First Wednesdays

A Humanities Lecture Series, October through May

Brattleboro First Wednesdays

Venue: Brooks Memorial Library

224 Main Street, Brattleboro
Library phone: (802) 254-5290
Library website
Directions to the library

Printed Brattleboro First Wednesdays brochure

Download the 2016-2017 Brattleboro Schedule (PDF).

All First Wednesdays events are free and open to the public!

Wed 02

What This Country Needs is a Secretary of the Future

November 2
7:00 pm
David Brancaccio, host of NPR’s Marketplace Morning Report, considers one way our democracy might get beyond the short-term focus of politics and address long-term challenges such as sustainability, infrastructure, education, and healthcare. It's an approach once suggested to him by a beloved American author. Read More »
Wed 07

William Carlos Williams: America’s Most Revolutionary Twentieth Century Poet

December 7
7:00 pm
UVM professor Huck Gutman considers how William Carlos Williams changed American and world poetry forever by creating a new poetic language and new poetic forms. Read More »
Wed 04

Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales: Still Funny After All These Years

January 4, 2017
7:00 pm
Dartmouth professor Peter Travis discusses the genius, literary achievement, and enduring humanity of Geoffrey Chaucer, the fourteenth-century “Father of English Poetry.” Read More »
Wed 01

Building Monticello

February 1, 2017
7:00 pm
Jefferson never knew the Monticello of today—in perfect condition, impeccably furnished. Dartmouth College senior lecturer Marlene Heck explains the lifelong project Jefferson called his “essay in architecture.” Read More »
Wed 01

Jane Austen in Her Time

March 1, 2017
7:00 pm
Jane Austen lived in exciting times, and yet until recently was considered "untouched by the political, intellectual, and artistic revolutions of her age." Drawing on Austen’s novels, Dartmouth visiting assistant professor Suzanne Brown shows how Austen was in fact a keen observer of her era’s values who both shared and critiqued them. Read More »
Wed 05

Reinventing the Family Home

April 5, 2017
7:00 pm
Middlebury College professor Erin Sassin examines how American reformers and homeowners have, in pursuit of “the simple life,” attempted to reinvent the form and idea of the single-family home, from farmhouses and communal experiments to the current tiny house phenomenon. Read More »
Wed 03

The Indian World of George Washington

May 3, 2017
7:00 pm
Dartmouth College professor Colin Calloway discusses the first president’s relations with Indian peoples and considers how Native American nations and lands shaped the man who shaped the republic. Read More »