Wednesday, February 4 at 7:00PM
First Wednesdays - The Shia-Sunni Divide in Islam
Former Iranian Ambassador to the UN Mansour Farhang examines the origin and contemporary revival of this 1300-year-long divide and explores how contemporary challenges facing states and societies in the Middle East exacerbate the animosity.
Underwriter: Vermont Council on World Affairs
Wednesday, February 11 at 7:00 PM
Arts and Culture Series - The Third Watch - A Novel with Roger Damon
Roger Damon will read from his new World War II based novel The Third Watch and discuss the writing process. Series Sponsor: Philip and Marylou Meyer.
Saturday, February 14 at 1:00 PM in the Gallery
Poetry Open Mic
Save the date for our Poetry Open Mic featuring Bill and Sharon Biddle. There will be 10 open mic slots. Sign up at the Athenaeum or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, March 4 at 7:00PM
First Wednesdays - Merton, Meditation, and More: The Appeal of Buddhism in the West
The Buddhist tradition is well-established in the United States, among Buddhists and others, such as Catholic monk and author Thomas Merton, who engaged in Buddhism without conversion. Middlebury College religion professor Elizabeth Morrison considers what has emerged from the West’s encounter with Buddhism.
Underwriter: Gil Steil Associates
Wednesday, March 11 at 7:00 PM
Arts and Culture Series - Gaming Culture with Robby Gilbert
Robby Gilbert, M.Ed., Department of Visual Arts at LSC will discuss the many aspects of contemporary gaming culture. Series Sponsor: Philip and Marylou Meyer.
Wednesday, April 1 at 7:00PM
First Wednesdays - Homer’s Odyssey, Narratives of Return for Combat Veterans
Dartmouth Classics professor Roberta Stewart describes her work with veterans and examines what the story of Odysseus’s long journey home from war has to say to combat veterans, and to all of us.
Underwriter: Passumpsic Savings Bank Member FDIC
Wednesday, May 6 at 7:00PM
First Wednesdays - Margaret Bourke-White, Courageous Photographer
Actress and educator Sally Matson portrays Margaret Bourke-White, whose influential images of industry, war zones, and world leaders established her as a groundbreaking photographer in the 1930s to 1950s.
Underwriter: Merchants Bank