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  • August 2021

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    Forged from Fire: The History and Future of Glass Date: Tuesday, August 3, 2021 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: via Zoom Fee: $15

    Inspired by this summer's exhibition "2021˚ F: 10th Anniversary of the Vermont Glass Guild" at Southern Vermont Arts Center, SVAC Executive Director Anne Corso will talk about the medium of glass. For almost 4,000 years glass has been made in the early furnaces of the Ancient Egyptians and Romans, by the pioneers of the Studio Glass Movement, and used by contemporary and performance artists of today pushing the boundaries of glass. Discover why artists, viewers, and consumers have been enchanted with this mercurial medium for nearly 4 millennia.

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    The GMALL Debate 2021 Date: Tuesday, August 10, 2021 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: The Riley Center at Burr & Burton Academy Fee: $15 in advance; $20 at the door

    The motion before the meeting is that THE WEST HAS LOST IT. Since perhaps the Peace of Westphalia in 1648, western ideas have gained ground and led the world. Ideas and values that included the recognition of state sovereignty, freedoms of expression and religion, and later the spread of liberal democracy and the market economy were widely exported, first by European expansion and later by the United States. But with the recent rise of different systems, particularly in China and India and developments in other regions, western dominance is now being challenged. Western leadership is no longer the global guiding star. Has the West lost it? Once more our two debaters will engage in oratorical combat and audience views will be invited.

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    Endpapers: A Family Story of Books, War, Escape, and Home Date: Tuesday, August 17, 2021 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: via Zoom Fee: $15

    Author Alexander Wolff’s grandfather, the renowned book publisher Kurt Wolff, fled the Nazis. Alex’s father Niko, left behind, fought for them. Steven Sinding joins Alex in conversation about his journey to Berlin to unravel the many transnational and intergenerational aspects of his family's story and their implications for our times.

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    Celebrating 31 years with the Hubble Space Telescope Date: Tuesday, August 24, 2021 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: via Zoom Fee: $15

    The Hubble Space Telescope, NASA’s first Great Observatory, launched in April of 1990 and has been going strong ever since. Astronomers from across the globe have utilized Hubble to make discoveries related to stars, galaxies, exoplanets, and the early Universe. To date, there have been over 10,000 scientific papers published using Hubble data, making it one of the most prolific astronomical endeavors in history. This talk will cover a brief history of the Hubble Space Telescope and explore some of Hubble’s most amazing and recent discoveries.

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    The Norcross-West Marble Company Date: Tuesday, August 31, 2021 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: via Zoom Fee: $15

    The Norcross-West Marble Company was formed by Orlando W. Norcross of Worcester, MA and Spafford H. West of Dorset, VT to provide the 500,000 cubic feet of pure white marble needed for the New York Public Library being built on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street in Manhattan. Operations began in 1901, with hundreds of thousands of dollars spent building the required infrastructure, with a state-of-the-art finishing mill at Manchester Depot and a railroad connecting to the quarrying operations in South Dorset. By 1934, the mill was gone and the rails torn up; today the swimming quarry along Route 30 remains the only visible reminder of this monumental undertaking. Join Bill Badger and MHS curator Shawn Harrington for a look at the legacy of this era, both in the Northshire and around the nation.

  • September 2021

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    WRITING WORKSHOP - The Little Writer Who Could: Chugging Our Way to Completion Date: Thursday, September 9, 2021 Time: 11:00 am-1:00 pm Location: via Zoom Fee: $125

    This workshop is designed for writers who wish to work on a long-term, goal driven single work in a concentrated way. Unlike traditional writing workshops that are based on prompts, it requires a committed attempt to move prose writing closer to completion. The work might be a memoir, a short story or two, a novel, or other piece of work that focuses on drafting, revising, and being open to in-depth critical comments and relevant feedback. Come prepared to “think [you] can” and to chug along toward a completed work in an environment of support and growth as a writer!

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    The Politics of Nuclear Weapons Date: Tuesday, September 14, 2021 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: TBD Fee: $15

    Whether we think about nuclear weapons or not, since the dawn of the nuclear weapon age in 1945 we have lived, and continue to live, under the nuclear shadow. This talk will focus not on the technical or military aspects, but on the politics: Why do countries have them, or not have them? What is their purpose, or purposes? What lies in the politics of keeping and updating them? Can we ever do away with them altogether? If so, how? If not, why not? What are the prospects of proliferation? What political efforts are being taken to curb them? And are such efforts successful? Political leaders must wrestle with these and other related questions and there are no easy answers.

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    Understanding Evil Date: Thursday, September 30, 2021 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: via Zoom Fee: $18

    Once a central concept in religious thought and a seminal notion in the history of ideas, as theologians, writers and philosophers struggled to understand and justify its presence in a world presumably created and governed by an all good, all knowing and all powerful God, its importance faded with the rise of scientific thought and the decline in the belief in Satan and, if not in the existence of God, then in his active role in human affairs. The dominant question in recent treatments of the subject is no longer “what is evil?” or “why does it exist?” but how does it grow and spread, again virus-like, in and among seemingly ordinary people?

  • October 2021

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    MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival Date: Saturday, October 2, 2021 Time: 7:00 pm-9:00 pm Location: Burr and Burton Academy, Riley Center for the Arts Fee: $12

    MANHATTAN SHORT is the only film festival of its kind. The final selections screen simultaneously across the world during a one-week period, where attendees vote for Best Film and Best Actor awards at each participating venue. Every short film selected will automatically become qualified for the Oscars of 2022. You be the judge! Votes are tallied at each venue and sent through to MANHATTAN SHORT headquarters in NYC where the winners will be announced on Monday, October 4, 2021. MANHATTAN SHORT is, quite simply, a collection of some of the best short films currently screening in the world today.

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    The Art of Fiction Writing - A Five-Week Workshop Date: Monday, October 4, 2021 Time: 6:00 pm-7:30 pm Location: TBD Fee: $100

    As anyone who has tried to write will tell you, creating a compelling and memorable story is hard work. Sure, they come out all shiny and exciting in The New Yorker or other published venues, but how did they get to be so good? In this writing workshop, we’ll examine what goes into a story that draws people in and stands out from the rest. Through the basic tenets of creative writing and by practicing each week, you will rapidly improve. You’ll learn to build strong characters. You’ll master writing exciting dialogue and a vivid scene with those new characters. You’ll use different points of view. And we’ll teach you how to show rather than tell your story. At the end, you’ll then put all these elements together in your own story you’ll share with the group. This is a small, dynamic and supportive in-person (not Zoom!) five-week class on the elements of creative writing for beginning and early intermediate writers.

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    Archaeological Boots on the Ground – Part II Date: Tuesday, October 5, 2021 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: TBD Fee: $15

    The catalyst for this talk is a comment made by an acquaintance of the presenter who asked, “Why do you study Afghanistan’s history? They have always been a country of hunters and gatherers.” Where to begin? This is not a talk about the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan. Instead, it offers a memoir about the experiences of a female archaeologist whose first trip abroad was to Afghanistan in 1975 and over the years continued to visit and study the country, learning its origins and contributions to world history. This presentation will explore the country’s history and its people beginning at the end of the late 15th century with Babur, who founded the Mughal Empire and chronicled his travels to places he described as “situated on the edge of the world.”

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    GMALL 25th Anniversary Gala Date: Friday, October 15, 2021 Time: 5:30 pm- Location: Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home Fee: $150.00

    Please save the date for the GMALL 25th Anniversary Gala!