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. Ideas on Tap is a series designed to convene these sorts of informal, informative, and provocative conversations, and to strengthen them with a scholar’s content expertise.Vermont Humanities Council produces Ideas on tap in partnership with the University of Vermont’s Humanities Center, and the events are held at the ArtsRiot restaurant, bar and performing space in Burlington.
October 11, 2017: Vandals, Vigilantes, or Virtuosos? The History and Power of Street Art
Street art is one of the most popular and best-selling genres of art today. As we explore the transgressive practices of street artists, Champlain College Professor David Mills will confront questions about the ownership and control of public places, about power and difference in the imagescape of the city, and about the nature, value, and place of art in society.
May 16, 2018: Busting Out of the Ivory Tower: Journey from Academic to Artist
Dementia. Genocide. Mental Illness. The Atomic Bomb. Rich topics for academics, but ones that make most of us turn away. Yet writer, artist, and anthropologist Dana Walrath focuses on these subjects in her creative works. Here she explores how bringing these topics into creative writing and art can be healing for all of us.