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Vermont Humanities Council Presents First Wednesdays Lecture


Environmental Scientist Discusses Adapting to Climate Change at St. Johnsbury Athenaeum




St. Johnsbury ~ Scientist and author Amy Seidl will discuss ways society can adapt to climate change in a talk at St. Johnsbury Athenaeum on December 5. Her talk, “Finding Higher Ground: Adaptation in the Age of Warming,” is part of the Vermont Humanities Council's First Wednesdays lecture series and takes place at 7:00 p.m.


Seidl will explain why the long-term nature of climate change forces us to redesign how we structure our societies and will consider our ethical role as planetary stewards.


Seidl has taught in the environmental programs at Middlebury College and UVM. She is the author of Early Spring: An Ecologist and Her Children Wake to a Warming World and her most recent book, Finding Higher Ground: Adaptation in the Age of Warming.

The Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays series is held on the first Wednesday of every month from October through May, featuring speakers of national and regional renown. Talks in St. Johnsbury are held at St. Johnsbury Athenaeum. All First Wednesdays talks are free and open to the public.

Upcoming talks in St. Johnsbury include “Remaking the Landscape, 1958-1978: Interstate Highways Come to Vermont” with UVM professor Paul Bierman on January 2; “America’s Foreign Policy Agenda” with diplomat and Vermont State Senator Peter Galbraith on February 6; and “Early Photographs of Native North Americans” with UNH professor Lisa MacFarlane on March 6.


The Vermont Department of Libraries is the statewide underwriter of First Wednesdays. St. Johnsbury Athenaeum is sponsored by Friends of St. Johnsbury Athenaeum/Second Hand Prose.


“Finding Higher Ground” is sponsored by Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC.


For more information, contact St. Johnsbury Athenaeum at 802.748.8291 or contact the Vermont Humanities Council at 802.262.2626 or [log in to unmask], or visit


First Wednesdays is also presented in eight other communities statewide: Brattleboro (at Brooks Memorial Library); Essex Junction (at Brownell Library); Manchester (at First Congregational Church, hosted by Mark Skinner Library); Middlebury (at Ilsley Public Library); Montpelier (at Kellogg-Hubbard Library); Newport (at Goodrich Memorial Library); Norwich (at Norwich Congregational Church, hosted by Norwich Public Library and Norwich Historical Society); and Rutland (at Rutland Free Library). The program is free, accessible to people with disabilities and open to the public. 


St. Johnsbury First Wednesdays listing


First Wednesdays Brochure


The Vermont Humanities Council is a private nonprofit working to bring the power and the pleasure of the humanities to all Vermonters—of every background and in every community. The Council strives to make Vermont a state in which every individual reads, participates in public affairs, and continues to learn throughout life.


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