Jerry Carbone

Exploring literacy, education, and culture through the words of our past

Exploring literacy, education, and culture through the words of our past

A new project shines a light on Brattleboro’s literary history, starting with the words of a former slave who transcended race and gender to have her say in the highest courts in the state

In January, I became part of a committee that worked to create a project for a National Endowment for the Humanities “Creating Humanities Communities,” a matching grant whose goals are “to ensure that Americans around the country have the opportunity to engage with our shared cultural heritage” and to “demonstrate the power of the humanities to build connections, stimulate discovery, and contribute to vibrant communities.”

The People, Places, and History of Words in Brattleboro, Vermont project is a wide collaboration of five area organizations, schools, and other entities to build an awareness of the humanities in rural communities and help citizens explore the diverse cultural/literary history of this area we call home.

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Library feels budget sting

I am sorry to report that as a result of the March 2010 Town Meeting vote on the proposed fiscal year 2011 budget, the library has been required to reduce its personnel line item by $16,000. What this means is a reduction in staff hours and therefore a reduction...

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Libraries provide broadband — no coffee required

Your story “Region renews hope for broadband” [The Commons, April] demonstrates that progress has been made, but there is still a long road ahead before all Vermont citizens and businesses have easy, affordable access to high-speed Internet. While many people now have computers and some type of Internet access,

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