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
Library website

Venue: Norwich Congregational Church

15 Church Street, Norwich
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Directions to the venue

Underwriters

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 03

US Immigration Policy in Historical Perspective

October 3
7:00 pm
One would think that current anxieties about immigration in the US have never been more intense, but history teaches us otherwise. Dartmouth professor Richard Wright examines the present-day contradictions of US immigration policy and places them in historical perspective. Read More »
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Wed 07

The Antislavery Press and the Road to Civil War

November 7
7:00 pm
University of Connecticut history professor Manisha Sinha explores the work and legacy of antislavery editors such as William Lloyd Garrison, Frederick Douglass, and Martin Delaney, whose journalism in the mid-19th century was critical to the abolition of slavery. Read More »
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Wed 05

Hamilton: The Man and the Musical

December 5
7:00 pm
From his birth in the Caribbean to death in a duel, Alexander Hamilton's life was part romance, part tragedy—and the inspiration for the blockbuster Broadway musical. Hamilton biographer Willard Sterne Randall discusses the man and the musical, with excerpts from its score. Read More »
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Wed 02

My Antonia

January 2, 2019
7:00 pm
Amherst College professor Michele Barale explores how Willa Cather’s novel My Antonia brings alive immigrants’ experience in the American West and blazes new trails in depicting women as strong and independent role models. Read More »
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Wed 06

Vincent Van Gogh: What Influenced Him, and His Influence on Art

February 6, 2019
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 »
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Wed 06

The Opioid Crisis: A Historical Perspective

March 6, 2019
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 »
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Wed 03

Physicists’ Dream of a Theory of Everything

April 3, 2019
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 »
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Wed 01

Charged: Prosecutors and the Battle to End Mass Incarceration

May 1, 2019
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 »
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