First Wednesdays Lecture Series

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

Manchester First Wednesdays

Host: Manchester Community Library

Library phone: (802) 362-2607
Library website

Underwriters

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

Library Sponsors: John G. Clark, MCL Board President, and Mia Clark; J. Violet Gannon, MCL Executive Director and Peter Webster; The Vermont Country Store

Program Underwriters: A More Perfect Union – An NEH Special Initiative; Anne Commire Fund for Women in the Humanities; Burr & Burton Academy; Middlebury College and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; Peter Gilbert Endowment Fund; University of Vermont Center for Community  Engagement; Woolmington, Campbell, Bent & Stasny, PC.

Wed 03

*DIGITAL* Global Food Sovereignty, from Resilience to Reclamation

November 3
7:00 pm
Manchester Community Library, Manchester Center
The global food system is marked by Black land loss, the dispossession of Indigenous territory, and violence against land defenders. But grassroots movements around the world are building communities of care against these harmful systems. Foodways researcher Veronica Limeberry describes how these communities honor the sovereignty of their peoples and ecologies. (Registration required.) Read More »
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Wed 01

*DIGITAL* War Reenactors: Who Gets to Tell History?

December 1
7:00 pm
Manchester Community Library, Manchester Center
Artist Ed Gendron shares and discusses images from his photo project about World War II reenactors in the United States. Gendron later produced Playing Soldier, a feature-length documentary on the same topic. “The re-enactors assert that ‘history is a personal thing,’ says Gendron. “And for them, it may be quite true.” (Registration required.) Read More »
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Wed 05

The Ethics of Vermont Eugenics: Past and Present

January 5, 2022
7:00 pm
In the name of “human betterment” a century ago, public institutions and private organizations in Vermont chose some of the state’s most marginalized persons for institutionalization, sterilization, and family separation. Harvard Medical School lecturer Charlene Galarneau explores the factors that led to Vermont’s distinct expression of eugenics, and its continuing legacies today. Read More »
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Wed 02

Walt Whitman: American Poet

February 2, 2022
7:00 pm
Walt Whitman was a great poetic innovator, the poet who best sums up what it is to be an American, and his Song of Myself is the most majestic poem written in our nation. And yet, for all this, UVM professor emeritus Huck Gutman finds Whitman to be wonderfully approachable. Read More »
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Wed 02

*DIGITAL* “Rebel Music:” Afro-Caribbean Music and Political Thought

March 2, 2022
7:00 pm
Manchester Community Library, Manchester Center
Middlebury College professor Kemi Fuentes-George traces the development of pan-African political theory in the early 20th century and discusses how Afro Caribbean “rebel music” helped these ideas challenge established assumptions about nonwhite people and global relations. (Registration required.) Read More »
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Wed 06

Birding Her-story: The Lost Legacy of Women in Ornithology

April 6, 2022
7:00 pm
In this celebration of paying attention to female birds, “Bird Diva” Bridget Butler examines new scientific studies on female birds and shares stories of the “Mothers of Ornithology.” Read More »
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Wed 04

“Vast Library of the Female Mind:” the Life and Poetry of Ruth Stone

May 4, 2022
7:00 pm
Acclaimed Vermont poet Ruth Stone transformed her intense grief into poetry, using simple yet startling language. Nora Jacobson’s film “Vast Library of the Female Mind” provides an intimate look into Stone’s life and family. This screening will include panel discussion with Jacobson, former Vermont Poet Laureate Chard DeNiord, and a member of Ruth’s family. Read More »
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