Vermont Humanities

Manchester First Wednesdays

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First Wednesdays

Host: Manchester Community Library

138 Cemetery Ave
Manchester Center, VT 05255
Library phone: (802) 362-2607
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Manchester First Wednesdays

A postcard illustration of the Rudyard Kipling Estate in Brattleboro, VT at sunset
Live Event

Five Hard Questions about Kipling in Vermont

On his farm overlooking Brattleboro, Rudyard Kipling wrote the Jungle Book and many of his Just So Stories, and began to draft his great novel, Kim. Christopher Benfey, author If: The Untold Story of Kipling’s American Years, answers hard questions about Kipling’s time in this country, including whether he should be considered partly an American writer.

A drone sits in a hangar looking out on a desert and mountain as a man in a jumpsuit walks towards it.
Hybrid Event

Dirty Work with Author Eyal Press

Journalist Eyal Press discusses his reporting for his award-winning book “Dirty Work: Essential Jobs and the Hidden Toll of Inequality in America” which examines the morally troubling jobs that society tacitly condones, and the hidden class of workers who do them.

a path leads out on to a rock ledge that overlooks a bay or ocean at sunset
Live Event

Arribada- A Novel

Author and Middlebury professor Gloria Estela Gonzalez Zenteno discusses her new novel Arribada, about a woman pushed to confront her role in environmental and social injustice, and a well-to-do family’s realization that their comfortable position rests on crimes against the natural world, their town, and their loved ones. 

Two cosplayers pose at a convention, one in a gray mask with dark wings and claws and another as Hellboy, dressed in a tan coat and red facepaint
Live Event

The History of Cosplay

Cosplay— the practice of dressing up as a character from a movie, book, or video game—has a long history within science fiction and fantasy fandom. In recent years, it’s become a mainstream phenomenon. Andrew Liptak, author of Cosplay: A History, describes how cosplay has evolved from a niche activity of convention-goers in the mid-20th century to wide popularity today.

a balck and white photo of men wearing hats heaving hay into a wagon
Digital Event

Haymaking, Barns, and Farm Memories

In his book The Haymakers: A Chronicle of Five Farm Families, Steven Hoffbeck shows that haymaking was more than just harvesting grass, alfalfa, and clover. It was about toil, fears, and the fragile nature of human life. Anyone who grew up on a farm—or wishes they had grown up on a farm—will enjoy the insights and humor of this multimedia presentation. 

painting by George Inness of spring blossoms on trees with a house int he bacground and a figure walking through a field
Live Event

Agriculture and Abolition: The Politics of 19th Century Landscape Painting

In his landmark 1864 book, “Man and Nature,” George Perkins Marsh drew distinctions between the “free” landscapes of the prosperous North and the Southern practice of cultivating cotton and tobacco with slave labor. Reviewing Marsh’s ideas, along with the works of Hudson River School artists and their Southern counterparts, Smithsonian curator Eleanor Jones Harvey explores how images of agriculture served abolitionist politics in the 19th century. 

A vintage cycling magazine ad in sepia
Live Event

When the Bicycle Came to Vermont

UVM professor Luis Vivanco explores the fascinating early history of the bicycle in Vermont, an invention that generated widespread curiosity when it arrived here in the 1880s. Over the next decade, enthusiasm exploded statewide as bicycles became safer, women took to the wheel, roads improved, and retailers developed novel advertising techniques to draw in buyers.

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

Program Underwriters: Burr & Burton Academy; Middlebury College and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; Peter Gilbert Endowment Fund; Woolmington, Campbell, Bent & Stasny, P.C.

Printed Manchester First Wednesdays brochure

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

Vermont Humanities*** November 21, 2014