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


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

Program Underwriters: A More Perfect Union – An NEH Special Initiative; Anne Commire Fund for Women in the Humanities; Middlebury College and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; Peter Gilbert Endowment Fund; Preservation Trust of Vermont; The Samara Fund of the Vermont Community Foundation

Library Sponsors: Friends of the Brooks Memorial Library

Wed 03

*DIGITAL* Philanthropy and Civil Society in Challenging Times

November 3
7:00 pm
The pandemic year of 2020 challenged every aspect of modern community, including our visions of equality, civility, health, and democracy. Stuart Comstock-Gay, former president of the Vermont Community Foundation, discusses how civic engagement can help us rebuild our communities and reclaim our dreams. (Registration required.) Read More »
Wed 01

*DIGITAL* Learning Hidden History with Picture books and Graphic Novels

December 1
7:00 pm
The current renaissance of picture books and graphic novels written by and about marginalized communities provides new ways to engage with history. Latinx scholar Laura Jiménez describes how contemporary authors and illustrators use visual literature to center narratives previously unseen in mainstream publishing. (Registration required.) Read More »
Wed 05

Atlantic Is a Sea of Bones

January 5, 2022
7:00 pm
Jarvis Green, founder of the Black theatre company JAG Productions, invites us to reflect individually and collectively on the afterlives and the legacies of the transatlantic slave trade. Green will explore how Black queer and feminist artists have created ways to honor this history and heal ancestral trauma. Registration required. Read More »
Wed 02

*DIGITAL* Boneyarn: New York Slavery Poems

February 2, 2022
7:00 pm
The oldest and largest slave cemetery in the United States is located in the shadow of Wall Street. Actor and poet David Mills reads from and discusses his award-winning poetry collection, Boneyarn, featuring groundbreaking poems about slavery in New York City, a topic rarely addressed. (Registration required.) Read More »
Wed 02

From the Parlor to the Polling Place: Stories and Songs from the Suffragists

March 2, 2022
7:00 pm
Singer and historian Linda Radtke, in period garb and a “Votes for Women” sash, celebrates the centennial of the passage of the 19th Amendment, which gave the right to vote to white women. Read More »
Wed 06

The Poetics of Girlhood and Womanhood in America

April 6, 2022
7:00 pm
Poets and writers Diana Whitney and Shanta Lee Gander join Christal Brown, associate professor of Dance at Middlebury College, in a conversation that explores how girlhood and womanhood in America are manifested across the boundaries of poetry, dance, and lived experience. Read More »
Wed 04

The Force of a Story in Parts: Star Wars, Fandom, and Seriality

May 4, 2022
7:00 pm
From Dickens to Game of Thrones, stories told in piecemeal style have shown their power to command a reader’s attention. In this apt talk for “Star Wars Day,” author Anne Moore examines how Star Wars’ serialized structure encourages readers to fill the gaps between installments with their own imaginative play. Read More »

Printed Brattleboro First Wednesdays brochure

Download the 2021-2022 Brattleboro Schedule (PDF).