VPR Comentaries

Last Updated 11/26/2014 11:07:57 AM

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

Lincoln's Bixby Letter (11-19-2014) Commentator and Vermont Humanities Council executive director Peter Gilbert argues that it isn’t just the moving eloquence of a famous letter from President Lincoln that makes the document a masterpiece, but its empathy and moving sentiment.
Conspiracy to Burn (11-7-2014) This month marks the anniversary of an almost forgotten—and almost devastating—chapter in the history of New York City—and our nation.  Commentator Peter Gilbert says it’s a story of vengeance, deluding oneself, and, fortunately, incompetence.
Cultural Revolution (10-1-2014) Recently a mutual friend introduced commentator and Vermont Humanities Council executive director Peter Gilbert to poet Anita Feng, who told him a personal story about the remarkable power of poetry.

And enjoy these timely reflections pulled from the archive

The Great Turkey Drives (5-25-09) VPR commentators gathered this spring at Sugarbush Resort to address a common theme, the Long Haul, and we're sharing a few of their thoughts this week. For commentator Peter Gilbert, the theme brought to mind a little known—but highly entertaining—aspect of Vermont's agricultural history.
Stick Season (11-27-06) Many of us have a favorite season in Vermont. Commentator Peter Gilbert's favorite may surprise you.

Peter's VPR Commentaries by year

2014 Commentaries

2013 Commentaries

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2011 Commentaries

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