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Sarah Turner, senior English lecturer; Maeve Eberhardt, assistant professor of linguistics; Emily Bernard, professor of English and interim director of UVM’s Critical Race and Ethnic Studies Program; and moderator Lacretia Johnson Flash, Assistant Dean for Conduct, Policy and Climate


UVM Professors Engage in “Real Talk about the N-Word”

The disturbing video of University of Oklahoma fraternity members singing a racist chant, widely reported in the media this month, has reignited national concern and conversation about race and racism on college campuses. On March 26, four University of Vermont scholars gathered to talk about the epithet at the heart of that ...

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Blackboard Jungle 8 to Focus On "Inclusive Excellence at UVM: Building Our Collective Capacities"

Emily Bernard, professor of English and interim director of UVM’s Critical Race and Ethnic Studies Program, will kick off the Blackboard Jungle 8 Symposium “Inclusive Excellence at UVM: Building Our Collective Capacities” with a keynote lecture on Thursday, March 26 at 4 p.m. at the Dudley H. Davis Center Grand Maple ...

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Emily Bernard, University of Vermont, 2015 PEN Literary Award Judge


Talking Race in the Classroom

Emily Bernard says her best writing starts in the classroom. Take the UVM professor and celebrated author’s powerful essay on race, “Teaching the N-Word.”

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Ellen Andersen


Expert Take: Same-Sex Marriage and the Supreme Court

The decision by the U.S. Supreme Court on Jan. 16 to determine whether all 50 states must allow gay and lesbian couples to marry came as surprise to many Americans, especially after justices passed only a few months earlier on hearing appeals from rulings allowing same-sex marriage in five states. Ellen Andersen, associate ...

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Wil Haygood


MLK Celebration Speaker Moves Crowd with Stories of 'The Butler'

Award-winning reporter Wil Haygood delivered a compelling account to a near-capacity crowd on Jan. 20 at Ira Allen Chapel of how he came to find and eventually write the life story of an unheralded White House servant who would become the basis of his bestselling book The Butler: A Witness to History.

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Author, Associate Producer of "The Butler" Keynote Speaker for MLK Celebration

Acclaimed Washington Post reporter Wil Haygood, whose award-winning book The Butler: A Witness to History was turned into a major motion picture starring Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey, will serve as the keynote speaker of the Martin Luther King, Jr., Celebration, Education & Learning Week. His lecture is scheduled for ...

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