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Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO "Good Clash: Why Democracy Depends on Productive Disagreement" - a Series with Meg Mott: Today's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute presentation is "Cognitive Dissonance: Why One Side Misunderstands the Other." This class examines how in recent years, social psychologists have developed a theory of cognitive dissonance. Rather than reflect on our opinions, we tend to confirm our initial bias. When we meet someone who disagrees, we spend time trying to prove them wrong rather than reassessing our initial thoughts. We'll consider how difficult it is to maintain healthy skepticism in public debates and how we might reintroduce it into particularly thorny issues. Meg Mott is Prof. of Politics at Marlboro College. 10 a.m. - 12 noon on Mondays. Through Monday, May 6. $6 per lecture. New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat St. Julie Lavorgnia: 802-365-7278,

PUTNEY Conservation Biologist discusses Diminishing Food Webs in the Amazon: This talk entitled "Swimming, Sweating, and Surviving: Exploring Ecosystem Linkages Throughout the Tropics" draws on Dr. Peter deHart's research on how climate change and man-made pollution have impacted food webs in the Amazon River region. His findings shed light on the broader issue of the consequences of deforestation on fundamental species of fish worldwide. 7 p.m. Free. Landmark College, East Academic Bldg., OBrien Auditorium, 1 River Rd. So. Information:

Local history

MARLBORO Reading and Discussion - "A Panoramic Tour of the Northampton State Hospital" with author Mark Roessler: Through more than 50 panoramic images taken around and inside the now vacant Hospital, It offers a unique opportunity to explore this historic psychiatric hospital. The book invites readers to circumnavigate the entire sprawling institution, including walking the halls, visiting the theater, looking inside rooms, peering out windows, and climbing the stairs to the attic. 6:30 p.m. Free. Marlboro College/Snyder Center for Visual Arts, 2582 South Rd. Information: 802-257-4333; Click for more info on Web in new window.


BRATTLEBORO Spouse/Partner Loss Support Groups: Monday group: 12 noon every 2nd and 4th Mon. (Additional group: 5 p.m. every 2nd and 4th Wed.). Free. Brattleboro Area Hospice, 191 Canal St. One meeting with a bereavement counselor before participating is required. Cicely Carroll: 802-257-0775 x 108.


BRATTLEBORO Racial Justice Organizing Meeting: Black Lives Matter VT members, Lost River Racial Justice members, and People of Color Caucus invite those who wish to join the struggle for racial justice to attend. Meetings include time/space for: educating ourselves and each other by reading and discussing one section of the M4BL Platform per month; breakout time for the POC Caucus, a space for those who self-identify as people of color to build relationships, leadership capacity, and community organizing power; breakout time for Lost River Working Groups, including Fundraising (planning monthly events to benefit The Root SJC Racial Justice programming, Lost River Racial Justice, and BLM VT); Ready Response (showing up for specific racial justice campaigns and actions), and Political Education (planning monthly M4BL platform discussions and preparing for a study group in the fall); community announcements and relationship building. Light vegetarian dinner is provided and folks are encouraged to bring something to share. Childcare is provided on site. 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. monthly. Free. The Root Social Justice Center, 28 Williams St., 1st fl. Information: 802-254-3400; Click for more info on Web in new window.



April 2019