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, April 22 at 4:00 pm

Embrace Your Voice, Reclaim Your Power: Changing the Dialogue Surrounding Sexual Assault, Part 1

In the wake of the explosion of sexual assault and harassment stories coming from Hollywood and people everywhere embracing the #MeToo movement, awareness of and discussions about sexual violence are on the rise.

This April, the Stockbridge Library, Museum & Archives is pleased to partner with Elizabeth Freeman Center to present two programs in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month.  Embrace Your Voice, Reclaim Your Power: Changing the Dialogue Surrounding Sexual Assault will provide the community with an opportunity to talk about and understand sexual violence: what it looks like, who it impacts, and how we can work together to create a culture of respect, equality, and safety for all.  There are many ways to embrace one’s voice, from voicing your support for survivors and speaking out against victim blaming, to encouraging everyday conversations about consent and helping the children in your life feel safe by teaching them that the choices they make about their bodies deserve to be respected.

 

Part 1: Faces of Sexual Assault

The first program, to be held Sunday, April 22, 2018 at 4:00 p.m., will feature a panel discussion focused on the question of “what does sexual violence look like?”. The panel, moderated by Jennifer Goewey and Tess Lane of Elizabeth Freeman Center, will include trans/intersex activist Jahaira DeAlto; Dr. Kate Gallagher of the Austen Riggs Center; Stacy Malone, Executive Director of the Victim Rights Law Center; and Lisa McCue, Victim Service Coordinator for the Baystate Family Advocacy Center. Discussion topics will include understanding sexual violence and the forms it can take, from sexual harassment to domestic violence, as well as the people it impacts – namely, everyone. Questions from the audience will be encouraged.

About the panelists:
Jahaira DeAlto is a leader and advocate from Boston who organizes through a Latina/Middle Eastern trans* radical womanist praxis. Her work in social justice began in 1997 with the Chanelle Pickett murder trial. Notably, she has spoken at the Ryan White National Youth Conference on HIV/AIDS, the Hetrick-Martin School, and Harvard University. Most recently, she was a guest-lecturer at Columbia University’s School of Social Work. Currently she lives and attends college in Pittsfield, MA, where she sits on the boards of both the Berkshire Pride Committee and the LGBTQIA+ Access Project at the Elizabeth Freeman Center. She believes in reparations, intersectional freedom, and the healing properties of mango sorbet.

Dr. Kathryn (Kate) Gallagher is a clinical psychologist and fourth year fellow in the Adult Psychoanalytic Training Program at the Austen Riggs Center. She earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from Georgia State University and completed her Predoctoral internship at the Emory University School of Medicine, both located in Atlanta, Georgia. As part of her graduate work, she built a program of research focused on understanding and preventing aggressive behavior, including sexual violence. She has published and presented this research in various forums. Clinically, she has served as a rape crisis counselor and has experience working with individuals who have experienced many forms of trauma.

Jennifer Goewey is Elizabeth Freeman Center’s site supervisor of the Great Barrington office. She serves survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in South Berkshire County, including families and children exposed to domestic violence. Prior to working for EFC, Jennifer was the Executive Director for the Town of Sheffield’s Council on Aging and Senior Center. She studied Human Services and Rehabilitation at Bay Path University.

Tess Lane is Elizabeth Freeman Center’s new crisis counselor/advocate in the Great Barrington office. She serves survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in South County, including survivors from the LGBTQ community. Prior to working for EFC, Tess was the program coordinator at The Diverse Future, a non-profit that works towards placing individuals of color in leadership positions in the media, journalism, and communications industries. Tess graduated from Smith College in 2016 with a B.A. in Psychology.

Stacy Malone, Esq. is Executive Director of the Victim Rights Law Center (VRLC). She joined the VRLC in 2004 as a volunteer attorney, where she represented survivors on employment, safety, privacy, and other legal needs. After serving five years on the VRLC’s Board of Directors, she was appointed the Executive Director in 2010. Stacy manages the strategic direction, operations, and development for the VRLC’s national programs, as well as both the VRLC’s offices in Massachusetts and Oregon. Stacy provides training nationwide to a wide range of audience to improve the response to sexual violence. Stacy serves on the Massachusetts Governor’s Council to Address Sexual and Domestic Violence and the Advisory Board for the Massachusetts Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners Program. Stacy also has worked in the private sector and at both federal and state agencies. Her legal career has focused on working with women and children, victims of violence, and those who have faced discrimination. Stacy is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and Boston University School of Law. In 2011, she was honored with the Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly’s Top Women of Law 2011 Award and inducted into Massachusetts Lawyer’s Weekly’s Circle of Excellence in 2013.

Lisa McCue is the Victim Service Coordinator for the Baystate Family Advocacy Center. She is a graduate from BayPath College with a Bachelor degree in Criminal justice. She began her career in Crime Victim Services in 2007 as a Victim Advocate for the Hampden County District Attorney’s Office, moving into the role of Deputy Director of the Victim/Witness Program in 2011, and then began working for Baystate Health in 2017. As Victim Service Coordinator, Lisa coordinates victim services for FAC programs including the Homicide Bereavement Program & The Children’s Advocacy Center. As part of that role, she works with Multi-Disciplinary Teams and is part of the team that coordinates a trauma focused response through One Mission: A Comprehensive Service Program for Victims of Human Trafficking.

 

Part 2: Your Voice Has Power: Becoming Agents of Change to End Sexual Violence will take place on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.


Tuesday, April 24 at 6:30 pm

Embrace Your Voice, Reclaim Your Power: Changing the Dialogue Surrounding Sexual Assault, Part 2

In the wake of the explosion of sexual assault and harassment stories coming from Hollywood and people everywhere embracing the #MeToo movement, awareness of and discussions about sexual violence are on the rise.

This April, the Stockbridge Library, Museum & Archives is pleased to partner with Elizabeth Freeman Center to present two programs in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month.  Embrace Your Voice, Reclaim Your Power: Changing the Dialogue Surrounding Sexual Assault will provide the community with an opportunity to talk about and understand sexual violence: what it looks like, who it impacts, and how we can work together to create a culture of respect, equality, and safety for all.  There are many ways to embrace one’s voice, from voicing your support for survivors and speaking out against victim blaming, to encouraging everyday conversations about consent and helping the children in your life feel safe by teaching them that the choices they make about their bodies deserve to be respected.

Part 2: Your Voice Has Power: Becoming Agents of Change to End Sexual Violence

Building on part 1 of the series, Jennifer Goewey and Tess Lane from Elizabeth Freeman Center will talk to us about consent; the process of recovery for survivors; action steps toward empowerment; and how we can all be change agents to end sexual violence.

Jennifer Goewey is Elizabeth Freeman Center’s site supervisor of the Great Barrington office. She serves survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in South Berkshire County, including families and children exposed to domestic violence. Prior to working for EFC, Jennifer was the Executive Director for the Town of Sheffield’s Council on Aging and Senior Center. She studied Human Services and Rehabilitation at Bay Path University.

Tess Lane is Elizabeth Freeman Center’s new crisis counselor/advocate in the Great Barrington office. She serves survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in South County, including survivors from the LGBTQ community. Prior to working for EFC, Tess was the program coordinator at The Diverse Future, a non-profit that works towards placing individuals of color in leadership positions in the media, journalism, and communications industries. Tess graduated from Smith College in 2016 with a B.A. in Psychology.


Thursday, April 26 at 6:30 pm

Behind Closed Doors: From Private to Public

On Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 6:30 p.m., we will offer a special edition of our popular Behind Closed Doors program around the theme “From Private to Public.”  Three people associated with institutions here in Stockbridge will share information about how their buildings, which were built as private homes, were adapted to completely different purposes.  Join us to hear Laurie Norton Moffatt speak about Charles Butler’s Linwood House, Joan Burkhard discuss Frederic  Crowninshield’s Riverbrook, and Greg Farr talk about Mrs. Dwight’s Old Corner House.

For more information, please call the Library, Museum & Archives at 413-298-5501.


Thursday, May 3 at 12:00 pm

Cookbook Club

Do you like to cook?  Would you like a reason to learn to cook or try new recipes?  Do you just want something fun and different to do at lunchtime?  Then join our cookbook club!

On the first Thursday of the month, we invite you to gather together with fellow cooks and friends for lunch, while exploring different cuisines and cookbooks from the Library’s collection.

Our next meeting will take place on Thursday, May 3, 2018 at 12:00 p.m.  In honor of Cinco de Mayo, this month’s featured title will be Mexican Everyday by Rick Bayless.

Here’s how it works:
1. Check the information in our enewsletter or on our website for the date of the next lunchtime meeting. You’ll also see which cookbook is going to be the source for our upcoming exploration. Typically, we’ll choose cookbooks that have interesting things to make but do not require elaborate preparations or impossible-to-find ingredients.
2. Stop in at the Library and ask for the month’s featured cookbook at the front desk. You won’t take it out; just browse at your leisure and have a look at the recipes.
3. From your browsing, choose a recipe that you’ll prepare and bring to the next Cookbook Club meeting. Copy the recipe and put a post-it on that recipe with your name (that way we won’t end up with duplicates).
Tip: choose something you’ll enjoy making—of course—but also keep in mind that the Library does not have a full kitchen, just a microwave and refrigerator. Things that can be served easily in small portions and that don’t require last minute prep will work best.
4. On the designated day, please bring your finished dish to the library with any needed serving utensils. If it is easier with your schedule, you’re welcome to drop your dish off in the meeting room, using the refrigerator if necessary.
5. If possible, also bring some plastic containers for those who may want to bring leftovers home (assuming we have leftovers!).
6. At each meeting, we’ll enjoy the shared food while also chatting about the featured cookbook and your experiences with the recipes. What would you recommend? What surprises, challenges, or need for creative adaptations did you encounter?
7. The Library will provide plates, utensils, etc. Clean-up assistance is always welcomed.
8. At the end of the meeting, we’ll survey the group for their future cookbook interests and any other suggestions.

Please call the Library at 413-298-5501 with any questions.


Thursday, May 10 at 5:00 pm

Book Club

Join the book club on Thursday, May 10, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. for a discussion of this month’s featured book, The Sense of and Ending by Julian Barnes.  Copies available at the main desk.

The book club generally meets at 5:00 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month.  Bring a friend! New members always welcome – even if you haven’t read the book!


Saturday, May 12 at 4:00 pm

Speaker Series: Jeremy Yudkin on Bob Dylan: Highway 61 to Blonde on Blonde

Join us on Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. when we welcome back Jeremy Yudkin to the Library’s Speaker Series.

After his extraordinary initial successes in the early 1960s, Bob Dylan settled into creating some of his early masterpieces.  Highway 61 Revisited contains several classics, including “Like a Rolling Stone,” “Ballad of a Thin Man,” “Desolation Row,” and “Highway 61” itself.  Then came the remarkable Blonde on Blonde, a double album, with four sides of visionary music and surreal imagery, that climaxed with the extraordinary “Sad-Eyed Lady of the Lowlands.”  This talk will discuss the poetry and music that made these songs so special and that laid the groundwork for Dylan’s receipt of the Nobel Prize in 2016.

Jeremy Yudkin is professor of music and Director of the Center for Beethoven Research at Boston University.  He also serves as Associated Faculty of the Center for Judaic Studies and the Department of African American Studies.  He served for many years as Visiting Professor of Music at Oxford University.  He received his B.A. and M.A. in Classics and Modern Languages from Cambridge University and his Ph.D. in Historical Musicology from Stanford University.  He is the recipient of fellowships from the Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation Fellowship, Boston University’s Center for the Humanities, the Camargo Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Professor Yudkin’s principal fields of research include medieval music, early Beethoven, popular music, and jazz.  He has taught classes on medieval polyphony, the Beatles, Beethoven, Bartok, Bob Dylan, and Miles Davis among many others.  Jeremy Yudkin is perhaps best known for his definitive textbook Music in Medieval Europe and his highly successful music-appreciation textbook Understanding Music, which is used by approximately twenty thousand students across North America every year.  The video Inside the Orchestra that he produced, detailing the history and function of the classical symphony orchestra, was the winner of a 2005 Telly Award for outstanding non-broadcast educational video.

He is a contributor to The Harvard Dictionary of Music, has served as an advisor to the Smithsonian Institution for the Smithsonian Collection of Classic Jazz, and is a consultant on jazz to the Oxford English Dictionary.  He is the author of nine books.  Jeremy travels around the country presenting lectures on music for One-Day University, and his Boston University course on Bob Dylan was the subject of a feature article in the Washington Post, as well as of national news in South Korea and Canada.  For the past thirty-three years he has presented the pre-concert lectures for the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood.  These are presented every Friday and Saturday afternoon throughout the summer at the Lenox Library.


Saturday, May 19 at 4:00 pm

Speaker Series: Gary Vikan, Author of Sacred and Stolen

Join us on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. when we welcome Gary Vikan, author of Sacred and Stolen: Confessions of a Museum Director to our speaker series.

Sacred and Stolen is the memoir of an art museum director with the courage to reveal what goes on behind the scenes.  It lays bare the messy part of museums: looted antiquities, crooked dealers, deluded collectors, duplicitous public officials, fakes, inside thefts, bribery, and failed exhibitions.  These back stories, at once shocking and comical, reveal a man with a taste for adventure, an eagerness to fan the flames of excitement, and comfort with the chaos that often ensued.

This is also the story of a Minnesota kid who started out as a printer’s devil in his father’s small-town newspaper and ended up as the director of a the Walters, a gem of an art museum in Baltimore.  Of his quest to bring the “holy” into the museum experience, and of his struggle to reconcile his passion for acquiring and displaying sacred works of art with his suspicion that they were stolen.

About the author: Gary Vikan was Director of the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore from 1994 to 2013; from 1985 to 1994, he was the museum’s Assistant Director for Curatorial Affairs and Curator of Medieval Art.  Before coming to Baltimore, Vikan was Senior Associate at Harvard’s Center for Byzantine Studies at Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, DC.  A native of Minnesota, he received his B.A. from Carleton College and his Ph.D. from Princeton University; he is a graduate of the Harvard Program for Art Museum Directors and the National Arts Strategies Chief Executive Program.

An internationally known medieval scholar, Vikan curated a number of critically acclaimed exhibitions at the Walters, most notably, those devoted to the art of medieval Orthodoxy.  During his tenure as director, Vikan led the contextual installation of the museum’s collections, eliminated its general admission fee, and provided open access to all of its digital assets.  He led efforts to endow nearly two dozen museum positions, as well as an exhibition fund.  Vikan has taught at Johns Hopkins University, Carleton College, Goucher College, and the Salzburg Global Seminar; in October 2014, he was Leader in Residence at the Noyce Leadership Institute.  He is currently the Benedict Distinguished Visiting Professor at Carleton College.

Vikan’s books include Early Byzantine Pilgrimage Art (2010); Postcards from the Walters (2012); From the Holy Land to Graceland (2012), and his memoir, Sacred and Stolen: Confessions of a Museum Director (2016).



Saturday, June 2 at 4:00 pm

Fourth Annual William Selke Lecture

The Stockbridge Library Association is pleased to announce Adam Baske, Director of Policy & Outreach with The International Pole & Line Foundation, will deliver the fourth annual William Selke Memorial Lecture on Saturday, June 2, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.  His topic will be “The Global Fisheries Crisis and What You Can Do about It.”

The health of the global ocean should concern everyone.  Oceans create half of the oxygen we breath, and provide a key source of protein and jobs for billions of people around the world.  Adam Baske will discuss:

  • the most pressing threats to our oceans (overfishing, pollution, climate change) and the important role that fisheries play in the context of environmental and social responsibility
  • examples of the presenter’s work with coastal communities and markets around the world to drive positive outcomes of the ocean as well as communities
  • how consumers can be proactive about these issues with the choices they make at the grocery store (or at a restaurant)

SelkeMartha Selke established the Annual William Selke Memorial Lecture with the Stockbridge Library in 2015 to honor the memory of her husband, who enjoyed a distinguished career in engineering research and development.  William Selke received both undergraduate and graduate degrees from MIT and earned a doctorate in engineering from Yale University.  He was on the faculty of Columbia University and later worked for the Dupont Corporation, the Peter J. Schweitzer Corporation (a Lee-based company specializing in the manufacture of specialized technical papers), and Kimberly-Clark, as Vice President of the Corporate Science and Technology Group.

After his retirement, Selke returned to Stockbridge where he was actively engaged in civic life, serving on numerous Town boards and committees as well as the boards of the Stockbridge Library Association (as President), The Laurel Hill Association, The Old Corner House-Stockbridge Historical Society, and The Berkshire Museum. He was also an overseer of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

This year’s lecturer, Adam Baske, brings over 15 years of ocean-related experience to The International Pole & Line Foundation (IPNLF), with specialties in global tuna fisheries, international environmental policy bodies, and marine education.  Adam has worked in diverse fields across the spectrum of marine conservation and management, including as a fisheries observer in Alaska, as an educator on-board a state-of-the-art sailing school vessel, and as a manager for an international campaign aimed at reforming the world’s largest tuna fisheries.

Adam has attended multiple international tuna treaty meetings, including the annual meetings, compliance meetings, and scientific meetings of the Western & Central Pacific Fisheries Commission, the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission, and the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas with the aim of reforming the management of tuna fisheries around the world.  Adam has worked with a wide spectrum of stakeholders, including governments, industry, researchers, and NGOs to build momentum for change at domestic, regional, and international levels.  In recent years, Adam has played a role in the adoption of international management measures on science-based catch limits, eliminating illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing, and the management of fish aggregating devices (FADs) in tuna fisheries.  Previous to joining the IPNLF team, Adam managed the Global Tuna Conservation program with the Pew Charitable Trusts and served as a fellow in the Office of International Affairs with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Washington, DC.  Adam holds a Masters in Marine Conservation from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science from Duke University.

The lecture is free and open to the public.  Light refreshments will be served.  For more information, please call the Stockbridge Library at (413) 298-5501 or visit www.stockbridgelibrary.org.


Tuesday, June 19 at 8:00 am

23rd Annual Golf & Tennis Challenge

Save the Date!

THE 23rd ANNUAL
STOCKBRIDGE LIBRARY ASSOCIATION
LENOX LIBRARY ASSOCIATION
GOLF and TENNIS CHALLENGE

Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at the Stockbridge Golf Club

Once again, join us for a fun day of tennis, golf, breakfast snack, lunch, gifts and prizes.
Same low price as last year and a great way to support two wonderful libraries!
Check your inbox for more information as we get closer to event day.


Friday, July 13 at 9:00 am

Annual Used Book Sale

The Stockbridge Library will hold its Annual Used Book Sale, a tradition under the tent, on the Library’s front lawn at 46 Main Street, Stockbridge, Friday, July 13 through Sunday, July 15, 2018.  Hours will be as follows: Friday and Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Over 16,000 gently used books, audio books, CDs, and DVDs, in 36 categories for easy browsing. Unbelievably great bargain prices. Admission is FREE ($5 entrance fee during the Preview Period on Friday, July 13, between 9:00 a.m. and noon.)

All proceeds benefit the Stockbridge Library, Museum & Archives. For more information, contact the Library at 413-298-5501.

Interested in volunteering for the sale?  Please email slabooksale1[at]gmail.com.

 


Saturday, July 14 at 9:00 am

Annual Used Book Sale

The Stockbridge Library will hold its Annual Used Book Sale, a tradition under the tent, on the Library’s front lawn at 46 Main Street, Stockbridge, Friday, July 13 through Sunday, July 15, 2018.  Hours will be as follows: Friday and Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Over 16,000 gently used books, audio books, CDs, and DVDs, in 36 categories for easy browsing. Unbelievably great bargain prices. Admission is FREE ($5 entrance fee during the Preview Period on Friday, July 13, between 9:00 a.m. and noon.)

All proceeds benefit the Stockbridge Library, Museum & Archives. For more information, contact the Library at 413-298-5501.

Interested in volunteering for the sale?  Please email slabooksale1[at]gmail.com.

 


Sunday, July 15 at 10:00 am

Annual Used Book Sale

The Stockbridge Library will hold its Annual Used Book Sale, a tradition under the tent, on the Library’s front lawn at 46 Main Street, Stockbridge, Friday, July 13 through Sunday, July 15, 2018.  Hours will be as follows: Friday and Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Over 16,000 gently used books, audio books, CDs, and DVDs, in 36 categories for easy browsing. Unbelievably great bargain prices. Admission is FREE ($5 entrance fee during the Preview Period on Friday, July 13, between 9:00 a.m. and noon.)

All proceeds benefit the Stockbridge Library, Museum & Archives. For more information, contact the Library at 413-298-5501.

Interested in volunteering for the sale?  Please email slabooksale1[at]gmail.com.