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Lectures and readings

Grant Tips at Brooks Library

Date & Time: 
May 10 2017 - 11:30am - 1:00pm

Presentation with Richard Wizansky and Jeanne Walsh at the Brattleboro Area Development Directors meeting. Wednesday, May 10th, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 pm. Library Meeting Room. Brooks Memorial recently joined the Foundation Information Network, a program of the Foundation Center, whose databases provide information about more than 100,000 grant makers. Learn tips and network with other nonprofit leaders, development professionals, and individuals interested in grant funding. Free and open to all.

Reflections on Iran: The Hostage Crisis to the Nuclear Agreement – Through a Photojournalist’s Lens

Date & Time: 
May 12 2017 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Would you like to know more about Iran than we learn from the headlines? What is the society like? How do the people differ from the government? What sorts of lives do Iranian women lead? How are foreigners treated?

Photojournalist Randy H. Goodman captured life in the Islamic Republic of Iran during the hostage crisis and the Iran-Iraq war. She recently returned to Iran after thirty-three years to photograph at yet another pivotal time in US-Iran relations: the signing of the Iran Nuclear Agreement. Her portraits and street scenes, from both periods, present a unique perspective on that country’s past and future, which she will share in her talk and slide show presentation, "Reflections on Iran: The Hostage Crisis to the Nuclear Agreement – – through a photojournalist’s lens."

Criminal Justice Reform

Date & Time: 
Apr 27 2017 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Panel Discussion

America has the largest prison population in the world as well as one of the highest rates of recidivism. Why is it that so many people find themselves trapped within the cycle of incarceration? What can we do to help create meaningful transitions from a life behind bars to a life in community? This year students in the Speech Matters semester intensive have visited prisons, public defenders, and nonprofits to answer these questions. Please join us for a panel conversation with the students on their projects and discuss how to reframe American criminal justice from a system of punishment to one of responsibility, redemption, and healing.

Diplomacy: The View From Abroad

Date & Time: 
Apr 28 2017 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

The last event in our WWAC/Marlboro College International Lecture Series will take place on Friday, April 28, 2017.

The Indian World of George Washington

Date & Time: 
May 3 2017 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Dartmouth College professor Colin Calloway discusses the first president’s relations with Indian peoples and considers how Native American nations and lands shaped the man who shaped the republic. Part of the First Wednesdays free public lecture series. A Vermont Humanities Council event.

Cybersecurity: What Does It Mean For Your Organization?

Date & Time: 
Apr 13 2017 - 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Learn what it takes to truly secure and back up the information your
business relies on for daily operations. Expect the unexpected, and
you’ll be able to safely sail through hazards such as computer failures,
ransomware attacks, fire, and other disasters.

Codestar will present “Disaster-proofing your business and
computer systems,” on Thursday, April 13 from 5-6 P.M. at the
Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation, 76 Cotton Mill Hill,
Brattleboro, Vermont.

The incidence of cyber attacks and data breaches is growing at an
astounding rate. The goal of this free Tech Talk is for attendees to gain a
better understanding of the tools and practices that can protect their

Nuclear Dangers in the Trump Era

Date & Time: 
Apr 5 2017 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Talk by Joan Rohlfing

President of Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) , Joan Rohlfing was part of the original team that created the mission and scope for the organization in 2000. Now responsible for managing all NTI programs and operations, Rohlfing has played a strategic role in NTI's effort to galvanize global action to reduce urgent nuclear dangers and build support for reducing reliance on nuclear weapons, ultimately ending them as a threat to the world. Her comments will be followed by a question and answer period, and preceded by coffee, tea, and conversation at 6:30pm.

Promoting U.S. Interests in Asia During a Time of Change

Date & Time: 
Apr 7 2017 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Talk by W. Patrick Murphy

Spring Osher Lecture

Date & Time: 
Repeats every week until Mon May 01 2017 .
Mar 27 2017 - 10:00am - 12:00pm
Apr 3 2017 - 10:00am - 12:00pm
Apr 10 2017 - 10:00am - 12:00pm
Apr 17 2017 - 10:00am - 12:00pm
Apr 24 2017 - 10:00am - 12:00pm
May 1 2017 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

Spring Osher Lectures

Reinventing the Family Home

Date & Time: 
Apr 5 2017 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Middlebury College professor Erin Sassin examines how American reformers and homeowners have, in pursuit of “the simple life,” attempted to reinvent the form and idea of the single-family home, from farmhouses and communal experiments to the current tiny house phenomenon. Part of the First Wednesdays free public lecture series. A Vermont Humanities Council event.

Positivity NOW!

Date & Time: 
Apr 11 2017 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Every weekday at noon The River Garden hosts "interesting, entertaining, informative sessions with musicians of many stripes and speakers on many subjects." And best of all...it’s free! Today Jonas will present his new motivational magic show Positivity NOW! This interactive keynote will reveal to participants the secret to living with positivity now, and how to leverage it to be a positive influence for their family, co-workers, and community. Stay positive!

Jane Austen in Her Time

Date & Time: 
Mar 1 2017 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Austen lived in exciting times, and yet until recently was considered
“untouched by the political, intellectual, and artistic revolutions of
her age.” Drawing on Austen’s novels, Dartmouth visiting assistant
professor Suzanne Brown shows how Austen was in fact a keen observer of
her era’s values who both shared and critiqued them.

This event will be held in the first floor reading room!


Rodney Bent to Give Talk on International Development

Date & Time: 
Mar 1 2017 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

The second speaker in the WWAC/Marlboro six-part international lecture series will be Rodney Bent, a former government official with a wealth of government and private sector experience, who will speak on

"How, Where, and When Can the U.S. Government Effectively Promote International Development?"

Coffee/tea/conversation at 6:30 pm
The 7:00 pm talk will be followed by a question & answer period

Rodney Bent has been associated with a range of diplomatic and financial institutions, including the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, the United Nations Information Centre in Washington, D.C., the U.S. Department of State, Booz Allen Hamilton, and Millennium Challenge Corporation.

America in the Age of Trump

Date & Time: 
Feb 20 2017 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

Lecture: The Age of Trump

On February 20 from 10:00 A.M. to noon, Michael Krasner will present a lecture and discussion on the new administration, to be titled “America in the Age of Trump: How did we get here? Where are we going? What can we do?”
The lecture is open to the public and sponsored by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Brattleboro Chapter. All are welcome.
Michael Krasner has been on the political science faculty at Queens College, City University of New York, since 1970, teaching courses on politics and the media, and on presidential, congressional, gubernatorial, and mayoral elections, among other topics.

First Wednesdays: Building Monticello

Date & Time: 
Jan 24 2017 - 11:00am

Jefferson never knew the Monticello of today—in perfect condition,
impeccably furnished. Join us as Dartmouth College senior lecturer
Marlene Heck explains the lifelong project Jefferson called his “essay
in architecture.” This program is sponsored by the Vermont Humanities

Building Monticello

Date & Time: 
Feb 1 2017 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Jefferson never knew the Monticello of today--in perfect condition, impeccably furnished. Dartmouth College senior lecturer Marlene Heck explains the lifelong project Jefferson called his “essay in architecture.” Part of the First Wednesdays free public lecture series. A Vermont Humanities Council event.

Paths of the Gods: Hiking the Sorrento Peninsula

Date & Time: 
Jan 28 2017 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm

Join former Library Director Jerry Carbone
and his touring companions, Arthur and Carol Westing (Putney, Vt.), on
January 28, at 3 PM, in the Library's meeting room, for a talk on a
recent hiking trip to Italy's famed Sorrento peninsula.

group hiked and toured the area for two weeks in November. The slide
presentation will include views and topography from the ancient trails
and mule paths that line the limestone Latarri Mountain range and
Tyrrhenian Sea.

They took photographs and video of seven hikes,
which include the spectacular route along the ancient Roman path from
Termini via Punta Campanella out to the most extreme point of the
Sorrentine Peninsula, where Ulysses met the Sirens.

First Wednesdays: America's Most Revolutionary 20th Century Poet

Date & Time: 
Dec 7 2016 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Join UVM professor Hank Gutman as he discusses the important changes that William Carlos Williams brought to the world of poetry!

Community Conscious Policing

Date & Time: 
Nov 15 2016 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Come Learn about Community Conscious Policing™ on November 15th, 2016 from 6-8pm at The Root Social Justice Center - 28 Williams St - Brattleboro, VT. This event is co-hosted by Training 4 Transformation, LLC, and ACT for Social Justice. It is open to the public with a suggested donation $0-20. Please come fragrance free. We will provide Tea and Coffee.

The polarization of law enforcement and community members deepens as People of Color continue to be killed by law enforcement. Trust has been broken, the police are scared, communities are unsafe. “What is the solution?”

Talk on “Occitania: The Forgotten Brilliance” by Rai d’Honoré, Ph.D

Date & Time: 
Nov 4 2016 - 7:30pm - 9:00pm

In this talk, Windham World Affairs Council looks at the culture of medieval Occitania to gain perspective on the current state of our world.. Occitania (today southern France) had a radically different culture from the rest of twelfth-century Europe and in some ways was more advanced than many contemporary societies. Rai will discuss Occitania’s origins, the influences that shaped it, and the reason for its importance today. And she will take you back in time by performing some of its songs! Prior to moving to Vermont in 2016, Rai lectured on the troubadour tradition and organized medieval colloquia and festivals. She has been on the faculty at numerous universities in the US and overseas.

Coffee, cookies, & conversation will begin at 7:00.

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