First Wednesdays

Free Public Talks at Libraries around Vermont

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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 06

Let Me Ask You This

November 6
7:00 pm
Longtime host of VPR's Vermont Edition Jane Lindholm shares some of her favorite interviews and behind-the-scenes moments from her career in public radio. Read More »
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Wed 04

Reading the Rails: Artists Imagine the Underground Railroad

December 4
7:00 pm
Although historians have illuminated much of the mystery of the Underground Railroad, Middlebury professor Will Nash explores how contemporary artists and commentators use romanticized versions of the story to map new “Underground Railroads” and reflect cultural moments. Read More »
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Wed 08

Reinventing the Family Home

January 8, 2020
7:00 pm
Middlebury College professor Erin Sassin examines how American reformers and homeowners have, in pursuit of “the simple life,” attempted to reinvent the form and idea of the single-family home, from farmhouses and communal experiments to the current tiny house phenomenon. Read More »
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Wed 05

Little Kids, Big Impact

February 5, 2020
7:00 pm
For kids, the benefits of early education are obvious: 90% of the brain develops by age five. But the impact goes beyond just children; access to early education is Vermont’s most significant social and economic opportunity. Aly Richards, CEO of Let’s Grow Kids, discusses ways that early education both helps kids and strengthens communities. Read More »
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Wed 04

Adventures in Looking at Art

March 4, 2020
7:00 pm
Artists invest considerable energy to give outward form to their inner voice. Mara Williams, curator of the Brattleboro Museum, leads an interactive exploration into how texture, palette, patina, and other elements bring to life several works of contemporary art. Read More »
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Wed 01

Storytelling for Public Health

April 1, 2020
7:00 pm
Through her award-winning films The Hungry Heart, All of Me, and Coming Home, documentary filmmaker Bess O’Brien reveals stories often hidden in Vermont communities. Bess discusses how documentary storytelling can help generate empathy and positive change in Vermont. Read More »
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Wed 06

Einstein in a Nutshell

May 6, 2020
7:00 pm
Einstein’s most famous contribution to science—his theory of relativity—is based on an idea so simple it can be stated in one sentence. Yet from that simple idea, explains Middlebury professor Richard Wolfson, follow conclusions that have revolutionized our notions of space, time, and causality. Read More »
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