First Wednesdays

A Humanities Lecture Series, October through May

First Wednesdays

This eclectic lecture series offers talks in nine towns on the first Wednesday of the month, October through May. Topics are varied, timely, timeless, thought-provoking, and fun.

All First Wednesdays talks are free and open to the public, and are held at libraries and other venues in each host community.

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Since its beginning in 2002 at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library in Montpelier, First Wednesdays has expanded to nine sites within or near most of Vermont’s population centers. The free lectures draw nationally and regionally renowned authors, artists, scholars, and public figures who speak on diverse topics before audiences sometimes numbering several hundred people.

2016-2017 First Wednesdays Statewide Sponsors

Many thanks to all our sponsors! You will find them listed on the pages for each First Wednesdays location.

The UVM Humanities Center Lecture Series on Happiness

Image of UVM Humanities logoOne of the goals of the University of Vermont Humanities Center, in keeping with the spirit of UVM’s role as the state’s Land Grant institution, is to extend the ideals and practice of liberal education outside of the walls of the University to all Vermonters.

Thanks to a generous gift from the Gladys Krieble-Delmas Foundation, the UVM Humanites Center and the Vermont Humanities Council are partnering to present a series of First Wednesday conversations around the theme of “happiness,” and bring top-flight thinkers and scholars to various communities in Vermont.