First Wednesdays

A Humanities Lecture Series, October through May

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

Wed 07

Transatlantic Traumas: Endangering the West

February 7
7:00 pm
Brownell Library, Essex Junction
"The West" has been challenged by President Trump's policies, Russian covert actions, and domestic nativist and nationalistic tendencies. Stan Sloan, Visiting Scholar at Middlebury and author of Defense of the West, examines whether a perfect storm of external threats and internal politics is undermining Western values and interests. Read More »
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Wed 21

Self-Confessed: The Inappropriately Intimate Comics of Alison Bechdel

February 21
7:00 pm
From her long-running comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For to her family memoirs Fun Home and Are You My Mother? Alison Bechdel has explored in graphic detail the overlap between the personal and the political, the domestic and the global. In this illustrated talk, she discusses how her cartooning has evolved over four decades. Read More »
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Wed 11

Building Monticello

April 11
7:00 pm
Brownell Library, Essex Junction
Jefferson never knew the Monticello of today—in perfect condition, impeccably furnished. Dartmouth College senior lecturer Marlene Heck explains the lifelong project Jefferson called his “essay in architecture.” Read More »
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Wed 02

Love and Marriage in the 21st Century

May 2
7:00 pm
Brownell Library, Essex Junction
Dr. Polly Young-Eisendrath looks at the transformation of marriage over the past century from a traditional contract between families to one that celebrates idealization in the form of “true love,” and suggests why the latter may be harder to fulfill than many thought. Read More »
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Wed 06

The Legacy of Rachel Carson

June 6
7:00 pm
Brownell Library, Essex Junction
Silent Spring not only launched the environmental movement but also identified fundamental problems with our relationship to nature. Dartmouth professor Nancy Jay Crumbine explores Carson’s clarity, courage, and brilliance. Read More »
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