vermont humanities council

  In our Ideas Matter segment we take time just about every week to check in with the state humanities councils in our 7-state region.

Today we check in with the Vermont Humanities Council and documentary film producer Jeff Kaufman. Kaufman directed The State of Marriage, which shows the struggle for same-sex marriage equality in Vermont.

The film will be screened with a special panel discussion in Montpelier, Vermont on February 23.

  

  Today in our Ideas Matter segment, we check in with the Vermont Humanities Council to talk about their program Standing Together: Veterans Book Groups. We are joined by Michael Heaney, a retired American History Professor, lawyer, and a wounded combat veteran of the Vietnam War. In 1965 and 1966, he served in Vietnam with the 1st Cavalry Division as an infantry platoon leader. Much of his post-war life has been devoted to working with combat veterans, and to writing, teaching, and leading discussions about war- and veteran-related matters. For 15 years, he led wilderness expedition courses for combat veterans, in a program jointly sponsored by Outward Bound and the Veterans Administration.

  We are very happy to continue our regular feature – Ideas Matter: Checking in with the Public Humanities.

Today we check in with the Vermont Humanities Council and a speaker in their First Wednesdays lecture series. Dr. Edward Tick, director of the Soldier’s Heart Clinic, will be talking about "The Human face of War: Combat, Healing, and the Humanities" on Wednesday, April 1 at 7pm at the Goodrich Memorial Library in Newport, Vermont. Dr. Tick explores the inner world of combat, the universal dimensions of veterans’ wounding, and a philosophy of healing combat’s consequences—recognizing that while war most directly affects veterans, it wounds us all.

Dr. Edward Tick joins us now along with Sylvia Plumb, Director of Communications for Vermont Humanities.

  We are very happy to continue our regular feature – Ideas Matter: Checking in with the Public Humanities. Today we check in with the Vermont Humanities Council and a speaker in their First Wednesdays lecture series. Haviland Smith, Former CIA Chief of Counterterrorism, will be talking about "Dealing with Foreign Terrorism" in Montpelier, Vermont on Wednesday, March 4.

He will examine the history of foreign terrorism directed against US interests, our policy for dealing with it, and how we might do better. He joins us along with Sylvia Plumb, Vermont Humanities Director of Communications.

  We are very happy to continue our regular feature – Ideas Matter: Checking in with the Public Humanities.

Today we check in with Vermont Humanities Council and discuss why stories matter. This is the thirteenth year of Vermont Reads, in which the Vermont Humanities Council distributes, free, thousands of copies of a single book to communities around the state and invites Vermonters to use the book as the foundation for community activities related to its themes.

This year’s book is Salman Rushdie’s Haroun and the Sea of Stories. Joining us now are Peter Gilbert, Vermont Humanities Council Executive Director and Amy Cunningham, Director of Community Programs, Vermont Humanities.

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Author Salman Rushdie is perhaps best known for 1988’s The Satanic Verses, which led to death threats and forced him into hiding for many years. The incident a sparked a debate over free speech and religion that the world is having again this week. Rushdie was at the University of Vermont last night to talk about one of his children’s books, but the recent terrorist attacks in Paris also came up.

  This week in our Ideas Matter segment, we are joined by representatives from The Vermont Humanities Council to discuss their Fall conference which is entitled: A Fire Never Extinguished; How the Civil War Continues to Shape Civic and Cultural Life in America.

  We are very happy to continue our weekly feature on The Roundtable, entitled – Ideas Matter: Checking in with the Public Humanities. It is our chance to check in with the Humanities Councils throughout our 7-State area to discuss important ideas and why they do indeed matter.

Today we’ll learn about the Vermont Humanities Council’s “Vermont Reads” program – a statewide, one-book reading program that builds community through reading, discussion, and the exchange of ideas.

This year’s Vermont Reads book is Wonder by R.J. Palacio. Here to tell us more about the book and the program are Peter Gilbert, Vermont Humanities Council Executive Director and Amy Cunningham, Vermont Humanities Council Director of Community Programs.

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A talk by conductor and pianist Ignat Solzhenitsyn about the writing of his father, former exiled Soviet dissident Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn - who lived in Vermont, has been postponed due to the snowstorm.

   We continue our new regular feature on The Roundtable, entitled – Ideas Matter: Checking in with the Public Humanities. It is our chance to check in with the Humanities Councils throughout our 7-State area to discuss important ideas and why they do indeed matter.

This morning we feature the Vermont Humanities Council's Fall Conference: Music and the Human Experience.

Music plays a powerful role in all societies. It expresses our most personal and profound feelings and binds us to both our neighbors and strangers alike. We are both soothed and energized by music. We worship with music; we go to war to music; we bury our dead to music. We are entertained by music, and with it we express our deepest beliefs. This year’s conference will be held at the Dudley H. Davis Center at the University of Vermont.