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First Wednesdays Brattleboro

Last Updated 6/4/2014 11:02:59 AM

Brattleboro
Brooks Memorial Library

224 Main Street, Brattleboro. Library phone: 802.254.5290. 

 

Brattleboro Schedule (pdf) • 7:00 p.m. on the first Wednesday of every month.

October 2
Creating a Royal French Capital: Paris As We Know It
Amherst College history of art professor Nicola Courtright discusses how sixteenth- and seventeenth- century French kings, seeking national political unity, created a new image of Paris, building the magnificent residences, squares, gardens, and boulevards that endure today.
November 6
Life in the Studio
David Macaulay, award-winning author and illustrator of Castle, Cathedral, and The Way We Work, discusses current projects and current challenges in his work.
December 4
Whitey Bulger and the Manhunt That Brought Him to Justice

Boston Globe reporter and Pulitzer Prize winner Kevin Cullen lived in the shadow, and sometimes in fear, of South Boston gangster Whitey Bulger. Cullen tells the riveting story of the capture and trial of the most wanted criminal of his generation. 

January 8
What If Poor Women Ran the World?

Labor historian Annelise Orleck tells the story of nine African-American union maids in Las Vegas during the 1970s who challenged welfare cuts and built a long-lasting, vibrant anti-poverty program run by poor mothers.

February 5
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn: Writing the Red Wheel in Vermont *Rescheduled for Friday, March 28*

Conductor and pianist Ignat Solzhenitsyn recollects his father's painstaking crafting of the Red Wheel—a history of the Russian Revolution—and his family's life in Cavendish in the 1980s. Sponsor: Russian Life magazine. 

March 5
Rumi, A Soul on Fire

Dartmouth professor Nancy Jay Crumbine reads and discusses Rumi, one of the greatest and most widely read of spiritual poets. A Muslim Journeys Bookshelf project, part of the National Endowment for the Humanities Bridging Cultures Initiative. Sponsor: Dakin & Benelli, P.C.

Friday, March 28 (Rescheduled from February 5)
 
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn: Writing the Red Wheel in Vermont 
Conductor and pianist Ignat Solzhenitsyn recollects his father's painstaking crafting of the Red Wheel—a history of the Russian Revolution—and his family's life in Cavendish in the 1980s. Sponsor: Russian Life magazine.
April 2
Fallingwater: The Story and the Controversy
(Rescheduled for June 4 due to world premiere of Ken Burns's documentary The Address at the Latchis Theatre. See details.)

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater is widely considered one of the finest masterpieces of American architecture. H. Nicholas Muller, III, retired executive director of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, shares the story—and controversy—behind the house.

May 7

 

Soft Versus Hard Power in American Foreign Policy: Finding the Right Mix

Pulitzer-Prize-winning journalist and author Tom Powers examines America’s not always successful attempts between the Cold War and today to find the right balance in foreign policy between soft power and military might.

June 4
Fallingwater: The Story and the Controversy
Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater is widely considered one of the finest masterpieces of American architecture. H. Nicholas Muller, III, retired executive director of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, shares the story—and controversy—behind the house.
First Wednesdays is supported in part by the Institute of Museum & Library Services
through the Vermont Department of Libraries
Program Sponsors:
Dakin & Benelli, P.C.
Russian Life magazine

Library Sponsors:
Brattleboro Savings and Loan
Downs Rachlin Martin, Attorneys at Law
Friends of Brooks Memorial Library
New Chapter, Inc.
Vermont Country Store
Windham World Affairs Council of Vermont

 

 

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