First Wednesdays


The Truth About Happiness


St. Johnsbury Athenaeum
May 5, 2010

What is happiness, and why is it so elusive? Are Americans particularly hungry for happiness? Analyst and author Dr. Polly Young-Eisendrath examines the cultural and psychological context of happiness.

 

Building Books


St. Johnsbury Athenaeum
April 7, 2010

Author and illustrator David Macaulay traces the development of his books, from his earliest ideas to the published work—everything that makes the creative process so interesting, exhilarating, and often frustrating.

First Wednesdays: "100 Years Since Triangle"


St. Johnsbury Athenaeum
February 3, 2010

Dartmouth Professor Annelise Orleck reflects on the March 25, 1911 fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in Greenwich Village, which killed 146 workers, most of them young immigrant Jewish and Italian women.

The First Enduring Appeal of Anne Frank and Her Diary


St. Johnsbury Athenaeum
January 6, 2010

First Wednesdays Lecture Series
Dartmouth Professor Irene Kacandes examines some of the reasons why Anne Frank’s diary continues to be read worldwide by people of all ages.

Becoming American


December 2, 2009
St. Johnsbury Athanaeum

Author and Amherst College professor Ilan Stavans explores the impact that immigrants have had on American culture and language, and the role immigrant writers have played in our national consciousness.

Hamlet Contemplates the Bust of Aristotle


St. Johnsbury Athenaeum
November 4, 2009

Amidst Shakespeare’s heroes, we know only where Hamlet studied. In this unique approach to a classic play, Dartmouth professor Peter Saccio asks what value a college education has for a man whose father dies and whose mother marries an uncle he detests.

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