Category Archives: At the Ilsley

IPL/VBS First Tuesdays: “Eat, Poop, Die How Animals Make Our World” Joe Roman


A “fascinating” exploration (Elizabeth Kolbert) of how ecosystems are sculpted and sustained by animals eating, pooping, and dying—and how these fundamental functions could help save us from climate catastrophe.  Joe Roman is a conservation biologist, marine ecologist, and editor ’n’ chef of Winner of the Rachel Carson Environment Book Award for Listed, Roman has written for the New York Times, Science, Slate, and other publications. He is a fellow and writer in residence at the Gund Institute for Environment at the University of Vermont.

Recorded 12/5/23  Producer: MCTV

Snapshot Series: South Korean Cinema, aka K-Cinema


What does South Korea’s vibrant cinema have to say about our understanding of society and the human subject? Hyon Joo Yoo will unpack how South Korean cinema, as an aesthetic response to conditions in South Korea and beyond, reflects upon the universal human subject in the era of global capitalism. Hyon Joo Yoo is Associate Professor of Film and Television Studies at the University of Vermont. Her research and teaching areas include East Asian Cinema, Postcolonial Studies, Psychoanalysis, and Gender Studies. Producer: MCTV

IPL/VBS First Tuesdays: Genevieve’s debut novel, In The Lobby of the Dream Hotel


A recipient of an O. Henry Award, her short fiction can also be found in New England Review, Southern Review, Crazyhorse, Colorado Review, Literary Hub, and The Best Small Fictions 2018.  From Indie Bound – “In the Lobby of the Dream Hotel — a place two lovers who can’t be together in the real world might meet — is a beautiful meditation on love, madness, motherhood, and art. Plunkett’s writing is achingly gorgeous and Portia is a character for the ages.”  We are pleased to partner with Vermont Book Shop for this program

Recorded 11/7/23  Producer: MCTV

Banned Book Tour – Lt Governor Zuckerman


We are excited to host Lt. Governor David Zuckerman as he travels the state hosting a series of book readings from banned books at local bookstores and libraries. These events will feature special guests who will join the Lt. Governor to discuss with the audience the importance of free speech, inclusion, democracy, and open dialogue.

Around the country, we have seen the proliferation of book challenges and bans by school districts and local governments. These bans often target books that feature LGBTQ+ characters; talk about gender and sexuality; highlight racial disparities; or talk about difficult issues such as substance abuse and cases of police violence. Students, teachers, and curious minds should be able to access materials that spark critical thinking, cover difficult topics, and appeal to diverse interests without fear of government interference.

Recorded 9/20/23  Producer: MCTV

At The Ilsley: All About Coyote Families with Sofia Parker of Protect Our Wildlife


Protect Our Wildlife presents their new family-friendly coyote presentation, called ‘All About Coyote Families!’ This event is suitable for the whole family, including children. Participants learn about coyote families, where they sleep, what they eat and what makes them so special. The presentation will address some of the common myths about coyotes in an effort to help people better understand them and promote coexistence

Recorded 9/7/23
Producer: MCTV

Ilsley 100 Design Competition Public Presentation


Please join us as Gossens Bachman Architects, Vermont Integrated Architecture, and Weimann Lamphere + ReArch present their conceptual designs for a renovated and expanded Ilsley Public Library. Over the past several months, these design teams have been developing conceptual plans as part of a design competition. We have reached the exciting moment where the plans are being unveiled to the public, and community members can ask questions and provide feedback. Community input is critical as the Project Team works to evaluate the designs, and we hope you will attend! Producer: MCTV

Sorting the News from the Chaff


Paradoxically, the Internet has made it both easier and harder to find “truth.” Almost everything we could ever want to know is available online, but how can we tell the good sources from the bad ones, discern fact from assumption, and distinguish “fake news” from the real thing? And how can we effectively communicate with others when discussing or debating public issues in the news? Veteran journalist and educator Mark Timney will explore these questions and share strategies for evaluating news sources in the rapidly changing digital information age. A Vermont Humanities Program.

Recorded 6/21/23
Producer: MCTV