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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Wed 03

*DIGITAL* What Should We Do? The Civic Question, and How More Americans Can Ask It

November 3
7:00 pm
Americans are now less likely to belong to groups that ask of their communities, “What should we do?” This decline weakens our society and threatens our democracy. Tufts University professor and author Peter Levine reflects on how we can reverse the trend and revive civic life. (Registrations required.) Read More »
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Wed 01

*DIGITAL* Vermont Humor: “I Could Hardly Keep from Laughing”

December 1
7:00 pm
Author Bill Mares and cartoonist Don Hooper share drawings and tales that illustrate the understatement, comeuppance, and subtlety of Vermont humor. Enjoy this ramble through the decades as the pair show how Vermont’s true character shines in dry (and occasionally tables-turned) jokes and stories. (Registration required.) Read More »
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Wed 05

*DIGITAL* Sherlock Holmes: The Game’s Afoot

January 5, 2022
7:00 pm
Scholar Barry Deitz looks at the life and times of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of Sherlock Holmes. He discusses the inspiration for Holmes and examines what other writers, actors, and directors have done with the character over the past 30 years. Read More »
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Wed 02

*DIGITAL* My John Dewey Problem

February 2, 2022
7:00 pm
What are the ways that John Dewey, America’s greatest democratic philosopher, still speaks to us—or fails to speak to us—at a moment of great peril for our democratic society and political institutions? UVM professor Bob Pepperman Taylor explores the relevance of Dewey’s political and educational ideas in the 21st century. Read More »
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Wed 02

*DIGITAL* From Little Jerusalem to the Lost Mural: Preserving Jewish and Immigrant Heritage

March 2, 2022
7:00 pm
In 1885, a group of Lithuanian immigrants settled in Burlington’s Old North End, where they transplanted their religious traditions and culture. Archivists Aaron Goldberg and Jeff Potash describe the “Lost Mural,” a rare survivor of the lost genre of European painted synagogues, and tell the story of conserving the mural in Burlington. Read More »
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Wed 06

*DIGITAL* Disability and the Poetry of Natural and Supernatural Worlds

April 6, 2022
7:00 pm
Four poets—Eli Clare, Judy Chalmer, Deborah Lisi-Baker, and Toby McNutt—reflect on the ways disabled poets write about natural and supernatural spaces. In this wide-ranging discussion, they consider how poetry invites us into an embodied experience, and how supernatural poetry can expand or question traditional understandings of the “natural.” Read More »
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Wed 04

*DIGITAL* Civil War, Emancipation, Reconstruction and America’s National Parks

May 4, 2022
7:00 pm
Central Park and Yosemite Valley became public parks during the tumultuous years before and during the Civil War. UVM historian and former National Park Service superintendent Rolf Diamant explains how anti-slavery activism, war, and the remaking of the federal government gave rise to the American public park and the very concept of national parks. Read More »
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