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First Wednesdays Manchester

Last Updated 2/7/2014 2:50:43 PM

Manchester
Mark Skinner Library

Location: First Congregational Church
3624 Main Street, Manchester • Library phone: 802.362.2607

 

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

October 2

 

Victoria’s Secrets

 

Middlebury College professor Antonia Losano explains how the Victorian era, the age of staid decorum, also had its guilty pleasures: mysteries, ghost stories, science fiction, imperialist adventure tales, and radical fantasies of gender confusion. Sponsor: Keelan Family Foundation
November 6
A Life in the News

Tom Ashbrook, host of NPR's On Point, considers how the landscape and definition of “news” has changed during his career, from cub newspaper reporter at The South China Morning Post to the Boston Globe, the Internet start-up world, and NPR post-9/11. Sponsor: Vermont Public Radio

December 4
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. Sponsor: Witten, Woolmington & Campbell P.C.
January 8
Brain Lessons and Life Stories: Understanding Your Emotional Life
Using brain imaging, Dartmouth College psychology professor Paul Whalen provides a new way to think about one’s emotional life and what’s happening when you succeed or fail at emotional regulation.
February 5
The Examined Life  *CANCELLED due to snowstorm. Rescheduled to June 4*
Socrates famously proclaimed, "The unexamined life is not worth living." Philosophy and classics scholar Susanne Claxton explores what constitutes the examined life and how we, in the twenty-first century, may best pursue it. Sponsor: Northshire Bookstore
March 5
Painting Ordinary People
James Maroney, former head of American Paintings at Sotheby’s and Christie’s, illustrates genre painting, the portrayal of ordinary people engaged in everyday activities, from its beginning in the 1790s through its heyday in the 1840s, to its demise in the twentieth century. 
April 2
100 Years since Triangle: The Fire That Seared a Nation’s Conscience
Dartmouth professor Annelise Orleck reflects on the 1911 fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in Greenwich Village, which killed 146 workers, mostly young immigrant women, and spurred major legal changes. Sponsor: Keelan Family Foundation
May 7
Words We No Longer Use: A Study in Language and Culture
Dr. Ronald Sobel, Senior Rabbi Emeritus of Temple Emanu-El in New York City, the largest synagogue in the world, explores how, from the Biblical period to our own time, language has influenced culture and the way people relate to each other. Sponsor: Israel Congregation of Manchester.
June 4
(Rescheduled from February 5)
 
The Examined Life
Socrates famously proclaimed, "The unexamined life is not worth living." Philosophy and classics scholar Susanne Claxton explores what constitutes the examined life and how we, in the twenty-first century, may best pursue it. Sponsor: Northshire Bookstore

First Wednesdays is supported in part by the Institute of Museum & Library Services
through the Vermont Department of Libraries

Program Sponsors:
Israel Congregation of Manchester
Keelan Family Foundation
Northshire Bookstore
Vermont Public Radio
Witten, Woolmington & Campbell P.C.
Library Sponsors:
The Perfect Wife Restaurant & Tavern
The Spiral Press Café
Vermont Renewable Fuels
 

 

 

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