VPR Comentaries

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Humanities Commentaries on VPR

Each month, VHC’s Executive Director Peter Gilbert presents commentaries on Vermont Public Radio that examine current and past events from a humanities perspective.

Read or listen to Peter’s commentaries by clicking on the links below.

Peter's Commentaries Have Been Compiled into a New Book

Peter Gilbert Publishes I Was Thinking . . . Travels in the World of Ideas

“In what appears to be a paradox, Americans may have become more opinionated and yet less confident in their capacity to think for themselves. Could that be in part because Americans are reading less? And engaging less with the world of ideas?”

So asks Vermont Humanities Council Executive Director Peter Gilbert in the introduction to this collection of more than sixty lively essays adapted from his frequent commentaries on Vermont Public Radio. I Was Thinking is a perfect book for anyone who enjoys ideas and loves learning. Learn more about I Was Thinking . . .


Recent commentaries

Civil War Stress Disorders (7-22-2014) In the midst of the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the Civil War, commentator and Vermont Humanities Council executive director Peter Gilbert considers a largely overlooked topic related to the war, PTSD.
State Mottos (7-11-2014) Commentator and Vermont Humanities Council executive director Peter Gilbert has been thinking about what state mottos say about their states.
Yosemite Protected (6-30-2014) A century and a half ago today, President Lincoln signed a bill that preserved perhaps the most dramatic natural landscape in the country. The event spoke to the changing nature of the federal government, an issue still very much debated today.  Here’s commentator and Vermont Humanities Council executive director Peter Gilbert with the story and its Vermont connection.

And enjoy these timely reflections pulled from the archive

Fireflies (7-13-05) It's that time of year when fireflies come out at dusk. Peter recalls treasured childhood memories of trying to catch fireflies and wonders what makes them so special.
Frederick Douglass on 4th of July (7-2-08) This summer the Rokeby Museum in Ferrisburg is featuring recordings of eight pivotal speeches by American abolitionists. Commentator and executive director of the Vermont Humanities Council Peter Gilbert says that one of them seems especially relevant today—as the Fourth of July approaches.

Peter's VPR Commentaries by year

2014 Commentaries

2013 Commentaries

2012 Commentaries

2011 Commentaries

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