First Wednesdays

A Humanities Lecture Series, October through May

Middlebury First Wednesdays

Venue: Ilsley Public Library

75 Main Street, Middlebury
Library phone: (802) 388-4095
Library website
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First Wednesdays is supported in part by the National Life Group Foundation and the Institute of Museum & Library Services through the Vermont Department of Libraries.

Series Underwriter: The Residence at Otter Creek

Program Underwriters: A Friend of the Series, Steven Jupiter Gallery, Structural Energy Corp., Tapia & Huckabay, P.C.

Library Underwriters: Friends of Ilsley Library

Printed Middlebury First Wednesdays brochure

Download the 2016-2017 Middlebury Schedule (PDF)

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

Wed 01

Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring and the Music of 1911

March 1
7:00 pm
Town Hall Theater, Middlebury
Igor Stravinsky’s ballet The Rite of Spring is widely considered the most influential composition of the twentieth century. Pianist Michael Arnowitt examines this landmark work, and other pieces written in 1911 by Ravel, Schoenberg, Bartok, and Rachmaninov. Read More »
Wed 05

Vincent Van Gogh and the Books He Read

April 5
7:00 pm
Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury
Van Gogh’s letters reveal that his paintings and drawings were inspired by his reading as well as by people, nature, and other painters’ work. Art historian Carol Berry shows the profound influence of the works of Harriet Beecher Stowe, Charles Dickens, George Eliot, and others on Van Gogh’s life and art. Read More »
Wed 03

Don Quixote of La Mancha: The Novel that Invented Modernity

May 3
7:00 pm
Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury
Celebrated literary critic and author Ilan Stavans considers the impact of the masterful Don Quixote on the eve of the 401st anniversary year of Cervantes’s death. Read More »
Wed 07

What If Poor Women Ran the World? *RESCHEDULED*

June 7
7:00 pm
Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury
Labor historian Annelise Orleck tells the story of nine African-American union maids in Las Vegas during the 1970’s who challenged welfare cuts and built a long-lasting, vibrant anti-poverty program run by poor mothers. Read More »