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Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebrations: Keynote Speaker Nontombi Naomi Tutu 01/18/2015

The Greater Burlington Multicultural Resource Center hosts keynote speaker Nontombi Naomi Tutu, Daughter of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and Vivienne Deane Gospel Ensemble, as part of the 2015 Burlington Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Remembrance.

The Mission of the Greater Burlington Multicultural Resource Center (GBMRC) is to increase awareness and provide opportunities to celebrate, promote and support cultural diversity within our community.

Ethan Allen Homestead Enrichment Program: Muskets, Maneuvers, and Misconceptions 01/18/2015

Gun collector and enthusiast Jerry Mullen discusses Revolutionary War weapons and tactics employed in the New Hampshire Grants (early Vermont) and Northern Army Districts.

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

What’s the Use of Stories That Aren’t Even True? - Salman Rushdie 01/14/2015

Internationally renowned author Salman Rushdie talks about the importance of stories in a special Vermont Humanities Council event titled 'What's the Use of Stories That Aren't Even True?' at Burlington’s Ira Allen Chapel.  The talk is presented with the Office of the President, University of Vermont.

 

Rushdie’s appearance kicks off Vermont Reads 2015, the thirteenth year of VHC’s statewide, one-book community reading program. His novel, Haroun and the Sea of Stories, is VHC’s 2015 Vermont Reads pick. The talk also headlines VHC’s First Wednesdays program, a free monthly lecture series taking place October through May at nine sites statewide.

Born in Bombay (now Mumbai), India, Rushdie is the acclaimed author of eleven novels, one book of stories, and four works of nonfiction. He has received, among other awards, the Whitbread Prize for Best Novel (twice), the European Union’s Aristeion Prize for Literature, Author of the Year prizes in both Britain and Germany, the Budapest Grand Prize for Literature, the Premio Grinzane Cavour in Italy, and the Austrian State Prize for European Literature, as well as the Freedom of the City in Mexico City, Strasbourg, and El Paso, and the Edgerton Prize of the American Civil Liberties Union. He holds the rank of Commandeur in the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, France’s highest artistic honor. In 2007 he was knighted for services to literature. His books have been translated into more than forty languages. In 2004 an opera based upon Haroun and the Sea of Stories premiered at New York City Opera.

Positively Vermont: Purple Hearts Reunited 01/12/2015

Host Dennis McMahon speaks with Zachariah Fike, Founder of Purple Hearts Reunited and current Captain in the Vermont Army National Guard, as well as Hannah Doyle, Development Director for Purple Hearts Reunited on the evolution and mission of the organization.

Purple Hearts Reunited was established in Vermont in 2012, locating lost or stolen Military Medals and returning them to Veterans or their families in order to honor their sacrifice to the nation. To date, Purple Hearts Reunited has conducted more than 100 returns and is currently working on over 200 lost medals that need a home. If a Veteran or family cannot be found, a home of honor is located for the medal, such as a military museum. Purple Hearts Reunited also takes time to enroll these heroes into the Purple Heart Hall of Honor and has successfully enrolled over 1000 recipients.

Update of Vermont IBUTWA Initiative (Congolese Renaissance) 12/23/2014

Vermont Ibutwa* Initiative founder and activist Cleophace Mukeba provides and update on the organization and direction in assisting the needs of the people of the Democratic Republic of Congo.  Find Vermont Ibutwa Initiative on Facebook.  (*Ibutwa is Congolese for renaissance)

Preservation Burlington: Form-Based Code - What Is It? 12/18/2014

Host Ron Wanamaker speaks with Paul Dreher, Zoning Administrator for Newport, Vermont, on the use of 'form-based code' for city development.

Vermont Rt. 78 Archaeological Excavations of the Missisquoi Floodplain 12/17/2014

Jeannine Russell, VTrans Archaeology Officer, summarizes the exciting results of the Northeast Archaeology Research Center's large scale archaeological excavations along Route 78 in Swanton. The Missisquoi floodplain preserved a remarkable record of human occupation spanning nearly 7000 years.  more info: www.neararchaelogy.com/swanton.html

Preservation Burlington: Vermont Architectural History 11/21/2014

Host Ron Wanamaker speaks with co-authors of a recent book on Vermont Architecture 'Buildings of Vermont' Glenn Andres and Curtis Johnson.

Ethan Allen Homestead Enrichment Program: The War of 1812 in the Champlain Valley 11/16/2014

Lake Champlain was a key strategic waterway for the French and British Colonizers and later for the United States States. As a result, the Champlain Valley was a battleground in the wars that shook North America in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.

Historian Willard Sterne Randall presents on the role the Champlain Valley played in the War of 1812, the last war between the United States and Great Britain.

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

University of Vermont Veterans Day Commemoration 11/11/2014

Hosted by the UVM Student Government Association and the UVM Student Veterans Association, Lt. Gov, Phil Scott, Mayor Miro Weinberger deliver remarks along with featured remarks from student veteransRyan Britch, David Carlson, Natasha Durand, and Randi Diabo.  National Anthem sung by Zest A-cappella. Posting of the Colors by UVM Reserve Officer Training Corps.

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