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 Windham Foundation, and the Institute of Museum & Library Services through the Vermont Department of Libraries.

Program Co-sponsors and Underwriters: The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in partnership with Pulitzer PrizesCrossroads Academy, Dartmouth College Department of HistoryThe Norwich Bookstore, Otto & Associates, Stave Puzzles

Library Sponsors: Boatwright Foundation, Friends of the Norwich Public Library, The Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation, Mascoma Savings Bank
, Norwich Square Properties, Norwich Historical Society, Jane W. Stetson and E. William Stetson III

Printed Norwich First Wednesdays brochure

Download the 2018-2019 Norwich Schedule (PDF)

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

Wed 06

The Opioid Crisis: A Historical Perspective

March 6
7:00 pm
Today’s opioid epidemic is usually portrayed as a new and shocking development. Yet it is only the most recent crisis in more than a century of widespread addiction to pharmaceuticals. Historian David Herzberg tells the story of past epidemics of addiction and draws lessons from America’s long history of drug policy failures and occasional successes. Read More »
Wed 03

Physicists’ Dream of a Theory of Everything

April 3
7:00 pm
Theoretical physicists have long dreamt of a theory of everything that encompasses all particles of matter and their interactions. Dartmouth professor Marcelo Gleiser describes how physics and astronomy obtain knowledge of the natural world and how their limitations preclude us from ever getting to a “final” theory. Read More »
Wed 01

Prosecutors and the Battle to End Mass Incarceration

May 1
7:00 pm
Over the last 40 years, prosecutors have driven the country toward mass incarceration and a crisis of justice shot through with unfairness and racial discrimination. New York Times writer and Yale Law School lecturer Emily Bazelon considers the current movement to elect a new breed of prosecutor. Read More »
Wed 05

*RESCHEDULED* Van Gogh’s Influence on Art, and Art’s Influence on Him

June 5
7:00 pm
Art historian Carol Berry considers the experiences, painters, and authors that influenced Van Gogh’s work, and looks at his influence on twentieth-century artists. Read More »