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 04

*DIGITAL* Atlantic Is a Sea of Bones 

November 4
7:00 pm
Jarvis Green, founder of the Black theatre company JAG Productions, invites us to reflect individually and collectively on the afterlives and the legacies of the transatlantic slave trade. (Pre-registration required.) Read More »
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Wed 04

*DIGITAL* The Complicated Histories of Monuments

November 4
7:00 pm
Brownell Library, Essex Junction
As monuments come down across the US, some decry that history is being erased. But what (and whose) history do monuments contain? UVM professor Kelley Di Dio explores the history and future of certain monuments. (Pre-registration required.) Read More »
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Wed 04

*DIGITAL* The American Civil War and the Shaping of the Western Hemisphere

November 4
7:00 pm
The Union victory in the Civil War affected the future of the Western Hemisphere in profound ways. Castleton history professor Andre Fleche describes how the war influenced the demise of slavery in the Americas, the retreat of European empires from the New World, and the emergence of the United States as an imperialist power. (Pre-registration required.) Read More »
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Wed 04

*DIGITAL* Life on the Other Border: Farmworkers and Food Justice in Vermont

November 4
7:00 pm
For more than seven years, UVM professor Teresa Mares has studied food access among the Latinx farmworker community in Vermont. Her ethnographic research illuminates the many ways workers sustain themselves and their families. (Pre-registration required.) Read More »
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Wed 04

*DIGITAL* Express Your Mind – Without Losing It

November 4
7:00 pm
Curiosity, empathy, and other tools can transform even passionate disagreements into chances to authentically share opinions. Journalist and cultural critic Molly Zapp offers practical techniques to avoid straining relationships while expressing yourself. (Pre-registration required.) Read More »
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Wed 04

*DIGITAL* The Story of Water in Times of Crisis

November 4
7:00 pm
What does water tell us about who we are? Dartmouth professor Tarek El-Ariss examines our relationship to water in times of crisis, linking war in the Middle East with regional water shortages and pandemics. (Pre-registration required.) Read More »
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Wed 04

*DIGITAL* Emma Willard: Early Female Education and the Campaign for Women’s Suffrage

November 4
7:00 pm
Emma Willard founded the first school for women’s higher education in the United States. Saint Michael’s professor Susan Ouellette describes how the opportunities provided by Willard’s schools laid the groundwork for the early suffrage movement. (Pre-registration required.) Read More »
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Wed 04

*DIGITAL* Democracies, Libraries, and Free Information

November 4
7:00 pm
Democracy works only when citizens enjoy unfettered access to good information. But a broken system of publishing can impede this learning. UVM dean of libraries Bryn Geffert shares the innovative ways that some libraries get information into the hands of everyone who needs it. (Pre-registration required.) Read More »
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Wed 04

*DIGITAL* Say Their Names, A Personal Story of Artistic Activism

November 4
7:00 pm
In May 2020, Dr. Matthew Evan Taylor began a musical composition in response to the escalating uprising in the wake of the murders of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and Ahmaud Arbery. Including selections from his recorded work, Dr. Taylor will discuss his journey towards using music as an avenue for advocacy and activism. Read More »
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Wed 04

*DIGITAL* Emma Willard: Early Female Education and the Campaign for Women’s Suffrage

November 4
7:00 pm
Emma Willard founded the first school for women’s higher education in the United States. Saint Michael’s professor Susan Ouellette describes how the opportunities provided by Willard’s schools laid the groundwork for the early suffrage movement. (Pre-registration required.) Read More »
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