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North Adams, 6 p.m.
MCLA history professor Ely Janis will give a brief overview of America’s belated entry into WWI at the North Adams Public Library. “Resistance: America’s Reluctant Entry into WWI,” titled because of our nation’s reluctance to join the 1914 to 1918 European war, has some familiar antecedents in our current social and political climate. The Immigration Act of 1917, the Espionage Act of 1917 and the Sedition Act of 1918 all became law in the fierce nativism of the day. The library will be displaying a number of our WWI recruitment posters over the coming months and highlighting much of the great literature written during wartime to mark the 100th anniversary.
TALK ON ENVIRONMENTAL MARTYRDOM
Williamstown, 7 p.m.
Princeton University professor Rob Nixon will give a talk at Williams College in Griffin Hall, room 3. This event is free. Nixon’s talk will examine the current surge in environmental martyrdom against the backdrop of the resource wars over timber, water, land, and mineral rights across the global South.
TALK ON FOREST HEALTH CONDITIONS
North Adams, 7 p.m.
MCLA’s “Science and Management of Invasive Species” series will conclude with “Current Forest Health Conditions in Massachusetts” with Ken Gooch, forest health program director for the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation Forest Health Program in Worthington. This lecture is free and open to the public in MCLA’s Center for Science and Innovation, in room 121.
TALK ON REFUGEE CRISIS
Williamstown, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Williams College will host a film screening and discussion about the refugee crisis, contemporary American politics and the work of the International Rescue Committee in Paresky Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public. Filmmaker Renee Silverman will present her film "Refugee Kids: One Small School Takes on the World" (runtime: 40 minutes) and then give a short presentation. That will be followed by a talk by Gerrard Khan ’93, the director of U.S. Programs at the IRC. Khan will discuss the refugee crisis, contemporary American politics and the work of his organization.
North Adams, 3 p.m.
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' next Brown Bag Lecture features Dr. Karen Cardozo, MCLA associate professor of interdisciplinary studies, presenting “Canaries or Surgeon Fish' IDST Majors as a Litmus Test of MCLA’s Future.” The event, which will take place in the campus’s faculty center, Bowman Hall room 121, is free and open to the public. In her talk, Cardozo will explain why a liberal arts education in general, and the IDST major in particular, remains an excellent investment in the future, and report on the results of using design thinking methods to conduct ethnographic research on the diverse paths and interests of IDST students.
NICK CAVE BOOK TALK
North Adams, 6 p.m.
Curator Denise Markonish facilitates a discussion with artist Nick Cave and others confronting some of America’s most confounding dilemmas: gun control, gun violence, and race relations. A reception and after-hours tour of the exhibition follows. Cave: "Until" was organized by MASS MoCA and co-produced by Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art of Bentonville, Arkansas, and Carriageworks of Sydney, Australia. Principal exhibition support was provided by an anonymous gift. Major exhibition support was provided by the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, the Barr Foundation, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, Jack Shainman Gallery, Marilyn and Larry Fields, BeadKraft, the Robert Lehman Foundation, and Furthermore, a program of the J. M. Kaplan Fund.”
'SINGLE PAYER REFORM'
Williamstown, 7 p.m.
David Himmelstein will deliver a talk titled “Single Payer Reform: The Best Way to Move Forward from the ACA” at the Paresky Auditorium that explores how the single payer program may be the best solution for the United States. He will discuss the legacy of ACA expanding coverage while leaving millions uninsured or with unaffordable copayments and deductibles. He will also analyze Republican reform plans, which he believes would exacerbate existing problems in healthcare finance, and argue that a single payer program could resolve these problems.
Pittsfield, 2 p.m.
Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival Director Pamela Tatge, who succeeded Ella Baff a year ago, will provide an overview of what to expect moving forward at Jacob’s Pillow. Tatge’s talk, entitled “New Directions for Jacob’s Pillow,” is the second in the 2017 Distinguished Speakers Series presented by OLLI, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Berkshire Community College. The talk will be held at the Berkshire Museum, located at 39 South St. Tickets are $10 for OLLI and Berkshire Museum members, and $15 for the general public. They may be purchased at the door or online.
Lenox, 2 p.m.
Garden historian Kathryn Aalto will discuss how the magical forests of southeast England inspired A.A. Milne to create the cherished tales of Winnie-the-Pooh and the Hundred Acre Wood. Aalto takes readers through an exploration of the real landscapes, shares iconic moments from the books, and celebrates the interplay of landscape and literature at The Mount.
New York, 7:30 p.m.
Several veterans will present “My Vietnam” at the Stephentown Historical Society’s Heritage Center, 4 Staples Road (corner of Garfield Road), Stephentown, N.Y. The veterans will share some of their everyday personal experiences during the Vietnam War. The program is free and the building is handicapped accessible. For directions, call 518-733-0010.
Williamstown, 4 p.m.
Williams College will host its annual Tuesday Teas series to celebrate Williams authors and honor their scholarly and creative works on four consecutive Tuesdays in April and May in the Stetson Reading Room, Sawyer Library. All of the events are free and open to the public. Each tea will consist of a 20-minute presentation followed by a Q&A session. The full schedule is as follows: April 11, Gregory Mitchell, assistant professor of women's, gender and sexuality studies, for the book "Tourist Attractions: Performing Race and Masculinity in Brazil's Sexual Economy"; April 18, Soledad Fox, professor of romance languages, for the book "Jorge Semprún: The Spaniard who Survived the Nazis and Conquered Paris"; April 25, Michelle Apotsos, assistant professor of art, for the book "Architecture, Islam, and Identity in West Africa: Lessons from Larabanga"; and May 2, Jason Josephson-Storm, chair and associate professor of religion, for the book "The Myth of Disenchantment: Magic, Modernity, and the Birth of the Human Sciences."
Williamstown, 7:30 p.m.
Carolyn Long Engelhard will deliver a talk titled “Obamacare to Trumpcare” in Griffin Hall, room 3, and discuss the promises and pitfalls of the ACA. She will provide history, looking at the ups and downs of the legislation over the last seven years, and consider shifting public opinion of ACA post-election 2016. She will also talk about “you break it, you own it” -- the politics and current debate over repeal, replace, repair, and delay.
- Apr, 19 - Students Take on Renewable Energy Projects
- Apr, 19 - Four Alumni Awarded Guggenheim Fellowships
- Apr, 07 - The Forests of Antarctica
- Mar, 15 - Accession Number: 1960-62
- Feb, 17 - ?The World to Come,? Stories by Jim Shepard