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 05

Objectivity in the Fake News Era

December 5
7:00 pm
VPR host Jane Lindholm offers ways for listeners to ensure that the news they are getting is accurate, and for news organizations to safeguard their reporting as fair and correct. Read More »
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Wed 02

Hamilton: The Man and the Musical

January 2, 2019
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 06

The Invention of History

February 6, 2019
7:00 pm
There was a time when the idea of writing history didn’t exist. Middlebury professor Jane Chaplin describes the inception of history, which we owe to two extraordinary Greeks, Herodotus and Thucydides, a fascinating story whether one is interested in history or not. Read More »
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Wed 06

Outlaw Women

March 6, 2019
7:00 pm
Feminist writers around the world have constructed characters that resist dominant power structures. Middlebury assistant professor Catharine Wright discusses several such figures in fiction and memoir and considers the politics of our own reading practices. Read More »
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Wed 03

Einstein in a Nutshell

April 3, 2019
7:00 pm
Einstein’s most famous contribution to science—his theory of relativity—is based on an idea so simple it can be stated in one sentence. Yet from that simple idea, explains Middlebury professor Richard Wolfson, follow conclusions that have revolutionized our notions of space, time, and causality. Read More »
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Wed 01

Civility and Its Discontents

May 1, 2019
7:00 pm
While many pundits lament the death of civility in American politics, others argue that a commitment to civility minimizes our differences in the name of public nicety. Middlebury religion professor James Davis explains why civility is essential for a well-ordered democracy. Read More »
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