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January 7 — Delicious to the Ear: The Inspiring Voice of Maya Angelou. Before she became an internationally revered poet, memoirist, and activist, Maya Angelou was mute for five years as a child. UVM professor Emily Bernard explains how poetry awakened Angelou’s voice, a voice that transformed a history of trauma into inspiration and beauty.A First Wednesdays lecture. Hosted by the Brooks Memorial Library. Brattleboro, Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St, 7:00 pm. Jerry Carbone, (802) 254-5290.

January 14 — Live Stream of What’s the Use of Stories That Aren’t Even True? A Vermont Reads Event and First Wednesdays lecture. Public viewing of the live video feed from Burlington of Salman Rushdie, author of VHC's 2015 Vermont Reads Book, Haroun and the Sea of Stories, discussing the importance of storytelling. Hosted by the Brooks Memorial Library. Brattleboro, Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St, 5:00 pm. Contact the library, (802) 254-5290.

February 4 — Plato's Republic: Rethinking His Utopian Ideal. Philosophy scholar Susanne Claxton explores the key elements of the utopian republic envisioned by Plato and considers their adequacy.A First Wednesdays lecture. Hosted by the Brooks Memorial Library. Brattleboro, Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St, 7:00 pm. Jerry Carbone, (802) 254-5290.

March 4 — Photography as Fine Art: Alfred Stieglitz and Camera Work. Photographer, gallerist, and magazine editor Alfred Stieglitz was a seminal figure in the history of twentieth-century photography. Middlebury College professor Kirsten Hoving examines Stieglitz's work and his advocacy for photography as a fine art, with special attention to his quarterly journal Camera Work. A First Wednesdays lecture. Hosted by the Brooks Memorial Library. Brattleboro, Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St, 7:00 pm. Jerry Carbone, (802) 254-5290.

March 12 — Meet Eleanor Roosevelt: Wife, Mother, and First Lady. Actress Elena Dodd brings life to Eleanor Roosevelt in this one-woman drama and historical interpretation of the four decades of her marriage to Franklin D. Roosevelt, including her adventures as a controversial First Lady in the 1930s and 1940s but not forgetting her roles as mother and grandmother to a large, lively family. With a frank, often humorous look at some of her struggles, she recalls her years as a timid young wife and mother; her growing involvement in politics, social issues, and the media as first lady; and her gradual emergence as an independent force in both private and public life. A dialogue with the audience follows the presentation, which was researched and written by Josephine Lane and Elena Dodd. Hosted by the Neighborhood Connections. Londonderry, Neighborhood Connections, 5700 Mountain Marketplace, 6:30 pm. Mary Claire Schwartz, (802) 824-4343.

March 28 — Vermont and the Civil War. From Cedar Creek to Gettysburg, Vermonters were central to the Union cause. Vermont author and Civil War historian Howard Coffin addresses the Vermont contribution to the Civil War. Hosted by the Rockingham Free Public Library. Bellows Falls, Rockingham Free Public Library, 65 Westminster St, 1:00 pm. Anne Dempsey, (802) 463-4270.

April 1 — The National Security Agency: The Law, the Media, and the Legacy of Edward Snowden. Retired NSA executive Bill Sullivan discusses the NSA’s foreign intelligence mission as well as its process, governance, and oversight, and examines media reports based on material provided by Edward Snowden.A First Wednesdays lecture. Hosted by the Brooks Memorial Library. Brattleboro, Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St, 7:00 pm. Jerry Carbone, (802) 254-5290.

May 2 — Colonial Meetinghouses of New England. New England’s colonial meetinghouses embody an important yet little-known chapter in American history. Built mostly with tax money, they served as both places of worship and places for town meetings, and were the centers of life in colonial New England communities. Using photographs of the few surviving “mint condition” meetinghouses as illustrations, this presentation by photographer Paul Wainwright tells the story of the society that built and used them, and the lasting impact they have had on American culture. Hosted by the Town of Rockingham. Bellows Falls, Lower Theater, Rockingham Town Hall, 7 Village Square, 10:00 am. Contact the Rockingham Development Office, (802) 463-3456 x110.

May 6 — The Duel: Aaron Burr vs. Alexander Hamilton. Was it murder or suicide when the vice president of the United States killed the first secretary of the treasury in a duel? Willard Sterne Randall, award-winning biographer of Hamilton and five other Founding Fathers, tells this fascinating story.A First Wednesdays lecture. Hosted by the Brooks Memorial Library. Brattleboro, Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St, 7:00 pm. Jerry Carbone, (802) 254-5290.

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