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First Congregational Church of Manchester

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Manchester, VT 05254 United States

October 2018

When Journalism Becomes Advocacy

October 3
7:00 pm
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Journalist Carroll Bogert, now president of the Marshall Project, offers a unique perspective on the line separating the media from activists, and considers what we gain, and what we lose, when journalism takes an obvious stand. Read More »


November 2018

Celebrating E. B. White

November 7
7:00 pm
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From Charlotte’s Web to his exquisite essays in The New Yorker, E.B. White remains the master’s master of elegant prose, sophisticated wit, and graceful irreverence. Read More »


December 2018

Robert Penn Warren’s Timeless “All the King’s Men”

December 5
7:00 pm
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Warren’s 1947 Pulitzer-winning novel chronicles the rise and reign of politician Willie Stark—based on Louisiana governor and senator Huey Long—who stirs class resentments and mesmerizes crowds. Middlebury professor Deborah Evans examines how the novel addresses the moral challenges of balancing populist desires with the lure of personal power and fame. Read More »


January 2019

The Music of the Late 1960s: Social Upheaval in Song

January 2, 2019
7:00 pm
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Music historian David Tibbs shares and discusses music from this turbulent era and explores how its songs helped bring revolution into our living rooms. Read More »


February 2019

“There is Nothing Either Good or Bad, But Thinking Makes It So.”

February 6, 2019
7:00 pm
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Is this famous quotation from "Hamlet" true? Catherine A. Sanderson, Amherst College professor and author of "The Positive Shift," outlines the significant difference we can make in our daily lives simply by adjusting our outlook. Read More »


March 2019

What Does Emerson’s Essay on ‘Self-Reliance’ Mean?

March 6, 2019
7:00 pm
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Emerson's "Self-Reliance" draws many more readers than his other works. The very idea of self-reliance is central to how many Americans define both themselves and our culture. But, as Amherst College professor Barry O’Connell explains, Emerson plays with the meaning of the term until he finally dismisses it altogether. What, then, are we to make of the essay? Read More »


April 2019

Life in the Studio

April 3, 2019
7:00 pm
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David Macaulay, award-winning author and illustrator of Castle, Cathedral, and The Way We Work, discusses current projects and challenges. Read More »


May 2019

Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Revisited

May 1, 2019
7:00 pm
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Historians rank Abraham Lincoln’s majestic second inaugural address as one of the greatest political orations in American history. But at the time, the speech generated entirely partisan responses even as the Civil War headed toward Union victory. Preeminent Lincoln biographer Harold Holzer revisits the unforgettable day of March 4, 1865. Read More »

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