First Wednesdays Talks Resumes in October
Statewide First Wednesdays Series Resumes in October with Talks for Every Interest
First Wednesdays, the perennially popular Vermont Humanities Council lecture series, begins its twelfth season on October 2 at nine sites statewide. The series runs October through May at 7 p.m., on the first Wednesday of each month. The talks take place throughout Vermont; locally, in Manchester at First Congregational Church, hosted by Mark Skinner Library, and in Rutland at the Rutland Free Library.
Known for its broad range of topics and expert speakers from both within and beyond the state’s borders, First Wednesdays offers a compelling format to its audiences: the opportunity to hear—for free—an in-depth discussion of a subject followed by an interactive question-and-answer time with the speaker.
In Manchester, the first talk takes place October 2, with ‘Victoria’s Secrets.’ Middlebury College professor Antonia Losano explains how the Victorian era, the age of staid decorum, also had its guilty pleasures: mysteries, ghost stories, science fiction, imperialist adventure tales and radical fantasies of gender confusion. On November 6, NPR’s Tom Ashbrook discusses ‘A LIfe in the News,’ in which he considers how the landscape and definition of news has changed during his career, from cub newspaper reporter at the South China Morning Post to the Boston Globe, the Internet start-up world, and NPR post-9/11.
Rutland’s first talk, also on October 2, is titled, ‘The World on a Plate.’ Williams College professor and editor of Gastronomica Darra Goldstein traces the history of various foods, illustrating how food is an important way to understand history and cultural norms. On October 23, Senior curator at the Smithsonian American Art Museum Eleanor Jones Harvey examines the impact of the Civil War on American art, looking to photography and genre painting as a way of understanding the human cost of war, and landscapes as a barometer of the nation’s psyche.
The complete First Wednesdays schedule for all locations is listed at
vermonthumanities.org. VHC thanks the Vermont Department of Libraries as well as the libraries and local businesses who support the program. To learn more about First Wednesdays, visit vermonthumanities.org or call 802-262-2626.