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Sunday, May 21, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m
FRIENDS PRESENT A FREE SHOWING AT THE LATCHIS OF HUMPHREY BOGART'S 1952 "DEADLINE USA"
WITH THE ROLE OF A FREE PRESS under attack, who better than Humphrey Bogart to tell us about fake news, real news, and the importance of a free, open, honest, and fearless press?Find out more »
June 1-3, 2017 - The Strolling of the Heifers Weekend Thursday and Friday, June 1 and 2, 10am to 6pm Saturday, June 3, 8am to 1pm. Download BML Book Sale PosterFind out more »
Saturday, September 23
Brooks Memorial Library is holding its 50th birthday party on Saturday, September 23. EVERYONE is invited for food, fun, and celebration!
October 4 ♦ Mark A. Stoler
The 2017-2018 First Wednesdays season opens on October 4th with a talk by University of Vermont Professor Emeritus Mark Stoler, speaking on "Nothing to Fear but Fear Itself: FDR and the New Deal."
The Journalism Film Discussion Series resumes with a free showing of "All the President's Men" at the Latchis Theater on Sunday, October 22, at 4pm.
What started as a “third-rate burglary” ended with the resignation of a president of the United States.
On Sunday, October 22 at 4pm, the 1976 film “All the President’s Men” will be shown free of charge on the big screen at the Latchis Theater, followed by a panel discussion on the importance today of investigative journalism.
On the panel will be deputy editor of The Commons Randy Holhut, long-time reporter for the Rutland Herald Susan Smallheer, and former editor-in-chief of the Brattleboro Reformer and now editorial manager for the School for International Training in Brattleboro, Kata Casa.
The story of how two young reporters at the Washington Post unraveled a criminal conspiracy that led all the way to the Oval Office inspired a whole generation of young people to get into journalism. Alan J. Pakula’s multi-award-winning film, starring Robert Redford as Bob Woodward and Dustin Hoffman as Carl Bernstein, gave them the final push.
In The Age of Trump, “fake news,” and the discrediting of the journalism profession, the film is an excellent example of how dogged, thorough reporting keeps the powerful honest, the citizenry engaged and our democracy intact.
The festival will continue with a look at the darker side of journalism with Kirk Douglas’s gripping 1951 film “Ace in the Hole,” showing on November 19th; 1987’s caustic look inside broadcast media, “Broadcast News,” will be shown on January 7th; and the 2015 Academy Award for Best Picture winner “Spotlight,” which tells the story of how the investigative journalists of the Boston Globe exposed a massive scandal of child molestation inside the Catholic Church, will be shown on February 25. All the films are being shown at 4pm, and all will be followed by panel discussions.
The event is being produced by a coalition composed of the Friends of Brooks Memorial Library, Brooks Memorial Library, The Commons, the Brattleboro Reformer and the Latchis Theater.Find out more »
November 1 ♦ Randall Balmer
Martin Luther’s posting of the Ninety-five Theses on the cathedral door at Wittenburg five hundred years ago launched a movement that utterly transformed Western society and our notions of authority, culture, art, and tradition. Dartmouth Religion professor Randall Balmer assesses the Protestant Reformation half a millennium later.
Next in the Journalism Film Discussion Series, the 1951 film Ace in the Hole looks at the darker side of journalism: fake news, greed, and sensationalism.
Screening of this timely film will be followed by a discussion led by Randy Holhut, news editor of The Commons.
Coming to the Latchis Theater on Sunday, November 19, at 4 pm. Free and open to the public.
Looking for holiday gifts? Don't miss the Friends' 12th Annual Holiday Book Sale, November 30 - December 2.
10 am - 6 pm Thursday & Friday
10 am - 2 pm Saturday
Books in "like new" condition, plus CDs and DVDs.Find out more »
December 6 ♦ Barbara Will
Dartmouth professor Barbara Will discusses both the war’s effect on American writers, particularly John Dos Passos, T. S. Eliot, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, and Gertrude Stein, and how it changed American literature and made it “modern.”