First Wednesdays

A Humanities Lecture Series, October through May

Newport First Wednesdays

Venue: Goodrich Memorial Library

202 Main Street, Newport
Library phone: (802) 334-7902
Library website
Directions to the library

Underwriters

First Wednesdays is supported in part by the National Life Group Foundation and the Institute of Museum & Library Services through the Vermont Department of Libraries.

Program Underwriters: Passumpsic Savings Bank Member FDIC, Stanstead College

Library Underwriters: Community National Bank

Printed Newport First Wednesdays brochure

Download the 2016-2017 Newport Schedule (PDF)

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

Wed 05

Lindbergh and The Spirit of St. Louis

October 5
7:00 pm
Writer Reeve Lindbergh tells how the Spirit of St. Louis, the plane in which 25-year-old Charles Lindbergh made his non-stop New York-to-Paris flight, was also the vehicle that brought together her father and mother, and established a family. Read More »
Wed 02

The Buildings of Vermont

November 2
7:00 pm
Middlebury College professor Glenn Andres looks beyond Vermont’s pastoral stereotypes to examine the remarkable range, quality, humanity, and persistence of its built landscape. Read More »
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Wed 07

Classic Films of 1966

December 7
7:00 pm
Stanstead College educator Christopher Planetta delves into classic films from fifty years ago, screening selected scenes, discussing the era’s Hollywood stars and legendary directors, and considering whether the films have stood the test of time. Read More »
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Wed 04

Buddhism and Christianity

January 4, 2017
7:00 pm
John P. Keenan, Emeritus Professor of Religion at Middlebury College, explores how Buddhism explicitly undermines the truth of all religious claims—doing so, ironically, in order to reinvigorate its practitioners’ understanding and practice. Read More »
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Wed 01

Vincent Van Gogh: What Influenced Him and His Influence on Art?

February 1, 2017
7:00 pm
Art historian Carol Berry considers the experiences, painters, and authors that influenced Van Gogh’s work and his influence on twentieth-century artists. Read More »
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Wed 01

Daisy Turner’s Kin

March 1, 2017
7:00 pm
Vermont folklorist Jane Beck shares the story of the Turner family, a multi-generational saga spanning two centuries and played out across three continents. Read More »
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Wed 05

The Genocide and the Love Story: Fiction as Activism

April 5, 2017
7:00 pm
This April marks the 102nd anniversary of the start of the Armenian Genocide. Chris Bohjalian—Vermonter, New York Times bestselling novelist, and descendant of survivors of the Genocide—shares in words and photographs the role that history plays in his work. Read More »
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Wed 03

American Exceptionalism Revisited

May 3, 2017
7:00 pm
Derek Boothby, former director of the UN’s Department of Political Affairs, considers how the determination of America’s original settlers to create a society different from the 18th century European model has fared in the long term, and offers a naturalized American’s assessment of whether modern America is all that different from anywhere else. Read More »
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