Adult Programs

The Stockbridge Library, Museum & Archives presents various programs of interest throughout the year. Check the Calendar for specific topics and events. All are welcome!

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Sunday, March 26 at 4:00 pm

Speaker Series: Eugene R. Fidell on Military Justice

“You can’t handle the truth.” These iconic words, bellowed by Jack Nicholson as Colonel Jessup in the 1992 movie A Few Good Men, became an emblem of the conflict between honor and truth that the collective imagination often considers the quintessence of military justice. The military is the rare part of contemporary society that enjoys the privilege of policing its own members’ behavior, with special courts and a separate body of rules. Whether one is for or against this system, military trials are fascinating and little understood. In his book Military Justice: A Very Short Introduction, Eugene R. Fidell opens a window on the military judicial system, offering an accessible and balanced assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of military legal regimes around the world. It illuminates US military justice through a comparison with civilian and foreign models for the administration of justice, with a particular emphasis on the UK and Canadian military justice systems.

Join us on Sunday, March 26, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. when Eugene R. Fidell, drawing on his experience as a serving officer, private practitioner, and law professor, presents a hard-hitting tour of the field, exploring military justice trends across different countries and compliance (or lack thereof) with contemporary human rights standards.

He digs into critical issues such as the response to sexual assault in the armed forces, the challenges of protecting judicial independence, and the effect of social media and modern technology on age-old traditions of military discipline. A rich series of case studies, ranging from examples of misconduct, such as the devastating Abu Ghraib photos, to political tangles, such as the Guantánamo military commissions, throw light on the high profile and occasionally obscure circumstances that emerge from today’s military operations around the world. As Fidell’s account shows, by understanding the mechanism of military justice we can better comprehend the political values of a country.

About the presenter: Eugene R. Fidell is Senior Research Scholar and Florence Rogatz Visiting Lecturer at Yale Law School and of counsel to the Washington, DC law firm Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell LLP. He served in the United States Coast Guard and co-founded the National Institute of Military Justice. He chairs the Committee on Military Justice of the International Society for Military Law and the Law of War and edits the Global Military Justice Reform blog.  He and his wife, journalist Linda Greenhouse, live part-time in Stockbridge.

Tuesday, March 28 at 6:30 pm

The Art and Business of Coffee

Come to the Library on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. to hear Lisa Landry, co-owner of No. Six Depot, talk about the intersection of art and business and how it all relates to a “beautiful cup of coffee.”  Learn more about the bean we love and this very special place nestled in the heart of West Stockbridge.

Lisa’s talk will include specifics on coffee: where it comes from, how it’s grown, how it’s processed, and how to brew it.  Two types of coffee samples will be offered for tasting.  Lisa also will give us a look at the inner workings of No. Six Depot: how they select and roast the coffee, their business model and branding, and all that goes into combining a roastery, cafe, art gallery, and event space.

Lisa Landry is co-owner of No. Six Depot with her husband, Flavio Lichtenthal. Lisa is responsible for branding, marketing, business development, as well as art gallery and live event curation and coordination. Prior to starting No. Six Depot in 2013, she was brand strategist and creative director at various NYC creative and digital agencies agencies for over twenty years. Prior to NYC, she lived and worked in Rome, Italy and worked in journalism for RAI (Radiotelevisione Italiana), Italy’s “BBC,” doing translations, copy editing and working on documentaries in India and Africa. She graduated from Babson College in Wellesley, MA.

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Tuesday, April 4 at 5:30 pm

Lee Sheldon on Star Trek, Edge of Night, and Videogames



The answer is Lee Sheldon, a world-class game designer, book author, script writer, and writer/producer of more than 200 TV shows.  Join us on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. to learn more about his fascinating work in movies, TV, and gaming.


Lee Sheldon is also author of Impossible Bliss, a mystery novel, and of the standard text for teaching game writing.  Now working on his 43rd game, Mr. Sheldon is an innovative Professor of Practice in the Interactive Media & Game Development Program at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.  He lives with his wife in Stockbridge.

Saturday, April 8 at 4:00 pm

Consider the Source: Truth and News in the Misinformation Age, Part 1

Part 1: Facts or Fakes: Finding Reliable Information in the Digital Age

“Post-truth” was declared the international word of the year by Oxford Dictionaries in 2016.  It is defined as “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.”

In today’s post-truth (and often polarized) environment, how and where do we get reliable, honest, and somewhat objective information, especially online?  On Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 4:00 p.m., Katherine O’Neil, Director of the Stockbridge Library, Museum & Archives, will offer a presentation aimed at giving you the skills to navigate the modern information landscape.  She will discuss the ways in which the democratization of information available online and the influence of social media have given rise to virtual “echo chambers” and “filter bubbles” and how that necessitates sustained critical thinking and engagement on the part of the reader.

About the presenter: Katherine O’Neil is Director of the Stockbridge Library, Museum & Archives.  She previously worked as a Technical Services and Reference Librarian at the Westfield Athenaeum and as an Adult Librarian for Los Angeles Public Library.  She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in English & American Literature & Language from Harvard University and her Master of Library and Information Science from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Join us for the second session in this series – Fake News, Real News: Why the Difference Matters to Our Democracy – on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.




Tuesday, April 11 at 5:00 pm

Four Fabulous Food-Themed Films

The Library is pleased to launch a new monthly film series, beginning January 2017. Four fabulous food-themed films will be shown – one each month – at 5:00 p.m. in the Morris Stockbridge Room. Admission is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be available for purchase.

This month’s featured film will be Big Night (1996), an award winning film written and directed by Stanley Tucci, starring Tony Shalhoub, Stanley Tucci, and Marc Anthony. A failing Italian restaurant run by two brothers gambles on one special night to try to save the business.

Friday, April 21 at 6:00 pm

Family Movie Night: Sing

Put the kids in their pjs and come on down to the Library for a movie during school vacation week!  Join us for a presentation of “Sing” (PG) at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, April 21, 2017.  Snacks and water will be provided; bring your own cozy blankets and pillows.

Saturday, April 22 at 4:00 pm

Consider the Source: Truth and News in the Misinformation Age, Part 2

Part 2: Fake News, Real News: Why the Difference Matters to our Democracy

Three experienced journalists will examine the role of the news media and the impact of fake news in today’s society.  Panelists include Elizabeth Jensen, Ombudsman for National Public Radio, and Bill Everhart, Editorial Page Editor of the Berkshire Eagle.  John Felton, a freelance journalist living in Lee, will act as moderator.


James Wrona Photography

Elizabeth Jensen was appointed to a three-year term as NPR’s Ombudsman/Public Editor in January 2015.  In this role, she serves as the public’s representative to NPR, responsible for bringing transparency to matters of journalism and journalism ethics. The Ombudsman/Public Editor receives tens of thousands of listener inquiries annually and responds to significant queries, comments and criticisms.

Jensen has spent decades taking an objective look at the media industry. As a contributor to The New York Times, she covered the public broadcasting beat – PBS, NPR, local stations and programming – as well as children’s media, documentaries, non-profit journalism start-ups and cable programming. She also wrote for the Columbia Journalism Review and was a regular contributor to Current, the public broadcasting trade publication, where, among other topics, she wrote about sustainability strategies for public television stations.

Photo by Stephanie Zollshan

Bill Everhart is the Editorial Page Editor of the Berkshire Eagle.