Vermont Humanities

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Upcoming Events

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Live Event

Vermont, 1800 and Froze to Death: The Cold Year of 1816

1816 has long been known as the year without summer. Vermonters still call it “1800 and Froze to Death,” a year of frosts every month, dark skies, and mysterious lights that caused a widespread belief that a higher power was displeased. In this talk, historian Howard Coffin includes scores of anecdotes on the dark year of failed crops, scarce food, and religious revival.

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Vermont’s Remarkable Sharpshooters

Vermont sent far more sharpshooters to the Union armies than any other state, on a per capita basis. Sharpshooters from this state played a little-known but major role at Gettysburg. Historian Howard Coffin will discuss his recent research into this little-recognized group and consider the reasons why Vermont may have been so well-represented in this elite group of marksmen.

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Must Free Speech Endure Hate Speech?

The First Amendment prevents Congress from passing any laws that abridge the freedom of speech. But what does that actually mean? In this presentation, professor Meg Mott considers the history of speech laws in the United States, how states and municipalities have tried to curb offensive speech, and how the Supreme Court has ruled on those efforts.

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Bees Besieged: A History of Beekeeping

Bill Mares, writer, and a beekeeper for 45 years, will tell of the origins and evolution of beekeeping, sometimes referred to as “farming for intellectuals,” with a particular emphasis on his new book, with Ross Conrad, and others, “The Land of Milk and Honey, a History of Beekeeping in Vermont.”

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Carol Potter: Words in the Woods

Carol Potter is a teacher, editor, and author of five books of poetry. Some Slow Bees won the Field Poetry Prize from Oberlin College Press in 2014. Her poems have been published in The American Poetry Review, Poetry, The Green Mountains Review, The Kenyon Review, among others.

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Live Event

400 Miles Down the Connecticut River

New England’s longest river, the Connecticut, is rich in history. Michael Tougias, author of fourteen books about New England, offers a narrated slide presentation that takes the viewer down the entire 410 miles of the river, discussing history from the days of loggers, Indian Wars, steamships, and canals.

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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.

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Digital Event

Foundations of Educational Philosophy and Literacy Development

This is a statewide training, but priority will be given to educators who live and/or work in Charlotte, Hinesburg, and Shelburne. This foundational literacy training will now be required before enrollment in subsequent Never Too Early trainings.

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Live Event

Vermont vs. Hollywood: 100 Years of Vermont in Film

Vermont has been a featured location in Hollywood movies for nearly a century. It has represented many different ideals during that time, and its portrayal reflects both Vermont’s own history as well as American history. Examining those films provides interesting and fun insights into the hold Vermont has had on imagination in the media age.

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Live Event

More than a Market: A Walking Tour of Burlington’s Local Markets

Visit locations of past and present-day, immigrant-owned markets in Burlington’s Old North End to hear stories of market owners, their customers, and their communities, framed within local immigration history. Learn about their importance as sources of traditional foods, community connection, and social support.

Digital Event

Refresh, Restore, Renew – A time to ask: “What is our story going forward?”

Grant proposals should appeal to the head and the heart. Learn how to use story in your grant proposals to connect with funders. Explore best practices for incorporating poignant vignettes, testimonials, and data-driving/results-based storytelling into your grants-writing that demonstrate your organization’s values and impact.

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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

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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Keiselim (Keysi) Montás: Words in the Woods

Keysi Montás was born in the Dominican Republic and migrated to New York at the age of 16. He has published five poetry books, two collections of short stories, and two collections of essays.

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Live Event

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.

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Digital Event

Refresh, Restore, Renew – A time to ask: “What is our story going forward?”

A storytelling invitation – Come together to collect, create, and curate to answer this question: What is our story going forward, for ourselves and our organizations? This interactive, 2-hour virtual workshop will expand your storytelling tools and techniques; revive your current skills through new perspective; and reinvigorate your organization through storytelling team building.

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Live Event

Wolf Peaches, Poisoned Peas, and Madame Pompadour’s Underwear: The Surprising History of Common Garden Vegetables

Common garden vegetables have long and fascinating histories. Science and history writer Rebecca Rupp will discuss the stories behind many of our favorites, among them the much-maligned tomato and potato, the (mostly) popular pumpkin, and Vermont’s dynamic duo of kale and Gilfeather turnip.

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Digital Event

Refresh, Restore, Renew – A time to ask: “What is our story going forward?”

A storytelling invitation – Come together to collect, create, and curate to answer this question: What is our story going forward, for ourselves and our organizations? This interactive, 2-hour virtual workshop will expand your storytelling tools and techniques; revive your current skills through new perspective; and reinvigorate your organization through storytelling team building.

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Live Event

Refresh, Restore, Renew – A time to ask: “What is our story going forward?”

A storytelling invitation – Come together to collect, create, and curate to answer this question: What is our story going forward, for ourselves and our organizations? This hands-on 3-hour in-person workshop will expand your storytelling tools and techniques; revive your current skills through new perspective; and reinvigorate your organization through storytelling team building.

book folded into a heart with orange sunset over water in the background
Live Event

Refresh, Restore, Renew – A time to ask: “What is our story going forward?”

A storytelling invitation – Come together to collect, create, and curate to answer this question: What is our story going forward, for ourselves and our organizations? This hands-on 3-hour in-person workshop will expand your storytelling tools and techniques; revive your current skills through new perspective; and reinvigorate your organization through storytelling team building.

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Vermont Humanities*** December 1, 2021