Category Archives: At the Ilsley

First Wednesday: “What You Didn’t Know about Evangelicalism” by Randall Balmer

Most Americans associate evangelicals with the hard-right precincts of the Republican Party. But as Dartmouth religion professor Randall Balmer explains, evangelicalism in America has a much longer and more complex history, including a distinguished pedigree of working for progressive reforms. What happened? Recorded 5/22/19 by Middlebury Community Television.

Producer: Ilsley Public Library

First Wednesday: Frederic Church’s Landscapes by Eleanor Jones Harvey

Frederic Church painted landscapes of distinctive American features, including Natural Bridge in Virginia and Niagara Falls in New York.  Eleanor Jones Harvey, senior curator at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, explores how and why we used these American landscapes to distinguish the scale and scope of our cultural ambitions. Recorded 5/1/19.

Producer: Ilsley Public Library

Author Talk: Glacier National Park – Reflections from an Artist (and Angler) by Matt Dickerson

Through image, video, and story Matthew Dickerson shares some of his experiences as June 2017 artist-in-residence at the stunningly beautiful Glacier National Park in Montana.  He spent a month exploring the Park and learning from USGS and NPS biologists, rangers, and other park workers, as well as taking lots of photographs and videos.  The presentation focuses on river and lake ecology and the native fishes of the west slope, most notably bull trout and westslope cutthroat trout, and the impact and future threats from invasive species as well as climate change. Professor Dickerson has just published a book set in Glacier National Park, The Voices of Rivers. Recorded 4/24/19.

Producer: Ilsley Public Library

At The Ilsley: Psychological Trauma and the Brain

All estimates suggest that psychological trauma is an experience that has occurred in at least half of the American adult population.  How do these extreme stressors affect the brain, and how does this change the way individuals experience the world?  In this talk, Matt Kimble, Professor of Psychology at Middlebury College, will address questions such as:  What happens to the brain under extreme stress?  Why are some individuals affected more than others?  What are the possible long-term effects and can they be reversed? This talk is sponsored by the Middlebury chapter of the American Association of University Women.

Producer: Ilsley Public Library