First Wednesdays

A Humanities Lecture Series, October through May

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Download the 2017-2018 Brattleboro Schedule (PDF).

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

Wed 04

An Emerson for Our Time

April 4
7:00 pm
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 »
Wed 02

Georgia O’Keeffe: A Critical Look

May 2
7:00 pm
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 »
Wed 06

The Known World and the Literary Character

June 6
7:00 pm
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 »