Wednesday, March 27, 2019 7:00 PM
Mass Humanities and Harvard Book Store welcome celebrated short story writer AMY HEMPEL--author of Reasons to Live--for a discussion of her first story collection in over a decade, "Sing to It." A master of the short story, Hempel's new collection is her first since "Collected Stories," published more than a decade ago. These fifteen stories reveal Hempel at her most compassionate and spirited, as she introduces characters, lonely and adrift, searching for connection.
Thursday, March 28, 2019 7:00 PM
Mass Humanities and Harvard Book Store welcome lawyer, scholar, and writer CARA ROBERTSON for a discussion of her debut book, "The Trial of Lizzie Borden." The book tells the true story of one of the most sensational murder trials in American history. When Andrew and Abby Borden were brutally hacked to death in Fall River, Massachusetts, in August 1892, the arrest of the couple's younger daughter Lizzie turned the case into international news and her trial into a spectacle. Robertson explores the stories Lizzie Borden's culture wanted and expected to hear and how those stories influenced the debate inside and outside of the courtroom, offering a window onto America in the Gilded Age and showcasing its most deeply held convictions and most troubling social anxieties.
Saturday, March 30, 2019 1:00 PM
Women and men from Boston were very active in the movement to gain the vote for women. Lucy Stone, Julia Ward Howe, Clara Barton and others gave speeches, wrote articles, and marched in parades during the almost seventy-year struggle. Come and listen to present day Bostonians as they read from these writings and speeches that reveal women's determination to be able to vote in order to participate fully in the political life of the country. Judith Kalaora, from History at Play, will be a part of the program. Ms. Kalaora portrays a number of famous women through living history performances, including Deborah Sampson, Christa McAuliffe, and Hedy Lamarr. We are very pleased to have her join us in the role of Lucy Stone, one of the most important figures in the woman suffrage movement.
  • Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
  • Boston, Suffolk County, MA (Greater Boston)
  • contact: 617-524-2053
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  • cost: Free
Saturday, March 30, 2019 2:00 PM3:30 PM
Join Rosalyn Elder and More Than Words Youth for a reading of A Ballad for Massachusetts, a poem celebrating the accomplishments of 13 African American heroes in our history, from Elizabeth "MumBett" Freeman to Mel King. Elder is the author of "Exploring the Legacy: People and Places of Significance," detailing African American history across 742 sites in 141 towns in Massachusetts. All event attendees will receive a 20% off coupon to our bookstore and hot tea courtesy of More Than Words, a nonprofit social enterprise that empowers young adults who are in the foster care system, court-involved, homeless, or out of school to take charge of their lives by taking charge of a business.
Sunday, April 7, 2019 2:00 PM
William Dawes, Jr., is known today only as the other rider who carried news of the British army's march to Lexington in April 1775. Like the more famous Paul Revere, Dawes was deeply involved in the Patriot movement for years both before and after that date. This talk reveals Dawes the militia organizer, the fashion icon, even the arms smuggler whose secret mission for the Patriots' Committee of Safety helped bring on the Revolutionary War. The speaker will be J. L. Bell, author of "The Road to Concord: How Four Stolen Cannon Ignited the Revolutionary War." This event is co-sponsored by the Roxbury Historical Society, the Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministry and the JP Historical Society.
  • 10 Putnam St, Roxbury, MA 02119
  • Boston, Suffolk County, MA (Greater Boston)
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  • cost: Free
Wednesday, April 10, 2019 6:30 PM8:00 PM
This year we at Cambridge Historical Society ask, "How does Cambridge engage?" On April 10, City Councilors Alanna Mallon and Sumbul Siddiqui discuss how Cambridge engages in the digital realm. Chatting about local politics and their weekly podcast, "Women Are Here," the two city councilors will reflect on the ways local government has engaged with residents historically, and how using the Internet and social media can serve as tools to stay connected. Smarika Suwal, a Cambridge Rindge and Latin School alumnus and now a History and Classics double-major at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, will moderate the conversation.
Tuesday, May 14, 2019 6:00 PM8:30 PM
The UU Urban Ministry is pleased to welcome long-time Roxbury resident, community organizer, and Civil Rights veteran Mimi Jones to facilitate a community reading series featuring works by influential women. These moving readings with audience participation will be followed by a conversation about the author's words, their place in history, and their relevance today. Event is free, dinner will be served, and all are welcome. Please join us!
  • 10 Putnam Street (use 8 John Eliot Square for parking lot)
  • Roxbury, Suffolk County, MA (Greater Boston)
  • contact: 617-318-6010
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  • cost: Free
  • funded by Mass Humanities


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