First Wednesdays Montpelier

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Kellogg-Hubbard Library

135 Main Street, Montpelier • Library phone: 802.223.3338


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

October 2
Willa Cather’s Prairie Landscapes
The European immigrant farmers in My Antonia and Cather’s other novels fail as often as they succeed. Amherst College professor Michele Barale examines the relation between Cather’s art and her very tangible earth. Sponsor: Brock & Brock PLLC
November 6
Walt Whitman and the Civil War
Whitman’s Civil War writings give us a dual portrait, first of the war as “a strange, unloosen’d wondrous time,” and second of the emergence of a new Whitman. UVM Professor Huck Gutman examines some of the most remarkable poems about war ever published, and looks at Whitman’s development into the man Whitman had always wanted to be. Sponsor: Pomerleau Real Estate
December 4
Experiences in the Heartland of Islam
Informed by his extensive travels in Muslim countries, former Montpelier Episcopal rector Reverend Ben Chase considers the diverse ways foundational beliefs are interpreted within Islamic societies. A Muslim Journeys Bookshelf project, part of the National Endowment for the Humanities Bridging Cultures Initiative. Sponsor: KSE Partners, LLP
January 8
What Women Want
Drawing on Buddhism, Jung, feminist writings, and her own work as a psychotherapist, author Polly Young-Eisendrath argues that most women don’t know what they want because society has programmed them simply to want to present a desirable image. Sponsor: Bear Pond Books/Rivendell Books
February 12 (note special date), 7:30 pm
Speak to Me: A Program of Words and Chamber Music
A piano quartet from the acclaimed Craftsbury Chamber Players ensemble performs music inspired by literature.  Location: Farmers Night Series event, House Chamber, Vermont State House, 7:30 pm. Sponsor: Cabot Creamery. 
March 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. Sponsor: Maclean, Meehan & Rice, LLC
April 2
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, generally considered one of the most successful programs in the history of American foreign relations. Sponsor: East Haven Windfarm
May 7
The Wyeths: First Family of American Art
Shelburne Museum director Thomas Denenberg discusses the Wyeths—N. C. (1882–1945), Andrew (1917–2009), and Jamie (b. 1946)—and offers new perspectives on these three painters who have shaped the way Americans view their world. Sponsor: Margot George Estate
First Wednesdays is supported in part by the Institute of Museum & Library Services through the Vermont Department of Libraries
 Series Sponsor:
Vermont College of Fine Arts
Program Sponsors:
Bear Pond Books/Rivendell Books
Brock & Brock PLLC
Cabot Creamery
East Haven Windfarm
KSE Partners, LLP
Margot George Estate
Maclean, Meehan & Rice, LLC
Pomerleau Real Estate





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