First Wednesdays

A Humanities Lecture Series, October through May

Montpelier First Wednesdays

Venue: Kellogg-Hubbard Library

135 Main Street, Montpelier
Library phone: (802) 223-3338
Library website
Directions to the library

Printed Montpelier First Wednesdays brochure

Download the 2018-2019 Montpelier Schedule (PDF)

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

Wed 05

The Legacy of Rachel Carson

December 5
7:00 pm
Silent Spring not only launched the environmental movement but also identified fundamental problems with our relationship to nature. Dartmouth professor Nancy Jay Crumbine explores Carson’s clarity, courage, and brilliance. Read More »
Wed 02

Mad Men and Mad Women: The Construction of Gender in Mid-Century America

January 2, 2019
7:00 pm
Using AMC’s TV series Mad Men as an introduction, Middlebury professor Joyce Mao examines the Cold War foundations of gender in the US at the dawn of the 1960s, when the federal government and corporate America indelibly shaped middle-class masculinity and femininity. Read More »
Wed 06

An Evening with Langston Hughes

February 6, 2019
7:30 pm
In this dramatic rendition of Langston Hughes’ poems and short stories, actor and writer David Mills celebrates the life of the Harlem Renaissance writer. Read More »
Wed 06

Virtue and Vice: The World of Vermeer’s Women

March 6, 2019
7:00 pm
Dartmouth professor Jane Carroll examines the stories of courtship, seduction, and virtue portrayed and the encoded messages presented in the works of 17th-century Dutch painter Jan Vermeer. Read More »
Wed 03

Emily Dickinson: Poet of New England

April 3, 2019
7:00 pm
Emily Dickinson lived her entire life in Amherst, Massachusetts. One of the greatest American poets, and probably the most important woman poet of all time, she was also a quintessential New England poet. UVM professor emeritus Huck Gutman explores what Dickinson can teach us. Read More »
Wed 01

The Architecture of Montpelier

May 1, 2019
7:00 pm
Vermont State Curator David Schutz explores Montpelier’s rich architectural history. He will follow his First Wednesdays program with a walking tour of Montpelier on Saturday, May 4, beginning at the library at 10:00 am. Read More »
Sat 04

The Architecture of Montpelier Walking Tour

May 4, 2019
10:00 am
Vermont State Curator David Schutz follows his May 1 First Wednesdays program with a walking tour of Montpelier. Read More »