Congressman Jamie Raskin to Speak at OLLI/BCC Lecture Series

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Berkshire Community College (BCC) presents the 2022 Mona Sherman Memorial Lecture on Saturday, May 28 at 5 pm. 
Congressman Jamie Raskin, author of "Unthinkable: Trauma, Truth and the Trials of American Democracy," will be the guest speaker.  
"The Mona Sherman Memorial Lecture is always a special highlight of OLLI programming at BCC, and this year is no exception," said Ellen Kennedy, BCC President. "Congressman Raskin has transformed personal tragedy into a powerful story that is both compelling and inspirational. We are honored to welcome him to the Mahaiwe for this much-anticipated event."  
Tickets to the event, held at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington, are sold out, but a free live stream will be available from Community Television of the Southern Berkshires. To access the live stream, visit
No registration is required. 
Congressman Raskin has represented Maryland's 8th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2017. Previously, he was a three-term state senator in Maryland and the Senate Majority Whip. He was also a professor of constitutional law at American University's Washington College of Law for more than 25 years. He is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School and a former editor of the Harvard Law Review. 
According to a press release: In "Unthinkable," Raskin writes about the tells the story of the 45 days at the start of 2021 that permanently changed his life — and his family's — as he confronted the painful loss of his son Tommy to suicide, lived through the violent insurrection at the Capitol and led the impeachment effort to hold President Trump accountable for inciting political violence.  
In support of the Mona Sherman lecture series, donors of $50 or more to the Mona Sherman Endowment will receive a complimentary copy of "Unthinkable." To donate, visit  

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The brief, anonymous survey is available on the BCHS website at; a link to the survey can also be requested by writing Those participating in the survey will be entered into a drawing for a hat or t-shirt from the museum shop.
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