First Wednesdays St. Johnsbury

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St. Johnsbury
St. Johnsbury Athenaeum

1171  Main Street, St. Johnsbury • Library phone: 802.748.8291



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

October 1
Vincent Van Gogh: What Influenced Him and His Influence on Twentieth-Century Art
Art historian Carol Berry considers the personal experiences, painters, and authors that influenced Van Gogh’s work and his influence on twentieth century artists. Underwriter: Bill and Sharon Biddle
November 5
The Buildings of Vermont
Middlebury College professor Glenn Andres looks beyond Vermont’s pastoral stereotypes to examine the remarkable range, quality, humanity, and persistence of its built landscape. Underwriter: The Preservation Trust of Vermont
December 3
Walking with the Great Apes

Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Birute Galdikas changed the way people understand animals’ lives. Author Sy Montgomery presents images from her travels to Gombe, Rwanda, and Borneo while researching her triple biography
of this remarkable scientific sisterhood. Underwriter: Bill and Pam Eddy

January 7
The White Mountain Huts
Dartmouth professor Allen Koop explains the Appalachian Mountain Club’s hut system in New Hampshire, and how the huts and their people have formed a society with its own history, traditions, and legends.
February 4
The Shia-Sunni Divide in Islam
Former Iranian Ambassador to the UN Mansour Farhang examines the origin and contemporary revival of this 1300-year-long divide and explores how contemporary challenges facing states and societies in the Middle East
exacerbate the animosity. Underwriter: Vermont Council on World Affairs
March 4
Merton, Meditation, and More:
The Appeal of Buddhism in the West
The Buddhist tradition is well-established in the United States, among Buddhists and others, such as Catholic monk and author Thomas Merton, who engaged in Buddhism without conversion. Middlebury College religion professor Elizabeth Morrison considers what has emerged from the West’s encounter with Buddhism. Underwriter: Gil Steil Associates
April 1
Homer’s Odyssey, Narratives of Return for Combat Veterans
Dartmouth Classics professor Roberta Stewart describes her work with veterans and examines what the story of Odysseus’s long journey home from war has to say to combat veterans, and to all of us. Underwriter: Passumpsic Savings Bank Member FDIC
May 6
Margaret Bourke-White, Courageous Photographer
Actress and educator Sally Matson portrays Margaret Bourke-White, whose influential images of industry, war zones, and world leaders established her as a groundbreaking photographer in the 1930s to 1950s.
Underwriter: Merchants Bank
First Wednesdays is supported in part by the Institute of Museum & Library Services
through the Vermont Department of Libraries
Program Sponsors:
Bill and Sharon Biddle
Bill and Pam Eddy
Gil Steil Associates
Merchants Bank
Passumpsic Savings Bank Member FDIC
The Preservation Trust of Vermont
Vermont Council on World Affairs
Library Sponsor:
Axelrod & Adler PLLC
Friends of the Athenaeum


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