First Wednesdays Lecture Series

Free talks on the first Wednesday of the month, October through May.

Upcoming First Wednesdays Talks

Next month’s First Wednesdays talks are listed below. To see the entire schedule of talks, click on this button, then advance the pages using the “Next Events” link at the bottom of the page.

Wed 01

*DIGITAL* Learning Hidden History with Picture books and Graphic Novels

December 1
7:00 pm
The current renaissance of picture books and graphic novels written by and about marginalized communities provides new ways to engage with history. Latinx scholar Laura Jiménez describes how contemporary authors and illustrators use visual literature to center narratives previously unseen in mainstream publishing. (Registration required.) Read More »
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Wed 01

*DIGITAL* What Inspires the Mind to Create?

December 1
7:00 pm
Brownell Library, Essex Junction
Olympic fencer and author Geza Tatrallyay draws on his writing across multiple genres and his varied life experiences to explore the nature of creativity. Referencing his short stories, poetry, memoirs, and thrillers, he shows how deeply an author’s life is interwoven with the works they create. (Registration required.) Read More »
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Wed 01

*DIGITAL* War Reenactors: Who Gets to Tell History?

December 1
7:00 pm
Manchester Community Library, Manchester Center
Artist Ed Gendron shares and discusses images from his photo project about World War II reenactors in the United States. Gendron later produced Playing Soldier, a feature-length documentary on the same topic. “The re-enactors assert that ‘history is a personal thing,’ says Gendron. “And for them, it may be quite true.” (Registration required.) Read More »
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Wed 01

*DIGITAL* From “Little Jerusalem” to the “Lost Mural”: Preserving Jewish & Immigrant Heritage

December 1
7:00 pm
In 1885, a group of Lithuanian immigrants settled in Burlington’s Old North End, where they transplanted their religious traditions and culture. Archivists Aaron Goldberg and Jeff Potash describe the “Lost Mural,” a rare survivor of the lost genre of European painted synagogues and tell the story of conserving the mural in Burlington. Read More »
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Wed 01

*DIGITAL* Mad for Mid-Century Modern

December 1
7:00 pm
In the years following World War II, a circle of artists and architects came to the area around Dartmouth College, bringing an infusion of modernism to an otherwise traditional setting. Sarah Rooker, director of the Norwich Historical Society, explores the art and architecture that these newcomers generated, and their influence on the community and its landscape. (Registration required.) Read More »
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Wed 01

A Journalist’s “Unique Corner” on Vermont History

December 1
7:00 pm
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Moats has covered Vermont news for more than 45 years. In this talk, he shares up-close experiences and broad observations of the historical trends that have shaped the state for the past half-century. Read More »
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Wed 01

*DIGITAL* Vermont Humor: “I Could Hardly Keep from Laughing”

December 1
7:00 pm
Author Bill Mares and cartoonist Don Hooper share drawings and tales that illustrate the understatement, comeuppance, and subtlety of Vermont humor. Enjoy this ramble through the decades as the pair show how Vermont’s true character shines in dry (and occasionally tables-turned) jokes and stories. (Registration required.) Read More »
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Wed 01

Responsible Investing: One Tool in the Toolbox to Fight Climate Change

December 1
7:00 pm
We need to use every means at our disposal to alter the current trajectory of climate change and stave off the most devastating effects of a warming planet. Financial services professional Joy Facos explains that responsible investing—along with innovation, creativity, compassion, and hope—can serve as an effective instrument of change. Read More »
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Wed 01

*DIGITAL* The Legacy of Nicholas Black Elk

December 1
7:00 pm
Historian Damian Costello explores the life of the man behind the famous book Black Elk Speaks. Nicholas Black Elk’s Lakota philosophy can help us see the natural world as a unified whole, and his continued hope amidst great tragedy can inform how we approach contemporary crises. (Registration required.) Read More »
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