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

Wed 03

Realism and the Supernatural in Henry James

November 3
7:00 pm
UVM English professor and former UVM president Daniel Mark Fogel introduces Henry James and the exceptional American family in which James was raised, focusing on two of his great novellas, Daisy Miller and The Turn of the Screw, each of which can be read in a few hours. Read More »
Wed 01

A Journalist’s “Unique Corner” on Vermont History

December 1
7:00 pm
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Moats has covered Vermont news for more than 45 years. In this talk, he shares up-close experiences and broad observations of the historical trends that have shaped the state for the past half-century. Read More »
Wed 05

21st Century Refugees

January 5, 2022
7:00 pm
Even as more people have become unwilling migrants, international borders have hardened in the last two decades, restricting refugee resettlement and making asylum claims more difficult. Dartmouth professor Richard Wright traces recent changes in border policy and the implications for asylum seekers and refugees in the years ahead. Read More »
Wed 02

*DIGITAL* Rethinking the Classics

February 2, 2022
7:00 pm
How does a book become a literary classic? And what do the classics say about who we are? Author Ilan Stavans meditates on how literary classics become the collective memory of a culture and suggests that as society changes so must our literary canon. Read More »
Wed 02

The Art of the Haiku

March 2, 2022
7:00 pm
Poet Keiselim (Keysi) Montás discusses how to read the traditional Japanese poetic form of haiku, illustrated with works from his haiku collection, Like Water. Read More »
Wed 06

A Living Culture

April 6, 2022
7:00 pm
Colonialism creates a division within the culture that is being colonized, a tendency seen in Europeans’ early contact with Algonquin tribal groups. Abenaki singer-songwriter Bryan Blanchette demonstrates a living vision of modern Indigenous culture through contemporary and traditional Abenaki songs, showing how our cultural similarities can foster unity. Read More »
Wed 04

Standing in This Place: Growing Up LGBTQ in Vermont

May 4, 2022
7:00 pm
Playwright Maura Campbell wove the stories of 15 LGBTQ+ Vermonters, old and young, into the book Standing in This Place: Growing Up LGBTQ in Vermont. Campbell joins two people from different generations who shared their personal stories in the book as they discuss their challenges growing up LGBTQ+ in Vermont and respond to audience questions. Read More »

Printed Newport First Wednesdays brochure

Download the 2021-2022 Newport Schedule (PDF)