Wednesday, August 21, 2019

1st Wednesday Book Discussions and Dinners

Confronting Social Inequalities

Join Flow of History for an after-school book discussion followed by an evening talk that further illuminates the topic. Choose from three different dates and locations. These workshops are aligned with First Wednesday programs sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council and in collaboration with Vermont Alliance for the Social Studies.

Each session will include a reading and discussion component, as well as a short primary source inquiry. A light dinner will be provided, with the evening speakers invited to join workshop participants as available. See below for the list of dates and locations with the associated reading and evening presentation. Workshops run from 4:00 - 6:30 p.m. and include dinner. The First Wednesday talks begin at 7 p.m.

Books will be mailed to participants upon registration.

November 6; St. Johnsbury, VT 

Teacher Workshop Time:
4:00 - 6:30 p.m. (including dinner)

Workshop Location:
St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 1171 Main Street

Book: Richard Rothstein, The Color of Law. Learn how American cities became racially divided as federal, state and local governments systematically imposed policy-driven residential segregation.

First Wednesday Talk: "The Racially Fragmented City" with Richard Wright.  America’s growing diversity is changing its ethnic and racial demography for decades to come, with significant implications for human geography. Dartmouth professor Richard Wright discusses emerging patterns of diversity and segregation on national, state, and local levels.

December 4; Montpelier, VT

Teacher Workshop Time: 
4:00 - 6:30 p.m. (including dinner)

Workshop Location: Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main Street

Book: Bryan Stevenson, Just Mercy (YA edition)
"Just Mercy is every bit as moving as To Kill a Mockingbird. [It] demonstrates the extent to which brutality, unfairness, and racial bias continue to infect criminal law in the United States."

First Wednesday Talk: "Policing and Community in Vermont" with Brandon del Pozo. Burlington Police Chief Brandon del Pozo explores issues of criminal justice, health, and safety in the Queen City, and how citizens and police can work together innovatively to create safer and healthier communities.

March 4: Norwich, VT

Teacher Workshop Time: 
4:00 - 6:30 p.m. (including dinner)

Workshop Location: Norwich Historical Society, 277 Main Street

Book: Katherine Paterson, My Brigadista Year, the story of a Cuban teenager who volunteers for a national literacy campaign to teach others how to read.

First Wednesday Talk: "Read to Live" with Katherine Paterson. National Book Award winner Katherine Paterson speaks on the importance of literacy and developing a love for reading which was the inspiration for her latest novel My Brigadista Year.

Registration Fee:
$75 for single workshop (includes dinner and a copy of the book); First Wednesday talks are free


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  1. How about a class on the western side of the Green Mountains? Preferably in Rutland, Manchester or Bennington??? Thanks for your consideration. If you don't have an instructor I would volunteer. Richard M. Long
    Manchester Center, VT


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