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Pittsfield, 2 p.m.
The final talk in OLLI's 2017 Distinguished Speakers Series will be held at Berkshire Museum and features MCLA Professor Shawn McIntosh on "How Digital and Social Media Have Disrupted Journalism." Professor McIntosh’s talk will discuss how the digital revolution has disrupted journalism more than any other communications field, with potentially disastrous consequences for our civic life and our democracy. News organizations everywhere are laying off journalists, shifting to digital-only publications, or closing down completely. Who or what will take their places to act as the fourth estate and be a watchdog to those in power' Tickets are $15.
CONTEMPORARY ART TALK
Williamstown, 3 p.m.
Clifford Owens, artist, writer and curator, will give the annual Plonsker Lecture in Contemporary Art at Williams College. The talk, titled “Your Head is Attached to Your Body,” will take place at the Williams College Museum of Art in Lawrence Auditorium (L231) and is free and open to the public. Influenced by performance art practices of the 1960s, Owens is known for live and photographic works that center on the body. His work often asks audiences to manipulate, move, dress, touch or otherwise engage directly with his body, resulting in spontaneous actions. For the Plonsker program, his performance-based, “audience-sensitive” lecture will be radically different from the standard artist slide talk.
Lenox, 1:30-3 p.m.
Jan Chague, Lenox Historical Society, will share secrets of Kennedy Park through a power point presentation given at the Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary’s well-known historic 18th century barn. Chague will present the remnants of a by-gone era and talk about the people who traversed the land. Registration is required online.
'HEALING PITTSFIELD' PANEL
Pittsfield, 3 p.m.
The Pittsfield Area Council of Congregations will host a forum, “Healing Pittsfield: A Conversation About What Divides Us” at First Baptist Church, 88 South St. The forum will feature a panel of speakers, including Gwendolyn Hampton VanSant (Executive Director of Multicultural BRIDGE), Dennis Powell (President of the Berkshire County NAACP), John Bissell President & CEO of Greylock Federal Credit Union) and Rev. Dr. James Lumsden (Pastor, First Church of Christ, Pittsfield). After initial presentations, Rev. Sheila and Rabbi Josh and will pose questions to the panel. After they have responded, the floor will be opened to questions from the audience.
'PRESENTING BARBARA WALTERS'
Lenox, 4 p.m.
Lenox Library Distinguished Lecture Series presents Jeffrey Diamond presenting "Producing Barbara Walters and Other Delights of the Television Trade." Diamond is an award-winning journalist with four decades in television news. He began his career at ABC where he wrote and produced stories for the weekly newsmagazine, 20/20, supervising hundreds of projects ranging in length from five minutes to a full hour of programming. Diamond lives in the Berkshires, where he's embarked on his second career as a mystery writer. "Live to Tape" is his second Ethan Benson thriller. His third, "Live to the Network," is already finished, and his fourth, "All Cameras Live," is in research.
Williamstown, 7:30 p.m.
Williams College will host Robert Stavins, the A.J. Meyer Professor of Energy & Economic Development at the Harvard Kennedy School, for a talk titled “Global Climate Change Policy in the Age of Trump: What Can an Economist Possibly Have to Say About Climate Change'” The event will take place in the Paresky Center Auditorium. It is free and open to the public.
North Adams, 7 p.m.
Joanna Ballantine, vice president of Trustees of Reservations for the western region, will present the Elizabeth and Lawrence Vadnais Environmental Issues Lecture in Murdock Hall, in the Sammer Dennis Room (218) at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. She will speak on “A Century of Preserving Nature and Culture for Future Generations: What’s Next'” The talk is free.
TALK ON SOCIAL JUSTICE
Williamstown, 7 p.m.
Author and social justice scholar Monique Morris will give The Davis Lecture at Williams College on the MainStage in the ’62 Center. It is free and open to the public. Inspired by nearly three decades of experience in the areas of education, civil rights, juvenile and social justice, Morris will present a talk titled “Social Justice is a Verb! Working the Margins to Advance an Equity Agenda.” She will explore how advocates, scholars, policymakers, and others apply intersectional frameworks and other practices to strengthen our collective capacity to build an inclusive democracy.
Amherst, 2 p.m.
What You Did Not Tell: A Russian Past and the Journey Home with Mark Mazower, professor of history at Columbia University in conversation with Yiddish Book Center Bibliographer and Editorial Director David Mazower. Mark Mazower, author and acclaimed historian, explores the struggles of twentieth-century Europe through the lives, hopes, and dreams of his own family. His warm, intimate memoir follows his family through the siege of Stalingrad, the Vilna ghetto, occupied Paris, and even into the ranks of the Wehrmacht. A book signing will follow. Suggested donation: $5 Yiddish Book Center 1021 West Street Amherst, MA 01002 413-256-4900 firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/
Williamstown, 11:00 a.m.
On November 11 at 11 a.m. at the Williamstown Community Preschool (777 Main Street, Williamstown) homeowner, Cynthia Payne, will present a history of the Botsford House; one of the striking homes on Main Street. Cynthia will share information about the site, the builder, the three families who lived in the home, and more. After the lecture, refreshments will be served at the Botsford House and a tour of the first floor will be led by Cynthia. For more information visit www.williamstownhistoricalmuseum.org.
Great Barrington, 3 p.m.
To what extent do operas express the political and cultural ideas of their age' How do story lines, harmonies and musical motifs reflect the composer's view of the changing relations among art, politics, and society' Mitchell Cohen, who combines his academic expertise in political science and lifelong interest in the spectacle of opera in his new book (The Politics of Opera—A History from Monteverdi to Mozart, Princeton Press), will underscore the political dimensions of libretti and ideological elements of opera, which absorbs and mirrors currents of the day in dramatic dress-up. Your next night at the opera won’t be the same! $20 includes light refreshment The talk takes place at the beautiful and newly renovated Saint James Place, 352 Main St, Great Barrington. http://www.cewm.org for more details
- Halloween Event
- Halloween Ghost Tour
- Mount Storytelling
- Ghost Tour
- Discovering Historic Kennedy Park
- Oct, 17 - Zipline: A Lifeline for Rwanda
- Oct, 13 - It?s Mountain Day!
- Sep, 29 - Bringing FamKeepa to Life
- Sep, 14 - Ending Dengue Fever
- Aug, 29 - Art and Inclusion