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 (unless noted)

October 1
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.
November 5
The Marshall Plan Revisited
Mark A. Stoler, editor of George Marshall’s papers and UVM professor emeritus, examines the Marshall Plan of the late 1940s and early 1950s, considered one of the most successful programs in the history of American foreign relations. Underwriter: Paul Frank + Collins
December 3
Presidential Term Limits: The History of a Bad Idea
UVM professor emeritus Frank Bryan argues that America’s adoption of presidential term limits not only weakened the Presidency, but also perhaps the Republic itself. Underwriter: Husky Injection Molding Systems Inc.
January 14 (note date, time, venue, tickets required)
What’s the Use of Stories That Aren’t Even True?
Salman Rushdie, author of VHC’s 2015 Vermont Reads Book, Haroun and the Sea of Stories, talks about the importance of storytelling. Presented with the Office of the President, University of Vermont. TICKETS: Tickets (FREE) for this event will be required. Check back for details. Location: Ira Allen Chapel, Burlington, 5:00 pm. Underwriter: University of Vermont
February 4
Delicious to the Ear: The Inspiring Voice of Maya Angelou
Before she was a 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, which transformed a history of trauma into inspiration and beauty. Underwriter: Pomerleau Real Estate
March 4
Making Sport for Our Neighbors

New Yorker cartoonist Ed Koren takes us on a tour of the roots of visual satire leading to the New Yorker cartoon, with an excursion into the archive of his own work. Underwriter: Lisa Schamberg and Pat Robins

April 8 (note date)
The Medici Grand Dukes: Art and Politics in Renaissance Florence

UVM professor Kelley Helmstutler Di Dio considers how, despite scandals and even murder, the Medici Grand Dukes maintained their power for nearly two centuries by giving gifts of art by the great Florentine masters to kings, popes, and emperors. Underwriter: Husky Injection Molding Systems Inc.

May 6
Calvin Coolidge: More Than Two Words
Drawing from Coolidge’s letters, speeches, and autobiography, Jim Cooke brings Coolidge to life and helps us understand why Will Rogers said, “Mr. Coolidge has more subtle humor than almost any public man I ever met.” Underwriter: Lisa Schamberg and Pat Robins
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
University of Vermont
Library Sponsors:
The Brownell Library Foundation
The Friends of the Brownell Library
Kolvoord, Overton & Wilson
Northfield Savings Bank
Unsworth Law PLC




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