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 04

The President’s Global Policies

October 4
7:00 pm
Veteran American diplomat George Jaeger discusses President Trump’s America First global policies, the changes they may entail, and their possible implications. Read More »
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Wed 01

Translating Homer and the Art of Writing

November 1
7:00 pm
Caroline Alexander, author of The Endurance: Shackleton’s Legendary Expedition and translator of a new edition of Homer’s Iliad, examines the challenges and pleasures of translating great literature. Read More »
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Wed 06

Hamilton: The Man and the Musical

December 6
7:00 pm
From his birth in the Caribbean to death in a duel, Alexander Hamilton's life was part romance, part tragedy—and the inspiration for the blockbuster Broadway musical. Hamilton biographer Willard Sterne Randall discusses the man and the musical, with excerpts from its score. Read More »
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Wed 03

Lessons Learned from the Holocaust for Today’s World

January 3, 2018
7:00 pm
The UN High Commission for Refugees calculates that there are more people forced from their homes and on the move today than following the disruptions of WWII and the Holocaust. Holocaust scholar and Dartmouth professor Irene Kacandes offers seven lessons she has learned from studying the Holocaust and considers how we can apply them to today’s crises. Read More »
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Wed 07

Poetry and Song

February 7, 2018
7:30 pm
Celebrating forty years together, the Thetford Chamber Singers present powerful literary texts with complex choral arrangements, including the work of Wendell Berry, Emily Dickinson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and others. Read More »
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Wed 07

Where Am I? The Power of Uniqueness

March 7, 2018
7:00 pm
Former Scenic America President and TED talk lecturer Ed McMahon, who holds the Charles E. Fraser Chair on Sustainable Development at the Urban Land Institute, highlights the importance of a sense of place and explores why our physical surroundings are worth caring about. Read More »
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Wed 04

Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales: Still Funny After All These Years

April 4, 2018
7:00 pm
Dartmouth professor Peter Travis discusses the genius, literary achievement, and enduring humanity of Geoffrey Chaucer, the fourteenth-century “Father of English Poetry.” Read More »
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Wed 02

Vincent Van Gogh and the Books He Read

May 2, 2018
7:00 pm
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 »
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