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    Fri., April 27, 2-3 p.m.

    Vermont Granite Museum executive director Scott McLaughlin goes back in time in "The Granite Cutters' Story: A History of Vermont's 200-Year-Old Granite Industry." at Faith United Methodist Church in South Burlington. Chittenden County (map). $5.

    Nancy Gauvin

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    Fri., April 27, 6:30 p.m.

    The assistant professor delves into how communication disorders affect bilingualism. A Q&A in French and English follows. at Alliance Française of the Lake Champlain Region in Burlington (map). $5-10; free for students with AFLCR membership.

    William Tortolano

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    Sun., April 29, 4-6 p.m.

    Presented as part of Primo Maggio, the talk "The WPA: The Depression and Great Art" examines work commissioned by the federal government during the Great Depression. at Old Labor Hall in Barre. Barre/Montpelier (map). Donations.

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    Robert Ford

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    Mon., April 30, 6-7:30 p.m.

    The former ambassador draws on his career in the U.S. Department of State for "Stories From the Middle East." A Q&A follows. at Dion Family Student Center, Saint Michael's College in Colchester. Chittenden County (map). Free.

    Crystal L'Hote

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    Tue., May 1, 5-6 p.m.

    Is beauty in the eye of the beholder? The philosophy professor converses about pleasure and aesthetics with cheesemonger Rory Stamp. at Dedalus Wine Shop, Market & Wine Bar in Burlington (map). Free.

    Patrick Standen

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    Tue., May 1, 5:30-7 p.m.

    "Putting Pain in Its Place: Lessons From a Stoic" looks at pain-management strategies developed by philosophers such as Epictetus and Marcus Aurelius. at Rí Rá Irish Pub & Whiskey Room in Burlington (map). Free.

    Jessica Crothers

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    Tue., May 1, 6-7:30 p.m.

    Health-conscious listeners take note of "The Microbiome: How It Keeps You Healthy...Or Not!," presented as part of the Community Medical School series. at Carpenter Auditorium, Given Medical Building, University of Vermont in Burlington (map). Free.

    Steve Viner & Dave Amsden

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    Tue., May 1, 6:30-8 p.m.

    Philosophy guides a discussion of immigration and human rights in the 21st century. Janice Couture Community Room. at Community College of Vermont in Winooski. Chittenden County (map). Free.

    Annelise Orleck

    Annelise Orleck

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    Wed., May 2, 7-8:30 p.m.

    The labor historian orates the origin of an antipoverty program run by poor mothers in the 1970s in "What if Poor Women Ran the World?" at Goodrich Memorial Library in Newport. Northeast Kingdom (map). Free.

    Steve Faccio

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    Wed., May 2, 4-5 p.m.

    An LSC Department of Natural Sciences weekly seminar series continues with “Bioaccumulation of Mercury in Wood Frogs and Spotted Salamanders in Vermont Vernal Pools.” Room S-102, Thaddeus Fairbanks Science Wing. at Lyndon State College in Lyndonville. Northeast Kingdom (map). Free.

    'Philosophical Topics on Consent'

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    Wed., May 2, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

    University of Vermont's philosophy club, A Different Voice, spearheads a discussion on an array of aspects related to the concept of consent. at Maglianero in Burlington (map). Free.

    Sin yee Chan

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    Wed., May 2, 6:30-8 p.m.

    Listeners lean in for "The Way of Sincerity: The Confucian View of the Relationship Between Humans and Nature." at Three Chimney Farm in Charlotte. Chittenden County (map). Free.

    Carol Berry

    Carol Berry

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    Wed., May 2, 7-8:30 p.m.

    "Vincent van Gogh and the Books He Read" looks at ways in which authors such as Charles Dickens and Harriet Beecher Stowe influenced the painter's life and art. at Kellogg-Hubbard Library in Montpelier. Barre/Montpelier (map). Free.

    Eric Davis

    Eric Davis

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    Wed., May 2, 7-8:30 p.m.

    In "A Republic, If You Can Keep It...," the Middlebury College professor emeritus explores how the foundational concepts established in 1787 remain just as essential — and fragile — today. at Rutland Free Library in Rutland. Rutland/Killington (map). Free.

    Leslie Butler

    Leslie Butler

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    Wed., May 2, 7-8:30 p.m.

    The Dartmouth College professor delivers "Reckoning With Darwin in American Culture." at St. Johnsbury Athenaeum in St. Johnsbury. Northeast Kingdom (map). Free.
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