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 www.retn.org.

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 <www.retn.org>.

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 www.retn.org 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 www.uvm.edu/~crvt 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 www.retn.org 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: <www.uvm.edu/~crvt>