The Vermont Humanities Council Speakers Bureau
I offer three different talks in the current Speakers Bureau catalog.
The difficulties of traveling in Vermont played a significant role in the state’s settlement, development, culture and politics. But Vermonters weren’t always eager to have good roads. Opposition began in 1753, when the Abenaki joined forces with the French to protest the building of a British military road along an established Abenaki trail. Resistance to new roads has continued ever since, from the Green Mountain Parkway to the building of the interstates. Given this opposition, how is it we now drive cars in all seasons, in all weathers, in all corners of the state?
In 1964, the Republican Party lost its tight-fisted grasp on Vermont politics, starting the swing of the political pendulum from Vermont as bastion of conservative republicanism to a state with a highly diversified political climate featuring progressive and even radical politics.
Jane Austen lived a short, quiet life in southern England, during which she wrote six novels about young women. Two hundred years later, how do we account for the continuing global appeal of these drawing room dramas among readers and moviegoers? More important even than getting married, her successful heroines learn how to read, and it is by close reading that they discover both text and subtext.
Lessons From the Long Trail: How 25 Days on the Long Trail Changed My Life
Between August 15 and September 8, 2016, a college friend and I walked from Massachusetts to Canada on The Long Trail, the oldest recreational footpath in the United States. We’d both just turned sixty and decided that a long walk would be a good way to figure out what comes next in what poet Mary Oliver calls “your one wild and precious life.” Walking and talking, we reached the Canadian border with new ideas about how to live more mindfully.
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