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.
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.
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.
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.
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.