History

The Game of Go 12/11/2015

Host Kim Villemaire is joined by Pete Schumer and Dave Felcan, members of the Vermont Go Club, to talk about this extremely popular game with a rich history that is little known in the US.

For more information on Go please visit:

The club webpage: http://www.vermontgo.org/

The American Go Association: http://www.usgo.org/

Or email Pete directly at Schumer@Middlebury.edu

The Flowers of Rojava: A Feminist Revolution in Northern Syria 11/19/2015

Janet Biehl, author of a newly published book about Vermont social ecologist Murray Bookchin (Ecology or Catastrophe: The Life of Murray Bookchin), speaks about her recent visit to Rojava, Kurdistan where Kurdish men and women have organized themselves into a democratic autonomous region based in part on principles advanced by Bookchin.

Vermont Humanities Fall Conference: Why Do Stories Matter? Telling Lies - Storytelling and Negative Capability 11/14/2015

Welcome & Opening Remarks followed by Maria Tatar's "Telling Lies: Storytelling and Negative Capability." Vladimir Nabokov tells us that literature was born when a child came running home crying wolf and there was no wolf. The lies we tell in our cultural stories may transmit higher truths about the human condition, but just as often they send mixed messages and scrambled signals. Harvard professor Maria Tatar will investigate how “simple” stories like “Little Red Riding Hood,” “Beauty and the Beast,” and “Bluebeard” challenge us to think harder as we try to decode the cultural.

For more information, visit http://www.vermonthumanities.org/fall-conference-2015-why-do-stories-matter/

First Wednesdays: Being Nixon, A Man Divided 11/04/2015

First Wednesdays: Being Nixon, A Man Divided.

Syria, The Far Close Country 11/02/2015

The Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program hosts a fundraiser for newly arriving refugees, focusing on an educational panel discussion on Syria, a country in the midst of a civil war.

FOCUS: What Women Priests Want: a discussion with Rev. Dr. Linda M. Maloney, a priest of the Episcopal Diocese of Vermont and Rev. Linda Spear RCWP, a Roman Catholic Woman Priest from Sutton, Quebec, Canada 10/30/2015

Two women priests, Rev. Linda Spear, RCWP, and Rev. Dr. Linda Maloney talk with host Margaret Harrington about contemporary issues related to peace and justice, gender, history, theology, immigration, political and social issues.

Opiate Use in Vermont - The Present Reflects the Past 10/20/2015

Part of the Sam B. Hand Memorial Lecture Series, Gary Shattuck provides insights into Vermont's raging abuse problem with opiates, morphine, and heroin by the end of the nineteenth century.  The history occurs within the context of the state's involvement with temperance and early adoption of prohibition in 1852.  Gary Shattuck is a former federal prosecutor who specializes in researching and writing about historical events utilizing period legal documents.

Samuel B. Hand was a universal scholar, a historian, political scientist, a founding member of the Center for Research on Vermont and a former Director of the Vermont Historical Society.  This is the first in an annual lecture series given in his honor.

Ethan Allen Homestead Enrichment Program: The World of Living History and Re-enactment 10/18/2015

They live, work, and walk among us. They have jobs as doctors, teachers, computer programmers, soldiers, carpenters, and office workers. Like everyone else they own cell phones, drive cars, post on social media, and enjoy all the conveniences of modern living. But these people all live a double life, their secret is that their idea of fun is to live as if none of these conveniences exist yet, and they strive to live as a group of people did years ago. These people are called re-enactors or Living Historians. Dan O'Neil pulls back the curtain on the world of Living History, and discusses what role living history plays in historical scholarship and how it is used as an educational tool.

For more information contact the Ethan Allen Homestead Museum or call (802) 865-4556

1st Wednesdays - Legacy of Cesar Chavez 10/07/2015

Amherst College Professor, Illan Stavans, discusses "arguably, the most important Latin leader in the United States," to quote Brattleboro's 1st Wednesdays program.

Ethan Allen Homestead Enrichment Program: Letters from Erastus - Anne D. Emerson 09/13/2015

Author Anne Emerson explores twenty-two letters written by her great-great-grandfather, Erastus Hopkins, to his daughters in the 1850’s and 1860’s. Buried for 150 years in the archives of the Massachusetts Historical Society, the letters became the driving force in the author’s quest to figure out who this forgotten man was. Along the way, they become a bridge for the author’s understanding of her own life story and her old New England family.

For more information, contact the Ethan Homestead Museum at www.ethanallenhomestead.org or call 802.865-4556

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