Vermont Humanities

Essex Junction First Wednesdays

A person in a kayak rowing on a lake in front of a rock face with green folaige on it
First Wednesdays

Venue: Brownell Library

6 Lincoln Street, Essex Junction
Library phone: (802) 878-6955
Library website
Directions to the library

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Essex Junction First Wednesdays Events

Soldiers and sailors statue in Barre, Vermont
Digital Event

Are Your City’s Monuments Worthy? Take the Quiz!

Many communities recently have questioned the value of long-standing monuments. These debates can strike at the heart of history and memory. Seeking dialogue instead of a shouting match, author Raffi Andonian suggests four simple questions for communities to consider as they evaluate historic sites, famous figures, and public monuments. 

Musician Bob Marley holding a guitar and pointing skyward during a concert.
Live Event

Rebel Music: Afro-Caribbean Music and Political Thought

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. 

River in Yosemite National Park
Live Event

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

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.

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

Program Co-Sponsors and Underwriters: Lisa Schamberg and Pat Robins; Middlebury College and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; Otto & Associates; Preservation Trust of Vermont;

Library Sponsors: Brownell Library Foundation

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Vermont Humanities*** November 21, 2014