First Wednesdays Lecture Series

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

Newport First Wednesdays

Venue: Goodrich Memorial Library

202 Main Street, Newport
Library phone: (802) 334-7902
Library website
Directions to the library


Statewide Underwriters: The Institute of Museum & Library Services through the Vermont Department of Libraries; The Alma Gibbs Donchian Foundation.

Program Underwriters: Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Pulitzer Prizes, Passumpsic Savings Bank-Member FDIC, Peter Gilbert Endowment Fund, Stanstead College, Richard and Kathy White

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 02

*DIGITAL* Martin Luther King: Dare to Dream

December 2
7:00 pm
Actor David Mills portrays Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. surmounting his early uncertainties and transforming into a world-renowned civil rights icon. Be reawakened and elevated with highlights from Dr. King’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” “I Have a Dream,” and “Promised Land.” (Pre-registration required.) Read More »
Wed 06

The Ingredients of Informed Environmental Stewardship

January 6, 2021
7:00 pm
Communities around the world have connected science, policy, community action, and the arts to work toward a pesticide-free future. Philip Ackerman-Leist from Sterling College shares inspiring stories from these communities and highlights ways to preserve critical ecological and social resources. Read More »
Wed 03

The News about the News

February 3, 2021
7:00 pm
In today’s political and cultural atmosphere, it is vital the public stays informed and the press does its job. Journalists Cindy Skrzycki and Pulitzer Prize winner David Shribman examine the current media landscape, distinguishing between fake and real news, amateur and professional, slanted and objective. Read More »
Wed 03

Vincent Van Gogh and His Language of Compassion

March 3, 2021
7:00 pm
Despite his reputation for madness, Vincent Van Gogh was a compassionate and faith-filled man. Art historian Carol Berry explains how Van Gogh depicted the sacredness of life in ways that touched and comforted people around the world. Read More »
Wed 07

Three Revolutions in the History of Happiness

April 7, 2021
7:00 pm
Florida State University history professor Darrin McMahon considers three major transformations in humanity’s understanding of happiness. Covering the Paleolithic period to the present, McMahon ponders what the history of happiness might have to tell us about its future. Read More »
Wed 05

The Counterculture’s Impact on Vermont and Vermont’s Influence on the Counterculture Generation

May 5, 2021
7:00 pm
In the late 1960s and ’70s, thousands of young migrants, largely from the cities and suburbs of New York and Massachusetts, turned their backs on the establishment of the 1950s and moved to the back woods, small towns and cities of rural Vermont, transforming the state while being transformed themselves. Read More »

Printed Newport First Wednesdays brochure

Download the 2020-2021 Newport Schedule (PDF)