Kicking it off: Acclaimed novelist and memoirist Dani Shapiro will open the 2015 Berkshire Festival of Women Writers with a keynote address titled “The Permission to Write” at Bard College at Simon’s Rock in Great Barrington tonight at 7 p.m. Shapiro’s keynote kicks off the month-long Berkshire Festival of Women Writers, celebrating its fifth anniversary season in March 2015 with more than 50 events at more than 30 venues throughout Berkshire County, showcasing and nourishing the creative talents of women of all ages and from many walks of life. There is at least one Festival event every day of the month of March, Women’s History Month. Tickets for the Dani Shapiro keynote are $15. For information on this event and the full Festival schedule, visit www.berkshirewomenwriters.org.
Carbon copy: First Congregational Church, Willliamstown, will consider the issues of institutional and private divestment from carbon-based companies. A panel will discuss "Divest/Re-invest: Fossil Fuel Free" today at 11:20 a.m. Members of the panel from Divest Williams College are Sara Vukelich '15 and Erica Change '18; Chloe Kuh, Williams '13, of the Green Century Funds; and Gary Stoller of 350MA.org Berkshire Node.