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First Wednesdays Middlebury

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Middlebury
Ilsley Public Library

75 Main Street, Middlebury • Library phone: 802.388.4095

 

Middlebury Schedule (pdf) • 7:00 pm. on the first Wednesday of every month

October 2
Margaret Bourke-White, Courageous Photographer
Actress and educator Sally Matson portrays Margaret Bourke-White, whose influential images of industry, war zones, and world leaders established her as a groundbreaking photographer in the 1930s to 1950s.
November 6
Reading Henry James
UVM professor Daniel Fogel considers the enormous influence of novelist Henry James on our culture, and how today's readers might approach his work.
December 4
Giants: The Parallel Lives of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln
Douglass and Lincoln — one born a slave, the other born dirt poor — became respectively one of the nation’s greatest orators and one of its greatest presidents. Harvard professor and Civil War scholar John Stauffer examines their friendship, the similarities in their lives, and their legacies.
January 8
The Costumes of Downton Abbey
Middlebury College artist-in-residence Jule Emerson discusses the fashions worn by Lady Mary and her family of the popular PBS series Downton Abbey. Sponsor: National Bank of Middlebury
February 5
Redeemer President: The Significance of Jimmy Carter  *CANCELLED due to snowstorm. Rescheduled to June 4*
Dartmouth professor of American religious history Randall Balmer examines the rise of the Religious Right and the life and times of Jimmy Carter, a Southern Baptist Sunday school teacher elected president in 1976 with the support of evangelicals, most of whom were politically active for the first time but many of whom turned against him four years later.
March 5
Richard III: The Man and the Legend
Shakespeare immortalized Richard III as a hunchbacked tyrant who murdered his way to the English throne, but author and scholar Kavita Finn considers whether he was actually guilty of the crimes laid at his door, and if not, who was?
April 2
The New Middle East Cold War
UVM political science professor Greg Gause discusses how regional rivalries among Iran, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and Israel help drive domestic conflicts and complicate the United States’s ability to achieve its goals in the Middle East.
May 7
The Building of Middlebury
Middlebury College professor Glenn Andres illustrates the richness and significance of Middlebury’s buildings. Join Mr. Andres for a walking tour of the sites, Saturday, May 10, 2:00–3:30 pm, Middlebury Green bandstand. Sponsor: Structural Energy Corp.
June 4
(Rescheduled from February 5)
Redeemer President: The Significance of Jimmy Carter
Dartmouth professor of American religious history Randall Balmer examines the rise of the Religious Right and the life and times of Jimmy Carter, a Southern Baptist Sunday school teacher elected president in 1976 with the support of evangelicals, most of whom were politically active for the first time but many of whom turned against him four years later.

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

Series Sponsor:
The Lodge at Otter Creek and The Lodge at Shelburne Bay
Program Sponsor:
National Bank of Middlebury
Structural Energy Corp
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Library Sponsor:
Friends of Ilsley Public Library

 

 

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