First Wednesdays

A Humanities Lecture Series, October through May

Norwich First Wednesdays

Host: Norwich Public Library and Norwich Historical Society

Library phone: (802) 649-1184
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Venue: Norwich Congregational Church

15 Church Street, Norwich
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Statewide Underwriters: The Alma Gibbs Donchian Foundation, the National Life Group Foundation, and the Institute of Museum & Library Services through the Vermont Department of Libraries.

Program Co-sponsors and Underwriters: Dartmouth College History Department, Crossroads Academy, The Norwich Bookstore, Otto & Associates

Library Underwriters: Boatwright Foundation, The Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation, Mascoma Savings Bank
, Norwich Square Properties, Jane W. Stetson and E. William Stetson III

Printed Norwich First Wednesdays brochure

Download the 2017-2018 Norwich Schedule (PDF)

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

Wed 04

The Different Strains of American Evangelicalism

April 4
7:00 pm
Dartmouth professor and historian of American religion Randall Balmer both looks at the internal diversity of American Evangelicalism, which is generally seen as monolithic but that includes a progressive strain focused on personal and social reform as opposed to theological orthodoxy, and reflects on its theological insights and contradictions. Read More »
Wed 02

Mourning Lincoln

May 2
7:00 pm
Public responses to Lincoln’s assassination have been well chronicled, but New York University Professor of History Martha Hodes is the first to delve into personal and private responses—of African Americans and whites, Yankees and Confederates, soldiers and civilians. In this talk, she investigates the reaction on a human scale to America’s first presidential assassination, when the future of the nation was at stake for everyone whether they grieved or rejoiced at the news. Read More »
Wed 06

Ella: The Jazz Genius (Rescheduled from April 4)

June 6
7:00 pm
Jazz legend Ella Fitzgerald has been described as a reluctant celebrity, private in words, and yet her music speaks volumes about herself, her friendships, even her politics. Drawing on archival material, family interviews, and recordings, Northeastern University professor Judith Tick presents a fuller portrait of both the woman and the artist who transformed American popular song. Read More »