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 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 »
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Wed 07

Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

November 7
7:00 pm
Brownell Library, Essex Junction
Producer Nicholas Ma discusses and shows clips from his recent film Won’t You Be My Neighbor, a documentary about Mister Rogers, a leader in TV programming related to kindness, racial harmony, civility, and hope. Read More »
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Wed 05

Daily Life in Prewar Nazi Germany

December 5
7:00 pm
Brownell Library, Essex Junction
Focusing on the prewar experience of non-Jewish citizens, Keene State professor Paul Vincent examines how ideology and terror undermined human dignity, numbed self-awareness, and atomized German society. Read More »
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Wed 02

American Modernism

January 2, 2019
7:00 pm
Brownell Library, Essex Junction
Citing examples from the works of Georgia O’Keeffe, Marsden Hartley, Stuart Davis, Charles Sheeler, and others, former Head of American Paintings at Christie’s and Sotheby’s James Maroney provides an overview of American art from 1913 to 1949 and explains its importance and beauty. Read More »
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Wed 06

We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy

February 6, 2019
7:00 pm
Brownell Library, Essex Junction
UVM Professor Emily Bernard discusses We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy, Ta-Nehisi Coates’s most recent reflections on race, the Obama Presidency, and the election of Donald Trump. Read More »
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Wed 06

Arguing about Civility

March 6, 2019
7:00 pm
Brownell Library, Essex Junction
Middlebury political scientist Sarah Stroup focuses on two questions for both local and national discourse: What topics are suitable for public discussion? And how can we facilitate productive disagreements? She explores how to deliberate hot topics in ways that are respectful and ultimately helpful. Read More »
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Wed 10

Amelia

April 10, 2019
7:00 pm
Brownell Library, Essex Junction
The mysterious disappearance of Amelia Earhart in 1937 often overshadows her accomplishments as a pilot and author. Champlain College professor Nancy Nahra examines the remarkable life of the aviation legend.  Read More »
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Wed 01

Churchill and Roosevelt: The Personal Element in Their Partnership

May 1, 2019
7:00 pm
Brownell Library, Essex Junction
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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