First Wednesdays Lecture Series

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

Norwich First Wednesdays

Host: Norwich Public Library and Norwich Historical Society

Library phone: (802) 649-1184
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Venue: Norwich Congregational Church

15 Church Street, Norwich
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Directions to the venue

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* “2020 Vision:” Visual Art and Technology Before and After Covid-19

October 7
7:00 pm
In January 2020, a coalition of Vermont curators launched “2020 Vision: Seeing the World Through Technology,” exploring how technology shapes the way we see our state and the world. Curator Andrea Rosen speaks to the prescience of this theme after the Covid-19 pandemic. (Pre-registration required.) Read More »
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Wed 04

*DIGITAL* The Story of Water in Times of Crisis

November 4
7:00 pm
What does water tell us about who we are? Dartmouth professor Tarek El-Ariss examines our relationship to water in times of crisis, linking war in the Middle East with regional water shortages and pandemics. (Pre-registration required.) Read More »
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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 »
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Wed 06

Telling Disability Stories: Histories, Representations, and Imaginations

January 6, 2021
7:00 pm
In spotlighting stories centered on disabled people, Middlebury professor Susan Burch draws on history, popular media representations, and inclusive design practices to reimagine our past, present, and possible future. Read More »
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Wed 03

Ancient Eyes – Ageless Skies

February 3, 2021
7:00 pm
Meteorologist Mark Breen explains how people have gazed into the heavens since the dawn of human civilization, trying to find meaning and connection to their lives. Read More »
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Wed 03

Various Useless and Pleasing Things: Crafty Children in the Nineteenth Century

March 3, 2021
7:00 pm
Crafts for children as an activity were invented in the decades after the Civil War. Saint Michael’s professor Maura D'Amore shares scenes of planning, cutting, pasting, and constructing from the 1860s and 1870s that show a new appreciation for guided childhood tinkering. Read More »
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Wed 07

When the Bicycle Came to Vermont

April 7, 2021
7:00 pm
UVM professor Luis Vivanco explores the fascinating early history of the bicycle in Vermont, an invention that generated widespread curiosity when it arrived in the 1880s—helping spark important changes in industrial production, consumerism, road policies, gender relations, and cultural ideas. Read More »
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Wed 05

In Loco Parentis

May 5, 2021
7:00 pm
Documentary filmmakers James Sanchez and Joel Fendelman explore the history of rape, sexual assault, and cover-up at a prestigious New England boarding school, while unpacking the cultural and social dynamics that lead to administrators protecting their institutions over the safety of their students. Read More »
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