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2020 - Upcoming Events

Jan 2, 2020. 
- Lane Fisher, Cora Funke and Martha Bruhl are pursuing their interest in world cultures as part of their college experience. They will share their passions and wisdom in this informal program. 

Past Events



Nov 21, 2019. 
Hands in Outreach - provides Nepali girls access to education, empowering them to become strong, self-reliant adults. Jaclyn Davidson shared her personal experience of sponsoring 2 children and her 2014 journey to visit their family in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Oct 24, 2019. 
Akol Aguek tells his personal story of his journey in Asylum. 
In 2001, forty young Sudanese refugees were welcomed to Burlington, they were some of the ~ 17,000 Lost Boys of Sudan who were displaced by the Sudanese Civil War. 

May 9, 2019
Learn more about Zeno, their filmmaking and the lack of inclusion of disabled people in films. 

April 25, 2019
Dive into the heritage of Northumberland with Mike Walker, Wayne Lauden and Casey Burger. 

March 28, 2019

Maher provides support to children and adults in need in over 100 rural Indian communities. Since 1997 they have helped over 4,000 individuals find dignity and self-worth.
Presented by Catherine Willson and Mikaela Keepin

Feb 28, 201

The Hajj is an elaborate journey taken by millions of Muslims each year which includes a number of ritual practices. Farhad and Amtul Khan shared their Pilgramage to Mecca.

Jan 26, 2019

Middlingo provides Chinese language camps and after-school programs in Middlebury and Bristol, where 3 to 12 year olds discover the language and culture of one of the oldest civilizations in the world.
Presenters: Joanne Doria, May Podunschnik and Candy Jiang


Nov 29, 2018

By providing permanent family homes, the Betasab Project works to halt the cycle of poverty by empowering vulnerable Ethiopian women and children with resources, educational opportunities, stability and love. 
Claudia Cooper, co-founder of the Global Family Initiative, shared her insights into GFI's holistic community-building approach.

May 17, 2018 
Julia Kitonis and Don Petit-Homme will offer an overview of Vermont’s Deaf community, its experiences, and its history. They will focus on Deaf theater and their process of bringing “Songs for a New World” to life as a multilingual and multicultural work of theater here in Vermont. 
American Sign Language interpreters will be present. Members of the Deaf community are encouraged to attend and participate in the followup discussion.

April 3, 2018 
Girl Rising: Changing the World One Girl at a Time

Celebrating girls’ resilience against all odds, award-winning author Tanya Lee Stone will look at how removing barriers to girls’ education in developing countries creates better lives, not only for the girls, but also for safer, healthier, and more prosperous communities.

March 15, 2018
From Home Para Casa 
Nate Shepherd and Chris Kukubo share stories from their epic Pan-American road trip honeymoon through communities from Vermont to Brazil.

January 11, 2018

Cameron Russell and Eli Bennett share their stories from a Journey Through the Americas.


November 9, 2017
First Welcome for Refugees: Laying Solid Foundations for Renewed Lives in the U.S.

Refugees arriving in Vermont are ordinary people caught in an extraordinary situation. Laurie Stavrand, Community Partnership Coordinator
will discuss what the USCRI/ Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program does to help refugees transition to Vermont. Aden Haji, a member of the first Somali Bantu family to resettle in Vermont, will speak about the importance of of telling our stories so that our community can be inclusive.

October 12, 2017
Carving a Niche: How Immigrants Make Their Mark on Vermont

Although Vermont is often described as culturally homogeneous, there is a long history of immigration to the state. Folklorist Gregory Sharrow will share how various immigrants have created “home” by continuing to celebrate their unique cultural heritage and how this, in turn, has made its mark on Vermont.

September 22, 2017

Stories from a Syrian Refugee Camp: Nina Keck's Firsthand Account of the Humanitarian Crisis

Nina Keck, award-winning journalist, shared insights about what life is like for many Syrian refugees - in and outside the camps, the strain on host countries like Jordan, the economic impact of the situation and the process involved in resettlement. She will also explain where the US refugee process is now.

May 11, 2017

Huertas (Garden) Project

The Huertas Project enables Latino/a migrant farmworkers and families to access culturally familiar, healthy and local foods. Naomi Wolcott-MacCausland spoke about issues facing farmworkers and how Huertas distributes seeds and plant starts to farmworkers living on Vermont’s dairies.

April 13, 2017

Linda White and members of the Middlebury Dojo discussed and demonstrated Aikido practice and teaching

March 9, 2017
Ceremony: Shamanism in Mongolia

Sas Carey showed her documentary film about the spiritual journey among shamans of northern Mongolia. Discussion will provided further insight about Mongolian culture, medicine and shamanism.

February 2, 2017
Muslim Girls Making Change

Four Vermont Muslims,  juniors at Burlington and South Burlington High Schools, perform slam poetry to express their passionate concerns. They presented and discussed their work


January 12, 2017
Walking the "Way": Three Pilgrimages on Camino de Santiago

David & Elissa Cobb, Gregor Clark & Gaen Murphree, and Stevie Spencer share stories and images.


November 3, 2016
Vermont's Celtic Heritage

Reagh Greenleaf Jr brings alive the history and heritage of Celtic peoples in Vermont through stories and song.

May 12, 2016
Cuba: A Personal Journey
– Rick Ceballos and Alice Leeds

April 14, 2016
Endangered Alphabets, Cultural Erosion, and the Future of the Written Word
– Tim Brooks

March 17, 2016
Syria, Remember Me
– Debora Harte Felmeth

January 21, 2016
It’s Often Not What We Expect: Experiences of a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Dominican Republic – Paul Kenyon


November 19th, 2015
Miming in French
, the story of a friendship between an American girl and a French Muslim girl. Sheila McGrory-Klyza speaks about her book.

October 15th, 2015
An Apprentice Boat Builder in Japan

Douglas Brooks speaks about the art of Japanese Boat Building

May 7th, 2015
Spring Tea Travels to China
with John Wetzel

January 15, 2015
Dogsledding in Labrador
with Ed Bleichner


November 20, 2014
Beyond the Stones of Machu Picchu
Folk Tales and Stories of Inca Life with Elizabeth VanBuskirk.

October 23, 2014
Sacred Landscapes, Buddhas and Dragons - Travel In Bhutan
with Kit Anderson

September 25, 2014
Henna: History, Culture and Rituals with Bridgette Bartlett

Sunday, April 6, 2014
The Bristol Bollywood Bash - Indian Food, Chai Tea and the Hadippa Dancers


November 21, 2013
Bali: Consciousness, Culture and Community
with Drs. Carla and David Osgood

October 17, 2013
Land of the Midnight Sun: Summer Travels to the Arctic
with Jim Squires

Sunday, June 16th, 2013
Garden Tour and Talk: Color, the International Language of Flowers
- Suzanne Allen and Ed Burke.

April 25, 2013
Understanding Nicaragua's Struggle with Poverty

Alex Tuck and Isabel Gamm, People Helping People Global

March 28, 2013
Dancing Across West Africa
with Ashley Bessette of New Haven

Thursday, January 17, 2013
An Evening of Kâo Jai: 15 years of living and working in Thailand
with Peter & Ann Straub


November 29, 2012
Green Across the Pacific: Vermont High School Students Host Peers from Japan

September 27, 2012
Life In a Jar: The Irene Sendler Project with Jack Meyer

August 21, 2012
The Invisible Red Thread
Vermont Premier; 
Canadian Documentary follows adopted teens in Canada and China

April 19, 2012
Lessons from Zambia
: Volunteering with Mothers without Borders
Jo LaFontaine will present on her journey and volunteer work.

May 17, 2012
Cynthia Packert will present on India and Bollywood

March 22, 2012
A Dance with Cuba

Marian Feldman will recount her journey to Cuba in 2002.

February 16th, 2012
Big Drum: Stuart Paton's Personal Story of Taiko, Japan and Vermont

January 19th, 2012
Ghana Be

Rory Jackson will present on Ghana, art and the Trinity Yard School.

Saturday, January 14th, 2012
Kids' Kiosk Grand Opening!

Alison James will present her book "The Drums of Noto Hanto"


Thursday, October 20th, 2011
From Warlords to Cell Phones: One Family's Connection to West China

For more information, click here.

7:00pm, Free, Lawrence Memorial Library. For a map to the library, click here.

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011
Calke Abbey: The Story of a Very Unusual House

For more information, click here.

6:30pm, Free, Lawrence Memorial Library.

Sunday, May 15th, 2011
Calke Abbey: The Story of a Very Unusual House
Benefit for the One World Library Featuring English Tea and an Eccentric Tale 
1:00-4:00pm, At the home of Andrew Johnson in New Haven
For more information, click here.

Sunday, April 17th, 2011
It's a One-World Library Celebration!
2:00-4:00pm - Events for children and adults.  For more information, click here.
Free, Lawrence Memorial Library.

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011
Support the One World Library by dining at the Bobcat Cafe in Bristol
Anytime between 5 and 9pm, Main Street, Bristol.

Thursday, March 17th, 2011
An Inca Village Today: The Children’s Weaving Club
For more information, click here.
6:30pm, Free, Lawrence Memorial Library.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Not Lost in Translation: Yoko Ogawa's The Housekeeper and the Professor

with Steve Snyder

For more information, click here.

6:30pm, Free, Lawrence Memorial Library.

Thursday, January 20th, 2011
The Drums of the Ancestors: Manchu and Mongol Shamanism
Susan Grimaldi
For more information, click here.
6:30pm, Free, Lawrence Memorial Library.


Thursday, December 2, 2010
The Botswana Book Project
Pam Shelton, found of the Bostwana Book Project in 1998, will discuss Botswana and her work in promoting reading.
For more details click here.
6:30pm, Free, Lawrence Memorial Library. 

Thursday, October 28, 2010
Created at the dawn of time and coveted by China's ancient emperors. . .
China's Extraordinary Natural Stone Paintings
Doug Schneible, president of Schneible Fine Art in Shelburne, will discuss the history, geology, creation, spiritual significance, and value determination of China's natural stone paintings.
For more details click here.
7:00pm, Free, Lawrence Memorial Library.

Thursday, September 23, 2010
Mt. Abe Students Explore Life Across the Pacific 

Two Mount Abraham Union High School seniors, Brian O’Connor and Yuki Davis will discuss their recent experiences of travel to Asia and immersion into two totally different cultures. 
For more details click here.
7:00pm, Free, Lawrence Memorial Library.

Thursday, June 24, 2010
Behind the Camel of the Cook: On Foot and On Camel in The Sahara Desert

New Haven resident, yoga instructor and adventure traveler, Sansea Sparling, traveled to the Tasseli Region of the Sahara Desert in Southern Algeria, to live and trek with the Tuareg Nomads for a month. Come join us in learning more about Sansea's adventures.
For more details click here.
7:00pm, Free, Lawrence Memorial Library. .

Tuesday, June 8, 2010
The House of Mirth and the culture of Electra Havemeyer Webb

Save the date for a special One-World Library Project book group which will meet at the Shelburne Museum's Brick House for a catered dinner, a tour, and a book discussion of Edith Wharton's The House of Mirth. Cost is $40. Please contact us to make a reservation if you are interested.

Sunday, April 25, 2010
Planting Seeds of Hope: An Inspiring Afternoon of Culture and Magic with the
One-World Library Project and Magicians Without Borders
Tom Verner and Janet Fredericks perform magic and discuss the humanitarian magic shows they have performed for children in refugee camps, orphanages and hospitals in “war torn places around the world where love, laughter and magic are desperately needed.” In this special One-World Library program at Holley Hall, Verner will tell stories, show slides, answer questions and perform some magic too. 100% of donations given at the door will go towards supporting Magicians Without Borders, which the UN High Commissioner for Refugees has praised by saying “We feed the refugees’ body, your magic feeds their souls.”
For more details click here.
1:00 – 4:00, Holley Hall, Bristol

Thursday March 18, 2010
Cross-cultural exchange: Experiences of students from Lebanon & Turkmenistan

Mount Abraham Union High School exchange students Siham Abou Imad (Lebanon) and Jenneta Mejiyeva (Turkmenistan) will discuss the food, educational systems, customs, and traditions of their countries. Siham, who is Christian, and Jennet, who is Muslim, will share their experiences growing up and the ways American society differs from that of their home countries. Join us for food, music, and a slide show of photographs from each country.
6:30pm, Free, Lawrence Memorial Library.

Thursday, February 25, 2010
"Beautiful, Brilliant Energy": A Mexihka Healer Shares an Ancient Aztec Healing Tradition.
Tzen Tzatzoehetzin, an Aztec (Mexihka) physician and instructor of the formerly secret Aztec traditional health system, will give a basic introduction to the culture, history and health system of the Ancient Aztecs.
6:30pm, Free, Lawrence Memorial Library.

Thursday, January 28, 2010
Inside a Kashmir Wedding: Life among the Lake Dwellers of the Kashmir Vale in the Lap of the Himalayas
Lynn Yarrington & Michael Mode present a slide program & talk on their experiences.
6:30pm, Free, Lawrence Memorial Library.
For more information, click here.


Sushi-Making Workshop and Japanese Food Sampling Afternoon
A One-World Library Fundraiser
Sunday, December 27, 2009
2:00-4:00pm, $30, At Kyoko's House
For more information, click here.

Supporting Nomads: A Presentation on the Dukha Reindeer Herders
with Sas Carey of Nomadicare in Middlebury
Thursday, November 12th
For more information, click here.
6:30pm, Free, Lawrence Memorial Library.

Tea Growing in Taiwan: A taste of tea culture and farming methods in the high mountains of Taiwan
John Wetzel from Stone Leaf Tea in Middlebury
Thursday, October 22nd
For more information, click here.
6:30pm, Free, Lawrence Memorial Library.

Thursday, September 24th
Nepal: "living and breathing" in Boudha, Kathmandu
A conversation with Pamela Smith
For more information, click here. 
7:00pm, Free, Lawrence Memorial Library.

July 4th - Global Tea on the Green - Stop by and see us.

Thursday, June 11. 2009
Go: The Most Popular Game in the World
An Evening of Culture and Strategy
For more information, click here. 
7:00pm, Free, Lawrence Memorial Library.

Thursday, May 14, 2009
A Panel Discussion on High School Trips Abroad
Costa Rica, Ghana, Japan, and China

7:00pm, Free, the Mount Abe High School Cafeteria.

Thursday, February 12, 2009
Creating a Sense of Gratitude in Relationships: Lessons from Japanese Psychology
with Gregg Krech
To view a slide show of the eventclick here!!!!
6:30pm, Free, Lawrence Memorial Library.

From “Secret Schools” to Community Projects: One Young Woman’s Story About Life for Afghanistan’s Women with Shabana Basij-Rasikh 
Thursday, January 8, 2009 
For more information, click here
6:30pm, Free, Lawrence Memorial Library.


Deconstructing the Myth of "The First Thanksgiving" with Judy Dow
Thursday, November 13th
For more information, click here. 
6:30pm, Free, Lawrence Memorial Library.

Dispatch for the Last Unknown: Ecology, Culture and Exploration in Papua New Guinea
Join us in learning more about Papua New Guinea with Ethan Linck.
Thursday, October 16th
For more information, click here. 
6:30pm, Free, Lawrence Memorial Library.

Sunday, September 21st at Noon on the Bristol Green
Join us in celebrating the International Day of Peace. We will do a reading of the Twelve Prayers for Peace from traditions around the world. We invite you to bring and share your own favorite prayers, songs and poems about peace. Rain site is Holley Hall.
To learn more click here

A Taste of Nova Scotia's Acadian Culture: An informal chat with Patrick Dunn
Thursday, July 10th at 6:30pm, Free, Lawrence Memorial Library.
Bristol resident Patrick Dunn will share his personal experiences growing up in Grand Etang. He will chat about Acadian music, history and food.
To learn more click here.

July 4th - Global Tea on the Green - Stop by and see us.

Winds of Change: Past and Present in the Aleutian Islands with Raymond Hudson
Thursday, June 12th at 7pm, Free, Lawrence Memorial Library.
Ray Hudson will discuss his 28 years on the Aleutian Islands in Alaska and his nine years learning Aleut basketry. Learn more about Ray and this program here.

Pilgrimage to Vallombrosa: an International Perspective on Conservation in Vermont 
with Bristol resident John Elder
Thursday, May 1st, 6:30-8pm, Free, Lawrence Memorial Library
To read more about John Elder's book, Pilgrimage to Vallombrosa: From Vermont to Italy in the Footsteps of George Perkins Marsh, click here.

Bento Boxes
Bento Box in the Heartland: My Japanese Girlhood in Whitebread America with Linda Furiya
Bento Presentation by Yuki and Kyoko Davis
Thursday, April 10th, 6:30-8pm, Free, Lawrence Memorial Library
To read more about the Bento Box Program, click here.

One-World Tea Party Sunday, March 30th, 2-4pm, Free, Lawrence Memorial Library

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