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

Virtue and Vice: The World of Vermeer’s Women

April 4
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 02

What If Poor Women Ran the World?

May 2
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 »
Wed 06

Teaching Hamlet in Prison

June 6
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 »