Vermont Humanities

Middlebury First Wednesdays

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First Wednesdays

Venue: Ilsley Public Library

75 Main Street, Middlebury
Library phone: (802) 388-4095
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Middlebury First Wednesdays Events

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Live Event

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You

#1 New York Times bestselling author Jason Reynolds discusses his collaborative work on the book Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You, a reimagining of Ibram X. Kendi’s Stamped from the Beginning, “remixed” for a Young Adult audience.

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Live Event

North: A Reading and Discussion of the Novel

A finalist for the Vermont Book Award, North is a moving story about a Vermont monk, a Somali refugee, and an Afghan war veteran whose lives converge on a snowy Vermont night. Author Brad Kessler reviews the creation of the novel and his ongoing work with new Americans in Vermont.

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Live Event

The New History of Watergate

Fifty years after five burglars were caught inside the Watergate offices of the Democratic National Committee, the scandal that brought down Richard Nixon’s presidency continues to reverberate in modern American politics. Journalist Garrett M. Graff, author of Watergate: A New History, discusses how Watergate shaped modern Washington, and how the events of 1971-1974 are stranger, wilder, and weirder than our popular memory.

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Digital Event

The Making of “No Other Lake”

In 2021, UVM student Jordan Rowell kayaked the 120-mile length of Lake Champlain. Over a two-week journey, Rowell and local filmmaker Duane Peterson conducted interviews to better understand the challenges facing the lake and to explore our relationship with natural resources in the era of climate change. The pair shares excerpts from their short documentary film and discusses its creation.

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Live Event

In Goldleana’s Hands: Black Women and Labor Choices in North Louisiana in 1950s

Jolivette Anderson-Douoning shares the lived experience of Mrs. Goldleana, whose story illuminates the role Black women played as laborers in the Louisiana cotton and timber industries—and in their own families—in the 1940s and 50s. She also highlights geographical differences in Black migration: some left the South while others remained. 

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Live Event

Birding Her-story: The Lost Legacy of Women in Ornithology

“Bird Diva” Bridget Butler believes that there’s a bit of bias in the birding world when it comes to females. In this presentation, she examines new scientific studies on female birds, shares stories of the “Mothers of Ornithology,” and reflects on current research about gender and birding.

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

Series Underwriter: The Residence at Otter Creek

Program Underwriters: A Friend of the Series; Anne Commire Fund for Women in the Humanities; Middlebury College and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; Tapia & Huckabay, P.C.

Library Sponsors: Friends of the Ilsley Public Library

Printed Middlebury First Wednesdays brochure

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

Vermont Humanities*** November 21, 2014