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 Beatles: Band of the Sixties

October 4
7:00 pm
In this multimedia presentation, Beatles music scholar Aaron Krerowicz explores the band’s music beginning with the band's seminal visits to Hamburg and continuing through Beatlemania to Abbey Road. Read More »
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Wed 01

Teaching Hamlet in Prison

November 1
7:00 pm
Celebrated literary critic Ilan Stavans discusses his teaching Shakespeare’s Hamlet in correctional facilities, and shares insights his classes have made about the play and revenge, freedom, and redemption. Read More »
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Wed 06

What We Learn When We Learn about History

December 6
7:00 pm
Henry Ford famously said, “History is more or less bunk.” Author, historian, and professor Woden Teachout discusses why history does matter, exploring the intellectual skills and larger cultural understandings that come from studying the past. Read More »
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Wed 03

Aaron Copland’s America

January 3, 2018
7:00 pm
Pianist Michael Arnowitt performs and discusses the iconic and distinctly American music of Aaron Copland—including music from Four Piano Blues, Piano Variations, El Salon Mexico, Conversation at the Soda Fountain, his famous Appalachian Spring, and music he wrote for the film version of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town. Read More »
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Wed 07

The News about the News

February 7, 2018
7:00 pm
In today’s political and cultural atmosphere, it is vital the public stays informed and the press does its job. Journalists Cindy Skrzycki and Pulitzer Prize winner David Shribman examine the current media landscape, distinguishing between fake and real news, amateur and professional, slanted and objective. Read More »
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Wed 07

Building for a Gilded Age

March 7, 2018
7:00 pm
Middlebury College architecture professor Glenn Andres explores how the U.S. asserted itself architecturally on the world stage around the turn of the twentieth century, a time of bold experiments, proud philanthropy, and a desire to rival the Old World in splendor. Read More »
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Wed 04

Virtue and Vice: The World of Vermeer’s Women

April 4, 2018
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 »
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Wed 02

What If Poor Women Ran the World?

May 2, 2018
7:00 pm
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 »
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