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 three Center for Research on Vermont-sponsored programs:

(1) "
A Party in the Woods: Sugaring, Community, and Celebration under a Changing Sky" by John Elder, English and Environmental Studies, Middlebury College:

Speaker John Elder, Professor of English and American Literatures and Environmental Studies at Middlebury College, specializes in American nature writing, Wordsworth, Frost, pastoral literature, Basho and the Haiku Tradition, and contemporary poetry. Author of a number of books, he is working on a manuscript on sugaring. He serves on the boards of the Vermont Land Trust and Vermont Family Forests. He and his family have a sugaring operation in the hills above Starksboro, Vt.

The program is 1 hour and 15 minutes long and can be viewed on Channel 16 (both North and South) as follows:
        Tuesday, May 25, 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 the Annual Meeting Presentation of the Center for Research on Vermont on May 1, 2009.

(2) "What Difference Do Women in Leadership Make?" panel discussion with Liz Bankowski, Denise Johnson, J. Churchill Hindes, Karen Meyer, Ellen Mercer Fallon, and John Dooley

The program, which has a runtime of 1 hour and 16 minutes, was presented as part of the March 2, 2010, symposium celebrating the 25th anniversary of the inauguration of Madeleine May Kunin as Governor of Vermont. It can be viewed on Channel 16 (both North and South) as follows:

        Tuesday, May 25, 2010, at       9:30 P.M.
        Wednesday, May 26, 2010, at 1:30 A.M.

             repeats at                             3:30 P.M.
        Also available as video on demand at <www.retn.org>.

(3) Premiere: "Backward Seasons, Droughts, Maple Sugaring, and Other Indicators of Historic Climate Fluctuations" by Lesley-Ann Dupigny-Giroux, Geography, University of Vermont, and Vermont State Climatologist:

“A summerish January, a winterish spring.” This quote by David Ludlum aptly describes the precursor to a backward spring, a season that is either late and/or with weather that is inappropriate for that time of year. Apart from the weather entries in pre-20th-century newspapers, another rich source of historical weather information comes from farmers’ diaries.

This presentation highlights how climatologists use such records about phenology (e.g., budding, full bloom conditions) and agricultural patterns to reconstruct the local meteorological conditions and climate around Vermont and New Hampshire for the 1680–1900 period. Some of these backward seasons were accompanied by frosts and droughts that influenced sugar maple production. The presentation also delves into how some persistent, severe droughts in the 1700s have not been repeated in the 20th or 21st centuries.

The program has a runtime of 2 hours. It was presented on May 4, 2010, as the Center for Research on Vermont's Annual Meeting Presentation. It can be viewed on Channel 16 (both North and South) as follows:

          Wednesday, May 26, 2010, at  8:00 P.M.
                         repeats                  at  midnight
          Thursday, May 27, 2010, at 2:00 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>