First Wednesdays Norwich

Last Updated 9/3/2014 1:08:49 PM

Norwich Public Library and Norwich Historical Society

Location: Norwich Congregational Church
15 Church Street • Library phone: 802.649.1184


Norwich Schedule (PDF) • 7:00 p.m. on the first Wednesday of the month

October 1
An Evening of George Gershwin
In this performance lecture, pianist Michael Arnowitt explores the music and era of George Gershwin and performs An American in Paris and Rhapsody in Blue, among other memorable compositions. Underwriter: The Norwich Bookstore
November 5
Why Radio?
Longtime NPR broadcast journalist Susan Stamberg celebrates the power of radio in a high-tech world, sharing stories from the early days of NPR and more recent radio days, and reflecting on why radio has endured. Underwriter: Vermont Public Radio
December 3
What the Buddhists Teach:
Finding Clarity in Everyday Life
How do we develop not only mindfulness, but also a compassionate optimism about a highly imperfect world? Author Dr. Polly Young-Eisendrath discusses the Buddhist model for remaining fully engaged in the ups and downs of everyday life, a model that differs dramatically from traditional Western perspectives.
January 7
Georgia O’Keeffe: A Critical Look
Georgia O’Keeffe lived 99 years and produced more than 2,000 works in her 75-year career. James Maroney, the former head of American Paintings at both Sotheby’s and Christie’s in New York who appraised her estate after her death, presents a critical evaluation of her best work. Underwriter: Stave Puzzles
February 4
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.
March 4
What If Poor Women Ran the World?

Labor historian Annelise Orleck tells the story of nine African-American union maids in Las Vegas during the 1970s who challenged welfare cuts and built a long-lasting, vibrant anti-poverty program run by poor mothers.

April 1
Vermont War Memorials, Statuary, and Cemeteries—from the Revolution to 9/11
In this illustrated talk, Vermont authors Bill Mares and Bill Lipke share Vermont’s commemorative history, from Ethan Allen to the War on Terror Memorial at Camp Johnson in Colchester.
May 6
All about Eve
Dartmouth professor of religion Susan Ackerman considers both traditional and contemporary interpretations of the Adam and Eve story and how recent scholarship on women and the Bible pushes us to rethink our common assumptions about Eve.

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

Program Sponsors:
The Norwich Bookstore
Stave Puzzles
Vermont Public Radio

Library Sponsors:
Friends of the Norwich Public Library
The Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation
Ledyard National Bank
Mascoma Savings Bank
Norwich Historical Society




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