Library, 368 Main St, 7:00 pm. Lucinda Walker, (802) 649-1184.

February 7 — 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 Linda Bland. Hosted by the Varnum Memorial Library. Jeffersonville, Varnum Memorial Library, 194 Main St, 3:00 pm. Laurie Baron, (802) 644-5669.

February 9 — 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 Mount Tabor/Danby Historical Society. Danby, Mount Tabor/Danby Historical Society, 74 S Main St, 7:00 pm. Lauren Dever, (802) 293-2265.

February 9 — 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 Jim Schley. Hosted by the Latham Memorial Library. Thetford, Latham Memorial Library, 16 Library Ln, 7:00 pm. Peter Blodgett, (802) 785-4361.

February 11 — An Evening with Sojourner Truth. In this living history portrayal, Kathryn Woods uses spiritual music and Truth’s own words to recreate the remarkable life of the famous abolitionist, feminist, and escaped slave.A First Wednesdays lecture. Hosted by the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. Montpelier, Vermont State House, 115 State Street, 7:30 pm. Rachel Senechal, (802) 223-3338.

February 11 — Book Discussion: Paper Fish by Tina de Rosa. Part of the Gastronomy: Novels about Food and Culture series. One of the most tantalizing ways to learn about a culture is through its food. These mouth-watering novels highlight how what we eat is closely aligned with who we are. Led by Helene Lang. Hosted by the Walden Community Library. West Danville, Walden Community Library, 135 Cahoon Farm Rd, 7:00 pm. Anne Smith, (802) 563-2630.

February 11 — Book Discussion: The Turn of the Screw by Henry James. Grant Event. Part of the Literature into Film Series, which will investigate the structure, aesthetics, impact, and history behind eight remarkable movies and the significant literary works that inspired them. Hosted by the Chandler Film Society. Randolph, Kimball Public Library, 67 N Main St, 7:00 pm. Lynne Gately, (802) 728-5073 or lynne@kimballlibrary.org.

February 14 —Book Discussion: The Seven Deadly Sins Sampler. Part of the Seven Deadly Sins series. Delve into the short stories from the Great Books Foundation’s Seven Deadly Sins Sampler and join us as we explore such issues as what makes these sins so deadly, who decided which sins qualify, and whether avoidance of sin is rising or falling in today’s society. Bring a friend to learn and laugh with us! In this Valentine’s Day session, we will discuss what else, but Gluttony and Lust? Led by Linda Bland. Hosted by the Cambridge Arts Council. Jeffersonville, Varnum Memorial Library, 194 Main St, 3:00 pm. April Tuck, (802) 644-6632.

February 15 — Film Screening and Discussion: The Innocents. Grant Event. Deborah Kerr plays a young governess for two children who becomes convinced that their house is haunted. This 1961 gothic horror film, revered as one of the cinema’s great ghost stories, is based on the Henry James novella, The Turn of the Screw. Part of the Literature into Film Series, which will investigate the structure, aesthetics, impact, and history behind eight remarkable movies and the significant literary works that inspired them. Tickets $9; discounts for Chandler Film Society members and students. Anyone who cannot afford the price of admission can request a discount at the box office. Hosted by the Chandler Film Society. Randolph, Chandler Center for the Arts, 71-73 N Main St, 6:00 pm. Emily Crosby, (802) 431-0204 or emily@chandler-arts. org.

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.

February 19 — Lifelong Learning Music Series: Giuseppe Verdi. Grant Event. Verdi came from a small Italian village to become his country’s most revered composer as well as a national hero. His long life spanning most of the 19th century resulted in 28 operas of which many, such as Tosca, Rigoletto, Otello and Aida, are staples of opera houses worldwide. Part of the Lifelong Learning Music Series, a great opportunity to increase your musical knowledge in a relaxed and fun environment. Led by Lois Price, a flutist who teaches music appreciation at Champlain College. Hosted by the South Burlington Community Library. South Burlington Community Library, 540 Dorset St, 7:00 pm. Jennifer Murray, (802) 652-7076.

February 19 — Book Discussion: Joseph Andrews by Henry Fielding. Part of the The Rise of the English Novel series. How did the modern novel arise? What were the first true novels like? This series was created by VHC Scholar Eric Bye in conjunction with the Dorset Free Library. Led by Helene Lang. Hosted by the Morristown Centennial Library. Morrisville, Morristown Centennial Library, 7 Richmond St, 7:00 pm. Frances Ruggles, (802) 888-2616.

February 23 — 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 Jim Schley. Hosted by the Latham Memorial Library. Thetford, Latham Memorial Library, 16 Library Ln, 7:00 pm. Peter Blodgett, (802) 785-4361.

February 26 — Book Discussion: Mating by Norman Rush. Part of the Romantic Ideal series. The characters in these works seek out their ideal of love, happiness, and fulfillment with consequences that are by turns bittersweet, tragic, noble, unconventional, and even comic. But can an ideal ever be met? Led by Suzanne H Brown. Hosted by the Blake Memorial Library. East Corinth, Blake Memorial Library, 676 Village Road, 4:30 pm. Ken Linge, (802) 439-5338.

March 2015

March 1 — The Old Country Fiddler: Charles Ross Taggart, Vermont’s Traveling Entertainer. Having grown up in Topsham, Vermont, Charles Ross Taggart went on to a forty-year career performing in countless stage shows across the country, including the famous Red Path Chautauqua circuit. A fiddler, piano player, humorist, singer, and ventriloquist, he made at least 25 recordings with the Victor, Edison, and Columbia companies, and appeared in a talking movie picture four years before Al Jolson starred in The Jazz Singer. Fiddler Adam Boyce portrays Mr. Taggart near the end of his career, circa 1936, sharing recollections of his life and career interspersed with live fiddling and humorous sketches. Hosted by the Jewish Community of Greater Stowe. Stowe, the Jewish Community of Greater Stowe, 1189 Cape Cod Road, 3:00 pm. Carole Lichtenstein, (802) 253-7408.

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 — Book Discussion: Shoeless Joe by W. P. Kinsella. Part of the From Page to Screen series. When is it true that the movie's good, but the book is better? What makes it so? What does a book or the script of a play have to offer that its film version does not? Conversely, what does film offer that print cannot? Led by Merilyn Burrington. Hosted by the South Burlington Community Library. South Burlington Community Library, 540 Dorset St, 6:30 pm. Contact the library, (802) 652-7076.

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.

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.

March 4 — Merton, Meditation, and More: The Appeal of Buddhism in the West. The Buddhist tradition is now well-established in the United States, among Buddhists and others, such as Catholic monk and author Thomas Merton, who engaged in Buddhism without conversion. Middlebury College religion professor Elizabeth Morrison considers the reasons for this great interest, and what has emerged from the West’s encounter with Buddhism.A First Wednesdays lecture. Hosted by the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum. St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 1171 Main St, 7:00 pm. Robert Joly, (802) 748-8291.

March 4 — Making Sport for Our Neighbors. New Yorker cartoonist Ed Koren takes us on a tour of the roots of visual satire leading to the New Yorker cartoon, with an excursion into the archive of his own work.A First Wednesdays lecture. Hosted by the Brownell Library. Essex Junction, Brownell Library, 6 Lincoln St, 7:00 pm. Wendy Hysko, (802) 878-6954.

March 4 — Trains Come to Orleans County. The arrival of trains in Orleans County in the mid-nineteenth century brought great change to the region. Scott Wheeler, publisher of Vermont’s Northland Journal, discusses how rail—and then, in the early twentieth century, automobiles—affected life in the region, particularly in communities such as Newport.A First Wednesdays lecture. Hosted by the Goodrich Memorial Library. Newport, Goodrich Memorial Library, 202 Main St, 7:00 pm. Carol Nicholson, (802) 334-7902.

March 4 — “India Rising.” With its sweeping victory in the 2014 elections, India’s right-wing Hindu Bharatiya Janata Party is promising to revitalize the economy. But critics warn that the BJP has often advanced its policies through authoritarianism and religious violence. UVM history professor Abby McGowan considers the challenges and opportunities facing the new government.A First Wednesdays lecture. Hosted by the Rutland Free Library. Rutland Free Library, 10 Court St, 7:00 pm. Abby Noland, (802) 773-1860.

March 4 — Dealing with Foreign Terrorism. Former CIA Chief of Counterterrorism Haviland Smith examines the history of foreign terrorism directed against US interests, our policy for dealing with it, and how we might do better.A First Wednesdays lecture. Hosted by the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. Montpelier, Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main St, 7:00 pm. Rachel Senechal, (802) 223-3338.

March 4 — Photography as Fine Art: Alfred Stieglitz and Camera Work. Photographer, gallerist, and magazine editor Alfred Stieglitz was a seminal figure in the history of twentieth-century photography. Middlebury College professor Kirsten Hoving examines Stieglitz's work and his advocacy for photography as a fine art, with special attention to his quarterly journal Camera Work. A First Wednesdays lecture. Hosted by the Brooks Memorial Library. Brattleboro, Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St, 7:00 pm. Jerry Carbone, (802) 254-5290.

March 4 — What If Poor Women Ran the World? Labor historian Annelise Orleck tells the story of nine African-American union maids in Las Vegas during the 1970s who challenged welfare cuts and built a long-lasting, vibrant antipoverty program run by poor mothers.A First Wednesdays lecture. Hosted by the Norwich Public Library. Norwich Public Library, 368 Main St, 7:00 pm. Lucinda Walker, (802) 649-1184.

March 9 — 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 Mount Tabor/Danby Historical Society. Danby, Mount Tabor/Danby Historical Society, 74 S Main St, 7:00 pm. Lauren Dever, (802) 293-2265.

March 9 — 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 Alan Berolzheimer. Hosted by the Latham Memorial Library. Thetford, Latham Memorial Library, 16 Library Ln, 7:00 pm. Peter Blodgett, (802) 785-4361.

March 11 — Book Discussion: Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare. Grant Event. Part of the Literature into Film Series, which will investigate the structure, aesthetics, impact, and history behind eight remarkable movies and the significant literary works that inspired them. Hosted by the Chandler Film Society. Randolph, Kimball Public Library, 67 N Main St, 7:00 pm. Lynne Gately, (802) 728-5073 or lynne@kimballlibrary.org.

March 11 — Book Discussion: Crescent by Diana Abu-Jaber. Part of the Gastronomy: Novels about Food and Culture series. One of the most tantalizing ways to learn about a culture is through its food. These mouth-watering novels highlight how what we eat is closely aligned with who we are. Led by Helene Lang. Hosted by the Walden Community Library. West Danville, Walden Community Library, 135 Cahoon Farm Rd, 7:00 pm. Anne Smith, (802) 563-2630.

March 12 — Meet Eleanor Roosevelt: Wife, Mother, and First Lady. Actress Elena Dodd brings life to Eleanor Roosevelt in this one-woman drama and historical interpretation of the four decades of her marriage to Franklin D. Roosevelt, including her adventures as a controversial First Lady in the 1930s and 1940s but not forgetting her roles as mother and grandmother to a large, lively family. With a frank, often humorous look at some of her struggles, she recalls her years as a timid young wife and mother; her growing involvement in politics, social issues, and the media as first lady; and her gradual emergence as an independent force in both private and public life. A dialogue with the audience follows the presentation, which was researched and written by Josephine Lane and Elena Dodd. Hosted by the Neighborhood Connections. Londonderry, Neighborhood Connections, 5700 Mountain Marketplace, 6:30 pm. Mary Claire Schwartz, (802) 824-4343.

March 12 — Book Discussion: The Blue Flower by Penelope Fitzgerald. Part of the Romantic Ideal series. The characters in these works seek out their ideal of love, happiness, and fulfillment with consequences that are by turns bittersweet, tragic, noble, unconventional, and even comic. But can an ideal ever be met? Led by Suzanne H Brown. Hosted by the Blake Memorial Library. East Corinth, Blake Memorial Library, 676 Village Road, 4:30 pm. Ken Linge, (802) 439-5338.

March 12 — Book Discussion: The Expedition of Humphrey Clinker by Tobias Smollett. Part of the The Rise of the English Novel series. How did the modern novel arise? What were the first true novels like? This series was created by VHC Scholar Eric Bye in conjunction with the Dorset Free Library. Led by Helene Lang. Hosted by the Morristown Centennial Library. Morrisville, Morristown Centennial Library, 7 Richmond St, 7:00 pm. Frances Ruggles, (802) 888-2616.

March 14 — Book Discussion: The Seven Deadly Sins Sampler. Part of the Seven Deadly Sins series. Delve into the short stories from the Great Books Foundation’s Seven Deadly Sins Sampler and join us as we explore such issues as what makes these sins so deadly, who decided which sins qualify, and whether avoidance of sin is rising or falling in today’s society. Bring a friend to learn and laugh with us! In this special concluding session, we will discuss how the stories and our discussions have changed our perception and opinions about sin. Readers are invited to find and summarize another short story or book that illuminates one of the sins to share with the group. Led by Linda Bland. Hosted by the Cambridge Arts Council. Jeffersonville, Varnum Memorial Library, 194 Main St, 3:00 pm. April Tuck, (802) 644-6632.

March 15 — Film Screening and Discussion: Much Ado About Nothing. Grant Event. Shakespeare's witty and fast-paced romantic comedy is brought to life in this exuberant 1993 film version directed by Kenneth Branagh, set in the sunny Italian countryside, and starring Branagh as Benedick, Emma Thompson as Beatrice, and featuring a superb cast. Part of the Literature into Film Series, which will investigate the structure, aesthetics, impact, and history behind eight remarkable movies and the significant literary works that inspired them. Tickets $9; discounts for Chandler Film Society members and students. Anyone who cannot afford the price of admission can request a discount at the box office. Hosted by the Chandler Film Society. Randolph, Chandler Center for the Arts, 71-73 N Main St, 6:00 pm. Emily Crosby, (802) 431-0204 or emily@chandler-arts.org.

March 19 — Lifelong Learning Music Series: Heitor Villa-Lobos. Grant Event. The music of Villa-Lobos, a 20th century Brazilian composer, combines influences of his native folk music and European classical styles. His unique background and musical imagination make him a stand-out among classical composers. Part of the Lifelong Learning Music Series, a great opportunity to increase your musical knowledge in a relaxed and fun environment. Led by Lois Price, a flutist who teaches music appreciation at Champlain College. Hosted by the South Burlington Community Library. South Burlington Community Library, 540 Dorset St, 7:00 pm. Jennifer Murray, (802) 652-7076.

March 23 — 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 Latham Memorial Library. Thetford, Latham Memorial Library, 16 Library Ln, 7:00 pm. Peter Blodgett, (802) 785-4361.

March 26 — Book Discussion: Summer by Edith Wharton. Part of the Romantic Ideal series. The characters in these works seek out their ideal of love, happiness, and fulfillment with consequences that are by turns bittersweet, tragic, noble, unconventional, and even comic. But can an ideal ever be met? Led by Suzanne H Brown. Hosted by the Blake Memorial Library. East Corinth, Blake Memorial Library, 676 Village Road, 4:30 pm. Ken Linge, (802) 439-5338.

April 2015

April 1 — Book Discussion: Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption by Stephen King. Part of the From Page to Screen series. When is it true that the movie's good, but the book is better? What makes it so? What does a book or the script of a play have to offer that its film version does not? Conversely, what does film offer that print cannot? Led by Merilyn Burrington. Hosted by the South Burlington Community Library. South Burlington Community Library, 540 Dorset St, 6:30 pm. Contact the library, (802) 652-7076.

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.

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.

April 1 — Homer’s Odyssey, Narratives of Return for Combat Veterans. Dartmouth Classics professor Roberta Stewart describes her work with veterans and examines what the story of Odysseus’s long journey home from war has to say to combat veterans, and to all of us.A First Wednesdays lecture. Hosted by the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum. St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 1171 Main St, 7:00 pm. Robert Joly, (802) 748-8291.

April 1 — The National Security Agency: The Law, the Media, and the Legacy of Edward Snowden. Retired NSA executive Bill Sullivan discusses the NSA’s foreign intelligence mission as well as its process, governance, and oversight, and examines media reports based on material provided by Edward Snowden.A First Wednesdays lecture. Hosted by the Brooks Memorial Library. Brattleboro, Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St, 7:00 pm. Jerry Carbone, (802) 254-5290.

April 1 — The Human Face of War: Combat, Healing, and the Humanities. Dr. Edward Tick, director of the Soldier’s Heart Clinic, explores the inner world of combat, the universal dimensions of veterans’ wounding, and a philosophy of healing combat’s consequences—recognizing that while war most directly affects veterans, it wounds us all.A First Wednesdays lecture. Hosted by the Goodrich Memorial Library. Newport, Goodrich Memorial Library, 202 Main St, 7:00 pm. Carol Nicholson, (802) 334-7902.

April 1 — The Argentine Pope. Pope Francis’s emphasis on the poor and marginalized has energized social justice in the Roman Catholic Church. Author Martin Weinstein, professor emeritus at William Paterson University, examines the foundations of the Pope’s philosophy, the history of the church in Latin America, and the rise of liberation theology.A First Wednesdays lecture. Hosted by the Rutland Free Library. Rutland Free Library, 10 Court St, 7:00 pm. Abby Noland, (802) 773-1860.

April 1 — Vermont War Memorials, Statuary, and Cemeteries: from the Revolution to 9/11. In this illustrated talk, Vermont authors Bill Mares and Bill Lipke share Vermont’s commemorative history, from Ethan Allen to the War on Terror Memorial at Camp Johnson in Colchester.A First Wednesdays lecture. Hosted by the Norwich Public Library. Norwich Public Library, 368 Main St, 7:00 pm. Lucinda Walker, (802) 649-1184.

April 8 — Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater: American Masterpiece. H. Nicholas Muller III, retired executive director of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, shares the story — and controversy — behind the house, widely considered an architectural masterpiece.A First Wednesdays lecture. Hosted by the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. Montpelier, Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main St, 7:00 pm. Rachel Senechal, (802) 223-3338.

April 8 — The Medici Grand Dukes: Art and Politics in Renaissance Florence. UVM professor Kelley Helmstutler Di Dio considers how, despite scandals and even murder, the Medici Grand Dukes maintained their power for nearly two centuries by giving gifts of art by the great Florentine masters to kings, popes, and emperors. A First Wednesdays lecture. Hosted by the Brownell Library. Essex Junction, Brownell Library, 6 Lincoln St, 7:00 pm. Wendy Hysko, (802) 878-6954.

April 8 — Book Discussion: The Mistress of Spices by Chitra Divakaruni. Part of the Gastronomy: Novels about Food and Culture series. One of the most tantalizing ways to learn about a culture is through its food. These mouth-watering novels highlight how what we eat is closely aligned with who we are. Led by Helene Lang. Hosted by the Walden Community Library. West Danville, Walden Community Library, 135 Cahoon Farm Rd, 7:00 pm. Anne Smith, (802) 563-2630.

April 9 — Book Discussion: Later Life by A.R. Gurney. Part of the Romantic Ideal series. The characters in these works seek out their ideal of love, happiness, and fulfillment with consequences that are by turns bittersweet, tragic, noble, unconventional, and even comic. But can an ideal ever be met? Led by Suzanne H Brown. Hosted by the Blake Memorial Library. East Corinth, Blake Memorial Library, 676 Village Road, 4:30 pm. Ken Linge, (802) 439-5338.

April 15 — Book Discussion: The Hours by Michael Cunningham. Grant Event. Led by Francette Cerulli. Part of the Literature into Film Series, which will investigate the structure, aesthetics, impact, and history behind eight remarkable movies and the significant literary works that inspired them. Hosted by the Chandler Film Society. Randolph, Kimball Public Library, 67 N Main St, 7:00 pm. Lynne Gately, (802) 728-5073 or lynne@kimballlibrary.org.

April 19 — Film Screening and Discussion: The Hours. Grant Event. This 2002 film, based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Michael Cunningham, tells how the Virgina Woolf novel Mrs. Dalloway affects three women in three generations (played by Nicole Kidman, Meryl Streep and Julianne Moore) having to deal with suicide in their lives. Part of the Literature into Film Series, which will investigate the structure, aesthetics, impact, and history behind eight remarkable movies and the significant literary works that inspired them. Tickets $9; discounts for Chandler Film Society members and students. Anyone who cannot afford the price of admission can request a discount at the box office. Hosted by the Chandler Film Society. Randolph, Chandler Center for the Arts, 71-73 N Main St, 6:00 pm. Emily Crosby, (802) 431-0204 or emily@chandler-arts.org.

April 30 — Book Discussion: Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert. Part of the Romantic Ideal series. The characters in these works seek out their ideal of love, happiness, and fulfillment with consequences that are by turns bittersweet, tragic, noble, unconventional, and even comic. But can an ideal ever be met? Led by Suzanne H Brown. Hosted by the Blake Memorial Library. East Corinth, Blake Memorial Library, 676 Village Road, 4:30 pm. Ken Linge, (802) 439-5338.

May 2015

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.

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.

May 6 — Margaret Bourke-White, Courageous Photographer. Actress and educator Sally Matson portrays Margaret Bourke-White, whose influential images of industry, war zones, and world leaders established her as a groundbreaking photographer in the 1930s to 1950s.A First Wednesdays lecture. Hosted by the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum. St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 1171 Main St, 7:00 pm. Robert Joly, (802) 748-8291.

May 6 — Calvin Coolidge: More Than Two Words. Drawing from Coolidge’s letters, speeches, and autobiography, Jim Cooke brings Coolidge to life and helps us understand why Will Rogers said, “Mr. Coolidge has more subtle humor than almost any public man I ever met.”A First Wednesdays lecture. Hosted by the Brownell Library. Essex Junction, Brownell Library, 6 Lincoln St, 7:00 pm. Wendy Hysko, (802) 878-6954.

May 6 — Life in the Studio. David Macaulay, award-winning author and illustrator of Castle, Cathedral, and The Way We Work, discusses current projects and current challenges in his work.A First Wednesdays lecture. Hosted by the Goodrich Memorial Library. Newport, Goodrich Memorial Library, 202 Main St, 7:00 pm. Carol Nicholson, (802) 334-7902.

May 6 — The Buildings of Rutland. Architectural historian Curtis B. Johnson illustrates the richness of Rutland’s architecture. NOTE: on Saturday, May 9, Johnson leads a walking tour of “the Hill” neighborhood, 1:00 pm-2:30 pm. Meet at Rutland Free Library’s main entrance. A First Wednesdays lecture. Hosted by the Rutland Free Library. Rutland Free Library, 10 Court St, 7:00 pm. Abby Noland, (802) 773-1860.

May 6 — A Historian’s Reflections on War. A Vietnam veteran and author of seven military biographies and histories, Norwich University graduate Carlo D’Este reflects on his own experience, the experience of others who have seen war firsthand, and war’s impact on humanity.A First Wednesdays lecture. Hosted by the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. Montpelier, Kellogg- Hubbard Library, 135 Main St, 7:00 pm. Rachel Senechal, (802) 223-3338.

May 6 — The Duel: Aaron Burr vs. Alexander Hamilton. Was it murder or suicide when the vice president of the United States killed the first secretary of the treasury in a duel? Willard Sterne Randall, award-winning biographer of Hamilton and five other Founding Fathers, tells this fascinating story.A First Wednesdays lecture. Hosted by the Brooks Memorial Library. Brattleboro, Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St, 7:00 pm. Jerry Carbone, (802) 254-5290.

May 6 — All About Eve. Dartmouth professor of religion Susan Ackerman considers both traditional and contemporary interpretations of the Adam and Eve story and how recent scholarship on women and the Bible pushes us to rethink our common assumptions about Eve.A First Wednesdays lecture. Hosted by the Norwich Public Library. Norwich Public Library, 368 Main St, 7:00 pm. Lucinda Walker, (802) 649-1184.

May 13 — Book Discussion: The Last Chinese Chef by Nicole Mones. Part of the Gastronomy: Novels about Food and Culture series. One of the most tantalizing ways to learn about a culture is through its food. These mouth-watering novels highlight how what we eat is closely aligned with who we are. Led by Helene Lang. Hosted by the Walden Community Library. West Danville, Walden Community Library, 135 Cahoon Farm Rd, 7:00 pm. Anne Smith, (802) 563-2630.

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