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First Wednesdays 2015-2016

From October through May, join us the First Wednesday of the month at 7 PM for a humanities lecture series curated by the Vermont Humanities Council.

Here are the details for this season:

October 7 — On Gentleman Johnny Burgoyne’s Trail • Willard Sterne Randall
Award-winning biographer Willard Sterne Randall looks at British general John Burgoyne’s failed campaigns in the Champlain Valley in 1776 and 1777, including his newly uncovered route to Saratoga—and defeat. Underwriter: The Marble Valley Regional Correctional Facility

November 4 — Churchill and Roosevelt: The Personal Element in Their Partnership • Mark A. Stoler
UVM History Professor Emeritus Mark A. Stoler examines the important personal relationship between Britain’s Prime Minister and America’s President during their World War II alliance. Underwriter: Merchants Bank

December 2 — The Impressionists: Painters of Modern Life • Kirsten Hoving
Middlebury professor Kirsten Hoving examines how Impressionists focused in their paintings of contemporary life on cutting-edge modern subjects, imbuing them with controversial, even shocking, meanings.

January 6 — Amelia • Nancy Nahra
The mysterious disappearance of Amelia Earhart in 1937 often overshadows her accomplishments as a pilot and author. Champlain College professor Nancy Nahra examines the remarkable life of the aviation legend. Underwriter: Merchants Bank

February 3 — The Shawshank Experience • Tony Magistrale
UVM professor Tony Magistrale discusses how literature is adapted to film and explores how The Shawshank Redemption (1994), adapted from a Stephen King novella, became, according to IMDb rankings, the most popular motion picture ever.

March 2 — America’s Challenges in a New World Order • George Jaeger
With increasing risk of conflict with China, deepening differences with Russia, weakness in Europe, and endless Mideast turmoil, America is no longer the unchallenged superpower of the post-Cold War years. Distinguished veteran diplomat George Jaeger considers our need to rethink our world role and national priorities.

April 6 — An Evening of George Gershwin • Michael Arnowitt
In this performance lecture, pianist Michael Arnowitt explores the music and era of George Gershwin and performs An American in Paris and Rhapsody in Blue, among other memorable compositions. Location: Trinity Episcopal Church of Rutland. Underwriter: Bellerose family, in memory of Joe and Julie Teta

May 4 — Joseph Pulitzer and the American Republic • Heather Cox Richardson
Boston College professor Heather Cox Richardson explores Pulitzer’s remarkable life—his work in newspapers pushing clean government and middle-class values, his invention of a new kind of journalism, and his major role in creating the world we live in today. Underwriter: Merchants Bank

First Wednesdays is supported in part by National Life Group Foundation and the Institute of Museum & Library Services through the Vermont Department of Libraries. The program is sponsored locally by Merchants Bank, the Friends of the Rutland Free LibraryMarble Valley Regional Correctional Facility and the Bellerose family, in memory of Joe and Julie Teta.