Center for Research on Vermont
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2014 Spring Seminar Series
"How Do We Prevent High-Risk Offenders From Returning To Crime? Vermont's Innovative Restorative Reintegration Strategy"
2013 Fall Seminar Series
September 26 - Digging Vermont: Exploring the 14th - 16th Centuries of Native Settlement in the Champlain Valley -- James B. Petersen First Annual Archaeology Lecture
John Crock, Professor, Anthropology
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Archaeologist John Crock,
Director of the University of Vermont Consulting Archaeology Program,
talks about recent ground-breaking discoveries from the Lake Champlain
valley of Vermont. Lecture and discussion. This is the first lecture of
an annual series to honor beloved Vermont archaeologist Jim Petersen.
Sponsored by The Vermont Archaeology Heritage Center and UVM Department of Anthropology
October 16 - Eating Far From Home: Migrant Foodways in Vermont
Pablo Bose, Professor, Geography
Teresa Mares, Professor, Anthropology
faculty Pablo Bose and Teresa Mares speak about their research on food
and migration in Vermont, particularly their involvement with two
community projects – one that works with refugees on urban farming and
another that works with migrant workers on kitchen gardening. Through
this talk, Dr.’s Bose and Mares will provide a deeper understanding of
the connections among food, culture and
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Sponsored by the Fleming Museum and the Center for Research on Vermont
October 28 - PAT LEAHY: A Targeted Biography
Philip Baruth, Professor, English
Philip Baruth discusses and reads selections from his work in progress, a life of Vermont's senior Senator, whose career in the U.S. Senate spans four decades and who now stands third in line to the Presidency.
Sponsored by the English Department and the Center for Research on Vermont
2013 Spring Series: The University In Vermont: Collaborations, Challenges and Commitments
UVM is Vermont's public research university and land-grant college. It is both a public and private institution, serving Vermonters and students from around the world. Its service, research and educational programs involve collaborations with Vermont communities and with communities around the globe. What contributions does UVM make to science, arts, and society? What challenges does it face? What new possiblities are emerging? This forum provides an opportunity to discuss UVM's past, present, and future engagements and our commitments to Vermont and the world.
March 19 - UVM and Vermont's Cultural Heritage
UVM programs have played an important role preserving, promoting, and sharing Vermont's cultural heritage. Panelists representing these programs will discuss accomplishmnents, challenges, and directions for the future. The panel will be moderated by Ann Cousins of The Preservation Trust of Vermont.
Jeffrey Marshall, Director, UVM Research Collections and University Archivist
Christina Fearon, Curator of Education and Public Programs, Fleming Museum
John Crock, Director, UVM Consulting Archaeology Program
Tom Visser, Director, UVM Historic Preservation
Ann Cousins, The Preservation Trust of Vermont
March 26 - UVM and the State of Vermont: Moving Forward on the "Shumlin Report"
An advisory panel appointed by Governor Shulmin recently reported that the futures of the State of Vermont and the University of Vermont are "inextricably linked" yet the current state of affairs is unsustainable. This panel of state and university leaders will address the challenges and new initiatives proposed in the "Shumlin Report" of 2012. How should the state and UVM work together?
Armando Vilaseca, Secretary, Vermont Agency of Education
Lawrence Miller, Secretary, Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development
Chip Cole, Interim Dean, UVM College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences
Emerson Lynn, Editor, St Albans Messenger
Tom Gustafson, Vice President, UVM Student and Community Relations
April 9 - UVM and the Future of Vermont's Agriculture
Agricultural leaders will present their visions of Vermont's farming future, including challenges, potential collaborations, and areas for new research and entrepreneurship.
Doug Lantagne, Dean, UVM Extension
Chuck Ross, Secretary, VT Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets
Enid Wonnacott, Director, Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermotnt (NOFA)
Tom Vogelmann, Dean, UVM College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Roger Allbee, Former Secretary, VT Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
Vern Grubinger, Professor and Small Fruit and Vegetable Specialist, UVM Extension
April 23 - The Emergence of Vermont's Artisan Cheese Industry: A Case Study in Collaboration
Panelists will discuss the rewards of engaged, collaborative research on Vermont artisan cheese, both for scholars and cheesemakers alike.
Amy Trubek, Director, UVM Food Systems Masters Program
Paul Kindstedt, UVM Nutrition and Food Science
John Barlow, UVM Animal Sciences
DJ D'Amico, Vermont Institute for Artisan Cheese
May 2 - Culture Clash: Acknowledging Where Vermonters Don't See Eye to Eye
Jane Lindholm, Host, Vermont Edition, VT Public RadioAfter 20 years away, living and traveling in places as varied as Nairobi, Los Angeles, and Bangkok, Vermont native Jane Lindholm found herself back in her home state, renting an apartment in a house in Charlotte. It was in that seemingly mundane location that she witnessed the most profound culture clash of her life. Using her own experience as backdrop, Lindholm explores where class, race, and culture collide in Vermont and why she thinks we don't do enough to acknowledge our cultural differences.
Fall 2012 Seminar Series
September 27 - Major Valentine's Swedes
Paul Searls, Professor of History and Music, Lyndon State College
In 1890, Vermont's Commissioner of Agricultural and Manufacturing Interests, Alonzo B. Valentine, launched a program to repopulate Vermont's 'abandoned' farms with farmers recruited from Scandinavia. The program brought a handful of Swedes to three towns in the state, was immediately discontinued, and generally has been dismissed, both by contemporaries and by historians, as a preposterous fiasco. But, in fact, the program had a remarkable legacy, both in terms of its impact on the promotion of summer tourism, and as measured by the subsequent lives of the Swedes and their descendants, many of whom remain in Vermont to this day. In this talk, Paul Searls will explore the bizarre and ironic story of Vermont's Swedish colonists, what the program has to teach us about that transitional era in Vermont's history, whether the program brilliantly accomplished what Valentine hoped for it all along, and what we can learn about twentieth-century Vermont as the Swedes became Vermontesr! This program is dedicated to the memory of Dr. Samuel B. Hand.
co-sponsored by the Center of the Research on Vermont and UVM's History Department
October 9 - Of Wheelmen, The New Woman, and Good Roads: Historical Perspectives on Bicycling in Burlington, 1880-1920
Luis Vivanco, Associate Professor of Anthropology, and Director, Global and Regional Studies, UVM
Dr. Vivanco will present his research on bicycle travel in Vermont from 1880-1920.
co-sponsored by the Center of the Research on Vermont and UVM's Transportation Research Center
November 13 - Election 2012: The Impacts of the Results on Vermont and Vermonters
Professor Eric Davis, Middlebury College, will moderate a panel of journalists to discuss the probably impact of the 2012 voting result onour lives here in Vermont. Outstanding news and political reporters from Vermont media will participate in a roundtable discussion. Come hear Hamilton Davis, journalist and author and former managing editor of the Burlington Free Press; Kristin Carlson, WCAX TV; Andy Bromage, Seven Days; Bob Kinzel, Vermont Public Radio; and Sam Hemingway, Burlington Free Press.
Spring 2012 Seminar Series
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January 31 - Digitizing Historical Vermont Films: New Life for Old Films
Paul Carnahan, Librarian, Leahy Library, Vermont Historical Society
Fred Pond, Reference Librarian, Dana Medical Libary, UVM
Dorothy Thompson's Farm Work is War Work (1942) promotes work on Vermont farms to coming of age teenagers, with an agenda to support the war effort. A Town Solves a Problem (1947) is a U.S. Army production depicting a typical town meeting in day in Pittsford, a more subtle message to post war countries on shared governance. Betsy Ross Bread (1952) and People Make It Happen (1975) are representative of promotion of Vermont industries, showcasing a Montpelier bakery and an Essex Junction IBM plant. Presenters will encourage discussion from attendees on the value of films in researching Vermont history.
February 8 - The Road Not Taken: The Green Mountain Parkway Decision as a "Tipping Point" in the History of Northern New England
Frank Bryan, the John G. McCullough Professor of Political Science, UVM
Professor Bryan will present findings related to his study of Vermont's rejection (by a popular referendum) of a New Deal proposal to build a "skyline drive-like" highway along the Green Mountains from Massachusetts to Canada. Greg Guma and Bruce S. Post will provide commentary, context, and lessons that apply to current issues of development and wilderness.
Greg Guma is writer, editor and author of "The People's Republic: Vermont and the Sanders Revolution" and the historical novel, "Spirits of Desire"
Bruce S. Post is the former Director of the Office of Planning, Research and Coordination for the late Vermont Governor Richard A. Snelling
Special Series: Vermont's Energy Future
co-sponsored by the Center of the Research on Vermont and the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics
March 14 - The End of Cheap Energy
James Howard Kunstler is author of "Geography of Nowhere", "Home from Nowhere", "The Long Emergency" and a number of other books and blogs (http://www.kuntsler.com). A compelling and forceful truthteller, Kuntsler will lay out a vision of a world dependent on cheap energy and approaching a devastating turning point--a turning point that will return the nation to a place where community matters, where neighbors gather and people build places they value.
Co-sponsored by UVM Transportation Research Center, The Clean Energy Fund, and the Environmental Studies Program
March 21 - Public Meltdown: The Story of Vermont Yankee
Richard Watts, UVM Research Professor in Community Development and Applied Economics, and the Transportation Research Center
Dr. Watts will be introduced by VT Attorney General William Sorrell
Dr. Watts reviews the very public debate around the decision to re-license the Vermont Yankee nuclear power point in Vernon. Dr Watts charts the evolving discourse around the plant from when it was purchased by Entergy Corporation and the Vermont Senate's 2010 vote to close the plant. The plant's initial 40-year license expires March 21, 2012. Dr Watts has recently completed a book by the same name.
March 28 - Diversify and Decentralize: Green Mountain Power's View of the Future
Mary Powell, CEO and President, Green Mountain Power
Green Mountain Power is one of the state’s largest electric utilities with a 100-plus year history in Vermont. In this talk, CEO and President Mary Powell outlines GMP’s strategic vision for their part of Vermont’s energy future – a vision that continues the company’s move towards clean energy, decentralized systems and a diversified power supply. Named CEO in 2008, Powell is one of only five female chief executives of investor-owned industrial utilities in the country.
April 4 - Clean Energy Equals Jobs
David Blittersdorf, President and CEO, AllEarth Renewables
Beth Sachs, co-founder, Vermont Energy Investment Corporation
In this talk several prominent business leaders who have built successful enterprises in Vermont based on a new energy paradigm outline their visions for Vermont’s energy future and how that can lead to economic vitality, job growth and cleaner energy. Beth Sachs is the co-founder of the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation which manages electric efficiency programs around the country, employing more than 200 from offices in Burlington, New Jersey, Columbus, Ohio and Washington, DC. David Blittersdorf, a UVM graduate, President and CEO of AllEarth Renewables, a maker of solar panels and wind turbines.
April 11 - Getting to 90 Percent Renewableby 2050
Elizabeth Miller, Commissioner, Vermont Department of Public Service
Tony Klein, Representative to Vermont House and Chair, House Natural Resources and Energy Committee
Vermont’s Governor Peter Shumlin has set an aggressive goal of getting the state to 90 percent renewable energy by 2050. In this discussion, the Governor’s point person Department of Public Service Commissioner Elizabeth Miller and Representative Tony Klein, a key legislative leader discuss this challenging task and other state energy program and policy issues. Klein (D-East Montpelier) has served ten years in the Vermont State Legislature, eight years on House Natural Resources and Energy Committee and is in his 4th year as chair. Before joining the Department in 2011, Miller was a practicing lawyer and business owner with Spink & Miller PLC in Burlington. A graduate of Yale Law School, Miller has practiced energy law in California as well as Vermont.
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