First Wednesdays

Free Public Talks at Libraries around Vermont

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 02

Churchill and Roosevelt: The Personal Element in Their Partnership

October 2
7:00 pm
University of Vermont History Professor Emeritus Mark A. Stoler examines the important personal relationship between Britain’s Prime Minister and America’s President during their World War II alliance. Read More »
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Wed 02

Willa Cather’s Prairie Landscapes

October 2
7:00 pm
In Willa Cather’s pioneer fiction, landscape is as important as any character in the story. Amherst College professor Michele Barale examines the relationship between Cather’s art and her very tangible earth. Read More »
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Wed 02

Finding Your Purpose: From Baltimore to Broadway’s Hamilton

October 2
7:00 pm
Drawing from his humble beginnings in Baltimore to his career on Broadway—most notably as George Washington in Hamilton: The Musical—Bryan Terrell Clark discusses how exposure to the arts can empower young people to discover the best version of themselves. Read More »
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Wed 02

Graphic Novels to Watch Out For

October 2
7:00 pm
Alison Bechdel, author of the comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For and the graphic memoir Fun Home: A Family Tragicomedy, discusses what makes comics such a powerful medium for addressing and upending oppression. Read More »
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Wed 02

So This Happened: A Comic Confronts Cancer

October 2
7:00 pm
In early 2018, award-winning comic and storyteller Josie Leavitt was diagnosed with breast cancer. In her solo show "So This Happened," she takes the audience on her almost year-long cancer journey, pulling no punches in an intimate performance about her treatment. Read More »
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Wed 02

The Game’s Afoot

October 2
7:00 pm
Scholar Barry Deitz looks at the life and times of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of Sherlock Holmes. He discusses the inspiration for Holmes and examines what other writers, actors, and directors have done with the character over the past 130 years. Read More »
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Wed 02

Dictionary Days: A Defining Passion

October 2
7:00 pm
Amherst College professor Ilan Stavans shares extraordinary and often hilarious anecdotes about dictionaries through the ages, while reflecting on a life dedicated to honoring words. Read More »
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Wed 02

First: The Story of Sandra Day O’Connor

October 2
7:00 pm
Based on his bestselling biography, Evan Thomas examines the life and work of the first woman on the US Supreme Court, tracing O’Connor’s story from a childhood on a remote cattle ranch in Arizona to her 25 years as a Supreme Court Justice. Book signing follows. Read More »
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Wed 02

Approaching Islam, Approaching Difference

October 2
7:00 pm
The Qur’an states that God created differences not only as a test for humanity but also as a path toward self-knowledge. Marlboro College professor Amer Latif considers how the Qur’an frames the perennial problem of living more harmoniously in a diverse world. Read More »
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