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Gilded Age: Then and Now

This series starts with the 1893 Columbian Exposition and continues on through the Gilded Age. Portrayals of inventors, entrepreneurs, artists and lawyers include Henry James, Stanford White, Clarence Darrow, George Westinghouse, Thomas Edison, D.W. Griffiths and detective William Burns. Three novels and a narrative history illustrate that spectacular time period in ways that in turn illuminate our own era.

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Utopia and Apocalypse

In this series, participants explore 19th and 20th century visions – utopian to apocalyptic – of the future. Themes include repression, community, socialism, capitalism, feminism, creativity, ethics, and evolution.

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The Divine Comedy

Dante ALighieri’s poetic materpeice The Divine Comedy is a moving and imaginative tale exploring the human soul in the after-life. The book will be read and discussed in 3 sections.

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Book Discussion: Farms and Gardens – My Garden (Book)

Vermonters know as well as anyone the rich metaphors inherent in farming and gardening. These authors dig deep to explore the philosophical roots, family dynamics, and personal enrichment associated with tending and growing. This event features a discussion on the essay collection My Garden (Book) by Jamaica Kincaid.

Image of demons flyingout of a hole in the ground in front of a blue background with various figures rising above the pit
Live Event

The Divine Comedy

Dante ALighieri’s poetic materpeice The Divine Comedy is a moving and imaginative tale exploring the human soul in the after-life. The book will be read and discussed in 3 sections.

Image of demons flyingout of a hole in the ground in front of a blue background with various figures rising above the pit
Live Event

The Divine Comedy

Dante ALighieri’s poetic materpeice The Divine Comedy is a moving and imaginative tale exploring the human soul in the after-life. The book will be read and discussed in 3 sections.