Vermont Humanities
Author Sarah Henstra

YA Author Sarah Henstra to Visit Vermont for Public Vermont Reads Events

Sarah Henstra, the author of the Young Adult novel “We Contain Multitudes,” will visit Vermont from April 12-15 for a series of free events, including two in-person public talks in Essex Junction and Middlebury and a virtual discussion with a panel of Vermont high school students.

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Staff Pick Their Favorite Moments from 2021

Vermont Humanities staffers describe the virtual visit to Vermont by author Angie Thomas, a humanities camp focused on indigenous knowledge, our Words in the Woods collaboration, and our Fall Conference on climate change and the humanities.

Woodstock Union High School Library Specialist Susan Piccoli

WUHSMS Librarian Honored with Statewide Humanities Educator Award

Vermont Humanities has named Susan Piccoli, the librarian for Woodstock Union High School and Middle School, as its 2021 Victor R. Swenson humanities educator of the year.

Dreaming of Timbuctoo display panel showing a woodcut of a homesteader's cabin

Humanities Grant Funds Exhibit on Black Homesteaders

“Dreaming of Timbuctoo” is a traveling exhibit that will be displayed through October at Town Hall Theatre in Middlebury, with support from a Vermont Humanities Rapid Response grant.

Vermont Reads Book Choice 2021: We Contain Multitudes by Sarah Henstra

Vermont Humanities recently announced its Vermont Reads book choice for 2021: We Contain Multitudes by Sarah Henstra.

Mi Vida, Mi Voz Connects Migrant Youth Stories and Farmworkers through Storytelling

The mastermind behind the vision of Mi Vida, Mi Voz (My Life, My Voice) is a 17-year-old senior at Hinesburg High School, Lena Ashooh of Shelburne. Her project aims to draw attention to Vermont’s migrant community and to rural youth through annual workshops. 

A Personal Gift from Anne Commire Estate

Vermont Humanities is delighted to announce the creation of the Anne Commire Fund for Women in the Humanities, created through a legacy gift of $125,000 from Anne’s estate. The fund will support projects at Vermont Humanities that focus on women writers. 

Our Complex Humanity

Our staff and board have had many complex conversations since the December announcement that the University of Vermont plans to eliminate 23 programs in the coming years, most in humanities disciplines.

Images of staffer recording a video by a lake, a group of people in a field, Duke Ellington, and The Hate U Give book cover

Staff Picks: Our Favorite Moments from 2020

Vermont Humanities staffers share their favorite moments from this sad, strange, and sometimes uplifting year. Includes clips from our Words in the Woods, First Wednesdays, Speakers Bureau, and Vermont Reads programs.

Congressman John Lewis (center) with Woodstock Union High School students in Burlington in October, 2019

Vermont Humanities Wins Award for Outstanding Public Programming

Vermont Humanities recently won one of two 2020 Schwartz Prizes for best public humanities programming in the U.S. for Vermont Reads 2019: “March: Book One.”