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October 2019

Oral History Roundtable

October 22 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Funded by Mass Humanities
Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House, 71 Cherry Street
Cambridge, MA 02139-3553 United States
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Free

Led by scholar Diana Lempel, you'll hear from the project team and oral history narrators about what we're learning from the narrators' stories about the pivotal role of the Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House in supporting and empowering people of the Port neighborhood.

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Graphic Novels and Children’s Book Illustrations: Art Gallery Talk

October 23 @ 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Funded by Mass Humanities
Mount Wachusett Community College Art Gallery, 444 Green St.
Gardner, MA 01440-1348 United States
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Free

Rich Michelson will discuss graphic novels and children's book illustrations in conjunction with a month-long October exhibit of Graphic Novel and Children's Book Illustrations.

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Comics, Medicine, and Memory

October 24 @ 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Mount Wachusett Community College, 444 Green St., Room 127
Gardner, MA 01440-1348 United States
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Free

Dementia. Mental Illness. Loss. Shame. They make us turn away. Yet, when Dana Walrath's mother, Alice, came down with dementia and moved in with her, little did she know that this would lead her not only to heal her relationship with her mother but also to start making comics. Writer, artist, and anthropologist Dana Walrath-author of Aliceheimer's: Alzheimer's Through the Looking Glass-shares her journey with us.

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Comics, Medicine, and Memory

October 24 @ 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Funded by Mass Humanities
Heywood Hospital, 242 Green St., Boardroom
Gardner, MA 01440-1336 United States
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Dementia. Mental Illness. Loss. Shame. They make us turn away. Yet, when Dana Walrath's mother, Alice, came down with dementia and moved in with her, little did she know that this would lead her not only to heal her relationship with her mother but also to start making comics. Writer, artist, and anthropologist Dana Walrath-author of Aliceheimer's: Alzheimer's Through the Looking Glass-shares her journey with us.

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A Sense of Where You are: Conversations About Leverett’s Historic Industrial Landscape and Community

October 26 @ 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Funded by Mass Humanities
Leverett Library, 75 Montague Rd
Leverett, MA 01054-0250 United States
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Free

The Leverett Historical Commission invites you to an adventure! Want to know more about the stone remnants along our many streams? Leverett's historic landscape includes the remains of more than fifty water-powered mills from the 1770's to the late 1800's. The event includes a visit to a mill site, a talk by UMass Lowell historian Robert Forrant, and a conversation on the past and future of Leverett's early industrial landscape. We will carpool from Leverett Library promptly at 1 pm.…

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History, Historians and Public Memory: A Conversation with Danielle Allen and Jill Lepore

October 27 @ 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Funded by Mass Humanities
Edward M. Kennedy Institute, Columbia Point, 210 Morrissey Blvd
Boston, MA 02125-3314 United States
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Free

Two of the nation's leading scholars join together for their first onstage conversation. Danielle Allen and Jill Lepore will explore the role of historians in society, and the importance of history in a democracy. How can the study of the past inform a nation grappling with issues of identity, citizenship, and misinformation? In an era of contentious debates about historical events and figures, what forces influence public memory?

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Trayf Spotlight Symposium: Examining Chasidic Communities of the 1990’s and Today

October 27 @ 3:15 PM - 4:00 PM
Funded by Mass Humanities
Mosesian Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal Street
Watertown, MA 02472-5711 United States
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Free

Join us after the 2pm performance of Trayf on New Repertory Theatre's Mainstage for a lecture and discussion with area experts Rabbi Moshe Waldoks (Temple Beth Zion's Senior Rabbi), Stuart Hect (Professor at Boston College and American Theatre Historian) and Michael Zank (Professor of Religion, Jewish, and Medieval Studies at Boston University). Moderated by Project Scholar, Kristin Leahey (Assistant Professor, Dramatic Literature & Dramaturgy at Boston University), the panel will explore the role of Chasidic Communities both during the action…

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2019 Governor’s Awards in the Humanities

October 27 @ 5:00 PM
John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Columbia Point, 220 Morrissey Boulevard
Boston, MA 02125-3398 United States
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$300

Join Mass Humanities in conferring the Governor's Award upon four exemplary honorees whose public actions have been grounded in an appreciation of the humanities and have enhanced civic life in the Commonwealth. The honorees: Danielle Allen, Lee Blake, Nancy Donahue, and Jeffrey Musman. Reception begins at 5:00 PM, followed by dinner and The Governor's Awards in the Humanities.

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November 2019

Conversations Across Generations

November 1 @ 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Funded by Mass Humanities
Boston College Connell School Nursing, Fuller Hall #245, 140 Commonwealth Ave.
Chestnut Hill, MA 02478-2508 United States
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Free

Learn how use of the arts and the humanities and cross-generational discussions can help educate, nurture and inspire us to normalize conversations - across the generations - about death and dying, grief and loss in healthcare, education, home and community settings.

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A Sense of Where You are: Conversations about Leverett’s Historic Industrial Landscape and Community

November 9 @ 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
MA United States View on Google Maps
Free

The Leverett Historical Commission invites you to an adventure! The remains of more than fifty water-powered mills from the 1770's to the late 1800's tell the story of Leverett's thriving community. Will they play a role in the future of Leverett? Join us for a mill site visit, a talk by Tufts historical anthropologist Cathy Stanton, and a conversation on the past and future of Leverett's early industrial landscape. We will carpool from Leverett Library promptly at 1 pm. Dress…

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Exhibitions

Beyond Jazz: A Gathering Place

September 19, 2019 @ 12:00 AM - March 1, 2020 @ 12:00 AM
Funded by Mass Humanities
Museum of African American History, 46 Joy Street
Boston, MA 02108-4620 United States
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$8 – $62

A new exhibit exploring how the African meeting House fortified Boston's 19th-century African American community by providing a space for cultural expression.

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Chinatown PhotoVoice Exhibition

September 12 @ 11:00 AM - December 7 @ 5:00 PM
Funded by Mass Humanities
Pao Arts Center, 99 Albany Street
Boston, MA 02111-1409 United States
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Free

Inside Chinatown features photography by eleven Chinatown community members who used photography to not only share the experiences, challenges, and successes found in their community, but also to author their own history of what it means to work and live in Boston's Chinatown. The exhibition is a culmination of six months of coursework where participants K.C., Qianying Guan, B.K., Barney Ko, Yingyan Liang, Kim Sit, Angela Soo Hoo, Heman Tang, Justine Wang, and Warren Wong learned about the neighborhood's history…

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“F/V Innovation” Exhibit

September 12, 2019 @ 12:00 AM - March 29, 2020 @ 12:00 AM
Funded by Mass Humanities
New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center, 38 Bethel Street
New Bedford, MA 02740-6318 United States
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$3 – $5

"F/V Innovation" is a new exhibit at the New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center that explores the evolution of vessels and gear and pays tribute to individuals whose innovations propelled the commercial fishing industry into the modern era. The Center is open Thursday - Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Center is wheelchair accessible with free off-street parking.

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America Transformed: Mapping the 19th Century Part I

May 4 @ 12:00 AM - November 10 @ 12:00 AM
Funded by Mass Humanities
Norman B. Leventhal Map & Education Center At the Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St., Copley Square
Boston, MA 02116-2813 United States
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Free

During the 19th century, the United States expanded dramatically westward. Immigrant settlers rapidly spread across the continent and transformed it, often through violent or deceptive means, from ancestral Native lands and borderlands teeming with diverse communities to landscapes that fueled the rise of industrialized cities. Historical maps, images and related objects tell the story of the sweeping changes made to the physical, cultural, and political landscape. Moving beyond the mythologized American frontier, this map exhibition explores the complexity of factors…

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