Vermont Humanities

Reading and Discussion Events

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Reading and Discussion

These Reading and Discussion events are hosted by libraries and non-profits across Vermont. All are open to the public. Vermont organizations can book talks by browsing our Reading and Discussion catalog. Vermont Humanities provides the books, and trained scholars lead each session.

Upcoming Reading and Discussion Events

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Live Event

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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Live Event

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.

Image of drawing of industrialists atop boat
Live Event

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.

Image of drawing of industrialists atop boat
Live Event

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.

Image of old utopia painting
Live Event

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.

Image of drawing of industrialists atop boat
Live Event

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.

Image of old utopia painting
Live Event

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.

Vermont Humanities*** February 9, 2022