University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

Humanities Center

Ideas on Tap

Setting the Bar for Engaging Conversations

Please join the UVM Humanities Center for Ideas on Tap!

Some of the most memorable and important conversations—deep conversations about literature, history, and culture—often happen with friends, over a meal or a drink. The Humanities Center is teaming up with the Vermont Humanities Council to hold the Ideas on Tap series, which is designed to convene these sorts of informal, informative, and provocative conversations, and to strengthen them with a scholar’s content expertise. All events will take place at Arts Riot in Burlington.

That's Art? 
April 6, 7pm Arts Riot

Have you ever thought to yourself, “I could do that!” when looking at a work of abstract art in a museum or gallery? Or wondered why collectors pay millions of dollars for an artwork that seems silly, simplistic, bizarre, or just plain ugly? Champlain College Professor David Mills leads an exploration of ways of encountering art as more than just subjective preference.

"Suppose Within the Girdle of These Walls": How Shakespeare's Plays Were Originally Staged
April 26, 7pm Arts Riot

Join our own Professor Andrew Barnaby, who with a merry band of actors will perform excerpts of Shakespeare plays as they were meant to be staged . . . for a lively crowd!

Between the World and Me
May 11, 7pm Arts Riot

This landmark book by Ta-Nehisi Coates, winner of the 2015 National Book Award and written as a letter to Coates’s son, has garnered a huge amount of attention for its unflinching take on the legacy of racism in America. Join Emily Bernard, Professor of English and Critical Race and Ethnic Studies, to discuss the historical and literary context of this work.

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