First Wednesdays

A Humanities Lecture Series, October through May

Rutland First Wednesdays

Venue: Rutland Free Library

10 Court Street Library, Rutland
Library phone: (802) 773-1860
Library website
Directions to the library


First Wednesdays is supported in part by the National Life Group Foundation and the Institute of Museum & Library Services through the Vermont Department of Libraries.

Program Underwriters: Healthy Living Fund of the American Endowment Foundation, Jim and Anita Alic, The Marble Valley Regional Correctional Facility
Merchants Bank, Vermont Council on World Affairs

Library Underwriters: Friends of the Rutland Free Library

Printed Rutland First Wednesdays brochure

Download the 2016-2017 Rutland Schedule (PDF)

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

The scheduled February 1 talk has been canceled.

Please note: the talk scheduled for February 1, “The New Administration and the Middle East,” has been canceled. It will not be rescheduled during the 2016-2017 First Wednesdays season.

Wed 01

What We Learn When We Learn about History

March 1
7:00 pm
Henry Ford famously said, “History is more or less bunk.” Author, historian, and professor Woden Teachout discusses why history does matter, exploring the intellectual skills and larger cultural understandings that come from studying the past. Read More »
Wed 05

Life in the Studio

April 5
7:00 pm
David Macaulay, award-winning author and illustrator of Castle, Cathedral, and The Way We Work, discusses current projects and challenges. Read More »
Wed 03

What the Buddhists Teach: Finding Clarity in Everyday Life

May 3
7:00 pm
How do we develop mindfulness and a compassionate optimism about a highly imperfect world? Author Dr. Polly Young-Eisendrath discusses the Buddhist model for remaining fully engaged in the ups and downs of everyday life. Read More »