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Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebrations: Keynote Speaker Ilyasah Shabazz 01/17/2016

The Greater Burlington Multicultural Resource Center hosts keynote speaker Ilyasah Shabazz, civil rights activist, author, and third daughter of Malcolm X, delivers the 2016 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day keynote address. Ms. Shabazz is known for her memoir, Growing up X, for which she won the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Nonfiction Literary Work.

At the event, the Greater Burlington Multicultural Resource Center honors this year’s recipients of the 2016 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Award: Jan Demers, Executive Director of the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity (CVOEO), for her work helping homeless and economically disadvantaged community members; and Jay Diaz, Public Advocate for the ACLU of Vermont, for his untiring work to promote stability, access, and equal opportunity to low income Vermont children.

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.

Form - Based Codes: What, Where & Why? 01/13/2016

National and local speakers come together to answer the big questions about Form Based Codes: what are they, where are they being used, and why are they being considered in Burlington? The panel provides a range of information and perspectives on creating and using form-based development standards as part of local land use regulations.

Panelists include: Lee Einsweiler from Code Studio in Austin, TX, who’s a national expert on the creation of land development codes, speaking about the use of building form elements in zoning codes from a national perspective. Regina Mahoney, AICP, from the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission, shares the experiences of other Vermont towns in incorporating form-based codes into land use regulations. David White, AICP, Director of the Burlington Dept. of Planning & Zoning, provides context on why Burlington is crafting form-based regulations and how they will fit into the context of the City’s existing zoning. Andy Montroll, Planning Commissioner & Chair of the City’s Joint Form-Based Code Committee, speaks to the Joint City Council & Planning Commission process being used to develop Burlington's own code and its most important features.

For More Information:  www.burlingtonvt.gov/planbtv/fbc  Link to Agenda here

Sandy Baird Commentary: Planned Parenthood 01/08/2016

Community activist and lawyer, Sandy Baird offers commentary on the development and need for Planned Parenthood, countering the legislative initiatives to defund the organization.

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.

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