First Wednesdays Talk

Don Quixote of La Mancha: The Novel That Invented Modernity
May 3, 7 p.m.
Celebrated literary critic and author Ilan Stavans considers the impact of the masterful Don Quixote in the 401st anniversary year of Cervantes’ death. READ MORE


“Classic Films of the 1950’s,” a Talk by Rick Winston

Classic Films of the 1950s
Wednesday May 10, 10:30 a.m.
Speaker: Rick Winston
The 1950s were a fascinating time for Hollywood films. Several directors who began their careers in the silent era (Wilder, Hitchcock, Wyler) were in their prime; the studio system was in decline and independent films were gaining a foothold. New stars such as Marlon Brando, Montgomery Clift, James Dean, and Audrey Hepburn were making their mark; vital issues of the time such as juvenile delinquency, conformity, and racial attitudes were addressed, however timidly, while the shadow of the Hollywood blacklist loomed. Rick Winston will show clips from several acclaimed films of various genres from that era and discuss their significance.

Sponsored by the Addison County Retired Teachers Association. A Vermont Humanities Council Program. READ MORE