First Wednesdays

Free Public Talks at Libraries around Vermont

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

Wed 06

Immigration Restrictions Then and Now: Short Stories of Edith Eaton (Sui Sin Far)

November 6
7:00 pm
Suzanne Brown discusses three 1912 short stories by Edith Eaton (Sui Sin Far) that examine the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 and its effects on the Chinese immigrant community. Eaton’s stories explore assimilation issues, family separations, discrimination, and fear of deportation in ways that still resonate in 2019. Read More »
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Wed 04

Graphic Novels to Watch Out For

December 4
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 08

The Sound of Music: Diamond Jubilee

January 8, 2020
7:00 pm
In 1959, Broadway's Lunt-Fontanne Theatre premiered a musical on an unlikely topic: an Austrian family who had become famous for escaping Nazi Germany. The Sound of Music went on to win five Tony Awards, along with five Academy Awards in its film adaptation. Pianist and scholar Robert Wyatt discusses the history of the musical as well as the audience’s reaction, then and now. Read More »
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Wed 05

When the Bicycle Came to Vermont

February 5, 2020
7:00 pm
UVM professor Luis Vivanco explores the fascinating early history of the bicycle in Vermont, an invention that generated widespread curiosity when it arrived in the 1880s—helping spark important changes in industrial production, consumerism, road policies, gender relations, and cultural ideas. Read More »
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Wed 04

Rural America is a Big Deal

March 4, 2020
7:00 pm
Whitney Kimball Coe, coordinator of the National Rural Assembly, shows that although rural communities are hurting, they also hold a wealth of solutions for a nation struggling to fuel its economy, feed a hungry planet, and take on global issues like climate change. Read More »
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Wed 01

Visualizing Votes for Women

April 1, 2020
7:00 pm
In celebration of the centennial of the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment, UVM professor Melanie Gustafson highlights women's suffrage activists and their movement to win the vote. Read More »
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Wed 06

Life in the Studio

May 6, 2020
7:00 pm
David Macaulay, award-winning author and illustrator of Castle, Cathedral, and The Way We Work, traces the development of his books and discusses current projects and the challenges in his work. Read More »
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