First Wednesdays Lecture: How to Love a Country

April 3, 7pm-8:45pm

Richard Blanco reads from his recent poetry collection How to Love a Country, exploring immigration, gun violence, racism, LGBTQ issues, and more, unraveling the fabric of the American narrative in accessible and emotive verses.

Suggested Age Group: 14+

Friday, April 3, 2020 - 7:00pm - 8:45pm

First Wednesdays Lecture: The Genealogy of Happiness: From Aristotle to Positive Psychology

April 2, 7pm-8:45pm

What is happiness? Can it be measured? And what is the relationship between happiness and virtue, money, pleasure, relationships, mindfulness, and satisfaction? This program with William Edelglass will begin with an overview of different conceptions of happiness in Western philosophy, religion, and political theory. We will then turn to the numerous claims about what makes us happy based on the results of “the new science of happiness.” We will conclude by reflecting on the findings of positive psychology in the context of the history of the idea of happiness.

Thursday, April 2, 2020 - 7:00pm - 8:45pm

First Wednesdays Lecture: Storytelling for Public Health

April 1, 7pm-8:45pm

Through her award-winning films The Hungry Heart, All of Me, and Coming Home, documentary filmmaker Bess O’Brien reveals stories often hidden in Vermont communities. Bess discusses how documentary storytelling can help generate empathy and positive change in Vermont.

Suggested Age Group: 14+

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 - 7:00pm - 8:45pm

First Wednesdays Lecture: Daybreak Express: Duke Ellington’s Train-Inspired Compositions

March 31, 7pm-8:45pm

Reuben Jackson, jazz scholar and former host of VPR’s Friday Night Jazz, shares some evocative Ellington recordings and discusses Ellington’s love for trains and the role they played in his orchestra’s work in the then-segregated United States.

Suggested Age Group: 14+

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 - 7:00pm - 8:45pm

First Wednesdays Lecture: Celebrating E.B. White

March 30, 7pm-8:45pm

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. Drawing on his stories, essays, poems, and letters, Dartmouth professor Nancy Jay Crumbine celebrates White’s versatility and enormous legacy.

Suggested Age Group: 14+

Monday, March 30, 2020 - 7:00pm - 8:45pm

Happy Hour with Sarah & Josh

Join author Sarah J. Maas and husband Josh as she discusses her new book, "House of Earth and Blood", the first in her new Crescent City series!

From the author's Instagram: "Join Josh and me for a Virtual Happy Hour this Saturday (March 28th) at 8 PM EST!! Bring your cocktails, mocktails, beers, coffees, teas, hot chocolates, or whatever liquid floats your boat!"... "We’ll be talking about Crescent City, upcoming projects, life/being nerds, and much more!"

Saturday, March 28, 2020 - 8:00pm - 9:00pm

Food For Talk Cookbook Book Club: Kaukasis

Award-winning cookbook author Olia Hercules takes a culinary trip through the Caucasus—the vibrant region that bridges Europe and Asia —and share the recipes, stories, and striking images of this rich region. 

Sunday, March 8, 2020 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm

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