First Wednesdays

A Humanities Lecture Series, October through May

Upcoming First Wednesdays Talks

View a list of next month’s First Wednesdays talks below. See a full list of First Wednesdays talks by date.

Wed 03

When Journalism Becomes Advocacy

October 3
7:00 pm
Journalist Carroll Bogert, now president of the Marshall Project, offers a unique perspective on the line separating the media from activists, and considers what we gain, and what we lose, when journalism takes an obvious stand. Read More »
Categories:
Wed 03

How the South Won the Civil War and Why it Matters

October 3
7:00 pm
Most Americans were taught that the North won and the South lost the American Civil War. But what if the issues that led to the bloodshed were never resolved? Harvard professor John Stauffer connects the Civil War era with current events, highlighting how the South effectively won the war and why it matters today. Underwriter […] Read More »
Categories:
Wed 03

After Fifty Years of Teaching, a Teacher’s Favorite Poems

October 3
7:00 pm
UVM professor emeritus Huck Gutman reflects on some of his favorite poets, both American and European, whom he explored in his fifty years of teaching at UVM. Read More »
Categories:
Wed 03

US Immigration Policy in Historical Perspective

October 3
7:00 pm
One would think that current anxieties about immigration in the US have never been more intense, but history teaches us otherwise. Dartmouth professor Richard Wright examines the present-day contradictions of US immigration policy and places them in historical perspective. Read More »
Categories:
Wed 03

Creativity and Historical Truths

October 3
7:00 pm
Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury
Despite journalism’s essential role in informing the public about significant events, Dartmouth professor Irene Kacandes argues that it’s memoir, fiction, music, and art that often best convey truth and leave lasting impressions. Read More »
Categories:
Wed 03

The British Monarchy: Politics, Money, and Public Image

October 3
7:00 pm
Americans were fascinated by the British royal family long before Meghan Markle, but few have understood its history. What role has the monarchy played in the British constitution? How is it financed, and how important is its public image? Middlebury professor Paul Monod addresses these questions. Read More »
Categories:
Wed 03

Bread and Roses, Too

October 3
7:00 pm
St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, St Johnsbury
Acclaimed children’s book author Katherine Paterson discusses her novel of historical fiction that tells the story of the 1912 “Bread and Roses” strike in the Lawrence, Massachusetts textile mills through the eyes of an Italian-American girl and a runaway boy. Read More »
Categories:
Wed 03

Hamilton: The Man and the Musical

October 3
7:00 pm
From his birth in the Caribbean to death in a duel, Alexander Hamilton's life was part romance, part tragedy—and the inspiration for the blockbuster Broadway musical. Hamilton biographer Willard Sterne Randall discusses the man and the musical, with excerpts from its score. Read More »
Categories:
Wed 03

*PROGRAM CANCELLED:* The Public Option

October 3
7:00 pm
The size and role of government has been an ongoing debate in this country. Big government began with Lincoln; it was essential to preserving the Union during the Civil War. Yale Law School professor Anne Alstott asks if there are challenges today best addressed by public solutions rather than private action. Read More »
Categories:
Wed 17

The Perfect Weapon: War, Sabotage, and Fear in the Cyber Age

October 17
5:00 pm
Ira Allen Chapel, Burlington
New York Times national security correspondent David Sanger describes America's move to using cyber warfare as a key part of its arsenal. Examining its impact on both defense strategy and civil liberties, he argues that over-classification is not only impeding our understanding of government actions but also hurting American national security. Read More »
Categories: