Join us at the Fleming Museum for our series of afternoon and evening programs. Each program is related to an exhibition or an object from the permanent collection currently on view. Programs are included with regular admission, unless noted otherwise.


WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 8 - 5:30 - 7:00 PM

Winter/Spring 2017 Opening Reception

Hosted by UVM President Thomas Sullivan, Fleming Director Janie Cohen and the Fleming Museum's Board of Advisors

Cash bar, hors d'oeuvres, and music


TALK: India’s Histories: Alternative Stories from the Fleming Collection

Abigail Mcgowan, Associate Professor, UVM Department of History

The Fleming's new Gallery of Asian Art reveals the rich histories of India and other parts of South Asia. In this talk, McGowan 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.


The Painted Word Poetry Series

with John Hennessy

John Hennessy is the author of two collections, Coney Island Pilgrims and Bridge and Tunnel, and his poems have appeared in many journals and anthologies, including Best American Poetry 2013, The Believer, Poetry, Fulcrum, Harvard Review, The New Republic, The Poetry Review (UK), and the Poetry Ireland Review. In 2007-2008, he held the Resident Fellowship in Poetry at the Amy Clampitt House, and his other honors include the Transatlantic Review Award from the Henfield Foundation and the Elizabeth Matchett Stover Memorial Award from the Southwest Review. Co-sponsored by the UVM Department of English with support from the James and Mary Brigham Buckham Scholarship Fund.

MARCH 2017


TALK: A Barstool of One's Own: Making a Place for Women in the Pub

Rosie Schaap, Drinks columnist for the New York Times, and author of Drinking with Men

In her memoir Drinking with Men, Rosie Schaap recounts how the time she’s spent in bars has shaped her life. However, there’s more to bars than drinking, and in this talk, Schaap celebrates the atmosphere of warmth, good conversation, and camaraderie that can develop among people who might seem to have little in common. Schaap, a natural storyteller, praises the sense of community at the heart of a good bar and speaks about a woman’s place within it.


TALK: Of Numbers and Nations in the Religions of Asia

Thomas Borchert, Associate Professor, UVM Department of Religion

Numbers can be important in religions (the Christian Trinity, Four Noble Truths of Buddhism, and 1008 in Hinduism), and religions and politics are regularly intertwined, but all three together? Despite the seeming incongruence, in recent years there has been significant blending of numbers in religious and political mobilizations within Asia, such as the 969 movement in Myanmar which has stirred conflict between Buddhists and Muslims. This talk examines entanglements of religion and numbers in the service of nationalist movements in contemporary Asian countries.


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

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.


TALK: Highlights in the Gallery of Asian Art

Sarah Laursen, Assistant Professor, Middlebury College Department of History of Art and Architecture; Curator of Asian Art, Middlebury College Museum of Art

The Fleming’s new Gallery of Asian Art features distinctive artistic traditions from a range of cultures and countries across Asia. In celebration of the new installation, Sarah Laursen introduces important works in the collection ranging from Chinese ritual funerary bronzes to lively Japanese woodblock prints to celadon ceramic wares from Korea. The talk is followed by a walk in the gallery.
With support from UVM's Asian Studies Program

APRIL 2017


ARTIST'S TALK: Catherine Jansen

Catherine Jansen, with camera in hand, has traveled alone throughout India twenty-five times. In this talk, Jansen shares her personal adventures, and the places and events that led to 1008, the evocative and hauntingly beautiful photographic body of work currently on view. Jansen tells the backstories of selected photographs, and also explains some of the techniques she developed for this project.
Fleming members-only reception after the talk. Meet artist Catherine Jansen while enjoying a taste of India with savory samosas and sweet laddus from Parvin’s Kitchen.


TALK: Drinking Cultures

Jennifer Dickinson, Associate Professor, UVM Department of Anthropology, and co-curator of the exhibition Imbibe

How do anthropologists and archaeologists learn about the cultural aspects of drinking beverages? This talk examines the artifacts of drinking—ranging from cups and bottles to serving utensils and decorative items—and explores what they can teach us about the people who made and used them.


The Painted Word Poetry Series

with Sina Queyras

Sina Queyras grew up on the road in western Canada, and has since lived in Vancouver, Toronto, New York, Philadelphia, and Montreal. Her poetry collections include Barking & Biting: The Poetry of Sina Queyras; Lemon Hound, which won a Lambda Award and the Pat Lowther Award; MxT; and Expressway, which was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award. Queyras also edited Open Field: 30 Contemporary Canadian Poets, and created and maintains the literary blog Lemon Hound. She teaches at Concordia University in Montreal, where she currently resides. Co-sponsored by the UVM Department of English with support from the James and Mary Brigham Buckham Scholarship Fund.

SATURDAY, APRIL 29 - 12:00-2:00 PM

WORKSHOP: Mehndi: The Traditional Art of Henna Painting

Bridgette Butler, Henna artist and owner of Maple Mehndi

Mehndi is the Hindi word for the intricate patterns painted on the body with henna paste, one of the world’s oldest cosmetics. In this workshop, Mehndi artist Bridgette Butler introduces participants to the rich history of henna painting—the origins of the henna plant, and a brief survey of its uses, designs, and traditions in different cultures. In the hands-on portion of the workshop, participants practice painting henna designs on themselves (or on paper), and learn how to prepare henna paste.

Fee: $20. Preregistration is requiredPlease email to register.

MAY 2017



PechaKucha Night is a worldwide phenomenon that offers the opportunity for a broad range of participants to present their projects, ideas, thoughts, and designs at a fun and informal gathering. This volume is hosted by the Fleming and takes place in the Marble Court.

Interested in being a presenter? Contact Chris