Vermont Humanities

Norwich First Wednesdays

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First Wednesdays

Host: Norwich Public Library and Norwich Historical Society

Library phone: (802) 649-1184
Library website

Venue: Norwich Public Library

368 Main Street
Norwich, Vermont 05055
Directions to the library

Norwich First Wednesdays Events

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Live Event

Must Free Speech Endure Hate Speech?

The First Amendment prevents Congress from passing any laws that abridge the freedom of speech. But what does that actually mean? Professor Meg Mott considers the history of speech laws in the United States, how states and municipalities have tried to curb offensive speech, and how the Supreme Court has ruled on those efforts.

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Live Event

Follow the Yellow Brick Road: A Conversation with Gregory Maguire

In this moderated conversation, Gregory Maguire discusses his “revisionist history” of L. Frank Baum’s fantastic universe, including its ongoing relevance in a world where we too easily put people in boxes labeled “wicked” and “good.” Maguire will sign books after his talk, including the latest in his Oz series, The Oracle of Maracoor.

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Live Event

Where Do We Stand? A Report from the Climate Battle

Author and activist Bill McKibben— the Schumann Distinguished Scholar at Middlebury College and leader of the climate campaign group 350.org—provides an overview of the climate crisis and what changes need to be made to save the planet. 

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Digital Event

Adapting Traditional Stories into Mainstream Literature

Indigenous people have shared stories to pass down knowledge, ways of living, traditions, and ceremonies for thousands of years. Author David A. Robertson examines his middle grade fiction fantasy novels, The Misewa Saga, and discusses what role traditional stories played in the development of the series. He explains how he honored the richness, intent, and themes of those original stories. 

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Live Event

Poetry Reflections with Richard Blanco

Selected by President Obama as the fifth inaugural poet in US history, Richard Blanco is the first Latino, immigrant, and gay person to serve in such a role. Born in Madrid to Cuban exile parents and raised in Miami, the negotiation of cultural identity characterizes his four collections of poetry.  

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Live Event

Essential Work in the Food System: Imagining a Better Future

Consumers are increasingly concerned with what goes into their food and demand a healthier and more ecologically sustainable food system. However, labor is rarely part of the so-called sustainable food discussion. Dr. Mares shares her ongoing research on food and farmworkers, focusing both on local labor concerns in the dairy industry and national conversations about essential work.

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

Program Underwriters: Anne Commire Fund for Women in the Humanities; Federation of State Humanities Councils and funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; Middlebury College and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; The Norwich Bookstore; Otto & Associates; Stave Puzzles

Library Sponsors: Friends of the Norwich Public Library; Norwich Historical Society

Printed Norwich First Wednesdays brochure

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

Vermont Humanities*** November 21, 2014