‘The Idea of Vermont’

‘The Idea of Vermont’

‘The Idea of Vermont’

The Pawlett Historical Society is very happy to be hosting ‘The Idea of Vermont,’ a presentation at the Pawlet Public Library by Laird Christensen, on Thursday, August 28, at 7 p.m. Christensen is Professor of English Literature and Environmental Studies and Director of the Master of Science in Resilient and Sustainable Communities at Green Mountain College. He states that Vermont today is commonly understood to be the land of dairy farms and ski resorts, and simultaneously a place of cutting-edge progressive politics. Attendees will get a history lesson that will allow them to better understand the ‘idea of Vermont,’ and how it is, according to Christensen, “… struggling to redefine itself despite the stubborn influence of the past.” The presentation will also look at how in, “ … an age of global climate change, such mainstays as the ski industry and maple sugaring appear to be at risk, leaving us to wonder how the idea of Vermont will change by the end of this century.”