Program Series 2012-2013
The Kellogg-Hubbard curates many programs and lecture series. Click on a headline to see a list of programs and their topics.
You can also browse our full events calendar (both series and one-off) by clicking on 'events' in the navigation bar at the top of this page.
First Wednesdays - History, Culture, Society
The First Wednesdays lecture series is curated by the Vermont Humanities Council. These lectures will be held at the library unless otherwise specified, and begin at 7:00 pm.
October 3 | Michael Lind
Does Anyone in America Believe in the Rule of Law?
Reverence for the law appears to be in decline across the political spectrum. Michael Lind, author and New America Foundation co-founder, considers whether a democratic republic can survive if leaders and citizens flout laws of which they disapprove. Sponsor: Vermont Bar Association
November 7 | Natalie Kinsey-Warnock
Patchwork: Piecing Together Family History
Natalie Kinsey-Warnock discusses the family stories that inspire her books and the importance of saving family stories. She shows her grandmother’s quilts that formed the basis for her book, The Canada Geese Quilt.
December 5 | George Jaeger
Diplomatic Challenges We Face
Distinguished veteran diplomat George Jaeger, whose career included helping negotiate the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and the Helsinki Final Act, discusses how our diplomatic success depends on the realism, nimbleness, and unity with which we pursue national interests.
January 2 | Nils Daulaire
Vermont, the United States, and the World: How Our Health Ties Together
Dr. Nils Daulaire, director of the Office of Global Affairs at the US Department of Health and Human Services, examines how global health priorities are set and the importance of US government investments in global health.
February 6 | Jim Cooke
Calvin Coolidge: More Than Two Words
Drawing from Coolidge’s letters, speeches, press conferences, and autobiography, Jim Cooke brings Coolidge to life and helps us understand why Will Rogers said, “Mr. Coolidge has more subtle humor than almost any public man I ever met.” Location: Farmers Night Series event, House Chamber, Vermont State House, 7:30 p.m. Sponsor: Cabot Creamery
March 6 | Antonia Losano
Middlebury College professor Antonia Losano explains how the Victorian era, the age of staid decorum, also had its guilty pleasures: mysteries, ghost stories, science fiction, imperialist adventure tales, and radical fantasies of gender confusion. Sponsor: Bear Pond Books/Rivendell Books
April 3 | Glenn Andres
Recognizing Vermont’s Built Treasures
Middlebury College Professor Glenn Andres considers what makes Vermont’s historic buildings so significant. Sponsor: Margot George Estate
May 1 | Jane Carroll
The Book of Kells
Dartmouth professor Jane Carroll considers this treasure of Western civilization and how the Irish monks’ lavish illustrations of the twelve-hundred-year-old Gospel manuscript illuminate the artists’ thoughts about theology and the power of language.
Second Wednesdays - Community Cinema
The Community Cinema series showcases abridged, preview versions of documentaries that have been selected for their ability to facilitate dialogue and inspire engagement. Each preview will be screened on the second Wednesday of the month, and accompanied by a panel discussion.
October 10, 2012 - AS GOES JANESVILLE by Brad Lichtenstein
As Goes Janesville records two years in the lives of laid-off workers, business leaders, and elected officials trying to reinvent their lives and their Midwestern town amid the closure of their GM plant and America's worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.
November 11, 2012 - SOLAR MAMAS by Jehan Noujaim
Rafea, who lives in a small Jordanian village, is 30 years old with four children and a husband eager to take a third wife. With encouragement from her country's Ministry of Environment, she attends the Barefoot College in India to train to become a solar-energy engineer. The Barefoot College provides training to the rural poor to empower them to make their communities sustainable. Students include rural women from Kenya, Burkina Faso, Columbia and Guatemala.
December 12, 2012 - BEAUTY IS EMBARRASSING by Neil Berkeley
Artist Wayne White found early success as one of the creators of Pee'wee's Playhouse and now his "word" paintings, which feature pithy and often sarcastic text statements crafted onto vintage landscape paintings, have made him a darling of the fine art world. This is a funny, irreverent story of the highs and lows of a commercial artist struggling to find peace and balance between his work and his art.
January 9, 2013 - THE POWERBROKER by Bonnie Boswell
During the 1950s and 60s, civil rights leader Whitney Young navigated a divided society. He challenged America's white business and political leaders directly, but his efforts to open the doors for equal opportunity were often attacked by Black Americans who felt his methods were in contrast with the Black Power Movement of the time.
February 13, 2013 - SOUL FOOD JUNKIES by Byron Hurt
Soul Food Junkies delves into the historical and controversial relationship between the African American community and soul food. How does our affinity for soul food and its dietary traditions affect the health of the African American community?
March 13, 2013 - WONDER WOMEN! THE UNTOLD STORY OF AMERICAN SUPERHEROINES
From the birth of the comic book super heroine in the 1940s, to the blockbusters of today, WONDER WOMEN! Looks at how popular representations of powerful women often reflect society's anxieties about women's liberation.
April 10, 2013 - THE ISLAND PRESIDENT
After bringing democracy to his country, President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives, the lowest-lying country in the world, takes up the fight to keep his homeland from disappearing under the sea.
May 8, 2013 - THE REVOLUTIONARY OPTIMISTS
In the poorest neighborhoods of Calcutta, a lawyer turned social entrepreneur is empowering young girls and boys to take an active role in transforming their own lives. Through arts programs and hands-on activities like mapping their communities, these youth have brought clean drinking water to and improved sanitation in their slums.
June 12, 2013 - LOVE FREE OR DIE
Faith, love, marriage, homosexuality, and the Episcopal church collide in the first openly gay Bishop, Gene Robinson of New Hampshire.
Third Thursdays - Environment, Energy, Sustainability
Third Thursdays events are presented in partnership with Transition Town Montpelier.
Edible Forest Gardening in a Nutshell
Thursday 20 September, 06:00pm - 07:45pm
Come explore edible forest gardening. We'll learn how to create a garden ecosystem which mimics the architecture and functions of natural forested ecosystems, while producing food and other products, with an emphasis on low-maintenance perennial crops. We'll explore the design, planting and ongoing maintenance of these systems, from the suburban back yard to the commercial farm. Come away with a grasp of the basic concepts and a toolkit to help get you started.
Presented by Aaron Guman, a designer and builder of permaculture landscapes since 2008, primarily at a residential scale. This program is presented in partnership with Transition Town Montpelier.
More programs coming...
Film Discussion Series with Library Director Richard Bidnick
On the last Wednesday of each month, join Library Director Richard Bidnick for screenings and discussions of a selection of excellent films about musicians and their passions, travails, and triumphs. 7:00 pm.
Jan 30 - Callas Forever
Feb 27 - Hilary & Jackie
Mar 27 - Bride of the Wind
Apr 24 - Deception
May 29 - Chopin: Desire for Love
The Center for Circumpolar Studies presents Musica Borealis: Music of the North
Osgood Lectures on the North: The Center for Circumpolar Studies
Fourth Thursdays, 7 – 8:30 PM, January through April
Across the North, music plays important cultural roles for natives and residents, and it has played valuable roles in the formation of northern nations. Whether in the magical, folk, or classical style, whether mouthharp or fiddle, drums or accordion, whether ballads or laments, lullabies or strongly personal songs, the North can be characterized by its deep connections to snow and ice and the unattainable.
As the first in a series of northern music events, The Center for Circumpolar Studies plans to bring four key musicians and poets to the Kellogg Hubbard Library on the fourth Thursdays for four months, starting in January. Among our lineup are Scandinavian fiddlers, mouthharp geniuses, balladeers, and entertainers, all with key ideas about the role music plays in the North, as well as how it is played.
The Musica Borealis lectures will take place on January 24, February 28, March 28, and April 25.