First Wednesdays

Free Public Talks at Libraries around Vermont

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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Printed Norwich First Wednesdays brochure

Download the 2019-2020 Norwich Schedule (PDF)

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

Wed 04

Making Rumble Strip in My Closet

December 4
7:00 pm
Erica Heilman’s podcast Rumble Strip covers a range of Vermont-related topics, from mental health, hunger, and homelessness to deer hunting, cheerleading, and donut shops. In this talk, Heilman discusses the interview process and shares stories from her podcast, which she describes as “extraordinary conversations with ordinary people. Or that’s the goal.” Read More »
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Wed 08

Creativity and Historical Truths

January 8, 2020
7:00 pm
Despite journalism’s essential role in informing the public about significant events, Dartmouth professor Irene Kacandes proposes that memoir, fiction, music, and art not only leave lasting impressions but sometimes convey important truths that journalism and history cannot. Read More »
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Wed 05

Building Monticello

February 5, 2020
7:00 pm
Jefferson never knew the Monticello of today—in perfect condition, impeccably furnished. Dartmouth College senior lecturer Marlene Heck explains the lifelong project Jefferson called his “essay in architecture.” Read More »
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Wed 04

Read to Live

March 4, 2020
7:00 pm
National Book Award winner Katherine Paterson speaks on the importance of literacy and developing a love for reading, which was the inspiration for her latest novel My Brigadista Year, the story of a Cuban teenager who volunteers for a national literacy campaign to teach others how to read. Read More »
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Wed 01

Art, Technology, and Connected Learning

April 1, 2020
7:00 pm
Champlain College professor emerita Ann DeMarle examines how computing straddles art and technology, the challenges this can pose to education, and what she has learned in creating groundbreaking degree programs that merge these disciplines. Read More »
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Wed 06

Why We Need Artemisia

May 6, 2020
7:00 pm
Who was Artemisia Gentileschi, and why does she elicit such a wide range of critical responses? As a female artist working in 17th-century Rome, Artemisia was already exceptional. But as Middlebury professor Katy Smith Abbott explains, it is Artemisia’s personal history with violence and misogyny, and her exploration of these themes in paint, that resonates most deeply with contemporary audiences. Read More »
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