“The DaVinci Code: Facts and Fallacies” will be the first of a six-lecture series

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Great Barrington - Special Event - Sunday, February 27 at 7:30 p.m. “The DaVinci Code: Facts and Fallacies,” at Berkshire South Regional Community Center, 15 Crissey Road, Great Barrington, MA. Broadcast live via satellite from the 92nd Street Y in New York City, “The DaVinci Code: Facts and Fallacies” will be the first of a six-lecture series, “Live from NY’s 92nd Street Y,” at Berkshire South featuring some of the world’s most fascinating people for compelling and thought-provoking interactive discussions on the issues and events that shape the world. Members of the Berkshire South audience will be given an opportunity to submit questions to the presenters via email. Questions proliferate on the issues raised in Dan Brown's The DaVinci Code. This gathering of scholars and authorities will discuss the implications for religion and private faith when God talk moves into pop culture, and popular entertainment becomes a mode of education. Panelists will discuss the early Christian church, the role of women in the early church, the objectives of organizations like Opus Dei and how the Christian church has changed through the ages. Dan Burstein is the editor of Secrets of the Code. Bart D. Ehrman chairs the department of religious studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and wrote The Truth Behind the DaVinci Code: A Historian Reveals What We Really Know About Jews, Mary Magdalene, and Constantine. Dr. Jenny Driver is a geriatric oncologist and instructor at Harvard Medical School and a member of Opus Dei. Phyllis Tickle is the former religion editor at Publisher's Weekly, author of some two dozen books and an expert in the field of religion and popular culture. The “Live from NY’s 92nd Street Y” series will continue on Tuesday, March 22 at 8:00 p.m. with an interview of Gene Wilder by Wendy Wasserstein. Tickets for each lecture and for the series are available by calling Berkshire South at 413 528 2810. Tickets for each lecture are $8.00 for members and $10.00 for guests; series tickets are available for $35.00 for members and $45.00 for guests.
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Berkshire HorseWorks Gets Grant to Support COVID-19 Responders

RICHMOND, Mass. — Berkshire HorseWorks Inc. has received $10,000 from the COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund for Berkshire County to support the "Healers and Horses" Program.
 
The program was created specifically to help local health-care workers on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic acclimate and reintegrate during and after their experiences dealing with the virus. The program's goal is to provide a safe platform where participants can identify, explore and process their feelings in a mutually supportive environment among other health-care workers and family. 
 
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