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First Wednesdays 2014-2015

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. The program is sponsored locally by Merchants Bank, the Friends of the Rutland Free Library and Rutland Regional Medical Center.

Here are the details for this season:

October 1
The Costumes of Downton Abbey
Middlebury College artist-in-residence Jule Emerson discusses the fashions worn by Lady Mary and her family in the PBS series. Underwriter: Rutland County Court Diversion and Restorative Justice Center

November 5
Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring and the Music of 1911

Igor Stravinsky’s ballet The Rite of Spring is widely considered the most influential composition of the 20th century. Pianist Michael Arnowitt examines this landmark work, and other pieces written in 1911 by Ravel, Schoenberg, Bartok, and Rachmaninov. Underwriter: Merchants Bank

December 3
Jesus: The human face of God

Author and Middlebury College professor Jay Parini considers Jesus, a figure who has dominated our collective imagination and cultural iconography for twenty centuries.

January 7-DELAYED
Rowing Against Wind & Tide: The Journals & Letters of Anne Morrow Lindberg

Author Reeve Lindbergh discusses collecting four decades of her mother’s previously unpublished diaries and letters — shedding light on her mother’s marriage to Charles Lindbergh and her take on world events. Underwriter: The Vermont Country Store

March 4
“India Rising”

With its sweeping victory in the 2014 elections, India’s Hindu Bharatiya Janata Party is promising to revitalize the economy. Critics warn that the BJP has often advanced its policies through authoritarianism and religious violence. UVM history professor Abby McGowan considers the challenges facing the new government. Underwriter: Vermont Council on World Affairs

April 22 — NOTE NEW DATE
The Argentine Pope

Pope Francis’s emphasis on the poor and marginalized has energized social justice in the Catholic Church. Author Martin Weinstein, professor emeritus at William Paterson University, examines the foundations of the Pope’s
philosophy, the history of the church in Latin America, and the rise of liberation theology. Underwriter: The Marble Valley Regional Correctional Facility

May 6
The Buildings of Rutland

Architectural historian Curtis B. Johnson illustrates the richness of Rutland’s architecture. NOTE: On Saturday, May 9, Johnson will also lead a walking tour of “the Hill” neighborhood, 1:00 pm -2:30 pm. Meet at Rutland Free Library’s main entrance. Underwriter: The Preservation Trust of Vermont

June 3 — Rescheduled from February
Knight to Queen: Chess, Courtly Life and the Game of Love in the Middle Ages

Imported by the Arabs and Persians in the ninth century, chess was a status symbol, an allegory of battle, and a metaphor for love. Dartmouth professor Jane Carroll examines the game of kings. Underwriter: Merchants Bank