First Wednesdays Humanities Lecture Series Hosted by Nine Libraries Around Vermont
*** December First Wednesdays in Rutland (James Heffernan on Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice) moved to TUESDAY, DECEMBER 3***
2013-2014 First Wednesdays Brochure/Schedule (PDF)
This eclectic lecture series offers talks in nine towns on the first Wednesday of the month, October through May. Topics are varied, timely, timeless, thought-provoking, and fun.
The 2013-2014 season of First Wednesdays begins October 2 at locations listed to the right. Since its beginning in 2002 at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library in Montpelier, First Wednesdays has expanded to nine sites within or near most of Vermont’s population centers.
The free lectures draw nationally and regionally renowned authors, artists, scholars, and public figures who speak on diverse topics before audiences sometimes numbering several hundred people.
All First Wednesdays talks are free and open to the public, held at libraries and other venues in the host communities.
Here are a few of the new speakers and topics for each site this season:
- Conductor and pianist Ignat Solzhenitsyn on his father Alexandr's writing of the history of the Russian Revolution (Brattleboro, February 5)
- An evening with Billy Collins, former US Poet Laureate and bestselling editor of VHC’s 2013 Vermont Reads book, Poetry 180: A Turning Back to Poetry (Burlington's Ira Allen Chapel, October 2)
- Tom Ashbrook, host of NPR's On Point, on changes in the news and his career as a reporter (Manchester, November 6)
- Dartmouth professor of American religious history Randall Balmer on the rise of the Religious Right and the life and times of Jimmy Carter (Middlebury, February 5)
- Shelburne Museum director Thomas Denenberg on the Wyeth family and the legacy of their painting in America (Montpelier, May 7)
- Middlebury College artist-in-residence Jule Emerson on the costumes of the popular PBS series Downton Abbey (Newport, March 5)
- Dartmouth professor Russell Rickford on the last years of Malcolm X (Norwich, April 2)
- Gastronomica editor Darra Goldstein on the history of various foods and their influence on cultures around the world (Rutland, October 2)
- Linda Tarr-Whelan, ambassador to the UN Commission on the Status of Women in the Clinton Administration and deputy assistant for Women’s Concerns to President Carter, on women’s issues locally and around the globe (St. Johnsbury, November 6)
***See communities at right for the full 2013-2014 schedule***
First Wednesdays talks always include a question and answer time, offering a chance for the audience to interact with the speaker. The talks bring vitality and the opportunity for lifelong learning to Vermont’s communities.
2013-2014 First Wednesdays Statewide Sponsor:
Vermont Public Radio and Vermont community TV stations have covered many First Wednesdays talks. See a listing of talks available at VPR Presents and on the local TV sites. Listen, watch, download, or find out more information.
Image: Bean seller, Varanasi Benares, India by Jorge Royan