First Wednesdays Lecture Series

Free talks on the first Wednesday of the month, October through May.

Digital First Wednesdays

Every month we’ll offer a First Wednesdays talk on the Digital Programs section of our website, our YouTube channel, and our Facebook page. No registration is required for these free events.

Wed 04

*DIGITAL* Say Their Names, A Personal Story of Artistic Activism

November 4
7:00 pm
In May 2020, Dr. Matthew Evan Taylor began a musical composition in response to the escalating uprising in the wake of the murders of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and Ahmaud Arbery. Including selections from his recorded work, Dr. Taylor will discuss his journey towards using music as an avenue for advocacy and activism. Read More »
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Wed 02

*DIGITAL* Chasing the Happily Neverafter

December 2
7:00 pm
Americans love (and hate) romance. And when things get rough — a global pandemic, the threat of nuclear war and global climate collapse — we turn to Disney and the Hallmark channel. Middlebury professor Laurie Essig reviews the ideology that sells us hope for a better future if we only find “the one.” Read More »
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Wed 06

*DIGITAL* Winslow Homer and the Poetics of Place

January 6, 2021
7:00 pm
The painter Winslow Homer (1836-1910) occupies an unusual and pivotal place in the history of American art. Thomas Denenberg, director of the Shelburne Museum, sketches Homer’s long and productive career, focusing on how he bridged the sentimental culture of the nineteenth century with the visual culture of the modern era. Read More »
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Wed 03

*DIGITAL* Cannabis: Medical Uses and Public Safety

February 3, 2021
7:00 pm
UVM Pharmacology professor Dr. Karen Lounsbury reviews the history of cannabis and the medicinal products derived from it, as well as the benefits, risks, and the therapeutic potential of medical cannabis. She’ll include time for questions and open discussion after this interactive session. Read More »
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Wed 03

*DIGITAL* Libraries in the Time of Covid

March 3, 2021
7:00 pm
Libraries have a central role in their communities, often being the only place to access free internet and other technology necessary for life in 2021. In the wake of the pandemic, libraries have had to both evaluate and rapidly respond to the changing world. Librarian Jessamyn West helps us to understand the role of the library in these unusual times.   Read More »
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Wed 07

*DIGITAL* For the Love of N’dakinna: Abenaki Continuity and Adaptation

April 7, 2021
7:00 pm
Abenaki people have thrived within N’dakinna, their homeland, for more than 10,000 years. While the people and their culture have changed during this time, the core values of their ancestors have remained constant. Melody Walker Brook, citizen of the Elnu Abenaki Band of N’dakinna and former chair of the Vermont Commission on Native American Affairs, describes how these core values can help shape a more beautiful future. Read More »
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Wed 05

*DIGITAL* Television Cop Shows, Police Brutality, and Black Lives Matter

May 5, 2021
7:00 pm
How do television cop shows shape our understanding of police, race, and crime in America? Focusing on the television series The Wire, Middlebury professor Jason Mittell challenges our understanding of this television genre in the era of the Black Lives Matter movement. Read More »
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Printed Digital First Wednesdays brochure

Download the 2020-2021 First Wednesdays Digital Event Schedule (PDF)