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Academic Speaker Series

The mission of the Academic Speaker Series is to promote the intellectual environment of the College and to facilitate discussion of important issues in the community.

Events take place in the Brooks M. O'Brien Auditorium/Lewis Academic Building, and are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

For more information, questions, or accessibility requests, please email Solvegi Shmulsky.

Fall 2023 Schedule

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Wednesday, September 13, 5 p.m. ET
What Plant is That? Discovering the Wildflowers of Putney VT
Rich Grumbine

Landmark College Associate Professor of Natural Science Rich Grumbine will share his journey in creating a field guide to the identification of wildflowers in Putney, VT. It will include statistics about the town’s wildflower flora, stories about the process of developing the guide, and a chance for the audience to learn basic botanical terminology and apply that knowledge in identifying one or two local wildflower specimens.

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Wednesday, October 4, 5 p.m. ET
The Value of Our Stories
Rajnii Eddins

Each one of us has a story that is valuable. Rajnii Eddins utilizes spoken word as a tool for engagement in conversations about race, culture, equity and the richness to be found in each of our stories. In this presentation, Eddins will share his poetry and the historical context in which it was created. He will discuss how our stories can be used to confront racism and other injustices, affirm diversity and equity, and initiate community dialogue. He will conclude with a conversation about how attendees can share their stories as a way to create healing and to grow mutual understanding.

Landmark College: The Value of Our Stories is a Vermont Humanities Council program hosted by Landmark College. (Supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the NEH or VHC.)

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Wednesday, November 1, 5 p.m. ET
The Educational Experiences of a Non-Speaking, Autistic Person:
An Evening with Jordyn Zimmerman

This 60-minute live-virtual presentation will discuss Jordyn's lived experience as both a student and trained educator. She will discuss how ableist beliefs contribute to low expectations, challenges with accessing higher-educational spaces, how inclusive spaces can be created, the language we use, how to show up for others in community, and suggestions for ensuring all students experience success. Emphasis will be placed on nonspeaking/minimally speaking autistic students. Time will be allotted for questions.

Jordyn Zimmerman, M.Ed. is a nonspeaking autistic person and advocate who received her graduate degree in education from Boston College. She completed her bachelor’s degree in education policy at Ohio University, where she founded an inclusive collegiate cheer team called Ohio University Sparkles. As a nonspeaking autistic student who was denied access to effective augmentative communication until she was 18, Jordyn has personal experience challenging the educational status quo, an experience that is featured in the 2021 documentary, This Is Not About Me.

This event is sponsored by the Landmark College Center for Neurodiversity. 

Click here for the videoconference link.

The College would like to thank Brattleboro Community Television for recording and broadcasting these presentations. 

Click here to view presentations from previous semesters.

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