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
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Essex Junction First Wednesdays Events

Jason Chin Stands in a white shirt and green pants wearing a backpack, staring out over the Grand Canyon
Live Event

Reflections on Writing and Illustration

Vermonter Jason Chin has written and illustrated many acclaimed children’s books, including Grand Canyon, Redwoods, and Your Place in the Universe. He received the 2022 Caldecott Medal for illustrating Watercress by Andrea Wang. In this presentation he describes his passion for nature, science, and art,  and discusses the impact of his work with young people. 

Ancient Egyptians carve symbols into stone in a graphic novel
Live Event

The Making of the Graphic Novel: 1177 BC The Year Civilization Collapsed

Author/illustrator Glynnis Fawkes reads from and discusses her latest work-in-progress and describes how the storytelling elements of comics—panel design, pacing, research, and narrative—are employed in creating non-fiction graphic novels. She also reviews the comic she contributed to the Vermont Reads 2022 book, The Most Costly Journey (El Viaje Más Caro). 

A person with glasses, a blue shirt and pink shorts receives a black plastic bag of leafy greens from a man in a black and white shirt and camo pants wearing a surgical mask in a corner market store
Live Event

More than a Market: Food, Community, and Family in the Immigrant-owned Markets of Burlington and Winooski

The food markets operated by immigrants and refugees in Vermont’s urban areas have long offered traditional foods, social connection, and support. More than a Market, an oral history and documentary project exhibited at the Old North End Community Center through December 23, shares stories from these markets. Charlotte Barrett from Historic New England describes the importance of these social centers in the lives of their customers and owners. 

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

Printed Essex Junction First Wednesdays brochure

We’ll share the PDF of the Essex Junction First Wednesdays talks by September 21.

Vermont Humanities*** November 21, 2014