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First Wednesdays Norwich

Last Updated 2/7/2014 2:51:42 PM

Norwich
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 2
The Rewards of Risk: Two Civil War Admirals
Acclaimed Civil War historian James M. McPherson traces the careers of two Civil War admirals with contrasting personalities: Samuel Francis Du Pont, who captured Port Royal Bay in 1861 but failed to capture Charleston in 1863, and David Glasgow Farragut, who captured New Orleans in 1862 and Mobile Bay in 1864 as well as helped capture Vicksburg and Port Hudson in 1863.
November 6
Thoreau the Poet-Naturalist
Drawing upon Thoreau’s journals and letters, Dartmouth professor Nancy Jay Crumbine examines the spirituality, inherent and explicit, in his walking and writing life. Sponsor: The Norwich Bookstore
December 4
Concrete, Culture, and Community: The Impact of the Interstate Highway on Vermont
Frank Bryan, UVM professor emeritus and lifelong Vermonter, considers the cultural and historical impact of the Interstate Highway System on Vermont. Sponsor: Smith & Vansant Architects PC
January 8
Security Versus Civil Liberties: America's Perpetual Dilemma
During wars, national security arguments have consistently trumped constitutionally protected civil liberties. When the wars ended, those rights were eventually restored. Former ABC News correspondent Barrie Dunsmore asks: What if the war never ends?
February 5
The Six Wives of Henry VIII *CANCELLED due to snowstorm. Rescheduled to June 4*
Author and scholar Kavita Finn examines the lives of Catherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, Jane Seymour, Anne of Cleves, Katherine Howard, and Katherine Parr—their backgrounds, their marriages to the king, and how they have been depicted both during their time and today.
March 5
Lessons on Mortality from Great Literature

Can we do anything to prepare ourselves for a better death? Would such preparation change how we live? Dartmouth professor Irene Kacandes explains why some of the world’s greatest authors seem to think so. Join this upbeat discussion of a taboo subject and share your favorite literary passage that looks death in the eye.

April 2
The Evolution of Malcolm X
Dartmouth professor Russell Rickford considers the last years of Malcolm X, who recast the black American freedom struggle as an international struggle for human rights for black people everywhere.
May 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.
June 4
(Rescheduled from February 5)
 
The Six Wives of Henry VIII
Author and scholar Kavita Finn examines the lives of Catherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, Jane Seymour, Anne of Cleves, Katherine Howard, and Katherine Parr—their backgrounds, their marriages to the king, and how they have been depicted both during their time and today.

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

Program Sponsors:
The Norwich Bookstore
Smith & Vansant Architects PC
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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