As staff, faculty and students begin returning to the campus of Johnson State College, a rare opportunity awaits them at the school’s Julian Scott Memorial Gallery. An exhibit now on display features the paintings of Peter Heller and sculptures by Alexandra Heller. The husband and wife taught together in the college’s art department nearly 50 years ago.
Garret Keizer never really wanted to be a teacher, but he found himself wrangling high school students in the Northeast Kingdom until he was able to make ends meet as a writer. Then, fourteen years later, Keizer found himself back in the classroom again.
He’s written about his experience in a new book, Getting Schooled: The Reeducation of an American Teacher. We’ll talk to Keizer about the challenges and rewards of teaching.
Night of Arrows is a band of one. Singer and songwriter David Kaczynski writes the lyrics and melodies and plays all the instruments — electric and acoustic guitars, bass and drums — on his self-produced albums.
His home studio in Jeffersonville acts as a kind of therapist's couch: A safe space to pour out pain, sadness and loss and give words and sound to difficult emotions through his raw, spare music.
Grim news about the Ebola virus is filling the airwaves these days. And although the chances of contracting the disease outside of West Africa are extremely slim, American hospitals are preparing for a possible outbreak. Colleges are also starting to get questions from parents about whether international students could carry the virus to campuses.
While there seems to be some interest in two write-in campaigns for statewide office in next week’s primary election, state officials think that overall voter turnout will be extremely low. There are also concerns that the write-in efforts will complicate the vote counting process.
By most accounts, this has been an extremely quiet primary season in Vermont. It’s not a presidential year and it’s an off year for U.S. Senate campaigns.
This week, VPR is launching a new online music project called ‘Live From the Fort.’ We invite Vermont bands into the VPR Performance Studio to perform and talk about their music, and we’re posting the videos of these mini-concerts to vpr.net. In the coming months you’ll be able to watch and listen to acts like Kat Wright and Maryse Smith.
Today, we’re sharing a track from the first band to perform for ‘Live From the Fort’ - Waylon Speed - playing their song “Smooth the Grain."