Monday, March 26th at 7 PM: Resilience, The Biology of Stress & the Science of Hope

Resilience, The Biology of Stress & The Science of Hope is a film about adverse childhood experiences which can affect the rest of your life.  The award-winning film will be shown on Monday, March 26, 2018 at 7:00 PM at the Memorial Building in Hardwick sponsored by the Jeudevine Library and the Hardwick Area Community Justice Center followed by a panel discussion led by area specialists in this topic.  


“The child may not remember, but the body remembers,” is the foundation of what the film shows.


The original research was controversial, but the findings revealed the most important public health findings of a generation. Resilience is a one-hour documentary that delves into the science of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the birth of a new movement to treat and prevent Toxic Stress. Now understood to be one of the leading causes of everything from heart disease and cancer to substance abuse and depression, extremely stressful experiences in childhood can alter brain development and have lifelong effects on health and behavior.


However, as experts and practitioners profiled in Resilience are proving, what’s predictable is preventable. These physicians, educators, social workers and communities are daring to talk about the effects of divorce, abuse and neglect. And they’re using cutting edge science to help the next generation break the cycles of adversity and disease.



There will be refreshments!  

For more information call 472-5948.

Tuesday, March 27th from 6 PM - 8 PM: Before the Flood

Before the Flood, a film about climate change by National Geographic with Leonardo DiCaprio will be shown at the Jeudevine Library on Tuesday, March 27, 2018, 6:00 – 8:00 PM


Follow DiCaprio’s journey as a United Nations Messenger of Peace, traveling to five continents and the Arctic to witness climate change firsthand. He goes on expeditions with scientists uncovering the reality of climate change and meets with political leaders fighting against inaction. He also discovers a calculated disinformation campaign orchestrated by powerful special interests working to confuse the public about the urgency of the growing climate crisis. With unprecedented access to thought leaders around the world, DiCaprio searches for hope in a rising tide of catastrophic news.



The 1.5 hour film will be followed by refreshments and discussion.

For more information call the library at 472-5948.

Poet Federico Garcia Lorca in Vermont

A talk by Patricia Billingsley for National Poetry Month

Sunday, April 8th at 2 PM at the Hardwick Town House

Many people have heard of the famous Spanish poet Federico García Lorca but few are aware of his connection to Hardwick, VT. Biographer Patricia Billingsley will be giving a talk at the Hardwick Town House on Sunday, April 8 at 2 PM. The program is sponsored by the Jeudevine Memorial Library, the Hardwick Historical Society and the Hardwick Town House.  The Historical Society will have a display of their materials on Lorca and Cummings.


The celebrated Spanish poet and playwright Federico García Lorca was only 38 years old when he was executed by nationalist partisans in August 1936, at the very beginning of the Spanish Civil War. Few people are aware that in August 1929, the poet spent ten days in Eden Mills, Vermont, with a young Hardwick native named Philip Cummings. They met when Cummings was enrolled in a summer language program in July 1928. The following June Lorca came to New York and Cummings invited him to visit him in Vermont and Lorca came up to the Cummings family cottage on Lake Eden.


The two young men spent their days roaming the fields and forests around the lake, talking non-stop about poetry and life. In quieter moments, Lorca began writing a series of haunting and evocative poems that combined his intense private emotions with images drawn from the Vermont landscape.


When Patricia Billingsley first read Ian Gibson's landmark biography of Federico García Lorca in 2006, she was surprised to learn that Lorca had once counted a young Vermonter named Philip Cummings among his close friends. Ms. Billingsley will discuss recent findings that shed new light on Lorca's relationship with Cummings and the influence of the Vermont episode on his poetry. She will use vintage maps and photographs to illustrate the specific view of Vermont that Cummings chose to share with his friend. Finally, she will explain how the decision by early Lorca scholars to dismiss the poet's time in Vermont as inconsequential left this important episode in his life unexplored for decades.


 Ms. Billingsley has given invited lectures on Lorca's Vermont interlude and the poems it inspired at the International Institute in Madrid, City University of New York (CUNY), Smith College, Dartmouth College, and several public libraries. In 2013, she co-curated a “Lorca in Vermont” exhibit at the CUNY Graduate Center, part of a citywide "Lorca in New York" festival. A graduate of the University of Delaware and California State University at Northridge, Ms. Billingsley worked as a software usability analyst before becoming a communications specialist at Smith College. Now an independent biographer, she is writing a book about Lorca's multi-year relationship with Cummings and its impact on the poet's life and work.

This photo shows Philip Cummings (22 yrs.) and Federico García Lorca (31 yrs.) on their way to have dinner with friends in Eden Mills, Vermont, in late August 1929. 


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