First Wednesdays Lecture Series

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

Brattleboro First Wednesdays

Venue: Brooks Memorial Library

224 Main Street, Brattleboro
Library phone: (802) 254-5290
Library website
Directions to the library

Pre-Register for Talks

Please note: due to the Covid-19 crisis, the October, November, and December 2020 First Wednesdays talks will only be offered online, via Zoom. Advance registration is required for these events.

Wed 03

*DIGITAL* Female Husbands and Their Wives

February 3
7:00 pm
Some people, assigned female at birth, transcended gender and lived as men in the 18th and 19th centuries, despite tremendous risk of violence. Amherst history professor Jen Manion provides examples of such people and the women they married. (Registration required.) Read More »
Wed 03

How Yiddish Changed America and How America Changed Yiddish

March 3
7:00 pm
Yiddish is imprinted in American English in terms like chutzpah, kosher, bagel, and schmooze. And the work of Jewish authors shows the deep impact of Jewish immigration on the United States. Amherst College professor Ilan Stavans surveys the journey. Read More »
Wed 07

Eating While Fat

April 7
7:00 pm
Comic Josie Leavitt shares her hilarious attempts at exercising and dieting, addresses fat shaming, and describes her struggle for body acceptance in a society that could do more to welcome different bodies. Read More »
Wed 05

This is Not That: A Brief Introduction to the Black Death

May 5
7:00 pm
The Black Death hit the Eurasian world in the 14th century and left long-term consequences. Dartmouth history professor Celia Gaposchkin presents an overview of the outbreak of the bubonic plague, and compares it to the current pandemic. Read More »

Printed Brattleboro First Wednesdays brochure

Download the 2020-2021 Brattleboro Schedule (PDF).