Category Archives: At the Ilsley

AAUW Speakers Series: Post-Racial Post Mortems, by Prof. Linus Owens

Post-Racial Post Mortems, by Linus Owens, Associate Professor of Sociology, Middlebury College. The 2008 election of Barack Obama was supposed to mark the triumphant conclusion to America’s racial history, a moment ushering in a post-racial future. Today, it feels like we’ve never been further apart on issues of race in America. While this may seem a betrayal of our post-racial dreams, this talk shows how the post-racial was never the solution but was actually one of the key problems that brought us to this place. We will explore issues of polarization, both between political factions and between beliefs and actions.. Recorded  3/16/21.
Producer: MCTV

Homeless and Affordable Housing: Observations from an Emergency Shelter & Outreach Service Provider

Heidi Lacey, executive director of the Charter House Coalition, provides an overview of the challenges faced by persons experiencing homelessness in correlation to the inadequate housing opportunities in Addison County. Sponsored by the American Association of University Women. Filmed at the Ilsley Public Library on 11/16/21 by Middlebury Community Television.

Producer: Ilsley Public Library

At The Ilsley: Building Bee Bliss

Join Master Gardener Intern and member of Middlebury Garden Club, Andrea Landsberg, in our very own garden for a talk on gardening for pollinators. This is the first in a two part series. In her first talk, Andrea will give an overview of native bees, why they matter, what they need to thrive, and easy steps you can take to help them. In August, she will return to inspire you with detailed information about how to get serious about planning a perennial garden for next year to keep bees happy.
Registration is required, contact to register.. Recorded 5/22/21.

Producer: Ilsley Public Library

At The Ilsley: “Carbon Friendly Forest” with Professor William Keeton

How can forests be more “carbon friendly” in the face of climate change? Learn about the role of forests in keeping carbon out of the atmosphere, how carbon markets work, and the possibilities for Vermont landowners to participate in these markets.

UVM Professor of Forest Ecology, Bill Keeton directs the Carbon Dynamics Laboratory and is a Fellow in the Gund Institute for Environment. His research focuses on forest dynamics, riparian ecology, forest carbon, old-growth forests, and sustainable forest management. He holds a B.S. in Natural Resources, a Masters in Conservation Biology and Policy, and a Ph.D. in Forest Ecology.

Recorded 2/27/20.

Producer: Ilsley Public Library

At The Ilsley: “Lessons Learned from the Nordic Countries” with Fran & Spence Putnam

How are Scandinavia and Iceland confronting the challenges of climate change? Is there something about the culture or political structure that has put them at the forefront of efforts to reduce human impact on the climate? These questions and more will be the subject of this presentation entitled “Climate Action and Social Democracy–Lessons Learned from the Nordic Countries.” Recorded 1/23/20.

Producer: Ilsley Public Library