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On this page you’ll find events supported or sponsored by the Friends. There are many other events at the library, so you may want to check the library calendar as well.

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June 2018

First Wednesdays Series: June

June 6, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Brooks Memorial Library Main Floor, 224 Main Street,
Brattleboro, VT 05301 United States
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The Known World, by Edward P. Jones

June 6 @ 7 pm ♦ Judith Frank
Amherst professor Judith Frank discusses Edward P. Jones’ 2003 Pulitzer-winning novel The Known World, called “a masterpiece that deserves a place in the American literary canon.” In her talk "The Known World and the Literary Character," she considers what its unusual approach to characterization can tell us.

Books are available to read in advance (NOT required).

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October 2018

1st Wednesdays: October

October 3, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St.
Brattleboro, VT 05301 United States
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October 3 @ 7pm ♦ Anne Alstott

The size and role of government is an ongoing debate in the U.S. Big government began with Lincoln; it was essential to preserving the Union during the Civil War. Yale Law School professor Anne Alstott asks if there are challenges today best addressed by public solutions rather than private action.

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November 2018

November’s 1st Wed. talk postponed

November 7, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St.
Brattleboro, VT 05301 United States
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November @ 7pm ♦ George Jaeger

Veteran diplomat George Jaeger considers a world in which America chooses unilateral action but not leadership in the international community, which risks isolating the U.S. from both allies and adversaries.

Underwriter: Chroma Technology

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December 2018

1st Wednesdays: December

December 5, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St.
Brattleboro, VT 05301 United States
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December 5 @ 7pm ♦ David Blight

Yale historian David Blight, author of a new biography of Frederick Douglass, tells Douglass’s story: an escaped slave who became one of the leading abolitionists, orators, and writers of his era.

Underwriter: Vermont Bar Association

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January 2019

1st Wednesdays: January

January 2, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St.
Brattleboro, VT 05301 United States
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January 2 @ 7pm ♦ Julie Kalish

For those with New Year’s resolutions to write, or simply write more clearly, Dartmouth writing instructor Julie Kalish leads an interactive exploration of the principles of context, audience, tone, purpose, and message.

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February 2019

1st Wednesdays: February

February 6, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St.
Brattleboro, VT 05301 United States
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February 6 @ 7pm ♦ Tim Spears

Middlebury professor Tim Spears looks at the 1941 publication of Let Us Now Praise Famous Men. Depicting the lives of southern sharecroppers, writer James Agee and photographer Walker Evans resisted journalistic conventions and raised important questions about the nature of documentary work and art.

Underwriter: The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in partnership with Pulitzer Prizes

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March 2019

1st Wednesdays: March

March 6, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St.
Brattleboro, VT 05301 United States
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March 6 @ 7pm ♦ Huck Gutman

William Wordsworth was a strange yet pathbreaking poet who resisted writing poems that preened in being poems. UVM professor emeritus Huck Gutman discusses how someone so “plain” and “simple” became the most revolutionary, and probably most influential, poet of the past 250 years.

Underwriter: Chroma Technology

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April 2019

1st Wednesdays: April

April 3, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St.
Brattleboro, VT 05301 United States

April 3 @ 7pm - Reeve Lindbergh

Reeve Lindbergh, daughter of aviator-authors Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh, discusses the intersection of fame and privacy as the spokesperson for one of the most famous families of the 20th century.
Underwriter: Carole and Geof Gaddis

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1st Wednesdays (Tues. this time)

April 30, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St.
Brattleboro, VT 05301 United States
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April 30 @ 7pm ♦ Harold Holzer

Biographer Harold Holzer tells the story of one of the great sculptors of the 19th century—creator of the Lincoln Memorial, “The Minute Man” of Concord, Massachusetts, and the “Spirit of Life,” which was created for Brattleboro’s park, stolen, and recovered.

Underwriter: Crosby-Gannett Fund

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October 2020

First Wednesdays are Back!

October 7, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The Friends of Brooks Memorial Library are pleased to bring you this season's First Wednesdays lecture series, to be held online for at least the first three months. The season runs from October through May, with all talks beginning at 7:00 pm. Advance reservations are needed for the online talks. Click on the links below to read topic descriptions and, for the online talks, to reserve a "seat"! Oct. 7:  Merely Bystanders: The Psychology of Courage and Inaction Nov. 4: …

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