Mar
22
12:00 PM12:00

Dark, Bitter, Sweet, and Aromatic - A Social History of Coffee

  • Fleming Museum 204 (Marble Court) (map)
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Catherine Holly, Anthropologist and Coffee Researcher

This talk explores the social, political, and economic influences that have shaped the consumption of coffee around the world. Catherine Holly takes a look at the historical roots of our beloved black brew, and sheds light on current and future trends in an ever-changing environment. A brief coffee tasting follows the talk to further an appreciation for the sensory and quality attributes of coffee.

Price: Regular Admission
Website: www.flemingmuseum.org
Sponsor: Fleming Museum
For more information, contact Fleming Museum at 802-656-0750 or Fleming@uvm.edu.

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Feb
23
5:30 PM17:30

"What Does Human Evolution Mean to You?" A Community Conversation

A community conversation on the topic titled "What Does Human Evolution Mean to You? A Community Conversation," led by BSIC co-chairs Drs. Connie Bertka and Jim Miller.


The discomfort felt by many people about evolution, particularly at the point where science and religion converge, has resulted in a lack of opportunities for the public to reflect on findings in human origins research and how these discoveries relate to people's personal understanding of the world and their place in it. This program will offer that opportunity and address a popular misconception that there is an inherent conflict between science and religion in the area of human origins. The BSIC has developed the Primer on Science, Religion, Evolution, and Creationism, a document that promotes a respectful, welcoming, and insightful public conversation on a topic audiences often see as troubling or prefer to avoid. The primer may be found at: http://www.humanorigins.si.edu/about/bsic/science-religion-evolution-creationism-primer

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Feb
23
2:00 PM14:00

Event for Clergy and Community Leaders

If individual libraries are interested in specifically engaging religious leaders in their community on the topic of human evolution, the BSIC co-chairs will coordinate a focused event for clergy and community leaders to explore the exhibit with Human Origins Program scientific and education staff and BSIC members. The agenda for discussion following the tour will be coordinated with input from the local project consultation panel. Ideally one or two local, respected clergy and community leaders will work with the BSIC co-chairs to invite their local colleagues to this event. 

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Feb
22
10:00 AM10:00

Educator Workshop

 Dr. Briana Pobiner, who leads the Human Origins Program's education and outreach efforts, and Dr. Connie Bertka, will present a 2-4 hour workshop on human evolution for science educators. The workshop is for classroom teachers; science, nature center, and museum educators; homeschoolers; and other local educators. It will feature exploration and hands-on practice in presenting the Human Origins Program resources provided for each community. These resources include a set of five early human skull casts; classroom-tested, high-school Biology teaching supplements on "What Does It Mean to Be Human?", and a teacher resource on cultural and religious sensitivity strategies. 

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Feb
15
12:00 PM12:00

India's Histories: Alternative Stories from the Fleming Collection

  • Fleming Museum 204 (Marble Court) (map)
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The Fleming's new Gallery of Asian Art reveals the rich histories of India and other parts of South Asia. In this talk, Abigail McGowen, Associate Professor, UVM Department of History, uses objects on display - as well as from storage - to explore the subcontinent's past from different perspectives, highlighting how trade, religion, the arts, and colonial power have shaped the material culture of the region.

Price: Regular Admission
Website: www.flemingmuseum.org
Sponsor: Fleming Museum
For more information, contact Fleming Museum at 802-656-0750 or Fleming@uvm.edu.

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Jan
4
7:00 PM19:00

Face to Face with the Emotional Brain

Whether around the caveman’s fire or the conference table, no signal is more important to humans’ interpreting social interactions and future behavior than the smile. Dartmouth professor Paul Whalen explores how the human brain processes the facial expressions of others and what these responses mean for understanding our emotional lives, http://www.stjathenaeum.org/

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Dec
6
6:00 PM18:00

Genomic Medicine in Vermont - Community Medical School

  • Carpenter Auditorium, Given Building, UVM Campus (map)
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Targeted cancer treatments can be more effective in treating cancer cells, often in conjunction with traditional therapies. Hear about how UVM is working toward using the complete genetic information of individual patients to inform their health and healthcare, as well as conducting research to ensure this new strategy not only yields better outcomes, but is also cost-effective.

Presented by Debra G.B. Leonard, M.D., Ph.D., Chair of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. Part of the Community Medical School series. 

Free and open to the public 

For more information, visit www.UVMHealth.org/MedCenterCMS or call (802) 847-2886

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Nov
19
10:30 AM10:30

A Timeline of Quebec Research

Whether we are searching in Quebec or in Ohio it is important for us to have an understanding of which record types existed when our ancestors lived in that location and when the documents they contain were collected.

In this talk John Fisher will share his top twenty sources for Quebec genealogy, starting with the original standard reference sources and continuing to the latest - with examples from each. John’s talk will cover the “best” in books, microfilm, microfiche and the Internet. He will also discuss the start and end years for each major source.

Class fee is $5.00 for members and the public. All Classes are on Saturdays at 10:30 AM and end at noon. 

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Nov
12
10:30 AM10:30

Oral History as Discovery Research

Oral history is a research method that can be used to explore the fabric of everyday experience, past or present. Want to know what life on a farm was like in the 1940s? An older farmer can tell you. He or she can also describe the complex changes that led us from then to now.

Gregory Sharrow of the Vermont Folklife Center explores the richness and the significance of oral history as a documentary research method, illustrated with excerpts from his field recordings, featuring remarkable people and memorable stories. If you have considered adding oral histories to your genealogical research then please join us on November 12th.

This talk is sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council. It is free and open to the public.

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Nov
5
10:30 AM10:30

Using City Directories to Solve Genealogical Mysteries

Lynn Johnson has updated this class to focus solely on city directories, the precursors of telephone books. City directories are interesting in that they tell you what kind of work your ancestors did and oftentimes where they worked, but that is just one piece of what you might learn from these books. Lynn will go over the kinds of information directories contain and where to find them. Staying organized while collecting the information can be an issue, whether you copy by hand, scan the book, or download images at home. Lynn will share organizing tips that will be helpful whether you’re researching many people in one city, or just one person. Some genealogical mysteries can be solved using city directories together with other sources, but they might also present you with new mysteries to work out. Lynn will show you examples of both from her family research and many years exploring directories.

Class fee is $5.00 for members and the public. All Classes are on Saturdays at 10:30 AM and end at noon. 

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Oct
29
9:00 AM09:00

Fall Meeting of the Genealogical Society of Vermont

  • Franklin Conference Center at the Howe Center (map)
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Registration at 9 a.m., followed by the annual business meeting at 9:30 a.m.

Speakers:

Gary Shattuck: Insurrection, Corruption and Murder in Early Vermont. He will also have copies of his book of the same title available.

Peggy Jenks: problems with on-line cemetery data, and comparing it with original sources.

Mariessa Dobrick: Genealogical research at Vermont State Archives and Records Administration.

There will be luncheon consisting of a hot entrée, tossed green salad, and a dessert.

More details will be available soon, including registration information.

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Oct
28
10:00 AM10:00

Educator Workshop for Teachers Grades 5-12

This free workshop offers a unique opportunity for local educators to incorporate the most up-to-date information about human evolution directly from anthropology and archaeology scholars, and works in conjunction with the "Exploring Human Origins" exhibit. The workshop will introduce local teachers to the online, print, and other resources that Smithsonian will make available to them and their students, as well as a set of skull replicas that will be left in each community after the exhibit leaves for continued educational use.  

The workshop is open to all teachers in Vermont public and private schools, as well as home-school instructors. 

Dr. Deborah Blom, the Department Chair and Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Vermont, will lead the workshop. 

To sign up for the workshop, please email Barbara Shatara, Programs and Partnerships Librarian at bshatara@burlingtonvt.gov, or call 802-865-7211. 

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Oct
22
8:30 AM08:30

Vermont French-Canadian Genealogical Society Fall Conference

  • St. John Vianney Church - Parish Hall (map)
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 8:30 AM Registration - Displays - Book Sale

9:30 AM David Graham – 1837-38 Rebellion

11:00 AM VT-FCGS Members Annual Meeting

11:30 AM Break for Lunch

12:30 PM Michael Laramie – Naval Campaigns in Champlain Valley 1665-1815

2:00 PM Break and Browse

2:30 PM André Senecal – A New Life at Crown Point and Chimney Point Return to Chazy, NY & a 3rd Life as a Double Spy During the Revolution Bring Your Friends

- This Event is Open to the Public - Lunch can be purchased on site. Registration: $30 - Early Registration: $25 (by October 14) Use form on vtgenlib.com

The Vermont Genealogy Library will have books for sale to help you find French, Irish, German, Scottish, and English Ancestors in addition to other genealogy related topics…. 

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Oct
19
6:30 PM18:30

DNA Testing Basics

Sponsored by the Montpelier Area Senior Center (MSAC), Vermont Genealogy Library, and VHS. Open to MSAC and Barre Area Senior Center Members

DNA tests have become very effective complements to traditional genealogical research and are sometimes the only way to resolve conflicting information or to break through a 'brick wall.' There are several types of DNA tests and several companies that offer them. To make a decision about which test to use - or which company - one needs a basic understanding of how they work. This class will provide all the information necessary to understand how DNA is tested, what it can and can not tell you about your ancestors and which test & company are the best answer for your genealogical question. Pre-registration requested to MSAC at (802) 223-2518

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Oct
18
7:00 PM19:00

On Human Nature Book Discussion

Part of the Forces of Nature series. Pulitzer-winning nonfiction writers have at times looked beyond the world’s current era. Instead, the titles in this series explore humanity’s relationship to forces beyond its control, such as evolution, disease, and the planet’s fragile ecosystems, for more info, contact Lynne Gately. 

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Oct
15
10:30 AM10:30

Organizing Your Research Using Evernote


No matter where our ancestors hail from, each of us deals with many similar issues: paperwork clutter, "Post-It Notes" everywhere, multiple homes for the same types of data and the frequent inability to find that file or photo we need right now. If you've encountered organizational issues with your research maybe Evernote is the answer. Evernote is a free, powerful yet relatively simple tool for taking charge of your records and your searches regardless of which type of computer, tablet or smartphone you use.

In this talk Ed McGuire will describe how you can enlist Evernote to tackle some of our most common organizational challenges. He will discuss how it works, show how to construct handy forms including research logs, to-do lists, and templates as well as describe features such as tags, note links and reminders. Ed will also cover how to save PDFs, spreadsheets, photos, voice recordings and more. And he'll explain Evernote's incredible abilty to find anything you've saved. Join us to learn about the best genealogy organizing tool on the planet and discover why Evernote has over 100 million happy users worldwide.

 All classes are $5.00 for members and the public. 

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Oct
11
7:00 PM19:00

Lake Champlain Over the Years: A Visual and Historical Narrative

Lake Champlain is one of the most historic bodies of water in the United States. Created through a series of geological events, it has now remained within its present banks for 10,000 years. Native Americans first occupied the shores, leaving their marks before the lake’s “discovery” over 400 years ago. Since 1607, the lake has been a site of military conflict, commerce and recreation. Vermont historian Don Wickman will feature tales of lake heritage coupled with illustrations, contact Chittenden County Historical Society for more information. 

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Oct
9
4:00 PM16:00

Endurance Book Discussion

Come together to discuss the Vermont Reads book and explore additional materials gathered by the library to add to the discussion. Find out what happened to the wreck of the Endurance and what the crew ate aboard! The discussion will be led by Jeudevine Library Director Lisa Sammet. There will be refreshments! 

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Oct
7
1:00 PM13:00

Educator Workshop for Teachers Grades 5-12

This free workshop offers a unique opportunity for local educators to incorporate the most up-to-date information about human evolution directly from anthropology and archaeology scholars, and works in conjunction with the "Exploring Human Origins" exhibit. The workshop will introduce local teachers to the online, print, and other resources that Smithsonian will make available to them and their students, as well as a set of skull replicas that will be left in each community after the exhibit leaves for continued educational use.  

The workshop is open to all teachers in Vermont public and private schools, as well as home-school instructors. 

Dr. Paul Constantino, Assistant Professor of Biology at St. Michael's College, will lead the workshop. 

To sign up for the workshop, please email Barbara Shatara, Programs and Partnerships Librarian at bshatara@burlingtonvt.gov, or call 802-865-7211. 

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Oct
7
12:15 PM12:15

Faculty Colloquium Sequence in the Humanities

  • Farrell Room, Saint Edmund's Hall, St. Michael's College (map)
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The Humanities Center is pleased to invite you to listen to our colleague, Shefali Misra (Political Science) on the following topic: "When fanatical responses are psychologically necessary -- Rousseauian insights into the limits of tolerance." For more information, contact Laurence V. Clerfeuille at St. Michael's College. 

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Oct
6
7:00 PM19:00

What Chinese Philosophers Can Teach Us About the Good Life

Harvard Professor of Chinese History Michael Puett and journalist Christine Gross-Loh, co-authors of the international bestseller The Path: What Chinese Philosophers Can Teach Us About the Good Life, share how Puett’s hugely popular course on Chinese philosophy is life-changing for many of his students. For more info, visit http://mclvt.org

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Oct
6
to Nov 5

Gowri Savoor - Contours Gallery Exhibit

  • Center for Communication and Creative Media, Champlain College (map)
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Paintings and 3D printed sculptures inspired by the elaborate, geometric designs of the ancient Indian art of Rangoli.

Exhibit: October 6–November 5     

Reception: Thu, Oct 6 at 5 pm 

FREE and Open to the Public
Monday-Friday 10 - 5 | Saturday 11 - 4

 Champlain College

Center for Communication and Creative Media, 2nd Floor
Corner of Maple St. and South Willard St.

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Oct
5
7:00 PM19:00

What Chinese Philosophers Can Teach Us About the Good Life

  • First Congregational Church of Manchester (map)
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Harvard Professor of Chinese History Michael Puett and journalist Christine Gross-Loh, co-authors of the international bestseller The Path: What Chinese Philosophers Can Teach Us About the Good Life, share how Puett’s hugely popular course on Chinese philosophy is life-changing for many of his students. For more info, visit http://mclvt.org

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