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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First Wednesdays talks will resume in October, 2018.

Our 2017-2018 First Wednesdays season has ended. We’ll announce the 2018-2019 lectures in early September, and the new series will begin in October.

Statewide underwriters:

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Watch Recorded First Wednesdays Talks

Martin Luther’s posting of the Ninety-five Theses on the cathedral door at Wittenburg five hundred years ago launched a movement that utterly transformed Western society and our notions of authority, culture, art, and tradition. Dartmouth Religion professor Randall Balmer assesses the Protestant Reformation half a millennium later.

This video was recorded at the Brooks Memorial Library in Brattleboro, VT on November 1, 2017.

See more recorded 2017-2018 First Wednesdays talks.