Lecture Schedule Fall 2020

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Capital Bureau Reporter, Vermont Public Radio

OCTOBER 30, 2020

Politics in a Pandemic: How COVID-19 Is Shaping Statewide Races in 2020

Featuring: Peter Hirschfeld, Capital Bureau Reporter, Vermont Public Radio

Peter Hirschfeld covers state government and the Vermont Legislature. He is based in VPR’s Capital Bureau located across the street from Vermont’s Statehouse.

Hirschfeld is a leading Vermont journalist who has covered the Statehouse since 2009, most recently as bureau chief for the Rutland Herald and Times Argus. He began his career in 2003, working as a local sports reporter and copy editor at the Times Argus.

Director, Center for the Study of Canada, State University of New York at Plattsburgh

OCTOBER 23, 2020

The Trump Administration and Canada: America First in Action

Featuring: Christopher Kirkey, Director, Center for the Study of Canada, State University of New York at Plattsburgh

Christopher Kirkey is the director of the Center for the Study of Canada and Institute on Québec Studies at the State University of New York College at Plattsburgh. A scholar of comparative foreign policy and international relations theory, his recent works include a second edition (co-edited with Gervais and Rudy) of Québec Questions: Québec Studies in the Twenty-First Century (Oxford University Press, 2016); the co-edited Winter 2015 special issue on Quebec (with Cheryl Gosselin) of the Journal of Eastern Townships Studies (Vol.45 Fall 2015; the co-edited special issue (with Tony McCulloch) of the British Journal of Canadian Studies (Vol.28 Issue 2, September 2015); “Systemic Forces and Canadian Foreign Policy”, (with Michael Hawes) in Readings in Canadian Foreign Policy: Classic Debates and New Ideas (Oxford University Press, 2015); and, the co-edited special issue (with Michael Hawes) “CONNECT/Fulbright Canada — New Scholars Issue,” of the American Review of Canadian Studies (Vol.44 No.3 September 2014).

He is currently working on several projects, including: a book volume (co-edited with Hawes) titled Canadian Foreign Policy in a Unipolar World (Oxford University Press); and, co-editor (with Hawes and Kenneth Holland) of upcoming special issues of Canadian Foreign Policy Journal and the American Review of Canadian Studies. Dr. Kirkey serves on the editorial board of the American Review of Canadian Studies, Québec Studies, the International Journal of Canadian Studies, and the London Journal of Canadian Studies. He is co-editor of the Journal of Eastern Townships Studies, serves as special counsel to the President of the Association for Canadian Studies in the United States, and is a member of the Fulbright National Student Screening Committee and the Fulbright Scholar Program on Canada for Research Chairs.

Eric Davis

Professor Emeritus of Political Science, Middlebury College

OCTOBER 16, 2020

The Election of 2020

Featuring: Eric Davis, Professor Emeritus of Political Science, Middlebury College

Eric L. Davis is professor emeritus of political science at Middlebury College and a nationally recognized expert on Vermont and national politics. He has been a close observer of presidential, congressional, and Vermont elections for more than 30 years.

Davis writes a biweekly political column for the Addison Independent, and frequently provides political commentary for several Vermont and national media organizations, including Vermont Public Radio, WCAX-TV, the Rutland Herald, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post and National Public Radio.

Associate Curator, Shelburne Museum

OCTOBER 9, 2020

1:45 pm – Annual Membership Meeting
2:00 pm – Lecture

American Stories from Shelburne Museum: Rethinking Objects in a Virtual Era

Featuring: Katie Wood Kirchhoff, Associate Curator, Shelburne Museum

Charles A. Dana Professor of Economics, Middlebury College

OCTOBER 2, 2020

The Macroeconomics of COVID

Featuring: Peter Hans Matthews, Charles A. Dana Professor of Economics, Middlebury College

Peter came to Middlebury in the fall of 1995, soon after the belated completion of his PhD, written at Yale under the supervision of John Geanakoplos. He was born and raised in Montreal, and has a BA (First Honours) from McGill, and an MA from Queen’s. Peter is the Charles A. Dana Professor of Economics at Middlebury and Distinguished Visiting Professor at Aalto University in Helsinki, Finland. In 2017/8 he was the Fulbright Distinguished Chair at the Hanken School of Economics, also in Helsinki. At Middlebury, he teaches courses in poverty and inequality, labor and public economics, macroeconomics and game theory, and does research in behavioral economics, labor economics, political economy, inequality and philanthropy.

Superintendent, Winooski School District

SEPTEMBER 25, 2020

Education in Vermont Today: Challenges, Opportunities and Innovations in Our Schools

Featuring: Sean McMannon, Superintendent, Winooski School District

Sean became our Superintendent of Schools in July 2013. Prior to this, Sean was at Champlain Valley Union High School (CVU) in Hinesburg, VT for twelve years. During his tenure at CVU he served as Principal for eight years, Fairbanks House Director for three years and a Special Educator for one year. As the CVU principal he managed a $20+ million dollar budget and a staff of over 200, oversaw the Leadership team and several academic departments, shaped policy and led the development of the current vision for future learning coined CVU EVOLVE. Sean has also served on the boards of Linking Learning to Life (now called Navicate) and the New England Association of Schools & Colleges Commission on Public Secondary Schools (CPSS). Currently, he serves on the United Way Chittenden County (UWCC) Cabinet.

In 2010 he received the Robert F. Pierce Secondary Principal of the Year Award. Prior to coming to Vermont he taught special education in California, Alaska and Massachusetts.In addition, he was a Peace Corps volunteer teacher in Botswana. He is a 1991 graduate of Penn State with a Bachelor of Science in Business Logistics, 1996 graduate of Lesley College with a Masters of Education and a 2012 graduate of the Snelling Center’s Vermont School Leadership Project (VSLP).

Professor of History, Middlebury College

SEPTEMBER 18, 2020

Votes…for Women? The Question, the Movement, the Legacy

Featuring: Amy Morsman, Professor of History, Middlebury College

Amy Morsman came to Middlebury in the fall of 2001 after pursuing her PhD at the University of Virginia. She teaches courses in American History, primarily around the topics of the Civil War and gender history. Her research interests lie in the historical evolution of gender roles, race relations, and regional differences. Her first book, The Big House After Slavery: Virginia Plantation Families and their Postbellum Domestic Experiment, was published by the University of Virginia Press in 2010. She is working on two projects, a book that explores race relations and the legacy of the abolition movement in the postbellum Northeast, and a digital history project centered on Solomon Northup (Twelve Years a Slave) and the worlds he inhabited in antebellum New York and Louisiana.

Morsman has been a member of Faculty Council and the Educational Affairs Committee. She served as Interim Dean for Faculty Development & Research in 2018-19 and as Director of the Digital Liberal Arts Initiative in 2019-20. She is currently Director of the First Year Seminar Program.

Classical Host, Vermont Public Radio

SEPTEMBER 11, 2020

Chromatic Color: Exploring the Connections between the Lives and Music of J.S. Bach and Frederic Chopin

Featuring: Lisa Holmes, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Vermont

James Stewart is VPR Classical’s afternoon host. As a composer, he is interested in many different genres of music; writing for rock bands, symphony orchestras and everything in between. James received a Bachelor of Science in Music with an emphasis in Composition from Toccoa Falls College in Northeast Georgia in 2001. In 2007, James earned his Master’s of Music in Composition from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. There he also made connections with the Open Dream Ensemble, an outreach arm of UNCSA and the Kenan Institute for the Arts.

James wrote original music for five children’s shows and spent three years as music director, tour manager, and company member. In 2014, James received his Doctorate of Musical Arts from The Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford in Connecticut.

CCTV Center for Media & Democracy, Vermont

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