Each November since 1974, the Vermont Humanities Council has explored a humanities topic in depth at its fall conference. Over a day and a half, conference goers explore a humanities topic through a variety of lectures with experts in their field. Scholars and attendees discuss topics with one another and share in camaraderie.
Topics of recent Fall Conferences have been: “The Double-Edged Sword of Technology,” “Looking at Leadership Through the Humanities,” “Why Do Stories Matter,” and “The Fire Next Time: How America’s Civil War Continues to Shape Civic and Cultural Life in America.”
The 2018 conference theme is the “The Ebb and Flow of Optimism through American History.” Optimism—confidence that tomorrow will be better than today—has been a central theme throughout America’s history, and a key element of America’s self-image and character. Optimism has waxed and waned throughout our history, and has always depended upon one’s race, class, gender, age, and location. Registration for the 2018 conference will open in late August.