First Wednesdays Essex Junction

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Essex Junction
Brownell Library

6 Lincoln Street • Library phone: 802.878.6955



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

October 2
An Evening with Billy Collins
The former US Poet Laureate and bestselling editor of VHC’s 2013 Vermont Reads book, Poetry 180: A Turning Back to Poetry, speaks and reads from his work. Location: Ira Allen Chapel, Burlington. Sponsor: University of Vermont
November 6
Finding Higher Ground: Adaptation in the Age of Warming
Scientist and author Amy Seidl explains why the long-term nature of climate change forces us to redesign how we structure our societies and considers our ethical role as planetary stewards. Sponsor: Husky Injection Molding Systems Inc.
December 3 (Tuesday)
The Struggle for Democracy in the Arab World
Former Iranian Ambassador to the UN Mansour Farhang examines the cultural impediments to democratic pluralism in the Arab countries where popular rebellions led to the overthrow of autocratic rulers. A Muslim Journeys Bookshelf project, part of the National Endowment for the Humanities Bridging Cultures Initiative. Sponsor: Paul Frank + Collins
January 8
The Incandescent Mind: Virginia Woolf and Our Literary Foremothers
UVM lecturer Dr. Annika Ljung-Baruth traces the ways Woolf's theoretical stance on women and writing is manifested in works such as A Room of One's Own, To the Lighthouse, and Mrs. Dalloway, and in her diaries. Sponsor: Lisa Schamberg and Pat Robins
February 5
The Regeneration of an Artist: Frank Lloyd Wright after 1932
At the age of 65, Frank Lloyd Wright began the most productive decades of his life. H. Nicholas Muller, III, retired executive director of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, explores Wright’s prolific career.
March 5
Stark Decency: German POWs in a New England Village

Historian Allen Koop tells the story of New Hampshire’s only World War II prisoner-of-war camp, describing how prisoners, guards, and ordinary people in the tiny northern village of Stark turned bitter division into camaraderie. Sponsor: Wallace W. Tapia, P.C., CPA.

April 1 (Tuesday)
Robert and Elinor Frost: Education by Poetry

Robert Frost’s granddaughter Dr. Lesley Lee Francis, author of Robert Frost: An Adventure in Poetry, 1900-1918, examines the early years of the Frost family and Robert and Elinor’s homeschooling of their four children. Sponsor: Pomerleau Real Estate

May 7  ***CANCELLED***
The Transcontinental Railroad: America’s Greatest Adventure  ***CANCELLED***
Author Martin Sandler describes the extraordinary challenges of building an iron road 1800 miles through mountains, over prairies, and across deserts—all by hand—and discusses how “the greatest public work that mortal man has ever yet accomplished” forever changed the nation. Sponsor: Husky Injection Molding Systems Inc.
First Wednesdays is supported in part by the Institute of Museum & Library Services
through the Vermont Department of Libraries
Program Sponsors:
Husky Injection Molding Systems Inc.
Paul Frank + Collins
Pomerleau Real Estate
Lisa Schamberg and Pat Robins
Wallace W. Tapia, P.C., CPA
University of Vermont
Library Sponsors:
Brownell Library Foundation
Citizens Bank
Friends of the Brownell Library
Kolvoord Overton & Wilson, P.C.
Northfield Savings Bank
Unsworth Law, PLC




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