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First Wednesdays Rutland

Last Updated 9/3/2014 1:09:42 PM

Rutland
Rutland Free Library

10 Court Street Library • Library phone: 802.773.1860

 

 

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

October 1
The Costumes of Downton Abbey

Middlebury College artist-in-residence Jule Emerson discusses the fashions worn by Lady Mary and her family in the PBS series. Underwriter: Rutland County Court Diversion and Restorative Justice Center

November 5
Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring and the Music of 1911
Igor Stravinsky’s ballet The Rite of Spring is widely considered the most influential composition of the twentieth century. Pianist Michael Arnowitt examines this landmark work, and other pieces written in 1911 by Ravel,
Schoenberg, Bartok, and Rachmaninov. Underwriter: Merchants Bank
December 3 
Jesus: The Human Face of God
Author and Middlebury College professor Jay Parini considers Jesus, a figure who has dominated our collective imagination and cultural iconography for twenty centuries.
January 7
Rowing Against Wind and Tide: The Journals and Letters of Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Author Reeve Lindbergh discusses collecting four decades of her mother’s previously unpublished diaries and letters— shedding light on her mother’s marriage to Charles Lindbergh and her take on world events. Underwriter: The Vermont Country Store
February 4
Knight to Queen: Chess, Courtly Life, and the Game of Love in the Middle Ages
Imported by the Arabs and Persians in the ninth century, chess was a status symbol, an allegory of battle, and a metaphor for love. Dartmouth professor Jane Carroll examines the game of kings. Underwriter: Merchants Bank
March 4
“India Rising”
With its sweeping victory in the 2014 elections, India’s Hindu Bharatiya Janata Party is promising to revitalize the economy. Critics warn that the BJP has often advanced its policies through authoritarianism and religious violence. UVM history professor Abby McGowan considers the challenges facing the new government. Underwriter: Vermont Council on World Affairs

April 1
The Argentine Pope
Pope Francis’s emphasis on the poor and marginalized has energized social justice in the Catholic Church. Author Martin Weinstein, professor emeritus at William Paterson University, examines the foundations of the Pope’s
philosophy, the history of the church in Latin America, and the rise of liberation theology. Underwriter: The Marble Valley Regional Correctional Facility
May 6
The Buildings of Rutland
Architectural historian Curtis B. Johnson illustrates the richness of Rutland’s architecture. NOTE: Saturday, May 9, Johnson leads a walking tour of “the Hill” neighborhood, 1:00 pm -2:30 pm. Meet at Rutland Free Library’s main entrance. Underwriter: The Preservation Trust of Vermont
First Wednesdays is supported in part by the Institute of Museum & Library Services through the Vermont Department of Libraries
Series Sponsor
Merchants Bank

Program Sponsor:
The Marble Valley Regional Correctional Facility
Merchants Bank
The Preservation Trust of Vermont
Rutland County Court Diversion and Restorative Justice Center
Vermont Council on World Affairs
The Vermont Country Store

Library Sponsors:
Friends of the Rutland Free Library
Rutland Regional Medical Center

 

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