First Wednesdays

Free Public Talks at Libraries around Vermont

St. Johnsbury First Wednesdays

Venue: St. Johnsbury Athenaeum

1171 Main Street, St. Johnsbury
Library phone: (802) 748-8291
Library website
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Underwriters

Statewide Underwriters: The Institute of Museum & Library Services through the Vermont Department of Libraries.

Series Underwriter: St. Johnsbury Academy

Program Underwriters: Passumpsic Savings Bank-Member FDIC, Peter Gilbert Endowment Fund, Middlebury College and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, University of Vermont Humanities Center

Library Sponsors: Adler and McCabe, plc; Friends of the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum

Printed St. Johnsbury First Wednesdays brochure

Download the 2019-2020 St. Johnsbury Schedule (PDF)

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

Wed 04

Lifting Shakespeare Off the Page

December 4
7:00 pm
In this interactive workshop, educator and author Peter Gould helps participants access their own powerful voice by reading, reciting, and performing Shakespeare. Learn how to bring new life to immortal characters! No previous theater training necessary; observers also welcome. Read More »
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Wed 08

Reading Thoreau in the 21st Century

January 8, 2020
7:00 pm
Henry David Thoreau advocated for both civil disobedience to unjust political authority and also for nature’s appropriate role in our economic, moral, and spiritual lives. UVM professor Bob Pepperman Taylor discusses the relationship between Thoreau's political and environmental messages and how they resonate today. Read More »
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Wed 05

Photography as Social Justice

February 5, 2020
7:00 pm
In conjunction with her retrospective exhibition at Catamount Arts, Dona Ann McAdams sits down with curator John Killacky to discuss her work, and shows her empathetic black-and-white portraits of performing artists, AIDS activists, political protests, people living with schizophrenia, Appalachian farmers, cloistered nuns, and others. Read More »
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Wed 04

Central Park, the Civil War, and the Creation of the National Parks

March 4, 2020
7:00 pm
The national park idea has been credited to “a wonderful and interesting group of rugged western pioneers.” But as UVM historian Rolf Diamant explains, the inspiration of Central Park, the ending of slavery, and the remaking of government during the Civil War were all critical to the establishment of our first national parks. Read More »
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Wed 01

“We Are All Fast Food Workers Now”

April 1, 2020
7:00 pm
Labor historian Annelise Orleck provides a close look at globalization and its costs, from the perspective of low-wage workers themselves—berry pickers, fast food servers, garment workers, cashiers, hotel housekeepers, home health care aides, and even adjunct professors—who are fighting for respect, safety, and a living wage. Read More »
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Wed 06

The Making of Let Us Now Praise Famous Men

May 6, 2020
7:00 pm
Middlebury professor Tim Spears looks at the 1941 publication of "Let Us Now Praise Famous Men." Depicting the lives of southern sharecroppers, writer James Agee and photographer Walker Evans resisted journalistic conventions to produce a book that raises important questions about the nature of documentary work and art. Read More »
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