VERMONT HUMANITIES COUNCIL
Sharing Our Past . . . Shaping Our Future
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Calendar of Events - June 1 through July 15, 2007
All events are free, open to the public, and accessible to people with disabilities, unless otherwise noted.
THURSDAY, JUNE 7 ~ THE WESTERN ABENAKI: HISTORY AND CULTURE. Who were the native people of Vermont and how did they live? This lecture examines the importance in Abenaki society of elders and children, the environment, and the continuance of lifeways and traditions. A Vermont Humanities Council event hosted by Lake Champlain Maritime Museum. Vergennes, Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, 7:00 p.m. Call Adam Kane, (802) 475-2022.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 13 ~ THE BRITISH BALLAD TRADITION IN NEW ENGLAND. The traditional British ballads as sung in New England are a rich part of the literary and musical heritage of our region, and yet they are little known today. Although these ancient songs present their often tragic narratives with a high level of poetic artistry, the texts are inexorably wedded to their melodies and must be heard as music to be fully appreciated. As Robert Frost observed, "The voice and ear are left at a loss what to do with a ballad until supplied with the tune it was written to go with. That might be the definition of a true poem ... Unsung, it stays half-lacking." Burt Porter, who is a singer and scholar of ballads, presents a program of New England ballads, with a focus on Vermont versions and with a commentary on the history and art of balladry. He accompanies the singing with fiddle and mandolin. A Vermont Humanities Council event hosted by Addison County Retired Teachers Association. M!
iddlebury, Ilsley Public Library, 11:00 a.m. Call Stanley Berger, (802) 388-4581.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6 ~ MARK TWAIN TALKS. Long before he had white hair and wore his famous white suit, Mark Twain toured the country - and the world - entertaining packed houses with his wit, wisdom, and musery. Bern Budd's award-winning show, which has entertained aged 10 to 100, is based on those live performances. Twain's humorous, wise, and slightly irreverent counsel is as needed today as it was then. A Vermont Humanities Council event hosted by Bennington Senior Center. Bennington Senior Center, 1:00 p.m. Call Ann Pistocco, (802) 442-1052.
THURSDAY, JUNE 7 ~ BOOK DISCUSSION: MARY MORRIS' NOTHING TO DECLARE.
Part of the Americans Abroad series. We've all heard the stereotype of the "ugly American," but what really happens when Americans travel abroad? How are they perceived on foreign soil? How do they perceive themselves, displaced from their homeland? Led by Elayne Clift. A Vermont Humanities Council event hosted by John G. McCullough Free Library. North Bennington, John G. McCullough Free Library, 7:00 p.m. Call Mary Feidner, (802) 442-7845.
TUESDAY, JUNE 12 ~ ORAL HISTORY AS DISCOVERY RESEARCH. Oral history is a research method that can be used to explore the fabric of everyday experience, past or present. Want to know what life on a farm was like in the 1940s? An older farmer can tell you. He or she can also describe the complex changes that led us from then to now. Gregory Sharrow of the Vermont Folklife Center explores the richness and the significance of oral history as a documentary research method, illustrated with excerpts from his field recordings, featuring remarkable people and memorable stories. This program is also available in a workshop format to help community groups prepare for an oral history project. A Vermont Humanities Council event hosted by First Congregational Church. Manchester, Hildene, Main House Lawn, 7:00 p.m. Call Marion La Torella, (802) 362-1277.
MONDAY, JUNE 25 ~ BOOK DISCUSSION: AHMAD RASHID'S TALIBAN: MILITANT ISLAM, OIL AND FUNDAMENTALISM IN CENTRAL ASIA. Part of the Comprehending Today's Middle East series. This six-part lecture and book discussion series will focus on the culture, heritage, religion and policies of the countries of the Middle East and their relationships with the United States. Led by John R. Turner. A Vermont Humanities Council event hosted by Dorothy Alling Memorial Library. Williston, Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, 7:00 p.m. Call Martine Fiske, (802) 878-4918.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 11 ~ GEORGIA O'KEEFFE: AN AMERICAN MASTER. Georgia O'Keefe (1887-1986) early in her career, clearly demonstrated her fierce independence as she charted her own course between representation and abstraction. O'Keeffe's greatly enlarged flower paintings of the 1920s brought her fame, and her long and productive life transformed her into an American icon. In 1946 she became the first woman to be the subject of a one-person retrospective exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. O'Keeffe and her husband, Alfred Stieglitz belonged to that vanguard of modernists who profoundly changed America's cultural landscape in the first half of the 20th century. Learn about this fascinating artist from retired Art History professor Bob Manning in a slide show and talk. A Vermont Humanities Council event hosted by South Burlington Community Library. South Burlington Community Library, 12:00 p.m. Call Naomi Miller, (802) 652-7480.
SUNDAY, JULY 8 ~ "EVEN WE HERE...": ABRAHAM LINCOLN IN ST. ALBANS. This presentation by Michael Fox Kennedy is assembled from the words of Abraham Lincoln. "Even we here . . ." is filled with his humor, indignation, grief, and passionate eloquence. While it often touches on his life as husband and father, it focuses primarily on his rise from obscurity in Illinois, his struggle against slavery, and his ordeal in the Civil War. A Vermont Humanities Council event hosted by St. Albans Historical Society. St. Albans Historical Museum, Auditorium, 2:00 p.m. Call L. Wilfred Fleury, (802) 527-9821.
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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 13 ~ BOOK DISCUSSION: A. B. YEHOSHUA'S THE LOVER. Part of the Middle Eastern Voices series. This series focuses on four cultures that make up the Middle Eastern region - Arabic, Iranian (Persian), Jewish, and Turkish. Led by Arthur W. Biddle. A Vermont Humanities Council event hosted by South Hero Community Library. South Hero Community Library, 7:00 p.m. Call Annie Brabazon, (802) 372-6209.
BOOK DISCUSSION SERIES: YANKEES & STRANGERS: THE NEW ENGLAND TOWN. The traditional view of the New England town is pastoral, small-scale, and well-ordered. Its inhabitants, of Anglo-Saxon stock, are taciturn, frugal, and hardworking. But the reality is much more complicated. How and when did the popular image of the New England town develop? What role did immigration and urbanization play? Are traditional town virtues a reality today, or only a nostalgic image? Led by Arthur W. Biddle. A Vermont Humanities Council event hosted by North Hero Public Library and Friends of the North Hero Public Library. North Hero Public Library, Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m. Call Barbara Mooney, (802) 372-5458.
- June 27 and July 11, Kenneth Lockridge's A NEW ENGLAND TOWN: THE FIRST HUNDRED YEARS
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6 ~ BOOK DISCUSSION: BA JIN'S FAMILY. Part of the Window to China series. Chinese literature has often focused on the family as a central theme. These books examine the family from the era of the warlords to the aftermath of the 1989 Democracy Movement. Led by Suzanne H. Brown. A Vermont Humanities Council event hosted by Bradford Public Library. Bradford Public Library, 6:30 p.m. Call Irene Mann, (802) 222-4536.
SUNDAY, JUNE 24 ~ LOOKING BACK AT VERMONT: FARM SECURITY ADMINISTRATION PHOTOGRAPHS IN VERMONT, 1936-1942. This abundantly illustrated talk by Nancy Price Graff examines the impact of this famous government project in Vermont. Over seven years, nine photographers working for the Farm Security Administration's Historical Section visited Vermont to document its rural culture. Each had a unique assignment, and each had a unique way of looking at Vermont. This slide lecture considers some of the 1,600 photographs taken by these artists from the perspective of the times and from the perspective of Vermont's evolving image. A Vermont Humanities Council event hosted by Brookfield Free Public Library and Brookfield Elementary School. Brookfield Elementary School, 7:00 p.m. Call Jennifer Beaudin Ring, (802) 276-9925.
TUESDAY, JUNE 26 ~ THE GRANITE WORKERS OF BARRE. This slide presentation and lecture by John Johnson illustrates the granite workers of Barre and explains the images within the context of America's industrial heritage using six themes: influence of cultural groups on the character of the industry; granite art as an expression of cultural values; role of the granite industry in the industrialization of Vermont; role of labor unions; merging of science and technology; and environmental changes. A Vermont Humanities Council event hosted by Vermont Technical College. Randolph Center, Vermont Technical College, Conant 102, 7:00 p.m. Call Andrea Donahue-Smith, (802) 728-1367.
BOOK DISCUSSION SERIES: FILM, FEASTS, AND FICTION. This series uses film and literature to explore various cultures and historic periods through the unifying theme of food. Videos accompany the series. A Vermont Humanities Council event hosted by Peabody Library. Post Mills, Peabody Library, Wednesdays, 7:00 p.m. Call Peter Blodgett, (802) 785-4361.
- June 13, Isak Dinesen's BABETTE'S FEAST. Led by Jean Gerber.
- June 27, Fannie Flagg's FRIED GREEN TOMATOES. Led by Patricia S. Norton.
- July 11, Antonio Skarmeta's IL POSTINO. Led by Jim Schley.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6 ~ FORWARD FROM HERE. Part of the First Wednesdays series (this event is rescheduled from April 4). As author Reeve Lindbergh turns sixty, her thoughts turn to the present and to the future, with a nod to her childhood with aviator father, Charles Lindbergh. A Vermont Humanities Council event hosted by Goodrich Memorial Library. Newport, Goodrich Memorial Library, 7:00 p.m. Call Gary Mason (802) 334-7902.
THURSDAY, JUNE 21 ~ THE BRITISH BALLAD TRADITION IN NEW ENGLAND. The traditional British ballads as sung in New England are a rich part of the literary and musical heritage of our region, and yet they are little known today. Although these ancient songs present their often tragic narratives with a high level of poetic artistry, the texts are inexorably wedded to their melodies and must be heard as music to be fully appreciated. As Robert Frost observed, 'The voice and ear are left at a loss what to do with a ballad until supplied with the tune it was written to go with. That might be the definition of a true poem... Unsung, it stays half-lacking.' Burt Porter, who is a singer and scholar of ballads, presents a program of New England ballads, with a focus on Vermont versions and with a commentary on the history and art of balladry. He accompanies the singing with fiddle and mandolin. A Vermont Humanities Council event hosted by Old Stone House Museum and Brownington Congregat!
ional Church. Brownington Congregational Church, 7:30 p.m. Call Peggy Gibson, (802) 754-2022.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 13 ~ AGATHA CHRISTIE: CREATOR OF MISS JANE MARPLE AND HERCULE POIROT. In this living history performance by Helene Lang, Ms. Christie tells you how a typewriter in Torguay spawned over 80 mysteries and created Miss Jane Marple and Hercule Poirot. Learn about her life and walk in her footsteps in England. Discover why she was so knowledgeable about the poisons used in her stories; what influences in her life informed the creation of her famous leading detectives; some personal information about her family; and why she went to Yorkshire under an assumed name. A Vermont Humanities Council event hosted by Gilbert Hart Library and Friends of Gilbert Hart Library. Wallingford, Gilbert Hart Library, 7:00 p.m. Call Betty Emery, (802) 446-3366.
TUESDAY, JULY 10 ~ "I HAVE DOCTORED MYSELF AS WELL AS I COULD": LAYWOMAN AS MEDICAL PRACTITIONER ON THE WESTERN FRONTIER. Whether using wet sheets to break a threatening fever, enticing a very long tape worm from a toddler's bowels, midwifing the birth of a neighbor's child, nursing a baby through dysentery, or using herbs to combat their own bouts of depression, frontierswomen practiced a folk medicine - and a folk wisdom - that served themselves, their families, and their communities well. Linda Peavy and Ursula Smith place these women within the context of nineteenth-century medical practice and invite discussion of parallels between folk remedies of yesteryear and alternative medicine practices of today. A Vermont Humanities Council event hosted by Rutland County Retired Teachers. Castleton State College, Huden Dining Hall, Alumni Room, 1:00 p.m. Call Martha St. Onge, (802) 775-1642.
SUNDAY, JULY 15 ~ "I HAVE NOT FORGOTTEN YOU": VERMONT WOMEN AND THE WESTWARD MOVEMENT. By 1860 some forty-two percent of Vermont's residents had left behind its rocky hillsides and headed westward. Sarah Town of Franklin no doubt spoke for many another homesick emigrant when she wrote from Illinois in 1846, "Though far away among strangers in a strange land . . . I have not forgotten you." Through diaries, letters, and reminiscences, the speakers share the experiences of Sarah Town and other women who left - but never forgot - Vermont. A Vermont Humanities Council event hosted by Mount Holly Community Historical Museum. Mt. Holly, Mount Holly Community Historical Museum, 2:00 p.m. Call Robin Eatmon, (802) 259-2646.
SATURDAY, JULY 21 ~ BOOKSIGNING AND AUTHOR TALK: A GUIDE TO FICTION SET IN VERMONT. Meet author Ann McKinstry Micou and learn more about her book - the first book published by VHC. Part of a presentation at Hubbardton Battlefield State Park to the League of Vermont Writers. Contact Sharon Faelten at [log in to unmask] for more information.
THURSDAY, JUNE 7 ~ OF BURQAS AND BIKINIS: AFGHANI WOMEN AND THE WAR ON TERROR. This slide presentation by Sanjukta Ghosh focuses on how media constructions of Afghani women were used to mobilize war against an already beleaguered nation. Using images from mainstream as well as alternative media such as the feminist press, it shows that the rhetoric of the media and their neat cultural icons was reminiscent of that used by Victorian feminists. In making this analogy, the presentation brings into focus how Muslim women's images have been used throughout history to further social and political ends. A Vermont Humanities Council event hosted by Woodbury Community Library. Woodbury Community Library, 7:00 p.m. Call (802) 472-5710.
THURSDAY, JUNE 14 ~ BOOK DISCUSSION: WILLIAM FAULKNER'S THE SOUND AND THE FURY. On the surface, Faulkner's most challenging novel examines the breakdown of Caddy Compson's family after the Civil War. In reality, the novel is about the complexities of consciousness; once readers understand the shifts in time and perspective, it becomes an accessible, absorbing, tale told in the alternating voices of Caddy's three brothers - one an "idiot," one neurotic and suicidal, and one nothing short of monstrous. Led by Suzanne H. Brown. A Vermont Humanities Council event hosted by Warren Public Library and Joslin Memorial Library. Warren Public Library, 7:00 p.m. Call Mary Bisbee, (802) 496-9458.
FRIDAY, JUNE 22 ~ CIVIL WAR SITES IN VERMONT. The Civil War affected everyone, not just those who carried a gun. In researching a new book on Civil War home sites, historian and author Howard Coffin has found some fascinating places right here in Vermont, including a cave where a man lived for years to avoid the draft, a home where a woman sequestered herself after hearing of her fiancÚ's death, and an isolated house where soldiers returning with syphilis were quarantined. Come hear about these places and share your stories of Civil War sites in your community. A Vermont Humanities Council event hosted by Roxbury Free Library. Roxbury Union Congregational Church, 7:00 p.m. Call Sue D'Amico, (802) 485-5590.
SATURDAY, JUNE 23 through SUNDAY, JUNE 24 ~ VERMONT HISTORY EXPO 2007.
The 8th annual celebration of Vermont's history and culture! Food, fun, historic presentations, meet the author/book signings, music, square dancing, arts and crafts, exhibits from town historical societies and museums, animals, and more! $8/adults, $4/6-18 years, free to children five years and under. Or get a pass for both days for $15. Presented by the Vermont Historical Society and supported in part by a grant from the Vermont Humanities Council. Tunbridge World's Fair Grounds, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Call Tess Taylor, (802) 479-8505 or visit www.vermonthistory.org/expo/.
SATURDAY, JULY 7 ~ SUSAN B. ANTHONY - THE INVINCIBLE! The feisty activist comes to life - circulating petitions, getting arrested, and challenging legislators, presidents, and newsmen - in Sally Matson's spirited performance. Although Anthony received a marriage proposal from a wealthy Vermont widower, she turned down all proposals and spent her life on the road, campaigning for abolition, women's rights, and woman suffrage. Letters, speeches, and diaries reveal her wit and intellect as she deals with angry mobs, trips through the West, the Civil War, the 15th Amendment and famous contemporaries such as Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucy Stone, William Lloyd Garrison, and Horace Greeley. Note how issues then mirror issues now. A Vermont Humanities Council event hosted by Warren Public Library and Warren Elementary School. Warren Elementary School, 3:00 p.m. Call Mary Bisbee, (802) 496-9458.
THURSDAY, JULY 12 ~ BOOK DISCUSSION: SIMONE DE BEAUVOIR'S THE COMING OF AGE. In The Coming of Age, Simone de Beauvoir asks readers to broaden their expectations of what it means to grow older. The study spans a millennium, touching on a variety of nations and cultures, to uncover "society's secret shame" - the ostracism that we wittingly or unwittingly impose on the elderly. Led by Francette B. Cerulli. A Vermont Humanities Council event hosted by Warren Public Library and Joslin Memorial Library. Warren Public Library, 7:00 p.m. Call Mary Bisbee, (802) 496-9458.
THURSDAY, JUNE 7 ~ 27 RUE DE FLEURUS. Part of the First Wednesdays series (this event is rescheduled from April 4). Dartmouth College Professor Barbara Will describes the Salon Gertrude Stein created on the Left Bank in Paris that included literary luminaries of the 20th century. A Vermont Humanities Council event hosted by Brooks Memorial Library. Brattleboro, Brooks Memorial Library, 7:00 p.m. Call Jerry Carbone, (802) 254-5290.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27 ~ AGATHA CHRISTIE: CREATOR OF MISS JANE MARPLE AND HERCULE POIROT. In this living history performance by Helene Lang, Ms. Christie tells you how a typewriter in Torguay spawned over 80 mysteries and created Miss Jane Marple and Hercule Poirot. Learn about her life and walk in her footsteps in England. Discover why she was so knowledgeable about the poisons used in her stories; what influences in her life informed the creation of her famous leading detectives; some personal information about her family; and why she went to Yorkshire under an assumed name. A Vermont Humanities Council event hosted by Moore Free Library. Newfane, Moore Free Library, 7:00 p.m. Call Meris Morrison, (802) 365-7948.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 11 ~ BOOK DISCUSSION: JOHN STEINBECK'S THE GRAPES OF WRATH. Part of the Pulitzers II series. This series invites readers to curl up with a diverse array of award-winning novels and ask themselves: Why did they win? And would I have chosen them if I had been a judge? Whether it's the well-drawn characters, evocative settings, rich language - or all of the above - the ensuing discussion is sure to be dynamic. Led by Richard M. Wizansky.
A Vermont Humanities Council event hosted by Dover Free Library. East Dover, Dover Free Library, 7:00 p.m. Call John Flores, (802) 348-7488.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 4 ~ ELEANOR ROOSEVELT: ADVOCATE FOR UNIVERSAL HUMAN RIGHTS. In this informal talk, Mrs. Roosevelt, as portrayed by Elena Dodd, recalls her years with the United Nations Human Rights Commission and the drafting of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The first of its kind, the Declaration has remained a crucial statement since its adoption in 1948. Eleanor Roosevelt describes the struggles to reach consensus among delegates from diverse nations and cultures, and manages to find humor in each difficult situation. She reminds us vividly that human rights and responsibilities begin at home, in the everyday world of human beings. A Vermont Humanities Council event hosted by Calvin Coolidge Memorial Foundation. Plymouth, Union Christian Church, 2:00 p.m. Call Cynthia Bittinger, (802) 672-3389.
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