Up For Discussion

Presented by Vermont Book Shop & Town Hall Theater Tuesdays from 5:30-7:00pm

March 5: Awe – Katy Smith-Abbott & Matthew Evan Taylor

May 7: The Art of Translation – Michael Katz & Chris Keathley

June 11: Youth Sports in Society – Alex Wolff and Erin Quinn

October 8: Living Deliberately: What Thoreau Means Today – Dan Brayton & Rebecca Gould


General Admission

Free, but registration required; limited seating.

48 slots available

Once the event is full, please contact the Box Office to be added to the waitlist.


Join us for quarterly talks with local experts and participate in roundtable conversations in a convivial atmosphere over light snacks and with a beverage (cash bar). Conceived by VBS owner Becky Dayton as a way for Middlebury College and other professional communities to come together with townspeople of all walks of life to share ideas, Up for Discussion has, thanks to the hard work of Town Hall Theater’s executive director Lisa Mitchell, been underwritten by Vermont Humanities.

Awe Now: asks the question – When was the last time you felt awe–the kind that brings you up short, stops you in your tracks, and leaves you slack-jawed with wonder? Is awe a universal feeling, or is it highly personal? Awe is certainly having a “moment.” A 2023 book by psychologist Dacher Keltner got lots of people talking about awe, as have recent journal
articles and podcasts.

In September of 2024, the exhibit “An Invitation to Awe” will open at the Middlebury College Museum of Art. It’s being curated by Katy Smith Abbott, Associate Professor of Art History at the college, in collaboration with students and colleagues from across campus. One of those colleagues is musician, composer, and Assistant Professor of Music, Matthew Evan Taylor. In this first gathering of the Up for Discussion salon series, Matthew will join Katy for a conversation about where he finds awe now, and how experiences of awe can change with time, age, and experience.

In collaboration with the The Vermont Bookshop, Art History Professor Katy Smith Abbott and musician Matthew Evan Taylor kick off this first installment of a salon-style series featuring round-table conversations about literature, art, film, and contemporary issues.

Vermont Bookshop and THT Present
"Up For Discussion"

Information on the entire salon style series is below

  • Tuesday, March 5 @ 5:30pm
    Katy Smith-Abbott & Matthew Evans Taylor

  • Tuesday, May 7 @ 5:30pm
    The Art of Translation
    Michael Katz & Chris Keathly

  • Tuesday, June 11 @ 5:30pm
    Youth Sports in Society
    Alex Wolff & Erin Quinn

  • Tuesday, October 8 @ 5:30pm
    Living Deliberately: What Thoreau Means Today
    Dan Brayton & Rebecca Gould

Town Hall Theater

68 South Pleasant Street

Middlebury, VT 05753

The Box Office is also open one hour prior to performances.

Up for Discussion

Tuesday, March 5


Free Admission

Registration Required

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