Vermont Humanities Council

I am so incredibly impressed with the work of the Vermont Humanities Council, from your extensive First Wednesdays offerings to Vermont Roads and beyond! More power to your creativity and support of the humanities in Vermont!

Vershire Community Member

Our Mission

Because ideas matter.

About Us

The Vermont Humanities Council strives to make Vermont a state in which every individual reads, participates in public affairs, and continues to learn throughout life. Founded in 1974, Vermont Humanities Council believes that engagement with the world of ideas, in interaction with others, contributes uniquely to richer lives, stronger communities, a more humane society, and a better world.

The Vermont Humanities Council has developed a broad range of programs that serve Vermonters of all ages and backgrounds. Each year, we sponsor more than 1,200 programs, which occur in more than 160 Vermont towns, including communities in every county. These programs strengthen our communities not only by their character and design, but also by happening in facilities of key town organizations such as libraries, museums, community centers, and schools. Our humanities-based literacy programs reach childcare providers, middle school students, teens and underserved parents, incarcerated adults, and adult basic education students.

The humanities are those subjects that help us understand the human experience. They are the tools of self-reflection.

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November Council Pulitzer Update
November Council Pulitzer Update
November 28, 2016

Throughout November, councils hosted a variety of Pulitzer Prizes Campfires from book fairs to conferences to nature hikes coupled with literature that brought participants together in discussion and community. In addition, councils continued to host presentations, exhibits, book discussions, and writing workshops featuring Pulitzer Prize winners and works.

Pulitzer Prizes Council Campfires Events Heat Up In October
Pulitzer Prizes Council Campfires Events Heat Up In October
October 21, 2016

More than 30 events are occurring in October, making it one of the busiest in terms of council Campfires programming. These programs include festivals, poetry celebrations, distinguished lectures, and reading and writing workshops.

Pulitzer Feature: August Council Campfires Programs
Pulitzer Feature: August Council Campfires Programs
August 16, 2016

This month, join councils in various Pulitzer100 reading and discussion groups, creative writing workshops, lectures and conversations surrounding important local and political issues, youth-centered events, and a jazz festival!

Schwartz Prize: Call for 2016 Nominations
Schwartz Prize: Call for 2016 Nominations
June 28, 2016

Calling all outstanding public humanities programs! The Federation is now accepting nominations for the 2016 Schwartz Prize. Submission deadline is August 17, 2016.

April Council Pulitzer Prize Centennial Campfires Programming
April Council Pulitzer Prize Centennial Campfires Programming
April 7, 2016

More than 20 councils are hosting 68 Pulitzer Prize Centennial Campfires events through more than 35 programs around the country.