First Wednesdays

A Humanities Lecture Series, October through May

Manchester First Wednesdays

Host: Manchester Community Library

Library phone: (802) 362-2607
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Venue: First Congregational Church of Manchester

3624 Main Street, Manchester
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Directions to the venue

Printed Manchester First Wednesdays brochure

Download the 2016-2017 Manchester Schedule (PDF)

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

Wed 05

What Chinese Philosophers Can Teach Us About the Good Life

October 5
7:00 pm
Harvard Professor of Chinese History Michael Puett and journalist Christine Gross-Loh, co-authors of the international bestseller The Path: What Chinese Philosophers Can Teach Us About the Good Life, share how Puett’s hugely popular course on Chinese philosophy is life-changing for many of his students. Read More »
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Wed 02

Chopin’s Preludes

November 2
7:00 pm
In this performance talk, pianist Michael Arnowitt explores the life of Frederic Chopin and his Preludes, quintessential Romantic miniatures that span the full range of human experience and emotion. Read More »
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Wed 07

Where Am I? The Power of Uniqueness

December 7
7:00 pm
Former Scenic America President and TED talk lecturer Ed McMahon, who holds the Charles E. Fraser Chair on Sustainable Development at the Urban Land Institute, highlights the importance of a sense of place and explores why our physical surroundings are worth caring about. Read More »
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Wed 04

Reading for the Life of the World

January 4, 2017
7:00 pm
Vermonter Katherine Paterson, award-winning author of Bridge to Terabithia and The Great Gilly Hopkins, considers the importance and many benefits of reading. Read More »
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Wed 01

All About Eve

February 1, 2017
7:00 pm
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. Read More »
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Wed 01

The Impressionists: Painters of Modern Life

March 1, 2017
7:00 pm
Middlebury professor Kirsten Hoving examines how Impressionists focused in their paintings of contemporary life on cutting-edge modern subjects, imbuing them with controversial, even shocking, meanings. Read More »
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Wed 05

Churchill and Roosevelt: The Personal Element in Their Partnership

April 5, 2017
7:00 pm
University of Vermont History Professor Emeritus Mark A. Stoler examines the important personal relationship between Britain’s Prime Minister and America’s President during their World War II alliance. Read More »
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Wed 03

The Civil War, Race and Reunion

May 3, 2017
7:00 pm
Yale professor David Blight discusses America’s collective memory of the Civil War and the perilous path of remembering and forgetting. Read More »
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