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Event listings for Thursday, June 14

Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO Windham County Humane Society: Part history and 100% fun, this is an informative presentation about the life and day-to-day activities of the WCHS. 12 noon - 1 p.m. Free. Brown Bag Lunch Series, River Garden, 157 Main St. Information: 802-246-0982; Click for more info on Web in new window.

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Area Tech: Ethics in a Growing Digital Economy: Computers, mobile phones, artificial intelligence, and communication networks provide many benefits, but they have also raised social and ethical concerns - from Facebook and Cambridge Analytica to the growing impact of automation on people's jobs and lives. There will be a discussion of some of the big issues surrounding ethics in the IT field along with videos and case studies. The discussion, led by Karina Assiter, Prof. of Computer Science at Landmark College, will include: Automation and its expected impact on workers (such as large-scale automation of the transportation industry); Robots providing human/social services (elder care, child care, therapy); Automated decision-making based on data that may be biased or deduced from information that may otherwise be private (such as mental health records or pregnancy). 6 p.m. reception hosted by Peak Coworking followed by discussion. Open to the public. Peak Coworking, 139 Main St., Ste. 603. Bob Lawson: bob@sustainabledigital.com, www.peakcoworking.com.

GRAFTON "Our Nighttime Jewels: Discover Vermont's Moths": Did you know some moths have ears on their abdomens? Vermont Entomological Society member JoAnne Russo presents this informative talk accompanied by rich macro photographs. Afterwards, everyone will journey outside and look for caterpillars and moths. Bring headlamp, flashlight, camera. 7:30 p.m. $7, $10 at door. Grafton Ponds Outdoor Center, 783 Townshend Rd. Information: 802-843-2400; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Local history

BRATTLEBORO Brattleboro Words Project's Roundtable Discussion: Estey Organ's Impact on American Consumer Culture: We'll examine the history of Jacob Estey and how the famous Estey Organ Company helped shape American consumer culture and promote Brattleboro internationally. Dennis Waring, author of "Manufacturing the Muse: Estey Organs and Consumer Culture in Victorian America," leads the discussion. Estey's dominance in the market was due in large part to the company's innovations in both design and marketing. Estey organs accompanied Christian missionaries throughout the world and spread the Brattleboro name far and wide. Waring will also discuss Estey's progressive ethos which helped shape the image of VT itself. He was recognized not only for business acumen but for his commitment to the town of Brattleboro and care and concern for his workers. The Estey Organ Company employed a large workforce, many of whom were highly specialized craftsmen. For many years Estey was the largest employer in VT - master woodcarvers, designers, engineers, inventors, many of whom came from Europe to work for Estey. His progressive views towards his workforce extended to female employees. He believed that women had the right to do any work for which they were capable, and their compensation should be equal to their male counterparts. A permanent exhibit in the Estey Organ Museum documents the Women of Estey. He also underwrote the first building in the U.S. intended specifically for the higher education of black women in Raleigh, NC. This Series is a multi-year collaboration between the Brattleboro Historical Society, Brattleboro Literary Festival, Write Action, Brooks Memorial Library, Marlboro College and backed by a National Endowment for the Humanities matching grant. The Project is creating a "Brattleboro Words Trail," a podcast about the history of words that will lead listeners on walking, biking, and driving tours of the area. 6 p.m. Free. Estey Organ Museum, 108 Birge St. Information: www.brattleborowordsproject.org.

Well-being

BRATTLEBORO Alzheimer Caregivers Support Group: Share, obtain a support network, or just listen. 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. (1st Thur. of every month). Free. The Gathering Place, 30 Terrace St. Sharon Snider, RN: 802-254-6559.

Community building

GUILFORD Guilford Gazette Meeting: We’ll begin planning the August issue. New participants welcome. 9 a.m. Free. Guilford Country Store, 475 Coolidge Hwy. (Rte. 5). Information: 802-257-4603.

Dance

PUTNEY Folk Dancing: 4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. on Thursdays. Through Thursday, June 28. Free. Putney Cares Activities Barn, 54 Kimball Hill. Sign up: 802-387-5593, putneycares@svcable.net.

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