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September 27 — 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 Grafton Historical Society. Grafton White Church, 9 Main St, 4:00 pm. Patricia Jeziorski, (802) 843-2584.

September 27 — Film Discussion: Freedom and Unity: The Vermont Movie: Part Two: "Under the Surface." Part of the Freedom and Unity: The Vermont Movie series. This six-part collaborative documentary produced by several dozen Vermont-based filmmakers uses personal stories, rare footage, compelling interviews, and original reenactments to explore the history and contemporary culture of the Green Mountain State and tell how one small state has made a very big difference. This part explores labor wars, eugenics, the McCarthy era, and progressive Republicanism. Led by Deborah Lee Luskin. Hosted by the Pettee Memorial Library. Wilmington, Memorial Hall, 14 W Main St, 7:00 pm. Allison Smith, (802) 464-8557.

October 1 — Reading for the Life of the World. Award-winning author and Vermonter Katherine Paterson considers the importance and many benefits of reading. 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.

October 2–5 — Brattleboro Literary Festival. Grant Event. The 13th annual festival is a celebration of literature and writing featuring Pulitzer Prize winning authors Joseph Ellis and Paul Muldoon plus 40 more emerging and established authors. Hosted by the Building a Better Brattleboro and supported by a VHC grant. Brattleboro, various downtown locations. Sandy Rouse, (802) 579-7414 or brattleboroliteraryfestival.org.

October 25 — Wonder: The Last Chapter Finale. A Vermont Reads Event. Join us for our concluding event with the Sanborn family. Hosted by the Jamaica Memorial Library. Jamaica, Town Hall, 3735 Vt Route 30, 1:00 pm. Karen Cawrse, (802) 874-4901.

October 25 — Film Discussion: Freedom and Unity: The Vermont Movie: Part Three: "Refuge, Reinvention, and Revolution." Part of the Freedom and Unity: The Vermont Movie series. This six-part collaborative documentary produced by several dozen Vermont-based filmmakers uses personal stories, rare footage, compelling interviews, and original reenactments to explore the history and contemporary culture of the Green Mountain State and tell how one small state has made a very big difference. This part explores innovation, interstates, and counter-culture. Led by Tom Fels. Hosted by the Pettee Memorial Library. Wilmington, Memorial Hall, 14 W Main St, 7:00 pm. Allison Smith, (802) 464-8557.

November 1 — Film Discussion: Freedom and Unity: The Vermont Movie: Part Four: "Doers and Shapers." Part of the Freedom and Unity: The Vermont Movie series. This six-part collaborative documentary produced by several dozen Vermont-based filmmakers uses personal stories, rare footage, compelling interviews, and original reenactments to explore the history and contemporary culture of the Green Mountain State and tell how one small state has made a very big difference. This part explores progressivism in education and state law from Act 250 to civil unions. Led by Nora Jacobson. Hosted by the Pettee Memorial Library. Wilmington, Memorial Hall, 14 W Main St, 7:00 pm. Allison Smith, (802) 464-8557.

November 5 — The Morally Injured. In light of his experiences fighting in Iraq, Tyler Boudreau, author of Packing Inferno: The Unmaking of a Marine, reflects on PTSD and “moral injury.”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.

November 6 — Staged Reading of Wonder. A Vermont Reads Event. Students from various area schools will perform a staged reading of the novel by R.J. Palacio. Hosted by the Stratton Mountain School. Stratton Mountain School, Patty Kalstas Performing Arts Center,  7 World Cup Cir, 7:00 pm. Mary Mangiacotti, (973) 903-4836.

November 8 — Film Discussion: Freedom and Unity: The Vermont Movie: Part Five: "Ceres' Children." Part of the Freedom and Unity: The Vermont Movie series. This six-part collaborative documentary produced by several dozen Vermont-based filmmakers uses personal stories, rare footage, compelling interviews, and original reenactments to explore the history and contemporary culture of the Green Mountain State and tell how one small state has made a very big difference. This part explores participatory democracy and ethics in conservation and farming. Led by Nora Jacobson. Hosted by the Pettee Memorial Library. Wilmington, Memorial Hall, 14 W Main St, 7:00 pm. Allison Smith, (802) 464-8557.

November 15 — Film Discussion: Freedom and Unity: The Vermont Movie: Part Six: "People's Power." Part of the Freedom and Unity: The Vermont Movie series. This six-part collaborative documentary produced by several dozen Vermont-based filmmakers uses personal stories, rare footage, compelling interviews, and original reenactments to explore the history and contemporary culture of the Green Mountain State and tell how one small state has made a very big difference. This part explores contemporary tensions over energy, independence, climate, and the state's future. Led by Nora Jacobson. Hosted by the Pettee Memorial Library. Wilmington, Memorial Hall, 14 W Main St, 7:00 pm. Allison Smith, (802) 464-8557.

December 3 — The Costumes of Downton Abbey. Middlebury College artist-in-residence Jule Emerson discusses the fashions worn by Lady Mary and her family in the popular PBS series Downton Abbey.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 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.

February 4 — Plato's Republic: Rethinking His Utopian Ideal. Philosophy scholar Suzanne 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.

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 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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