Apologies for duplicate messages.

This week the Regional Educational Technology Network (RETN), the Center 
for Research on Vermont's public-access television partner, is 
broadcasting two Center for Research on Vermont-sponsored programs:

(1) "'Work of National Importance': Conscientious Objectors in Civilian 
Public Service in Vermont during World War II" by Michael Sherman, 
Editor, _Vermont History_:

    Civilian Public Service was a collaborative effort of the Selective
    Service System and the traditional peace churches (Quakers,
    Mennonites, Church of the Brethren) working through a coalition
    organization called the National Service Board for Religious
    Objectors. Designed to prevent the worst abuses meted out to
    conscientious objectors in World War I, CPS offered COs who refused
    noncombatant duty a positive alternative to prison by establishing a
    wartime program of national service, "work of national importance."
    These wartime episodes of men and women who refused to fight but
    made their own contributions to society in war time have been mostly
    ignored in the history of what was dubbed in the 1990s "the greatest
    generation" of Americans who fought what the 1960s called the last
    "good war." In 1993 members of CPS 87 and their wives met at the
    Brattleboro Retreat to mark the 50th anniversary of the unit's
    founding. Historian Michael Sherman met those veteran COs,
    corresponded with them, and interviewed some in depth over the next
    few years.

The program is ca. 1 hour and 30 minutes long and can be viewed on 
Channel 16 (both North and South) as follows:
        Tuesday, May 4, 2010, at 3 A.M.
                                Repeats at 9 A.M.
        Also available as video on demand at

This program was originally presented as Research-in-Progress Seminar 
#205 on January 25, 2007.

(2) "War and Social Transformation in the Champlain-Hudson Borderland, 
1609-1816," by Andrew Buchanan, History, University of Vermont:

    The near-concurrent exploratory missions of Samuel de Champlain and
    Henry Hudson in 1609 signaled the opening of an axis of contact,
    commerce, and warfare through the borderland between New France and
    the Dutch and English colonies to the south. Over the next two
    centuries, the Champlain/Hudson corridor was the avenue for the
    recurrent military campaigns, the commercial and cultural exchange,
    and the advancing dispossession of the Native Americans, that
    transformed an indeterminate "middle ground" into a clearly defined
    spatial-territorial border. This seminar will re-examine the
    region's turbulent military history in the context of this broader
    social and economic transformation. 

The program has a runtime of 1 hour. It was presented as 
Research-in-Progress Seminar # 224 on November 4, 2009. It can be viewed 
on Channel 16 (both North and South) as follows:

        Wednesday, May 5, 2010, at  8 P.M.
                            repeats at            midnight
          Thursday, May 6, 2010, at 2 P.M.
         Also available as video on demand at <>.

Important note about Center programs that are available as video on 
demand:  Previously one had to live within the RETN broadcast area (see 
below for a list of the communities that RETN serves) to watch Center 
programming on television. Now you may view these and other Center 
videos online whenever you choose. Just point your browser at and click on /Center for Research on Vermont/ on the 
lefthand column. A menu will appear featuring an array of Center 
programs from which you may select.

In addition to the Webstreaming option, DVDs of many Center programs may 
be borrowed from the Center's Video Library upon request. Please visit 
our Web site at <> and click 
on Video Library on the righthand menu for a descriptive listing of the 
programs that are available. Webstreaming of our programs is likewise 
available at this location.

For more information about RETN's schedule, please visit the RETN Web 
site at <> or contact RETN directly at 
802-654-7980. The schedule is usually the same for both RETN North 
(Comcast Channel 16 in Burlington, Essex, Essex Junction, Williston, and 
Winooski) and RETN South (Comcast Channel 16 in Charlotte, Ferrisburgh, 
Hinesburg, Shelburne, and Vergennes).


Kristin Peterson-Ishaq
Coordinator, Center for Research on Vermont
     and Vermont Studies Program
University of Vermont
589 Main Street, Nolin House
Burlington, VT  05401-3439
Email: <[log in to unmask]>; Telephone: 802-656-8363
Web site: <>