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  • September 2019

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    PAST PROGRAM

    The Weekly Roundtable - Fall (Wed. Mornings) *SOLD OUT* Date: Wednesday, September 18, 2019 Time: 9:30 am-11:00 am Location: Equinox Village Fee: $75

    This weekly discussion group will consider the broader issues that underlie current events. A moderator proposes topics, may suggest relevant readings, and guides the discussion. Come hear what others are thinking and voice your own opinion. Space is limited. Moderated by Peter Radford.

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    SOLD OUT

    *CANCELLED* The Weekly Roundtable - Fall (Thurs. Afternoon) Date: Thursday, September 19, 2019 Time: 2:00 pm-3:30 pm Location: Equinox Village Fee: $75

    This weekly discussion group will consider the broader issues that underlie current events. A moderator proposes topics, may suggest relevant readings, and guides the discussion. Come hear what others are thinking and voice your own opinion. Space is limited. Moderated by Mark Szuchman.

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    The 2020 Presidential Election: Assessing the Democratic Field Date: Tuesday, September 24, 2019 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: Long Trail School Fee: $18 in advance; $22 at the door

    The race to become the Democrat presidential nominee is in full swing, featuring the largest candidate field in modern history. With voting still five months away, what can political science, and history, tell us regarding who is likely to win the nomination, and why?

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    SPECIAL EVENT Trade Wars, Tariffs and Fiscal Responsibility: A View from Down Under Date: Saturday, September 28, 2019 Time: 5:30 pm-7:30 pm Location: Burr and Burton Academy, Riley Center for the Arts Fee: $18 in advance; $22 at the door

    Join us for an inspiring evening with Ruth Richardson, the former Finance Minister of New Zealand as our special guest. Ruth has a well-known profile both nationally and internationally and she will be talking to us, drawing on her extensive personal and business experience. While in office Ruth was instrumental in bringing the Fiscal Responsibility Act into being which requires New Zealand to balance its budget and is now widely regarded as setting international best practice.

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    Mushroom Foraging Workshop #5 Date: Sunday, September 29, 2019 Time: 2:00 pm-5:00 pm Location: Merck Forest & Farmland Center Fee: $25

    One month to go! The Vermont wild edible mushroom season is soon coming to an end. Ian Vair, local mushroom expert and chef, leads this year’s 5th mushroom foraging expedition. Hen of the Woods, Giant Puffballs, Oysters, Blewits and Lions Mane mushrooms will all be on the list of possible finds. “Pound for pound my best yielding months are always September and October.” Ian will begin the foraging adventure with a discussion focusing on safety, understanding field guides, types of fungus and the identification process. Join our workshop to gain knowledge, skills, friends and a memorable experience!

  • October 2019

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    (Your-Not-So-Basic) Bird Walk Date: Wednesday, October 2, 2019 Time: 8:00 am-11:00 am Location: Merck Forest and Farmland Center Fee: $30

    The Bird Diva will lead this bird walk, but don’t expect her to play the stereotypical bird guide. This workshop is about empowering you as a birder and having a darn good time while doing so. Remember to bring water, binoculars and/or camera, wear comfortable walking shoes and of course protect yourself from flying and crawling insects. Space is limited; pre-registration is required.

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    Ceramics - Fall Workshop #1 Date: Wednesday, October 2, 2019 Time: 6:00 pm-9:00 pm Location: Manchester Arts Studio & Gallery Fee: $180

    Students will learn the basic skills of hand-building – pinch, coil, and slab – as well as basic wheel-throwing techniques. All projects will be kiln fired. Materials include a 25 lb. bag of clay, glazes, and firing. Additional clay may be purchased for $18 a bag. This workshop is open to all levels. Registration also includes up to two hours of additional open studio time to work on existing class projects. Class size is limited.

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    The Art and Craft of Short Story Writing Date: Thursday, October 3, 2019 Time: 1:00 pm-3:30 pm Location: Equinox Terrace Fee: $90

    This writing workshop is for anyone who wants to work on crafting one to two short stories during four sessions under the guidance of an award-winning writer of both fiction and non-fiction. Each week participants will be assigned a noted writers’ short story to discuss in the workshop with an eye to craft. They will also work on the story they are writing as homework, and share in class what they’ve written in an atmosphere of supportive critique. During the course of the workshop, techniques for strengthening the crafting of fiction will be offered as well as online editorial assistance and advice from the instructor.

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    Kitchen Table Art Date: Saturday, October 5, 2019 Time: 9:30 am-4:00 pm Location: Long Trail School, Whalen Common Room Fee: $125

    This is a workshop in making art with portable, non-messy, minimal supplies. “Dry” painting, it has been called. No buckets of water or tubes of paint necessary, and “clean-up” is a snap. Learn how to make expressive images wherever you are – on a plane, in a café, on the beach, in a cabin, or at your kitchen table – without compromising intensity of color or quality of the work. Discover new, convenient, art materials and techniques for quick, on-the-go, art sessions. Jane works in abstract imagery, but students should feel free to work in whatever genre you like.

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    MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival 2019 Date: Saturday, October 5, 2019 Time: 7:00 pm-9:00 pm Location: Burr and Burton Academy, Riley Center for the Arts Fee: $12

    For one week this fall over 100,000 film-lovers will gather in over 350 cinemas, universities, and museums spanning six continents for one purpose: to view and vote on the ten short films (18 minutes and under) that are finalists in the annual MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival.

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    The Legacy of Ogden Pleissner Date: Sunday, October 6, 2019 Time: 3:30 pm-6:00 pm Location: Boorn Brook Farm Fee: $75

    Green Mountain Academy and The Southern Vermont Art Center invite you to celebrate the Legacy of Ogden Pleissner.

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    Words and Pictures: Writing and Drawing a Graphic Novel Date: Thursday, October 10, 2019 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: Burr and Burton Academy, Hunter Seminar Room Fee: $18 in advance; $22 at the door

    Using his own work and that of other cartoonists as examples of different approaches to visual storytelling, Jason Lutes will discuss his personal process of conceiving, researching, writing, and drawing a graphic novel. What are the strengths and weaknesses of this unique art form? How do the physical constraints of the printed book impact creative decision-making? The talk will conclude with discussion of Lutes’ book Berlin, a work of historical fiction about the rise of fascism in Weimar Germany.

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    Meditation Workshop Date: Sunday, October 13, 2019 Time: 4:30 pm-5:30 pm Location: Burr and Burton Academy Library, Smith Center Fee: $60

    Thoughts can create tension and often that interrupts the natural flow and we get out of balance. The intelligence of our body and mind works on its own and does not need any guidance, just letting it happen and taking a step back. We use breathing to help us take that step back so the intelligence can do its work. In this meditation class, we will learn to fully trust and accept the present moment as it is.

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    Antarctica: The Ice, Climate Science, and War Stories from Twelve Trips to “The Ice” Date: Tuesday, October 15, 2019 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: Burr and Burton Academy, Hunter Seminar Room Fee: $18 in advance; $22 at the door

    Travel to the Antarctic with us and explore the high plateaus, the Dry Valleys, and South Pole. This presentation will include several slides of the region, in addition to some stunning, giant satellite photographs. “War stories” will be shared about various research projects and harrowing conditions resulting in cold people, storms, giant crevasses and a plane stuck in a crevasse.

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    Mushroom Foraging Workshop #6 Date: Sunday, October 20, 2019 Time: 2:00 pm-5:00 pm Location: Merck Forest & Farmland Center Fee: $25

    This year’s last and possibly greatest mushroom foraging event. Hen of the Woods, Oysters, Blewits and Bears Head Tooth mushrooms will all be on the agenda. Ian Vair, local mushroom expert and chef, leads the workshop with high hopes of abundant finds. The experience will begin with education about safety, understanding field guides, types of fungus and the identification process. Culinary and medicinal applications will also be discussed. “The culinary possibilities using wild mushrooms is endless.” Join our last foraging adventure of 2019. Let’s finish the season with a giant yield of gourmet wild edible mushrooms!

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    Pseudoscience: The Psychology of False Beliefs Date: Tuesday, October 22, 2019 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: Burr and Burton Academy, Hunter Seminar Room Fee: $18 in advance; $22 at the door

    Pseudoscience is, by definition, an activity that is being falsely presented as science. Prevagen is “clinically shown” to restore memory loss – and is being sued for false advertising. The vaccine crisis began with a real scientist who falsified his data. And 44% of 18-24-year-olds say that astrology is somewhat or very scientific. Our beliefs are mostly rational – but they are subject to our cognitive biases and mental shortcuts that, while usually helpful, can nevertheless fail us. How do such things as motivated reasoning, logical fallacies, and the confirmation bias misdirect our intelligent evaluation of evidence?

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    Fall Ceramics Workshop Date: Wednesday, October 23, 2019 Time: 5:00 pm-8:00 pm Location: Burr and Burton Academy, Rowland Center Fee: $180

    This ceramics workshop is designed to acquaint students with the forming and processing of clay from its raw state to the finished product, develop skills with three hand-building techniques and the wheel, understand basic glaze application, and firing techniques. Students draw from personal experiences to develop creativity and expressive content in projects. All projects made in class will be kiln fired. Materials include a 25 lb. bag of clay, and glazes . This workshop is open to all levels. Class size is limited.

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    We Are Golden: Woodstock at 50 Date: Tuesday, October 29, 2019 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: Manchester Community Library Fee: $18 in advance; $22 at the door

    Why did Woodstock happen? What did it mean to the half-million attendees, the bands, and the local residents? And why are we still talking about it 50 years later? Wade Lawrence, director and senior curator of The Museum at Bethel Woods at the historic site of the 1969 Woodstock festival, will share the stories, sights, and sounds of the world’s most famous rock festival.

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    Ceramics - Fall Workshop #2 Date: Wednesday, October 30, 2019 Time: 6:00 pm-9:00 pm Location: Manchester Arts Studio & Gallery Fee: $180

    Students will learn the basic skills of hand-building – pinch, coil, and slab – as well as basic wheel-throwing techniques. All projects will be kiln fired. Materials include a 25 lb. bag of clay, glazes, and firing. Additional clay may be purchased for $18 a bag. This workshop is open to all levels. Registration also includes up to two hours of additional open studio time to work on existing class projects. Class size is limited.

  • November 2019

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    Big History Date: Tuesday, November 5, 2019 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: Burr and Burton Academy, Hunter Seminar Room Fee: $18 in advance; $22 at the door

    Big history is an exploration of the past from the big bang to the present, dividing the history of the universe, earth, life, and humanity into periods using very large scales of time. This presentation will take us on a quick journey spanning billions of years, helping us to understand our current position in time and space.

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    NATO and Russia: Rising Geopolitical Instability and the Threat of Conflict Date: Tuesday, November 12, 2019 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: Manchester Community Library Fee: $18 in advance; $22 at the door

    Following Russia’s seizure of the Crimea region from Ukraine in early 2014, tensions have risen steadily between Moscow and the West, with economic sanctions, expulsions of diplomats and the closure of legations, and an unending barrage of mutual recriminations not seen since the darkest days of the Cold War. What do these unsettling developments portend for relations between the West (especially the US) and Russia?

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    Sterling Silver Chain Maille Earrings Date: Monday, November 18, 2019 Time: 6:00 pm-8:00 pm Location: Manchester Arts Studio & Gallery Fee: $40

    Begin your adventures in chain maille by learning the ancient Byzantine pattern for weaving chains. In this workshop, you will learn how to turn simple jump rings into a beautiful pair of woven earrings. This pattern is an excellent starting point for learning chain maille. You will have a choice of beads to finish your design.

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    The New Conspiracism and the Assault on Democracy Date: Tuesday, November 19, 2019 Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm Location: Burr and Burton Academy, Hunter Seminar Room Fee: $18 in advance; $22 at the door

    Conspiracy theories are as old as politics. But conspiracists today have introduced something new --- conspiracy without theory. And the new conspiracism has moved from the fringes to the heart of government with the election of Donald Trump. This talk will explain how the new conspiracism differs from classic conspiracy theory, why so few officials speak truth to conspiracy, and what needs to be done to resist it.

  • December 2019

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    Handcraft a Holiday Wooden Sign Date: Sunday, December 1, 2019 Time: 4:00 pm-6:30 pm Location: Manchester Arts Studio & Gallery Fee: $48

    Participants may choose either a JOY or NOEL sign when signing up. For those making the JOY sign, the O in JOY may be replaced by a holiday symbol – star, ornament, snowflake – on the night of the workshop. The boards will be put together for you beforehand; you will stain or paint the sign background and then stencil on your chosen design during this festive workshop.