First Wednesdays Lecture Series

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

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 07

*DIGITAL* The Opulence of Integrity: Dance and Muhammad Ali

October 7
7:00 pm
Brownell Library, Essex Junction
Christal Brown’s original dance piece “The Opulence of Integrity” was inspired by the public life and inner searching of Muhammad Ali, boxing’s outspoken superstar. Brown discusses the making of the work and its relevance to our present moment. (Pre-registration required.) Read More »
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Wed 04

*DIGITAL* The Complicated Histories of Monuments

November 4
7:00 pm
Brownell Library, Essex Junction
As monuments come down across the US, some decry that history is being erased. But what (and whose) history do monuments contain? UVM professor Kelley Di Dio explores the history and future of certain monuments. (Pre-registration required.) Read More »
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Wed 02

*DIGITAL* After “Migrant Mother:” The Promise and Peril of the First Green New Deal

December 2
7:00 pm
Brownell Library, Essex Junction
The Farm Security Administration helped rural Americans improve their lives through small loans and improved farm practices during the Great Depression. Middlebury professor Kathryn Morse explores the program's successes and failures. (Pre-registration required.) Read More »
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Wed 06

Why College in Prison? Why Liberal Arts?

January 6, 2021
7:00 pm
Brownell Library, Essex Junction
Kathy Fox, founder and director of the UVM Liberal Arts in Prison Program, explains how everyone can be transformed by exposure to a liberal arts curriculum. Read More »
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Wed 03

The Postmodern Turn in Architecture

February 3, 2021
7:00 pm
Brownell Library, Essex Junction
Champlain College professor David Mills explores how opposing theories of human nature have shaped and reshaped cities in the last century, from modern to postmodern and beyond. Read More »
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Wed 03

Religious Literacy is Social Justice

March 3, 2021
7:00 pm
Brownell Library, Essex Junction
UVM professor Ilyse Morgenstein Fuerst describes religious literacy as a social justice issue. She explores who is allowed to be religiously illiterate, who has to be religiously literate, and how to learn more about religion. Read More »
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Wed 07

Charity and Sylvia: A Same-Sex Couple in Early Vermont

April 7, 2021
7:00 pm
Brownell Library, Essex Junction
Drawing from the Sheldon Museum collections, archivist Eva Garcelon-Hart presents the story of two extraordinary women, Charity Bryant and Sylvia Drake, who were accepted in early 19th-century rural Vermont as a married couple. Read More »
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Wed 05

The Need to Read Unrealisms

May 5, 2021
7:00 pm
Brownell Library, Essex Junction
Fantasy, science fiction, and other “unrealisms” are vital to our survival—especially when such stories are also silly, escapist, and strange. National Book Award winner Will Alexander describes the whimsical importance and imaginative necessity of narrative weirdness. Read More »
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