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August 2020

Virtual Writing for Representation Workshop with Nancy Genevieve Kohl

August 12, 2020 @ 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM EDT
Funded by Mass Humanities
Free

Poet & Professor Nancy Genevieve Kohl will lead a writing workshop with the Representative Shirley Chisholm quote as a prompt “If they don't give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.” Inviting attendees to reflect on, write about, and discuss political voice. Writer's choice: poetry, memoir, prose... Register for this online event here: https://libcal.readingpl.org/event/6601149

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Belva Lockwood for President: a Living History Performance with Anne Barrett

August 24, 2020 @ 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT
Free

It's 1884 and Belva Lockwood is on the campaign trail! Attend her fiery campaign speech to hear her plans for equality and justice for all. She'll recollect her humble beginnings, and describe her fight to become the first woman admitted to the Supreme Court Bar. Includes renditions of popular suffrage songs. Step Back to Election 1884 with historian and performer Anne Barrett. Register for this live online performance: https://libcal.readingpl.org/event/6488502

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September 2020

The Vote! Radicals, Reformers, and Revolutionaries: Social Movements in the U.S.

September 15, 2020 @ 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM EDT
Funded by Mass Humanities

Tina Cassidy discusses social movements: from the Progressive Era of the early 1900s, which spawned the suffrage and labor movements, the Civil Rights, anti-war and environmental movements of the 1960s to today's Black Lives Matter struggle. We'll discuss protest as a force for change, whether social movements need both a Malcom X and a Martin Luther King to sustain their energy, and how protest and social movements are thriving (or being disrupted) in the age of social media.  This event…

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The Vote! Born in the USA? Voting Rights, Constitutional Protections, and Citizenship in U.S. Territories

September 17, 2020 @ 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM EDT
Funded by Mass Humanities

The United States has a total of fourteen territories, yet the Constitution is only partially applied, inhabitants serve in the military yet cannot vote in general elections or have full representation in Congress. Come hear author and Professor Julian Go, a leading expert on American Colonialism, lecture on the fascinating history and current state of American Empire. This event will be held online via Zoom. Registration required. The Vote! is generously sponsored by Mass Humanities and is a statewide initiative…

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Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope – Nicholas Kristof & Sheryl Wudunn

September 24, 2020 @ 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM EDT
Funded by Mass Humanities
Free

Brian Boyles, Executive Director of Mass Humanities, will be interviewing Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl Wudunn. The Pulitzer Prize-winning authors of the best-selling Half the Sky now issue a plea-told through the lives of real Americans-to address the crisis in working-class America, while focusing on solutions to mend a half century of governmental failure. Tightrope draws us deep into an "other America." The authors tell this story through the lives of some of the children with whom Kristof grew up, in rural…

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The Vote! Spectacles of Suffrage: Women and the Right to Vote in Massachusetts

September 30, 2020 @ 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM EDT
Funded by Mass Humanities

In October 1915, the Massachusetts Women Suffrage Association organized a suffrage parade. Some 15,000 marched through the Public Garden and Boston Common. Why did they select the Public Garden? How did it compare to suffrage parades and tactics elsewhere? How did local conditions and spaces inform strategies? What backlash did marchers face and why? Join Paula Austin, author of Coming of Age in Jim Crow DC (NYU Press, 2019) and Lauren Santangelo, author of Suffrage and the City: New York…

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October 2020

The Vote! RPL Book Group

October 13, 2020 @ 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM EDT
Funded by Mass Humanities

Featured Book: Mr. President, How Long Must We Wait? : Alice Paul, Woodrow Wilson, and the Fight for the Right to Vote by Tina Cassidy. Multiple digital and physical copies available: https://reading.noblenet.org/eg/opac/results?query=mr%20president;action=http%3A%2F%2Freading.noblenet.org%2Feg%2Fopac%2Fresults;submit=Search;facet=author%7Call_authors%5BCassidy%2C%20Tina%5D Discussion Leader: Librarian Andrea Fiorillo The RPL Book Group is a participant-run adult book discussion group that meets online to discuss a broad range of book selections, both fiction and nonfiction. Copies of each months selection are available at the Borrower Services Desk.

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The Vote! Black Women, Suffrage, and the Long Struggle for Voting Rights

October 14, 2020 @ 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM EDT
Funded by Mass Humanities

The National Association of Colored Women was an early leader in the voting rights movement. While celebrating the passage of 19th Amendment, many Black women continued to fight for electoral power well into the 20th century.  In our contemporary moment, with the rise of Stacy Abrams and Kamala Harris on national party tickets, what obstacles do some American women still face as they try to exercise the rights protected by the 19th Amendment? Join historian Paula Austin in a discussion…

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The Vote! Screening of ‘Chisholm ’72: Unbought and Unbossed’

October 27, 2020 @ 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM EDT
Funded by Mass Humanities

Shirley Chisholm was an American politician who became the first Black woman elected to the United States Congress, representing New York’s 12th congressional district for seven terms. In 1972, Chisholm ran for President of the United States and was the first African American woman to do so. Join us for a discussion of Shola Lynch’s Chisholm ’72: Unbought and Unbossed. We'll view clips of the film and hear about Chisholm's political life. Boston University Professor of History and African American…

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March 2021

Activism and ‘Redeeming Uncle Tom’

March 3 @ 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM EST
Funded by Mass Humanities
$5 – $10

Harriet Beecher Stowe’s 1852 novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, galvanized anti-slavery forces. Yet activism for human rights was growing in the early 19th century. Our screening of “Redeeming Uncle Tom,” a film about Josiah Henson, whose life story inspired Stowe, informs our discussion afterwards. Learn how Henson fits into the beginning of an organized movement for abolition, which coalesced in the 1830s and led to Stowe using her novel to promote social justice. Our guest speaker, Holly Jackson, is the author…

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April 2021

Making Change in the Civil Rights Era

April 8 @ 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM EDT
Funded by Mass Humanities
$5 – $10

As the Civil Rights movement heated up in the 1960s, citizens with Newton ties felt called to participate. Clips from the film “Freedom Riders” set the stage for a conversation with Skip Griffin and Judy Frieze Wright. They discuss their activism, including attending the 1963 March on Washington, in a conversation moderated by Boston journalist Carmen Fields. This program is funded in part by Mass Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in…

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May 2021

Voting Rights: Where Do We Go From Here?

May 13 @ 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM EDT
Funded by Mass Humanities
Free

Join Gloria J. Browne-Marshall, author of "The Voting Rights War" for a session presented in partnership with Overdue: Confronting Race and Racism in Newton. Professor Browne-Marshall will examine laws posing challenges to American voters -- especially African-Americans -- from enslavement and woman’s suffrage through current controversies of voter suppression. She will touch issues such as grandfather clauses, literacy tests, felony disenfranchisement, and photo identification requirements. She will also look ahead to challenges that future voters are likely to face, especially after…

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Domestic Staff: Their Work, Their Houses, Their Lives, from the Federal Period through the Gilded Age

May 18 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM EDT
$10

Domestic servants made possible the lifestyles of many families in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, but their stories often go untold. Why did they choose domestic service? What was their relationship with each other and the families they worked for? How did they experience the house? In this panel discussion, your favorite historic houses will explore the experiences of the domestic staff that lived and worked at our sites. Join us to examine these five sites through the lens…

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July 2021

Reading Frederick Douglass Together

July 4 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT
Funded by Mass Humanities
Free

Please join us to read and discuss “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” The life and works of Frederick Douglass continue to shape our understanding of America. A gifted orator and prescient writer, Douglass forces us to reckon with the legacy of slavery and the promises of democracy. The zoom link will be provided prior to the event. We will be one of many community gatherings across the Commonwealth reading this address together and reflecting on our…

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Borderland: The Life & Times of Blanche Ames Ames Film Screening and Discussion

July 22 @ 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM EDT
Free

Join Suffrage100MA and the filmmaker of Borderland for a film screening and discussion on July 22 at 7 pm. Registration required. This event is free. Registration is required. Please click here to register. Blanche Ames Ames (1878-1969) was an artist, an activist, a builder, an inventor, a birth control maverick, and a leader of the woman suffrage movement in Massachusetts. She was a woman of privilege who was not afraid to shock polite society. Her name doesn't appear in most…

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Exhibitions

#PrideExtended

July 9 @ 6:45 PM - 8:30 PM EDT
Funded by Mass Humanities
Free

From Stonewall Inn in 1969 to the Trans Resistance March in Boston on June 12, 2021, Black trans women and non-binary people have led the vanguard on the path toward a true freedom- one that is intersectional and layered. But the Pride Movement has whitewashed both history and the present. #PrideExtended, an initiative founded by Mercedes Loving-Manley, is a benefit festival and mutual aid initiative highlighting Black trans and non-binary talent with live performances and film screenings. It honors Black…

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At The Waves’ Edges: A Cross-Generational Dialogue on Black Feminism: Part 1 and Part 2

June 26 @ 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM EDT
Free

This two-part program will be live streamed on June 12 and June 26, at 3pm through our Youtube Channel! Featuring Demita Frazier, Co-Founder of the Combahee River Collective “The fecundity and power of oceanic and fresh water meeting in the brackish wetlands of sweet grasses, that is us as Black women coming together.” -Demita Frazier (2021) At the confluence of the Combahee, history was made. Yet long since forming the name-sake radical socialist Black Feminist Combahee River Collective in Boston…

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At The Waves’ Edges, a Cross-Generational Dialogue on Black Feminism: Part 1

June 12 @ 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM EDT
Funded by Mass Humanities
Free

“The fecundity and power of oceanic and fresh water meeting in the brackish wetlands of sweet grasses, that is us as Black women coming together.”  -Demita Frazier (2021)   At the confluence of the Combahee, history was made. Yet long since forming the name-sake radical socialist Black Feminist Combahee River Collective in Boston in 1974 and co-publishing the landmark statement in 1977, Collective Co-Founder Demita Frazier remains eyes forward. And basic justice remains elusive. And capitalism’s chokehold tightens. And academic…

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Virtual Curator Talk: Art, Culture, and Adaptation with Elizabeth James Perry

October 15, 2020 @ 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM EDT
Funded by Mass Humanities
Zoom presentation/New Bedford Whaling Museum, 18 Johnny Cake Hill Rd.
New Bedford, MA 02740 United States
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Free

Join Aquinnah Wampanoag, whaling descendant, and marine scientist Elizabeth James Perry as she discusses her exhibition and how it connects to her family history, Wampanoag culture, and 400-years of environmental change and adaptation. In this hour-long interactive discussion, Elizabeth, along with the Museum’s Curator of Social History Dr. Akeia de Barros Gomes and other panelists, will share the importance of future generations taking an active role in exploring history, community connections, and awareness of and capacity for cultural adaptation to…

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Closing Reception of Homeward Bound: Global Intimacies in Converging Chinatowns

May 30, 2020 @ 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM EDT
Funded by Mass Humanities
Pao Arts Center, 99 Albany St
Boston, MA 02111 United States
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Free

Pao Arts Center is proud to host Homeward Bound: Global Intimacies in Converging Chinatowns, an exhibition curated by queer Chinese American scholars, organizers, and artists Mei Lum, Diane Wong, and Huiying B. Chan. Join us for refreshments and to celebrate the closing of this exhibition. Homeward Bound centers narratives of home, community, and intergenerational resistance. The exhibition draws from four years of ethnographic research and oral history interviews with the Chinese diaspora that spans nine countries and 13 cities. The…

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Facebook Live Salem State Artifacts Showing

April 29, 2020 @ 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM EDT
Tapley Memorial Hall, 13 Page Street
Danvers, 01923
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Tune into our Facebook channel at 1:30 on Wednesday April 29 and watch our Discover Danvers Roundtable Live! Artifacts come to life through the eyes of volunteer researchers from Salem State University. Unfortunately, we will not have live audience participation nor a moderated discussion this spring. We will have a tour via Facebook Live and we hope you all watch, especially kids who are not in school right now. We will closely view several objects from the Society’s collections and…

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Faith in a City: Artist + Curator Talk

January 11, 2020 @ 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EST
Funded by Mass Humanities
The Somerville Museum, One Westwood Road
Somerville, 02143
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Free – $10

Join us at the Somerville Museum for a talk with some of the artists of the "Faith in a City" exhibit and producer/curator Charan Devereaux. Admission is $10, free for Somerville Museum members and members of participating congregations. More about "Faith in a City" "Faith in a City" is a project exploring religion in Somerville. Massachusetts through music, photography, video, interviews and history as a way to better understand our community. The focus is how religion is meaningful to people…

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America Transformed: Mapping the 19th Century Part II

November 23, 2019 @ 12:00 AM - May 10, 2020 @ 12:00 AM EST
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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Faith in a City: Exploring Religion in Somerville, Massachusetts

November 17, 2019 - January 26, 2020
Funded by Mass Humanities
The Somerville Museum, One Westwood Road
Somerville, 02143
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Free – $5

"Faith in a City" is a project exploring religion in Somerville through music, photography, video, interviews and history as a way to better understand our community. The focus is how religion is meaningful to people across the City. The project includes concerts, talks, panel discussions and an exhibit. "Faith in a City" includes some congregations near Somerville where local residents go to worship. Many thanks to Keyzom Bhutti, Boston Japanese Christian Church, Dormition of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church,…

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Beyond Jazz: A Gathering Place

September 19, 2019 @ 12:00 AM - March 1, 2020 @ 12:00 AM EDT
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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