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

Printed Rutland First Wednesdays brochure

Download the 2017-2018 Rutland Schedule (PDF)

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

Wed 07

Science and Democracy

March 7
7:00 pm
The scientific method has been heralded as inherently democratic, but with scientists carrying a kind of authority based on their specialized knowledge, the relationship between science and democracy is more complex. Middlebury professor Heidi Grasswick examines the challenges of integrating the goals of democracy with the practices of science. Read More »
Wed 04

Reinventing the Family Home

April 4
7:00 pm
Middlebury College professor Erin Sassin examines how American reformers and homeowners have, in pursuit of “the simple life,” attempted to reinvent the form and idea of the single-family home, from farmhouses and communal experiments to the current tiny house phenomenon. Read More »
Wed 02

“A Republic, If You Can Keep It…”

May 2
7:00 pm
After the Constitutional Convention Benjamin Franklin was asked what kind of government we had. His famous reply speaks to the fragility of our constitutional form of government. Middlebury Professor Emeritus of Political Science Eric Davis explores how the brilliant foundational concepts established in 1787 remain just as essential—and fragile—today. Read More »
Wed 06

The First Amendment in Action

June 6
7:00 pm
Federal District Judge William K. Sessions III describes the application of the First Amendment freedoms of religion, speech, press, and assembly with a close examination of landmark cases. Read More »