Events

Thursday, September 1, 2016 Monday, October 31, 2016
Who am I? Where am I? These are the fundamental questions proposed by the humanities. Inquiries related to local history, literature, and education, inspire us to think deeply about the places where we live and how our identity fits into the context of our community and the seasons. “Learning Ahead: Cultural Itinerary for Western Massachusetts” is a bimonthly publication produced by Hilltown Families that sheds light on embedded learning opportunities found in cultural resources that exist within the geography, history, and cultural traditions of Western Massachusetts. With these seasonal itineraries, self-directed teens, lifelong learners, and families are encouraged to engage together in cultural opportunities that support similar interests, resulting in a shared history, strengthening sense of place. Download this pdf document and explore!
Monday, September 26, 2016 06:00 PM07:00 PM
Hear Edward Lodi talk about his latest book, "Massasoit’s Town Sowams in Pokanoket Its History Legends and Traditions." In the1620s a warm friendship developed between Massasoit, sachem of the Wampanoags, and the Pilgrim Edward Winslow. In a brief booklet published in 1904 Virginia Baker wrote of that friendship and of the two visits Winslow made from Plymouth to the sachem’s home in what is now Warren, Rhode Island. On the second visit Winslow saved Massasoit’s life. The sachem returned the favor by warning Winslow of a plot by Massachusetts Indians to destroy Plymouth Colony. In Massasoit’s Town, Edward Lodi has reprinted Baker’s well-researched booklet and added material of his own, focusing on the dangers faced by Massasoit, the Pilgrims, and on the individuals. Indian and English, caught up in the fierce struggle for survival in early New England. He welcomes questions during and after his talk; a book signing follows. Sponsored by the Friends of the Acushnet Public.Library.
  • Acushnet Public Library, 232 Middle Road, Acushnet MA
  • Acushnet, Bristol County, MA (Southeast)
  • contact: 508-998-0270
  • web: www.acupl.org
  • cost: Free
Monday, September 26, 2016 10:00 AM11:00 AM
Take a walk with one of our interpreters and learn about how forests in Massachusetts changed since European colonization, and how they continue to change. This program is intended for budding naturalists interested in the natural history of Massachusetts. Appropriate for ages 12 and up.
Wednesday, September 28, 2016 7:00 PM8:00 PM
In the 1940s and 50s, when the newly minted Jet Propulsion Laboratory needed quick-thinking mathematicians to calculate velocities and plot trajectories, they didn't turn to male graduates. Rather, they recruited an elite group of young women who, with only pencil, paper, and mathematical prowess, transformed rocket design, helped bring about the first American satellites, and made the exploration of the solar system possible. For the first time, Rise of the Rocket Girls tells the stories of these women--known as "human computers"--who broke the boundaries of both gender and science.
Wednesday, September 28, 2016 7:00 PM9:00 PM
The brutal massacre perpetrated by Omar Mateen at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida led many to question Islam's approach to homosexuality. To explore historical and contemporary theological discourses surrounding homosexuality in the Muslim world, Professor Mehammed Mack of Smith College (who recently penned the piece, "What does the Koran Say About Being Gay") will share his insights.
  • Jones Library,43 Amity Street
  • Amherst, Hampshire County, MA (CT Valley)
  • contact: (413) 259-3090
  • email: sudimabdirahman@gmail.com
  • cost: Free, RSVP to email address
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Thursday, September 29, 2016 7:00 PM
The end of World War II. Holland is in chaos. The artist van Meegeren is arrested. His crime? Selling a long-lost painting by the Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer to Hermann Goering, Nazi leader. His defense? It was a perfect forgery painted by him. His proof? In front of his prosecutor (art historian and resistance fighter) Geert Piller, he must paint another flawless Vermeer to save his life. A play that debates beauty, faith, memory and the reconstruction of a country.
  • Larry Vaber Stage, Unicorn Theatre, 6 East Street
  • Stockbridge, Berkshire County, MA (Berkshire)
  • contact: (413) 997-4444
  • web: www.wamtheatre.com/the-bakelite-masterpiece/
  • cost: $45, Group, Student and Teacher Discounts
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Thursday, September 29, 2016 6:00 PM7:30 PM
At the turn of the 20th century, investigative journalism into the activities and lives of civil servants, at times called "muckraking", was conducted, in part, by several brave and progressive women. Today, investigative journalism continues to be a catalyst for change. Our panelists will explore how investigative journalism today leads to civil service and other political reform, and bring the discussion full circle to the early female muckraking journalists of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. What role does investigative journalism play in speaking truth to power? How has this investigative journalism changed over the last century? What is the experience of women working in this field? In this panel, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, former Boston Globe columnist, and professor of journalism at Brandeis University, Eileen McNamara, discusses these and other questions with: Jenn Ableson, Boston Globe Spotlight Reporter; Beth Daley, Senior Investigative Reporter and Senior Trainer at The Eye and the New England Center for Investigative Reporting, and Joan Vennochi, Boston Globe Op-Ed Columnist.
Thursday, September 29, 2016 7:00 PM9:00 PM
In the Emmy-nominated documentary "Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North" (PBS: 2008), filmmaker Katrina Browne discovers that her New England ancestors were the largest slave-trading family in U.S. history. She and nine cousins retrace the steps of the Triangle Trade, from Rhode Island to Ghana to Cuba, uncovering the hidden history of the North and gaining powerful new perspectives on the black/white divide. The screening will be followed by an optional dialogue at 8:00 PM facilitated by Katrina Browne and Elon Cook, Humanities Director at the Robbins House, an African American historic house in Concord. The dialogue will include simple, accessible interactive exercises that will invite participants to share their reactions to the deep material in the film in a full way - from heart, body, mind and spirit. This program is presented in partnership with the Concord Museum, The Robbins House, and First Parish in Concord.
Thursday, September 29, 2016 7:00 PM
Mass Humanities and Harvard Book Store welcome former executive editor for "The New York Times" JOSEPH LELYVELD for a discussion of his latest book, "His Final Battle: The Last Months of Franklin Roosevelt."
Friday, September 30, 2016 7:00 PM
The end of World War II. Holland is in chaos. The artist van Meegeren is arrested. His crime? Selling a long-lost painting by the Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer to Hermann Goering, Nazi leader. His defense? It was a perfect forgery painted by him. His proof? In front of his prosecutor (art historian and resistance fighter) Geert Piller, he must paint another flawless Vermeer to save his life. A play that debates beauty, faith, memory and the reconstruction of a country.
  • Larry Vaber Stage in the Unicorn Theatre, 6 East Street
  • Stockbridge, Berkshire County, MA (Berkshire)
  • contact: (413) 997-4444
  • web: www.wamtheatre.com/the-bakelite-masterpiece/
  • cost: $45 Group, student and teacher discounts.
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Friday, September 30, 2016 3:00PM3:30PM
Riding the Mount Holyoke Tramway was a new experience for visitors to the Summit House. Learn about the tramway and experience the mix of feelings of 19th century visitors had when riding it. MEET ON THE SUMMIT HOUSE DECK. Appropriate for ages 12+, children must be accompanied by an adult.
Friday, September 30, 2016 7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store and Mass Humanities welcome HENRY LOUIS GATES, JR., and JOHN STAUFFER, editors of the new Penguin Classics edition of "The Portable Frederick Douglass," for a discussion of the seminal writings and speeches of a legendary writer, orator, and civil rights leader.
Saturday, October 1, 2016 7:00 PM
The end of World War II. Holland is in chaos. The artist van Meegeren is arrested. His crime? Selling a long-lost painting by the Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer to Hermann Goering, Nazi leader. His defense? It was a perfect forgery painted by him. His proof? In front of his prosecutor (art historian and resistance fighter) Geert Piller, he must paint another flawless Vermeer to save his life. A play that debates beauty, faith, memory and the reconstruction of a country.
  • Larry Vaber Stage in the Unicorn Theatre, 6 East Street
  • Stockbridge, Berkshire County, MA (Berkshire)
  • contact: (413) 997-4444
  • web: www.wamtheatre.com/the-bakelite-masterpiece/
  • cost: $50 Group, student and teacher discounts.
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Saturday, October 1, 2016 1:00 PM3:00 PM
Celebrate Massachusetts’ 25th annual Archaeology Month by learning about life long ago as part of our Kids’ Archaeology Day. You’ll see real artifacts from New England history and learn how archaeologists decipher our past. Kids will even get to take home their own treasures. Please call to reserve your spot.
Saturday, October 1, 2016 Saturday, October 22, 2016
Family Adventures in Reading (FAIR) brings children ages 6-10 and adults together to enjoy outstanding and thought-provoking picture books. Each Saturday, from 11 AM to 12:30 PM, a FAIR session includes an engaging, active reading of a book by storyteller Mohamed Zefzaf, followed by guided discussions on the book and its themes. Enjoy donuts during the discussion and then make a craft together. After each session, each family will receive a copy of the book to keep and a list of recommended further reading. Please register at the library or by calling 781-447-7613.
Monday, October 3, 2016 6:30 PM8:00 PM
Join the conversation! This month we're asking 'How do you make ends meet in today's rising housing market?' with the help of Molly Turner, Global Head of Civic Partnerships, Airbnb. The Cambridge Historical Society wants to facilitate dynamic conversations about the housing issues facing Cambridge residents today with a historical perspective. We are heading out to meet you in the city. The Abbey in Porter Square is the perfect setting to bring your friends (or make new ones), grab a drink, and settle in for some engaging conversation about our 2016 theme, "Are We Home?" Easy T access and limited street parking.
Tuesday, October 4, 2016 7:00 PM8:30 PM
In "Lose Your Mother" (2008), Columbia University professor Saidiya Hartman traces the history of the Atlantic slave trade and recounts her own journey along a slave route in Ghana. Following the trail of captives from the hinterland to the Atlantic coast, she reckons with the blank slate of her own genealogy and vividly dramatizes the effects of slavery on three centuries of African and African American history. This event is part of the African American Intellectual Culture Series and is co-sponsored by the Higgins School of Humanities, the Office of the Provost, the Department of History, and the Africana Studies Program at Clark University.
  • Higgins Lounge, Dana Commons, 2nd Floor, Clark University
  • Worcester, Worcester County, MA (Central)
  • contact: 508-793-7479
  • email: higginsschool@clarku.edu
  • cost: Free
Friday, October 7, 2016 7:00 PM
The end of World War II. Holland is in chaos. The artist van Meegeren is arrested. His crime? Selling a long-lost painting by the Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer to Hermann Goering, Nazi leader. His defense? It was a perfect forgery painted by him. His proof? In front of his prosecutor (art historian and resistance fighter) Geert Piller, he must paint another flawless Vermeer to save his life. A play that debates beauty, faith, memory and the reconstruction of a country.
Friday, October 7, 2016 3:00PM3:30PM
Riding the Mount Holyoke Tramway was a new experience for visitors to the Summit House. Learn about the tramway and experience the mix of feelings of 19th century visitors had when riding it. MEET ON THE SUMMIT HOUSE DECK. Appropriate for ages 12+, children must be accompanied by an adult.
Saturday, October 8, 2016 3:00 PM4:00 PM
Between 1911 and 1922, a series of wars would engulf the Ottoman Empire and its successor states, in which the central conflict, of course, is World War I—a story we think we know well. As Sean McMeekin shows us in this revelatory new history of what he calls the “wars of the Ottoman succession,” we know far less than we think. The Ottoman Endgame brings to light the entire strategic narrative that led to an unstable new order in postwar Middle East—much of which is still felt today. McMeekin also brilliantly reconceives our inherited Anglo-French understanding of the war’s outcome and the collapse of the empire that followed.
Saturday, October 8, 2016 2:00 PM
The end of World War II. Holland is in chaos. The artist van Meegeren is arrested. His crime? Selling a long-lost painting by the Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer to Hermann Goering, Nazi leader. His defense? It was a perfect forgery painted by him. His proof? In front of his prosecutor (art historian and resistance fighter) Geert Piller, he must paint another flawless Vermeer to save his life. A play that debates beauty, faith, memory and the reconstruction of a country.
  • Larry Vaber Stage in the Unicorn Theatre, 6 East Street
  • Stockbridge, Berkshire County, MA (Berkshire)
  • contact: (413) 997-4444
  • web: www.wamtheatre.com/the-bakelite-masterpiece/
  • cost: $50 Group, student and teacher discounts.
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Saturday, October 8, 2016 7:00 PM
The end of World War II. Holland is in chaos. The artist van Meegeren is arrested. His crime? Selling a long-lost painting by the Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer to Hermann Goering, Nazi leader. His defense? It was a perfect forgery painted by him. His proof? In front of his prosecutor (art historian and resistance fighter) Geert Piller, he must paint another flawless Vermeer to save his life. A play that debates beauty, faith, memory and the reconstruction of a country.
  • Larry Vaber Stage in the Unicorn Theatre, 6 East Street
  • Stockbridge, Berkshire County, MA (Berkshire)
  • contact: (413) 997-4444
  • web: www.wamtheatre.com/the-bakelite-masterpiece/
  • cost: $50 Group, student and teacher discounts.
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Sunday, October 9, 2016 2:00 PM
The end of World War II. Holland is in chaos. The artist van Meegeren is arrested. His crime? Selling a long-lost painting by the Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer to Hermann Goering, Nazi leader. His defense? It was a perfect forgery painted by him. His proof? In front of his prosecutor (art historian and resistance fighter) Geert Piller, he must paint another flawless Vermeer to save his life. A play that debates beauty, faith, memory and the reconstruction of a country.
  • Larry Vaber Stage in the Unicorn Theatre, 6 East Street
  • Stockbridge, Berkshire County, MA (Berkshire)
  • contact: (413) 997-4444
  • web: www.wamtheatre.com/the-bakelite-masterpiece/
  • cost: $50 Group, student and teacher discounts.
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Sunday, October 9, 2016 4:00 PM
Discussion: American Authoritarianism: The Socio-Political Genesis of Nationalism in the United States following the 4pm performance.
  • Charles Mosesian Theatre, Arsenal Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal Street
  • Watertown, Middlesex County, MA (Greater Boston)
  • web: www.newrep.org/productions/good/
  • email: jillian@newrep.org
  • cost: Performance: $22-37. Symposium: Free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Monday, October 10, 2016 10:00 AM11:00 AM
Take a walk with one of our interpreters and learn about how forests in Massachusetts changed since European colonization, and how they continue to change. This program is intended for budding naturalists interested in the natural history of Massachusetts. Appropriate for ages 12 and up.
Monday, October 10, 2016 7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store and Mass Humanities welcomes book critic and New Yorker contributor RUTH FRANKLIN for a discussion of "Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life," a "historically engaging and pressingly relevant" biography of a towering figure in American literature.
Thursday, October 13, 2016 7:00 PM
The end of World War II. Holland is in chaos. The artist van Meegeren is arrested. His crime? Selling a long-lost painting by the Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer to Hermann Goering, Nazi leader. His defense? It was a perfect forgery painted by him. His proof? In front of his prosecutor (art historian and resistance fighter) Geert Piller, he must paint another flawless Vermeer to save his life. A play that debates beauty, faith, memory and the reconstruction of a country.
  • Larry Vaber Stage in the Unicorn Theatre, 6 East Street
  • Stockbridge, Berkshire County, MA (Berkshire)
  • contact: (413) 997-4444
  • web: www.wamtheatre.com/the-bakelite-masterpiece/
  • cost: $50 Group, student and teacher discounts.
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Thursday, October 13, 2016 6:00 PM8:00 PM
Cambridge Historical Society presents a 3-part symposium about the past, present, and future of affordable housing in Cambridge. Conversation 1 will explore the history of affordable housing in Cambridge, and we will hear about what "home" means and has meant to Cantabrigians with different backgrounds and points of view. The goal is to inspire dialogue with an emphasis on curiosity and question-asking. Participants are encouraged to bring their own experiences, questions and open-mindedness.
Friday, October 14, 2016 7:00 PM
The end of World War II. Holland is in chaos. The artist van Meegeren is arrested. His crime? Selling a long-lost painting by the Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer to Hermann Goering, Nazi leader. His defense? It was a perfect forgery painted by him. His proof? In front of his prosecutor (art historian and resistance fighter) Geert Piller, he must paint another flawless Vermeer to save his life. A play that debates beauty, faith, memory and the reconstruction of a country.
  • Larry Vaber Stage in the Unicorn Theatre, 6 East Street
  • Stockbridge, Berkshire County, MA (Berkshire)
  • contact: (413) 997-4444
  • web: www.wamtheatre.com/the-bakelite-masterpiece/
  • cost: $50 Group, student and teacher discounts.
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Friday, October 14, 2016 7:00 PM
The end of World War II. Holland is in chaos. The artist van Meegeren is arrested. His crime? Selling a long-lost painting by the Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer to Hermann Goering, Nazi leader. His defense? It was a perfect forgery painted by him. His proof? In front of his prosecutor (art historian and resistance fighter) Geert Piller, he must paint another flawless Vermeer to save his life. A play that debates beauty, faith, memory and the reconstruction of a country.
  • Larry Vaber Stage in the Unicorn Theatre, 6 East Street
  • Stockbridge, Berkshire County, MA (Berkshire)
  • contact: (413) 997-4444
  • web: www.wamtheatre.com/the-bakelite-masterpiece/
  • cost: $50 Group, student and teacher discounts.
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Friday, October 14, 2016 3:00PM3:30PM
Riding the Mount Holyoke Tramway was a new experience for visitors to the Summit House. Learn about the tramway and experience the mix of feelings of 19th century visitors had when riding it. MEET ON THE SUMMIT HOUSE DECK. Appropriate for ages 12+, children must be accompanied by an adult.
Friday, October 14, 2016 7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store and Mass Humanities welcome philosophy professor JOHN KAAG and ANDRE DUBUS III, author of "Townie" and "House of Sand and Fog," for a discussion of Kaag's latest book, "American Philosophy: A Love Story"—a memoir that considers the question “Is life worth living?”
Saturday, October 15, 2016 2:00 PM
The end of World War II. Holland is in chaos. The artist van Meegeren is arrested. His crime? Selling a long-lost painting by the Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer to Hermann Goering, Nazi leader. His defense? It was a perfect forgery painted by him. His proof? In front of his prosecutor (art historian and resistance fighter) Geert Piller, he must paint another flawless Vermeer to save his life. A play that debates beauty, faith, memory and the reconstruction of a country.
  • Larry Vaber Stage in the Unicorn Theatre, 6 East Street
  • Stockbridge, Berkshire County, MA (Berkshire)
  • contact: (413) 997-4444
  • web: www.wamtheatre.com/the-bakelite-masterpiece/
  • cost: $50 Group, student and teacher discounts.
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Saturday, October 15, 2016 7:00 PM
The end of World War II. Holland is in chaos. The artist van Meegeren is arrested. His crime? Selling a long-lost painting by the Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer to Hermann Goering, Nazi leader. His defense? It was a perfect forgery painted by him. His proof? In front of his prosecutor (art historian and resistance fighter) Geert Piller, he must paint another flawless Vermeer to save his life. A play that debates beauty, faith, memory and the reconstruction of a country.
  • Larry Vaber Stage in the Unicorn Theatre, 6 East Street
  • Stockbridge, Berkshire County, MA (Berkshire)
  • contact: (413) 997-4444
  • web: www.wamtheatre.com/the-bakelite-masterpiece/
  • cost: $50 Group, student and teacher discounts.
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Sunday, October 16, 2016 2:00 PM
The end of World War II. Holland is in chaos. The artist van Meegeren is arrested. His crime? Selling a long-lost painting by the Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer to Hermann Goering, Nazi leader. His defense? It was a perfect forgery painted by him. His proof? In front of his prosecutor (art historian and resistance fighter) Geert Piller, he must paint another flawless Vermeer to save his life. A play that debates beauty, faith, memory and the reconstruction of a country.
  • Larry Vaber Stage in the Unicorn Theatre, 6 East Street
  • Stockbridge, Berkshire County, MA (Berkshire)
  • contact: (413) 997-4444
  • web: www.wamtheatre.com/the-bakelite-masterpiece/
  • cost: $50 Group, student and teacher discounts.
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Sunday, October 16, 2016 2:00 PM5:15 PM
Actors' Shakespeare Project has the unique privilege of performing Hamlet in The Church of the Covenant's sanctuary. Immediately following the 10/16 matinee performance, join Hamlet director Doug Lockwood and The Church of the Covenant'[s Reverend Julie Avis Rogers and other invited guests as they examine how our roles as theatre-goers and church-goers overlap and diverge. How does the church inform the play and the play inform the church? What themes in Hamlet speak to both theater audiences AND church communities today?
Sunday, October 16, 2016 6:00 PM
Harvard Book Store and Mass Humanities welcome DANNY ORBACH for a discussion of his book "The Plots Against Hitler," a definitive account of the anti-Nazi underground in Germany and its numerous efforts to assassinate Adolf Hitler.
Thursday, October 20, 2016 7:00 PM
The end of World War II. Holland is in chaos. The artist van Meegeren is arrested. His crime? Selling a long-lost painting by the Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer to Hermann Goering, Nazi leader. His defense? It was a perfect forgery painted by him. His proof? In front of his prosecutor (art historian and resistance fighter) Geert Piller, he must paint another flawless Vermeer to save his life. A play that debates beauty, faith, memory and the reconstruction of a country.
  • Larry Vaber Stage in the Unicorn Theatre, 6 East Street
  • Stockbridge, Berkshire County, MA (Berkshire)
  • contact: (413) 997-4444
  • web: www.wamtheatre.com/the-bakelite-masterpiece/
  • cost: $50 Group, student and teacher discounts.
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Thursday, October 20, 2016 7:00 PM8:30 PM
Have you ever wondered what you can learn from your own back yard? Archaeologists spend their days digging in dirt and looking for clues to the past. Come to the Old Colony History Museum to celebrate National Archaeology Month and learn about the archaeology of Southeastern Massachusetts with Alan Leveille from the Public Archaeology Lab. Refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m. with the talk to begin at 7 p.m.
Friday, October 21, 2016 7:00 PM
The end of World War II. Holland is in chaos. The artist van Meegeren is arrested. His crime? Selling a long-lost painting by the Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer to Hermann Goering, Nazi leader. His defense? It was a perfect forgery painted by him. His proof? In front of his prosecutor (art historian and resistance fighter) Geert Piller, he must paint another flawless Vermeer to save his life. A play that debates beauty, faith, memory and the reconstruction of a country.
  • Larry Vaber Stage in the Unicorn Theatre, 6 East Street
  • Stockbridge, Berkshire County, MA (Berkshire)
  • contact: (413) 997-4444
  • web: www.wamtheatre.com/the-bakelite-masterpiece/
  • cost: $50 Group, student and teacher discounts.
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Friday, October 21, 2016 3:00PM3:30PM
Riding the Mount Holyoke Tramway was a new experience for visitors to the Summit House. Learn about the tramway and experience the mix of feelings of 19th century visitors had when riding it. MEET ON THE SUMMIT HOUSE DECK. Appropriate for ages 12+, children must be accompanied by an adult.
Saturday, October 22, 2016 2:00 PM
The end of World War II. Holland is in chaos. The artist van Meegeren is arrested. His crime? Selling a long-lost painting by the Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer to Hermann Goering, Nazi leader. His defense? It was a perfect forgery painted by him. His proof? In front of his prosecutor (art historian and resistance fighter) Geert Piller, he must paint another flawless Vermeer to save his life. A play that debates beauty, faith, memory and the reconstruction of a country.
  • Larry Vaber Stage in the Unicorn Theatre, 6 East Street
  • Stockbridge, Berkshire County, MA (Berkshire)
  • contact: (413) 997-4444
  • web: www.wamtheatre.com/the-bakelite-masterpiece/
  • cost: $50 Group, student and teacher discounts.
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Saturday, October 22, 2016 7:00 PM
The end of World War II. Holland is in chaos. The artist van Meegeren is arrested. His crime? Selling a long-lost painting by the Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer to Hermann Goering, Nazi leader. His defense? It was a perfect forgery painted by him. His proof? In front of his prosecutor (art historian and resistance fighter) Geert Piller, he must paint another flawless Vermeer to save his life. A play that debates beauty, faith, memory and the reconstruction of a country.
  • Larry Vaber Stage in the Unicorn Theatre, 6 East Street
  • Stockbridge, Berkshire County, MA (Berkshire)
  • contact: (413) 997-4444
  • web: www.wamtheatre.com/the-bakelite-masterpiece/
  • cost: $50 Group, student and teacher discounts.
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Saturday, October 22, 2016 9:00 AM4:00 PM
The Boston Athenæum will host its 3rd annual Open House. Visitors will get a rare glimpse of the library’s members-only areas while the entire building, including the iconic fifth-floor reading room, will be open for self-guided tours. The Open House is a great opportunity to learn more about the Athenæum’s history, its collections, and its landmark home at 10½ Beacon Street. Guests will encounter portions of George Washington’s personal library; the King’s Chapel Collection, which is the oldest remaining colonial library in Boston; impressive works of art by John Singer Sargent, Gilbert Stuart, Polly Thayer Starr, N.C. Wyeth and others; and much more. Docents will be located throughout the building to share interesting tidbits, and to answer visitors’ questions about collections, programming, and membership.
Saturday, October 22, 2016 11:00 AM3:00 PM
African dance and discussion series for children ages 4-12 with dance lessons, games, books and more.
Sunday, October 23, 2016 2:00 PM
The end of World War II. Holland is in chaos. The artist van Meegeren is arrested. His crime? Selling a long-lost painting by the Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer to Hermann Goering, Nazi leader. His defense? It was a perfect forgery painted by him. His proof? In front of his prosecutor (art historian and resistance fighter) Geert Piller, he must paint another flawless Vermeer to save his life. A play that debates beauty, faith, memory and the reconstruction of a country.
  • Larry Vaber Stage in the Unicorn Theatre, 6 East Street
  • Stockbridge, Berkshire County, MA (Berkshire)
  • contact: (413) 997-4444
  • web: www.wamtheatre.com/the-bakelite-masterpiece/
  • cost: $50 Group, student and teacher discounts.
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Sunday, October 23, 2016 3:00 PM6:15 PM
Decay, disease, and corruption abound in Hamlet's home and family. Immediately following the 10/23 matinee performance, join Shakespeare scholar and Salem State University professor Jeffrey Theis as he facilitates a discussion with members of the cast on these themes in Hamlet. What happens when growth and restoration are compromised as family members seek different desires? Examine the family fault lines in the play through the lens of ecological and domestic decay.
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 7:00 PM
Harvard Book Store and Mass Humanities welcome award-winning historian HEATHER ANN THOMPSON, editor of "Speaking Out: Activism and Protest in the 1960s and 1970s," and Harvard Law School professor RANDALL KENNEDY for a discussion of Thompson's latest book, "Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy."
Thursday, October 27, 2016 6:00 PM8:00 PM
Cambridge Historical Society presents a 3-part symposium about the past, present and future of affordable housing in Cambridge. Conversation 2 focuses on the current state of affordable housing in Cambridge. We will hear about what's been tried, where we have succeeded and failed. We'll ask what success looks like. The goal is to inspire dialogue with an emphasis on curiosity and question-asking. Participants are encouraged to bring their own experiences, questions and open-mindedness.
Thursday, October 27, 2016 9:00 AM12:00 PM
A family Literacy Day based on the Family Adventures in Reading curriculum.
Saturday, October 29, 2016 2:00 PM3:00 PM
Come to the Randall Library to celebrate the Halloween season. Haunted cranberry bogs; restless spirits from King Philip’s War; a violin that won’t behave itself; a late-night visit from the Boston Strangler; a phantom dog: drawing from New England history and folklore, author and editor Edward Lodi shares some of his favorite true ghost stories. His talk will also include readings from one or two of his books, including his prize-winning ghost story, “Joe Baker Stops By.” He welcomes questions during and after his talk; a book signing follows.
  • 19 Crescent St
  • Stow, Middlesex County, MA (Metrowest Boston)
  • contact: 978-897-8572
  • cost: Free
Sunday, October 30, 2016 3:00 PM6:15 PM
Shakespeare is famous for playing with gender. While there are no cross-gender roles as written in Hamlet, there has been a great deal of conversation about the role of the masculine and the feminine in the play. What are the fault lines that exist between the gender roles and their social constructs in Hamlet? Immediately following the 10/30 matinee performance, Shakespeare scholar Coppelia Kahn, Professor Emerita of English at Brown University, will share her thoughts and explore masculine vs. feminine identity in Hamlet, joined by cast members and the audience.
Saturday, November 5, 2016 11:45 AM1:30 PM
Shakespeare's poetry was written to be performed and his rich text is most resonant when brought to life. Join professional theatre company Actors' Shakespeare Project as they bring scenes from Hamlet, the first show of their 13th season. Travel with the actors through various spaces in the library, starting in the Shakespeare Unauthorized exhibit room itself, as we see Hamlet's inner struggle unfold. Following the performance, stay for an interactive workshop led by members of ASP's teaching artist team where you'll have a chance to step into the shoes of Shakespeare's actors and make Hamlet's enduring words your own.
Sunday, November 6, 2016 6:30 PM
Join Mass Humanities in conferring the Governor's Award upon three exemplary honorees whose public actions have been grounded in an appreciation of the humanities and have enhanced civic life in the Commonwealth. The honorees: Frieda Garcia, Atul Gawande, or Lia Poorvu. Reception begins at 6:30 PM, followed by dinner and The Governor's Awards in the Humanities Presentations at 7:15PM.
Sunday, November 6, 2016 4:30 PM6:30 PM
Perhaps no president came into office with greater challenges or higher hopes than Barack Obama. Where will future presidential historians rank our first African-American president? For what will he be best remembered? Join our panel of historians and WBUR host moderator for a discussion on President Obama's legacy.
Sunday, November 6, 2016 3:00 PM6:15 PM
Immediately following the 11/06 matinee performance, join psychoanalyst, psychiatrist, author, and theatre/film consultant Philip Freeman as he facilitates a discussion with members of the cast on the psyches of Hamlet, Ophelia and other characters in the play. Are they experiencing a descent into madness, or are there greater forces at play? Where is the line between one person's reality and another person's madness? Can psychic fault lines be healed?
Monday, November 14, 2016 7:00 PM9:00 PM
The year 2016 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act, the cornerstone of historic preservation policy and practice in the United States. The panelists for this open discussion are contributors to a new book "Bending the Future: 50 Ideas for the Next 50 Years of Historic Preservation in the United States," in which they chart a possible future for historic preservation: a future that might build a more just world. The panelists offer a distinct vision for historic preservation and address related questions, including, Who is a preservationist? What should be preserved? Why? How? What stories do we tell in preservation? How does preservation contribute to the financial, environmental, social, and cultural well-being of communities? And if the “arc of the moral universe . . . bends towards justice,” how can preservation be a tool for achieving a more just society and world? The towns in the Connecticut River Valley are filled with histories that are both remembered and forgotten, glorified and suppressed. How has that come to be? Why are some stories part of what we know and some long gone? What buildings are marked to stay and which to go? How do we house our growing numbers while preserving our New England landscape? Please join us for the discussion.
  • Jones Library, 43 Amity Street
  • Amherst, Hampshire County, MA (CT Valley)
  • contact: (413) 545-2217
  • email: kfisk@umpress.umass.edu
  • cost: Free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Wednesday, November 16, 2016 6:00 PMFriday, November 16, 2018 8:00 PM
In 1768, precisely one hundred years after the House of the Gables was built, craftsmen had likely completed the final decorative embellishments of a new mansion erected across the harbor in Marblehead. Exquisite carvings, mahogany paneling, and magnificent hand-painted murals gave the grand new residence an aura of splendor that would have rivaled most New England homes at that time, just as the Turners' impressive dwelling would have a century earlier. Join former Lee Mansion curator Judy Anderson for an illustrated talk about the preservation of the splendid house and its hand painted wallpapers over two and a half centuries. A book about those wall-coverings will be for sale after the talk. To reserve your spot for this lecture please email groups@7gables.org, or call 978-744-0991 ext. 104
  • House of the Seven Gables, 115 Derby Street
  • Salem, Essex County, MA (Northeast)
  • contact: (978) 744-0991 x104
  • web: www.7gables.org
  • email: groups@7gables.org
  • cost: $7, free for members.
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Thursday, November 17, 2016 7:00 PM8:30 PM
Join clock expert Bob Frishman for an illustrated talk of more than 100 digital images, offering the history of clocks and watches in New England beginning with the arrival of the Mayflower up to the adoption of standard time by the railroads in the late 19th century. This talk will last no more than an hour and will be followed by an informal “road-show” appraisal session when attendees’ clocks can be identified and evaluated. So bring your clocks and join us for this great talk! Refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m. with the talk to begin at 7 p.m.
Thursday, November 17, 2016 6:00 PM8:00 PM
Cambridge Historical Society presents a 3-part symposium about the past, present, and future of affordable housing in Cambridge. In the third of three 'Housing for All' conversations, we will explore the future prospects for affordable housing in Cambridge.The goal is to inspire dialogue with an emphasis on curiosity and question-asking. Participants are encouraged to bring their own experiences, questions and open-mindedness.
Saturday, November 19, 2016 11:00 AM3:00 PM
African dance and discussion series for children ages 4-12 with dance lessons, games, books and more.
Sunday, December 4, 2016 2:00 PM
Discussion: City of Neighborhoods: Melding and Reclaiming Ethnic Identity following the 2pm performance.
Wednesday, December 7, 2016 7:00 PM8:30 PM
We will commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941 with a presentation by Curator of Collections Brian Miskell about some of the Sailors, Soldiers, Marines, and Airmen from the Old Colony region who were serving in Hawaii at the time.
Saturday, December 10, 2016 11:00 AM3:00 PM
African dance and discussion series for children ages 4-12 with dance lessons, games, books and more.

Exhibits

Saturday, February 27, 2016 Sunday, February 12, 2017
Natural Selections: Flora and the Arts explores through more than 20 objects how nature has inspired, impressed, and enlightened society long before the publication of Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species in 1859. Using three themes, the exhibition explores the subject of flora and how it inspired the decorative arts. “Botanizing” looks at the movement to classify, study, and teach though a selection of educational books and prints detailing floral anatomy and stages of life. “Art in Nature” delves into the museum’s rich collection of decorative arts to see how plants and flowers have influenced designers and craftspeople in fields as diverse as textiles, ceramics, furniture, and architecture. Finally, “Bringing the Outdoors In” showcases ceramic and glass vessels which literally brought colorful and fragrant flowers and plants indoors for personal enjoyment and study.
Wednesday, May 4, 2016 11:00 AMSaturday, November 19, 2016 4:00 PM
The Nichols family (who resided in what is now the museum from 1885-1960) was an upper middle class, Progressive-era (1890-1920) family with three intelligent, driven, and very different daughters who were involved in many reform activities of the day, including: women's suffrage, pacifism, and civil service reform. On May 4, the museum will open an exhibition that delves into the social and political activities of this innovative family, focusing especially on the advocacy of the younger generation of the three Nichols sisters, Rose, Marian and Margaret. We hope that by telling the stories of the past alongside the stories of the present, audiences will be inspired to engage in critical thinking about the role of women in public policy and politics.
  • Nichols House Museum, 55 Mount Vernon Street
  • Boston, Suffolk County, MA (Greater Boston)
  • contact: (617) 227-6993
  • web: www.nicholshousemuseum.org/
  • cost: Free with museum admission. Adults: $10, Children 12 and under: Free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Saturday, May 28, 2016 10:00 AMSunday, October 30, 2016 5:00 PM
Travel with Raven to the Northwest Coast and experience the rich heritage of the Native peoples, portrayed in dramatic storytelling and striking art objects. Fantastic tales set in the oceans, streams, and forests of the Pacific Northwest are accompanied by totem poles, carved masks, and other ceremonial and utilitarian objects reflecting the traditions and artistry of the Kwakiutl, Haida, Tsimshian, and Tlingit groups, among others. The exhibit features objects from the collection of Joan and Paul Gluck, one of the finest private collections of Pacific Northwest coastal art.
  • Berkshire Museum, 39 South Street (Route 7)
  • Pittsfield, Berkshire County, MA (Berkshire)
  • contact: (413)443-7171
  • web: berkshiremuseum.org
  • email: info@berkshiremuseum.org
  • cost: Regular museum admission: $13 adult; $6 child (under 18), Museum members & children 3 and under free
  • funded by Mass Humanities
Friday, July 15, 2016 Wednesday, May 31, 2017
"Picturing Frederick Douglass," the first major exhibition of photographs of the famed abolitionist, promises to revolutionize our knowledge of race and photography in 19th-century America. Many were unpublished, forgotten for decades, and previously unseen by contemporary viewers. Several were taken in Boston. Together, the images trace Douglass's visual journey from self-emancipated man to firebrand abolitionist and elder statesman, and they narrate a photographic autobiography across a half-century of history. Douglass, who was in love with photography, sat for his portrait whenever possible, from his earliest known photograph in 1841 until his passing in 1895. As a result, he became the most photographed American of the 19th century; more photographed than President Abraham Lincoln. Picturing Frederick Douglass offers a visually stunning re-introduction to America's first black celebrity immediately recognizable in his own lifetime by millions.
  • 46 Joy St.
  • Boston, Suffolk County, MA (Greater Boston)
  • web: maah.org
  • cost: On July 15th cost will be admission by donation. After the 15th, admission will be $5 for Adults $3 for seniors, Free for members

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