First Wednesdays Middlebury

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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 1
The Real Robert Frost
Alternatively described as a “monster of egotism” or the folksy, avuncular bard of popular legend, the real Robert Frost remains elusive. Edinboro College professor Donald Sheehy, co-editor of Frost’s recently published Complete Letters, explains why. Underwriter: Middlebury College Special Collections and Archives
November 5
Gothic Magnificence
Dartmouth professor Cecilia Gaposchkin discusses the power of Gothic architecture in thirteenth-century Paris, including the cathedrals of Notre-Dame and Sainte-Chapelle. Underwriter: Structural Energy Corporation
December 3
Daily Life in Prewar Nazi Germany
Focusing on the prewar experience of non-Jewish citizens, Keene State professor Paul Vincent examines how ideology and terror undermined human dignity, numbed self-awareness, and atomized German society.
Underwriter: r.k. Miles, Inc.
January 7
The History of Herbal Medicine in America
Expert herbalist Rosemary Gladstar examines the early history of herbalism in America and how herbs play a role in healthcare today.
February 4
The Hungry Heart
Filmmaker Bess O’Brien discusses and shows excerpts from her film The Hungry Heart, which provides an intimate look at the often hidden world of prescription drug addiction in Vermont. Underwriter: Brattleboro Retreat
March 4
“You Are Not Special”. . . and Other Encouragements
Expanding on his popular commencement speech, viewed by millions on YouTube, high school English teacher and father of four David McCullough Jr. considers how we raise our kids today, and why passionate engagement — rather than success for its own sake — is critical to a fulfilling, happy life.
April 1
An Evening with Julia Alvarez
At the outset of National Poetry Month, celebrated author, recent recipient of the National Medal of Arts, and activist Julia Alvarez speaks and reads from her early and recent work. Underwriter: Bread Loaf School of English
May 6
Inventing Ethan Allen
After more than two centuries, Ethan Allen remains the most remembered figure in Vermont’s past. Historian H. Nicholas Muller III considers how the memory of Allen coincides with the reality and why his story was shaped and reshaped after his death.

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

Series Sponsor:
The Residence at Otter Creek and The Residence at Shelburne Bay
Program Sponsors:
Brattleboro Retreat
Bread Loaf School of English
Middlebury College Special Collections and Archives
r.k. Miles, Inc.
Structural Energy Corp.
Library Sponsor:
Friends of Ilsley Public Library



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