First WednesdaysA Humanities Lecture Series, October through May
Brattleboro First Wednesdays
Program Underwriters: Jack and Mary Ellen Bixby, Carole and Geof Gaddis, Chroma Technology, Crosby-Gannett Fund of the Vermont Community Foundation, Vermont Council on World Affairs
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Download the 2017-2018 Brattleboro Schedule (PDF).
All First Wednesdays events are free and open to the public!
February 7, 2018
Silent Spring not only launched the environmental movement but also identified fundamental problems with our relationship to nature. Dartmouth professor Nancy Jay Crumbine explores Carson’s clarity, courage, and brilliance. Read More »
March 7, 2018
Amherst professor Judith Frank discusses Edward P. Jones’ 2003 Pulitzer-winning novel The Known World, described as “a masterpiece that deserves a place in the American literary canon,” and considers what its unusual approach to characterization can tell us about slavery, personhood, and novel-reading. Read More »
April 4, 2018
Drawing on Ralph Waldo Emerson’s essays "The American Scholar," "Self-Reliance," and "Experience," Amherst professor emeritus Barry O'Connell explores the many ways Emerson’s writings continue to offer insights that can make our lives more open and fruitful. Read More »
May 2, 2018
Georgia O'Keeffe lived 99 years and produced over 2,000 works in her 75-year career. James Maroney, the former Head of American Paintings at both Sotheby's and Christie's in New York who conducted her estate appraisal after her death, presents a critical evaluation of her best work. Underwriter: Crosby-Gannett Fund of the Vermont Community Foundation Statewide […] Read More »