Feminist Media Review: Host Peggy Luhrs 10/14/2013

Host Peggy Luhrs speaks to issues of the day.

Steven Pinker on the Decline of Violence 10/10/2013

What is the most important thing that has ever happened in human history? Syria, Hiroshima, Pol Pot, and Stalin notwithstanding — Steven Pinker makes the case that it’s the ongoing decline in violence.

“Believe it or not — and I know that most people do not — violence has declined over long stretches of time,” he writes in his new book, The Better Angels of Our Nature, “and today we may be living in the most peaceable era in our species’ existence.”

Pinker makes the case for this startling view — and the evidence for it — in the 2013 Aiken Lecture, “War and Peace: A History of Violence,”

This year’s edition of the George D. Aiken Lecture Series is hosted by the University of Vermont’s College of Arts and Sciences

Near & Far Video, Introduced by Richard Kemp: The Road to Recovery 2013: Peer Recovery Support: Leveraging Personal Experience in Helping Others 10/08/2013

Ivette Torres, Associate Director for Consumer Affairs, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Peer recovery support in behavioral health is a powerful and essential component of the recovery process. More recently, however, the recognition of the importance of peer support has led to more structured and intentional applications of this recovery support approach. For example, many peer “recovery support specialists” and “recovery coaches” have received training on the most effective ways to help peers in recovery. Use of trained individuals along with other strategies for providing peer support is found in both mental health and substance use settings. Peer support is especially effective within certain groups such as military service members and veterans, young adults, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender populations. In some applications, online technologies are used to facilitate peer support processes. This show will also address the use of peer support in recovery community centers and recovery living settings.

If you have questions or comments about this program, please contact Richard Kemp at

Common Good Vermont: Cecile Green - Horizontal Leadership 10/08/2013

Common Good Vermont presents Cecile Green of RoundSky Solutions as she discusses "Horizontal Leadership", a paradigm that harnesses everyone as a leader. We'll discuss different ways to look at "power" and how it is used in organizations.

Representative Peter Welch: Press Roundtable: Federal Government Shutdown 10/07/2013

Rep. Welch's press conference at his Burlington district office regarding the federal government shutdown.

Artful Word: Tandem Dance, UMass Amherst 10/07/2013

Community producer James Gero's video.

Speaking From Experience: Bina 48, (with Bruce Duncan) 10/01/2013

BINA48 is the world's most advanced humanoid robot. BINA48 is modeled after a real person (Bina Rothblatt, the co-founder of TFM) - complete with humanistic movement and a digital mind capable of conversing with other humans. She recently appeared as the first android panelist at the 2012 South by Southwest Interactive conference and has made multiple TEDx event appearances. She speaks. She learns. She feels. BINA48 is like no other robot.

Bruce Duncan is Managing Director of Terasem Movement Foundation based in Lincoln, Vermont. TMF is a nonprofit interested in artificial intelligence and the ethical use of technology for human life extension. He is the caretaker of BINA48.

This event is co-sponsored by BYOBiz, EMC and the MFA program. Part of Champlain Colleger's Speaking From Experience Lecture Series.

How the Supreme Court Changed and Why It Matters 10/01/2013

UVM College of Arts and Sciences DEANS LECTURE SERIES presents Professor Garrison Nelson: 'How the Supreme Court Changed and Why It Matters'.

Patent Abuse - Consequences & Proposed Reforms 09/30/2013

Business leaders, policy makers and experts discuss of patent reform.

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