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First Wednesdays Brattleboro

Last Updated 8/15/2014 3:55:47 PM

Brattleboro
Brooks Memorial Library

224 Main Street, Brattleboro. Library phone: 802.254.5290. 

 

 

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

October 1
Reading for the Life of the World
Award-winning author and Vermonter Katherine Paterson considers the importance and many benefits of reading. Underwriter: Mary Ellen and Jack Bixby
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.” Underwriter: Brattleboro Retreat
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.

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. Underwriter: Dakin & Benelli, P.C.

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. Underwriter: Union Institute & University

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. Underwriter: Vermont Institute of Contemporary Arts

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. Underwriter: Vermont Bar Association
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. Underwriter: Merchants Bank

First Wednesdays is supported in part by the Institute of Museum & Library Services
through the Vermont Department of Libraries
Program Sponsors:
Mary Ellen and Jack Bixby
Brattleboro Retreat
Dakin & Benelli, P.C.
Merchants Bank
Union Institute & University
Vermont Bar Association
Vermont Institute of Contemporary Arts

Library Sponsors:
Brattleboro Camera Club
Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC
Friends of Brooks Memorial Library
Vermont Country Store

 

 

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