Newport/Derby/Stanstead Lecture Series

Spring 2015

Lectures are scheduled for Wednesdays beginning promptly at 1:00 p.m. Lectures will be in the Conference Room at the Hebard State Office Building 2nd Floor, 100 Main Street in Newport, VT. Site is handicap accessible with ample parking.

Lecture 1

“World Order” and the Future of American Foreign Policy

James K. Oliver Professor Emeritus-University of Delaware
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at 1 PM
Hebard State Office Building-2nd Floor

The quest for “world order” emerged in the 20th century as a persistent and contested element in American foreign policy. By mid-century it was elevated to an organizing principle – an imperative- of the United States foreign policy. The Vietnam War contributed to a brief period of ambivalence concerning the intense and expensive global engagement the policy seemed to require. However, by the early 1990s, an incremental but accelerating globalism came, once again, to characterize U.S. policy. Most recently, during the first decade of the 21st century, the U.S., in response to the 9/11 attacks, undertook a global “war on terrorism” and major wars in Southwest Asia – conflicts that “ended” even more ambiguously than Vietnam. Furthermore, the war on terror continues in that the massively expanded security and intelligence gathering complex formed to fight it, remains in place and continues to operate globally. Nonetheless, the emergent international system is seemingly with much “order” and American “world order” possible? Is it necessary? Or, paradoxically, and notwithstanding the frustrations and apparent failures of the world order project thus far; might not elements of world order or “orders” already exist? This presentation will develop and explore these and other questions concerning world order and the future of American foreign policy.


Lecture 2

Robert Frost Poems About Spring

Peter Gilbert Vermont Humanities Council executive director and executor of the Robert Frost Estate
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at 1 PM
Hebard State Office Building-2nd Floor

Peter will examine a handful of poems by Robert Frost that are set in the spring, including two of his finest and most popular poems, “Nothing Fold Can Stay” and “Two Tramps in Mud Time,” and several less well known poems – “To the Thawing Wind,” which Frost designated as the poem for March in a small gift book of twelve monthly poems entitled From Snow to Snow (1936); “Blue-Butterfly Day” (the April poem); perhaps “Spring Pools” (the May poem); and perhaps a look at “Mending Wall,” which very well may not mean what you think it does. Each of these poems has a lot more to offer readers than might be initially thought.


Lecture 3

Improving Water Quality in the Lake Memphremagog Basin

Ben Copans, Watershed Coordinator, Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation Fritz Gerhards, Conservation Scientist, Beck Pond LLO
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at 1 PM
Hebard State Office Building-2nd Floor

Over the past decade, there has been increasing concern about water quality condition in Lake Memphrémagog, especially the high phosphorus and turbidity levels and more frequent widespread algal and cyanobacterial blooms. Because most of the lake’s watershed lies in Vermont, considerable effort has been undertaken to identify and reduce nutrient and sediment inputs from the Vermont portion of the Lake Memphremagog Basin. In this presentation, Ben and Fritz will discuss the work that has been and is being done to identify the sources of water quality problems and to improve water quality conditions in Lake Memphremagog and its tributaries.


Lecture 4

“Ecology and Geology of Vermont: the shaping or our landscape.”

Eric Hanson Conservation biologist of the Vermont Center for Ecostudies and coordinator of the Vermont Loon Conservation Project.
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at 1PM
Hebard State Office Building – 2nd Floor

Vermont is at the crossroads of several ecological regions from areas with oaks and black locust trees in the south to boreal forests in the northeast. Eric will explain how various factors including soil and climate have influenced not only what we see on the landscape but how these factors have shaped the human settlement of the region over the past 300 years.


Lecture 5

Carl Jung: How the Unconscious Gives Meaning to Your Life

Michael Atkinson Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literature, University of Cincinnati
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 1 PM
Hebard State Office Building-2nd Floor

Carl Jung’s psychological insights unfolded over half a century, offering profound explanations of our dreams behavior and relationships; our art, religion and politics. Jung’s concept of the archetype reveals the underlying structures that motivate and give meaning to all we do and think. Join us as we explore the ways in which our daily lives are illuminated by these deep structures of the unconscious. If you are interested in reading in Jungian thought either before or after the talk, Man and His Symbols, is a good place to start. It was written for interested laypeople by Jung and several colleagues, and is profusely illustrated.


Lecture 6

Leroy Anderson, American Composer

Rolf Anderson
Wednesday, April 29th, 2015 at 1 P.M.
Hebard State Office Building-2nd Floor

Rolf Anderson, a son of the American composer Leroy Anderson (1908-1975) will present a program about his father’s life and music. Leroy Anderson is the composer of such familiar compositions as “Sleigh Ride,” “The Typewriter,” “Fiddle-Faddle,” and “Blue Tango.” Using excerpts from the PBS/Swedish Television program about Leroy Anderson, Rolf will describe his father’s Swedish roots, upbringing in Cambridge, Massachusetts, education at Harvard, WWII service in Military Intelligence, and rise to international fame.


Lecture 7

Frida Kahlo and the Mexican Muralists

Bob Manning Art Historian, artist and retired Professor of Fine Arts,
Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at 1 PM
Hebard State Office Building-2nd Floor

Bob will show and discuss the works of Frida and the Three Mexican Muralists. He will also show and discuss the mural y Orozco at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH. “The “Epic of American Colonization” is one of Orozco’s finest murals and is in the Baker Library on Campus, which is free and open to the public.


Lecture 8

Verdi and Otello

Jack Eby Professor, Bishop’s University
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at 1 PM
Hebard State Office Building-2nd Floor

In his mid-70’s, 13 years after he had abandoned the opera house and headed back to his beloved castle, Guiseppe Verdi was persuaded out of retirement to compose an opera based on Shakespeare’s Othello. Why should he do this? Had he lost his touch? Was age a barrier to his creative powers? We’ll check out the issues and look at the results. You can be the judge.


Lecture 9

The Archeology of Northern Vermont and the Eastern Townships Recent Research and Future Directions

Jess Robinson
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at 1 PM
Hebard State Office Building-2nd Floor

American archaeologists generally know little about the archaeology of southern Quebec, despite the fact there have been a significant number of important archaeological discoveries made in the Eastern Townships in the recent past. South of the border, outside of the Mississiquoi region, there have been far fewer archaeological excavations conducted and therefore far fewer archaeological discoveries made. Nevertheless, enough information has come to light to begin to construct a skeletal narrative of the Native past in the region. Jess’s presentation will highlight exciting but often overlooked archaeological research in Northern Vermont and in the Eastern Townships of Canada and will explore what it tells us about the lifeways of Native American in the distant and recent past.


Lecture 10

Drugs, Alcohol and Human Behavior

Terry Difazio
Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at 1 PM
Hebard State Office Building 2nd Floor

The topics of drugs and alcohol seem to receive a great deal of attention but there are many misconceptions regarding their impact on the body and the brain. What was once believed as harmless vs dangerous needs to be considered more carefully. This presentation will break down drug types into their psychopharmacological categories and explain what each does on a neurochemical level.


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