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Lectures and readings

Science, History, Music, Art, Dance, Vegetables, & Other Things That Aren't Related to Poetry (Or Are They?)

Date & Time: 
Apr 2 2018 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Alice B. Fogel is the New Hampshire Poet Laureate. She has loved art of all kinds for her whole life, but she also gets pretty excited about the sciences, especially when they have to do with very small things like extremophile organisms, or very large things like asteroids and planets. Her latest book (2017) is A Doubtful House. In 2015, her book, Interval: Poems Based on Bach’s “Goldberg Variations” won the Nicholas Schaffner Award for Music in Literature and the 2016 NH Literary Award in Poetry, and her third book, Be That Empty, was a national poetry bestseller. She is also the author of Strange Terrain, on how to appreciate poetry even if you don't “get” it.

Neurodiverse Characters in Fiction: Perspectives Beyond the Vanilla

Date & Time: 
Mar 12 2018 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Jamie Sheffield is a writer who lives in Westmoreland, New Hampshire with his wife and son and three rescues labs. After a career as a middle/high school special educator in a small village in the heart of New York's Adirondack Park, he published his first novel, Here Be Monsters, in 2013. Since then he has published three novels and a collection of novellas creating fictitious characters and story lines informed by the people in places most familiar to him. Sheffield is getting his MFA from Goddard College, and also has degrees from St. Lawrence University and Syracuse. He is currently working on a collection of short fiction and also a fantasy novel.

Pop Goes History: What Coca-Cola Tells Us About American History

Date & Time: 
Feb 26 2018 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

The Coca Cola logo is recognized by 94% of the global population, making it the world’s most recognizable trademark. Both the logo and the product are so thoroughly identified with the United States that for many people Coke is the symbol of America.

Dr. Sanjukta Ghosh will explore 3 major themes in this multimedia talk: the use of images of women in Coke advertising; Coke’s role in shaping America’s involvement in World War II and the subsequent global economy; and Coke’s entanglement in imperial movements around the world.

Talk on "Brexit and the European Union"

Date & Time: 
Feb 16 2018 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

The Windham World Affairs Council is presenting Edward Cameron, Ph.D., who will speak on “Brexit and the European Union.” Dr. Cameron is a specialist in European Union affairs, public policy, and climate change. His talk on climate change at the Brooks Memorial Library in October was outstanding, and the Brattleboro community is fortunate to be able to benefit from his expertise once again. In his talk Dr. Cameron, who spent 10 years working for the EU in Brussels, will examine the causes of the BREXIT vote, assess the current negotiations, and explore the potential consequences for both the UK and EU.

Peter Gould discusses "Horse-Drawn Yogurt" at Landmark College

Date & Time: 
Feb 12 2018 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

The Landmark College Spring 2018 Academic Speaker Series Opens
with Peter Gould on Monday, February 12, at 7 p.m. in the Brooks M. O’ Brien
auditorium, located in the East Academic Building.

Gould’s talk will draw on material from his recent book, “Horse-Drawn
Yogurt: Stories from Total Loss Farm” (Green Writers Press), a collection of
true stories of a young man’s life on a Vermont commune in the 1970s. Gould
will read passages from the book and discuss how and where we see the legacy of
the back-to-the-land movement in today’s society.

Osher Lectures

Date & Time: 
Feb 5 2018 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Donald Sherefkin on nature and architecture

Osher Lecture: The Nature of Artifice

Date & Time: 
Jan 29 2018 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Donald Sherefkin, Bennington College, lectures on how we organize our world according to the sun and other bodies.

Osher Lecture: The Nature of Artifice

Date & Time: 
Jan 22 2018 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Donald Sherefkin, practicing architect and Bennington College faculty member, will discuss how manmade works affect, and are affected by, the natural world. This is the first of a series of three weekly lectures sponsored by the Osher Lifelong Learning Instute, Brattleboro Chapter.

One Belt, One Road: Why Is China Rebuilding The Silk Road and Reclaiming the “Mandate of Heaven”?

Date & Time: 
Nov 17 2017 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Windham World Affairs Council proudly presents a talk entitled "One Belt, One Road: Why Is China Rebuilding The Silk Road and Reclaiming the 'Mandate of Heaven'?” While the USA is building walls, the People’s Republic of China is building roads, in fact, three Silk Roads: The Overland Silk Road, The Maritime Silk Road, and the virtual Cyber Silk Road. Jim Freedman, a global leadership consultant, with extensive business experience in Korea, China, and the Philippines, will discuss the global strategy undertaken by the People’s Republic of China to increase its influence on Western Europe, Africa, the Middle East and the Indian sub-continent. The talk is free and open to the public and will be followed by a Q & A. Come for coffee, tea and conversation at 6:30 pm.

Making the Right Decisions

Date & Time: 
Nov 12 2017 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Join us for a lecture on how an understanding of God can help you make the right decisions and find solutions to problems, including drug and health issues. International speaker Leide Lessa is a Christian Science practitioner and teacher who divides her time between Boston and Sao Paulo, Brazil. This free lecture is sponsored by First Church of Christ, Scientist, Brattleboro. For information call 802-254-4924.

The Puppet as ‘Other’: How Sandglass Theater Addresses Social Justice

Date & Time: 
Nov 6 2017 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Over the last decade, Sandglass Theater’s work has moved deeper and deeper into themes of social justice. As a puppet theater, Sandglass has opened discourse about these issues in ways that are specific to their art form. The puppet represents a being that is always “other” than the human world that animates it. As such, it is a metaphor for many stories of marginalization. Eric Bass will present clips from Sandglass’ five most recent show and collaborations, to explore and discuss the quite different ways in which the theater company has done this.

Osher Lectures

Date & Time: 
Oct 30 2017 - 10:00am - 3:00pm

Osher Lectures: Seth Harter on Japanese ceramics; local writers (Lynne Kennedy)

Osher Autumn Lectures

Date & Time: 
Oct 23 2017 - 10:00am - 3:00pm

Seth Harter on Japanese architecture and carpentry; Jan Maher on her novel Earth As It Is

Osher Autumn Lectures

Date & Time: 
Oct 9 2017 - 10:00am - 3:30pm

Seth Harter on the Japanese aesthetic (A.M.) and Charles Butterfield on his novel In the Shadow of Cedars (PM).

“The Axis of Evil Revisited: North Korea, Iran, Iraq (and Syria) Fifteen Years Later”

Date & Time: 
Oct 20 2017 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Windham World Affairs Council invites you to a talk by Peter Galbraith, “The Axis of Evil Revisited: North Korea, Iran, Iraq (and Syria) Fifteen Years Later,” following a 6 pm Annual WWAC Members Meeting. The talk is free and open to the public. We invite all to come at 6 pm before the talk learn about our organization and sign up for WWAC membership. If you are already a member, we invite you to come and share your thoughts about our events. We need your support in order to continue offering important programs like this much-anticipated talk and our upcoming Iranian Film Series. Annual membership dues are now only $35 for individuals, $50 per family. We hope you will decide to become members and help support us in the important work we do.

“The Current State of Refugees and Forced Displacement in the World”

Date & Time: 
Oct 6 2017 - 7:30pm - 9:00pm

Windham World Affairs Council (WWAC) and Centre Congregational Church will jointly sponsor a talk by Mr. Lloyd Dakin, UN High Commissioner for Refugees (Ret.), entitled “The Current State of Refugees and Forced Displacement in the World. The talk is free and open to the public. In his talk Mr. Dakin will focus on the current state of refugees and forced displacement in the world. From his extensive experience, he has learned that not all refugee situations are the same, but ultimately their resolutions are very similar. Refugees either return home, stay in the country they fled to, or seek resettlement in another country. He will give us his perspective on on how these processes are progressing globally and locally at this moment in time.

Osher Autumn Lectures

Date & Time: 
Oct 2 2017 - 10:00am - 3:00pm

The Japanese Aesthetic, with Seth Harter of Marlboro College; and local authors (Archer Mayor). Sponsored by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Brattleboro Chapter.
--10:00 a.m. to noon; 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. six successive Mondays.
--Southeast Vermont Learning Collaborative, 471 Route 5, Dummerston.
--Fee: $6 per lecture, or by membership. For more information please call Julie Lavorgna (802) 365-7278 or e-mail julielavorgna@gmail.com

"The Mentorships of Robert Frost"

Date & Time: 
Oct 2 2017 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

PUTNEY – Landmark College will present “The Mentorships of Robert Frost,” a talk by Landmark College Professor Dan Toomey, at 7 p.m. Monday, October 2, in the Brooks M. O’Brien Auditorium, East Academic Building.

A study of Robert Frost’s friendships with younger men is important for a number of reasons. In addition to expressing the man’s virtues – loyalty, kindness, and generosity – that were passed over or else underplayed in Laurance Thompson’s still influential authorized biography, they can show us a great deal about friendship and what it means to be a teacher and a student. Finally, these friendships on occasion brought forth something of significance that lived beyond both mentor and mentee.

First Wednesdays: Georgia O’Keeffe, A Critical Look

Date & Time: 
May 2 2018 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Georgia O’Keeffe lived 99 years and produced over 2,000 works in her
75-year career. Join us on May 2, 2018 at 7 pm as James Maroney, the
former Head of American Paintings at both Sotheby’s and Christie’s in
New York who conducted her estate appraisal after her death, presents a
critical evaluation of her best work.

This program is underwritten by:
National Life Group
Alma Gibbs Donchian Foundation
Vermont Department of Libraries
Institute of Museum and Library Services
(Photo Georgia O'Keefe, 1918, by Alfred Steiglitz)

First Wednesdays: An Emerson for Our Time

Date & Time: 
Apr 4 2018 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

On April 4, 2018, at 7 pm, Amherst professor emeritus Barry O’Connell will draw
on Ralph Waldo Emerson’s essays “The American Scholar,” “Self-Reliance,”
and “Experience,”  while exploring the many ways Emerson’s writings
continue to offer insights that can make our lives more open and

This program is underwritten by: Vermont Council of World Affairs

Statewide underwriters include:
National Life Group
Alma Gibbs Donchian Foundation
Vermont Department of Libraries

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