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Commentary Series: Gilbert: What JFK Jr. Taught Me
Tuesday, 04/02/13
By Peter Gilbert
Peter Gilbert recalls something a former student said now fifteen years ago and explains how, finally, he came to understand its wisdom.
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Commentary Series: Gilbert: Henry V at 600
Wednesday, 03/20/13
By Peter Gilbert
It's rare that one can note a 600th anniversary, but Peter Gilbert says it was six hundred years ago today that England's Henry V became king upon the death of his father, Henry IV.
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Commentary Series: Gilbert: The Fire Next Time
Tuesday, 02/12/13
By Peter Gilbert
In January 1963, fifty years ago, the great American writer James Baldwin published a famous book entitled The Fire Next Time. According to Peter Gilbert, it was a profoundly influential statement about race relations in the midst of the Civil Rights movement.
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Commentary Series: Gilbert: Frost's Final Days
Monday, 01/28/13
By Peter Gilbert
Robert Frost died fifty years ago tomorrow at the age of eighty-eight. Here's Peter Gilbert to tell us about the last days of a man that scholars generally now recognize as one of America's greatest poets. 
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Commentary Series: Gilbert: Blizzard
Thursday, 01/10/13
By Peter Gilbert
With the return of wintry weather, parents once again have to plan ahead for days when their children may be released from school early due to impending weather, out of concern for their safety.  It's a necessity that's reminded Peter Gilbert of how a tremendously powerful winter storm once swept across the northern plains - with the most dire of consequences.
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Commentary Series: Gilbert: Emancipation
Tuesday, 01/01/13
By Peter Gilbert
Peter Gilbert observes that New Year's Day one hundred and fifty years ago was unlike any other in American history. With the stroke of a pen, four million humans stopped being under the law pieces of property owned by other people. The slaves in the Confederacy won their freedom.
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Commentary Series: Brunch Sampler: Peter Gilbert
Wednesday, 12/26/12
By Peter Gilbert
At the Commentator Brunch earlier this year, for Peter Gilbert, the theme - "When Worlds Collide" - was all about the Civil War.
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Commentary Series: Gilbert: The Halifax Disaster
Wednesday, 12/05/12
By Peter Gilbert
This time of year, the sight of truckloads of Christmas trees on the highway headed south, remind Peter Gilbert of the story of Boston's Christmas tree. It 's a powerful story that goes back exactly ninety-five years to Halifax, Nova Scotia and the first World War. 
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Commentary Series: Gilbert: Whitman's Election Day
Tuesday, 11/06/12
By Peter Gilbert
It's been said that you campaign in poetry and govern in prose. And as the country prepares to vote once again, commentator and Vermont Humanities Council executive director Peter Gilbert tells us about a timely poem written by one of America's greatest poets.
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Commentary Series: Gilbert: Electoral Effect
Tuesday, 10/23/12
By Peter Gilbert
With the presidential election fast approaching, Peter Gilbert took a look at previous elections. There he found some landslides, some extremely close races, and some very interesting stories.
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Commentary Series: Gilbert: Books that Changed History
Friday, 10/12/12
By Peter Gilbert
We know that books change people's lives all the time. But can books other than sacred texts also change history? Peter Gilbert says the answer is yes.
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Commentary Series: Gilbert: Paramount Object
Thursday, 08/16/12
By Peter Gilbert
Peter Gilbert tells about a famous exchange of letters between the highly influential abolitionist Horace Greeley and President Lincoln, which occurred one hundred and fifty years ago next week.
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Commentary Series: Gilbert: Fannie Lou Hamer
Wednesday, 08/08/12
By Peter Gilbert
The upcoming Democratic and Republican National Conventions cause Peter Gilbert to think of the 1964 Democratic National Convention - and an inspired civil rights activist.
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Commentary Series: Gilbert: Olympic Arts
Monday, 07/23/12
By Peter Gilbert
With the summer Olympics about to start, Peter Gilbert tells us about a time not so long ago when athletic prowess was not the only thing to receive medals at Olympic games.
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Commentary Series: Gilbert: Medal of Honor
Wednesday, 07/11/12
By Peter Gilbert
We're about to mark the 150th anniversary of a Civil War era event that has reminded Peter Gilbert of a timely Vermont story that links a great flood with exceptional bravery - and President Abraham Lincoln.
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Commentary Series: Gilbert: War Of 1812 Begins
Monday, 06/18/12
By Peter Gilbert
June 18th, 1812 is a date in American history that students don't often learn in school. It's not a very memorable date. But according to Peter Gilbert, it marks the beginning of a memorable story.
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Commentary Series: Gilbert: Interstate Impact
Wednesday, 06/06/12
By Peter Gilbert
Peter Gilbert considers the development of the Interstate Highway System and a research project that is documenting the construction of the interstates here in Vermont.
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Commentary Series: Gilbert: Precision Manufacturing
Wednesday, 05/23/12
By Peter Gilbert
This Saturday, two new exhibits will open at the American Precision Museum in Windsor, both related to the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the Civil War. According to  Peter Gilbert, together they tell important stories - of individuals and the nation.
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Commentary Series: Gilbert: Forever Young
Thursday, 05/03/12
By Peter Gilbert
Peter Gilbert has been thinking about two things that all people have in common - aging and mortality. They've been on his mind since Dick Clark died recently at the age of 82. But then writing about Dick Clark never seems to get old.
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Commentary Series: Gilbert: Remembering Guernica
Wednesday, 04/25/12
By Peter Gilbert
Scenes of Syrian civilians being bombed by their own government have reminded Peter Gilbert of similar events that took place 75 years ago tomorrow – with far-reaching consequences for both civil society and the arts.
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Commentary Series: Gilbert: William and Julian Scott
Friday, 04/13/12
By Peter Gilbert
We’re in the midst of the sesquicentennial anniversary of the Civil War, which raged for four years, from April 1861 to April 1865. Peter Gilbert has the dramatic stories of two Vermont soldiers who were not related, but who shared the same last name.
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Commentary Series: Gilbert: Willie's Story
Monday, 02/20/12
By Peter Gilbert
Today is both President's Day and the anniversary of an event that caused great sadness in the Lincoln White House.  Commentator and Vermont Humanities Council executive director Peter Gilbert has the story - not of a President, but a President's child.
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Commentary Series: Gilbert: The Presidency
Monday, 01/30/12
By Peter Gilbert
Commentator and Vermont Humanities Council executive director Peter Gilbert loves movies about the American presidency, especially thrillers. Recently, he saw two that he'd never seen before.
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Commentary Series: Gilbert: Corporations' Free Speech
Tuesday, 01/17/12
By Peter Gilbert
Two years ago this month, a bitterly divided Supreme Court overruled precedent and held that the government may not ban political spending by corporations, and that the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 violated corporations' right to free speech. Here's commentator and Vermont Humanities Council executive director Peter Gilbert to explain.
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Commentary Series: Gilbert: Centenary
Monday, 01/02/12
By Peter Gilbert
Commentator and Vermont Humanities Council executive director Peter Gilbert tells us a true story of great suffering, disappointment, and pathos that's one hundred years old this month.
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