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
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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.
Town Hall Theater
68 South Pleasant Street
Middlebury, VT 05753
The Box Office is also open one hour prior to performances.
Tuesday, March 5
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