urbanism

Start a Pop-Up University in Your Town!

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Could your town use some excitement? A new way to bring people together? And help people share their skills and talents?

A community university is just the thing!

The Bethel Revitalization Initiative has heard from a number of towns in the White River Valley Region of Vermont and beyond, many of which would like to start their own versions of BU. And we’d like to help.

That’s why we’ll be offering a free, open information session on November 18 to share what we learned and did to make BU happen. We’ll also make our documents & work plans public via templates that any town can use and adapt. And we’ll open up for a working session where groups from local towns can start brainstorming and planning together.

In the White River Valley, we’re asking other towns to coordinate schedules and each pick a different month of the year so that we can encourage collaboration and attendance without competing. Let’s help each other make this even better.

Interested? Here are three quick steps to bringing the BU magic to your town:

  1. Sign up to attend our info session on Tuesday, November 8 (it’s free! and fun! and don’t worry, you’re not committing to anything.)
  2. Tell your friends. Encourage them to sign up too and bring a group from your town so that you can all start discussing the idea together.
  3. Join our mailing list so that you’ll get all the latest updates about Bethel University & resources for towns planning their own.

Can’t make the meeting? No worries. Just sign up for the mailing list and shoot us a line to tell us your town is interested.

Watch the Bethel University video

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Bethel University is a couple months in the past, but the energy lives on! We’re very pleased to release this short video slideshow of the project… a great opportunity to thank all of the Professors, students, organizers, volunteers, and donors who made this project happen.

Special thanks to: Town of Bethel, Bethel Schools, Bethel Public Library, Christ Church, and the Vermont Community Foundation’s Small & Inspiring Grant Program. We could not have made this happen without you.

And thanks to Elizabeth Farrell, Rebecca Sanborn Stone, Laura Rubenis and Kirk White for the photography in this slideshow!