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Distinguished speakers for OLLI at BCC: Benjamin Taylor and Cara Davis

As summer ends our thoughts turn towards politics and the mid-term elections. Please join us Saturday, September 13th at 10:30am at Berkshire Community College to hear from MCLA political science professor Benjamin Taylor. Tickets to his lecture are $10 for members, and $15 for non-members. Join us for what promises to be a very lively discussion!
Attached you’ll find the event flyer with additional information. Please feel free to forward it to friends who may be interested. As always, many thanks to our Distinguished Speaker co-chairs, Lois Lenehan and Warren Hagler, and please mark your calendar for our September 27th OLLI Distinguished Speaker, Cara Davis, the Executive Director of Construct, on homelessness in Berkshire County.

Conversations on the American Social Contract, Berkshire Museum/Mass Humanities, Oct. 23

What do we owe each other? How can we deliver on the promise of equality that animates our democracy?

Mass Humanities celebrates its fortieth anniversary with a film-and-discussion program that takes on urgent questions about the American social contract today.

Join moderator Liz Duclos-Orsello and our partners for one of our 2-hour conversations followed by a reception. We will show clips selected from among the NEH’s Created Equal films (The Loving Story, Slavery by Another Name, Freedom Riders) as well as from The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers, a film funded by Mass Humanities.

Held in four locations across Massachusetts, register below for the one closest to you.

Free and open to the public. Registration is required. Choose your event:

7:00-10:00 PM, Thursday, September 11, 2014Register Now
Everett Mill, Lawrence
2:00-5:00 PM, Sunday, October 19, 2014Register Now
Brockton High School, Brockton
7:00-10:00 PM, Thursday, October 23, 2014Register Now
Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield
2:00-5:00 PM, Sunday, October 26, 2014Register Now
Worcester Public Library, Worcester

for the culminating forum
Created Equal: Striving toward Justice for All
Sunday, November 9, 4-5:30 PM
J.F.K. Presidential Library and Museum, Boston

To sign up or manage communications from Mass Humanities, visit our subscription page.

Mass Humanities is a private, nonprofit organization that promotes the use of history, literature, philosophy, and the other humanities disciplines to deepen our understanding of the issues of the day, strengthen our sense of common purpose, and enrich individual and community life. For more information, go to www.masshumanities.org.

Pittsfield celebrates Art and Industry, August Third Thursday

August Third Thursday Celebrates Art + Industry



August 21st 3rd Thursdays Celebrates Art + Industry with Performances, Music, Activities, Demos & More!

Press Contact: Jen Glockner; office: 413-499-9348; cell: 413-449-6411; cultural@pittsfieldch.com


(Pittsfield, Mass.)  Upstreet Pittsfield’s award-winning street festival, 3rd Thursdays, returns on Thursday, August 21st with the Art + Industry theme, sponsored by The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America.  The event celebrates the city wide Art + Industry initiative with interactive creativity, musical performances and demonstrations.

One of the main events of the evening is the 3rd Thursday Guardian Art + Industry Fun Zone with an arts and crafts station and giveaways.  There will also be a Robotics Demonstration by Mount Everett High School and Herberg Middle School hosted by Berkshire Community College and Berkshire Applied Technology Council and a Berkshire Athenaeum Lego Playland with a chance for kids of all ages to build their own Lego creations.

The Art + Industry initiative involves more than a dozen events at Cultural organizations around Pittsfield throughout May-October, including events and exhibitions at the city-owned Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, the Whitney Center for the Arts, Herman Melville’s Arrowhead and the Berkshire Museum.

“The Art + Industry initiative is underway and we are very happy to connect it to 3rd Thursday,” Jen Glockner, the Director of Cultural Development said.  “There will be several opportunities to merge Art + Industry throughout the evening to create inspiration.”

Other 3rd Thursday highlights include:  the Berkshire Eagle Art + Industry Photo Booth, the Roaming Jazz Ambassadors and performances from 8 Foot River, Berkshire Bateria, Berkshire Music School Build a Band, Berkshire Rocks, Candela, the Phil Grover Band, Zumba on Park Square, demos and performances from the Funkbox Dance Studio.  The miniature train rides from Roaming Railroad are back, as is the Pittsfield Boys and Girls Club Fun Zone with basketball, bean bag toss and more.

The band T-Bone Daddy will perform outside at the Crowne Plaza and more performances can be found indoors as well. The Town Players of Pittsfield will present Mum Bett’s Minute at the Whitney Center for the Arts and Ryan Meczywor will be rocking the Marketplace Café.  The Berkshire Museum offers free admission for Berkshire County residents during the 3rd Thursday events.

The performances continue inside with the PechaKucha Night at Berkshire Museum, Word X Word Festival’s Poetry Slam Semi Finals at Dottie’s, the Irish Rovers at the Colonial Theatre, Barrington Stage’s Dancing Lessons at the main stage and Romance in Hard Times at the St. Germain Stage.  The Beacon Cinema has a special screening of Sharknado 2 and head over to Mission (no cover) and check out the Picky Bastards, a collective gathering of rotating local folk, rock and Americana musicians hosted by Andy Wrba and Chris Merenda.

“The Art + Industry theme adds to another strong lineup of Third Thursdays this year,” Mayor Dan Bianchi commented.  “The art work and performing arts at the Art + Industry theme will be enjoyable to see.”

The largest free outdoor event series in the Berkshires, 3rd Thursdays goes from 5pm-8pm and is family friendly and open to all.  The City Stage will be located on Park Square due to construction at Sottile and Persip Parks.  Once again North Street will be closed to vehicular traffic from West Street to Linden Street and will be filled with music, performance, demos, good food and community.

3rd Thursdays season sponsors include Guardian Life Insurance Company of America, Berkshire Gas, Berkshire Health Systems, Greylock Federal Credit Union, the Berkshire Eagle and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Upcoming 3rd Thursdays dates and themes are September 18th: Walk A Mile in Her Shoes and October 16:  Halloween. 3rd Thursdays is organized by the City of Pittsfield Office of Cultural Development.  For more information on 3rd Thursdays please visit discoverpittsfield.com/3rdthursdays, email slemme@pittsfieldch.com or call 413-499-9348. 3rd Thursdays are held rain or shine and there is plenty of free parking throughout downtown’s Upstreet Cultural District.


New Student Orientation, Aug. 28, BCC

TIME: 8:30 AM – 1:30 PM

New Student Orientation

BCC’s Orientation Program strives to help new students become connected with the college and support services.

Please RSVP by Monday, August 2.

Attendees will be entered to win an Apple iPad which will be drawn at the BBQ. Students must be present to win.

Location: Koussevitzky Arts Center

Contact Information:
Name: Mary Zanconato
Phone: 413-236-1660
Email: mzancona@berkshirecc.edu
Website: http://www.berkshirecc.edu/orientation

Intersection between art and science, Berkshire Museum, July 12

Saturday: Intersections Between Art and Science: A Conversation At Berkshire Museum

Paul Villinski (whose work is included in the current exhibition Butterflies), renowned lepidopterist (butterfly and moth specialist) Rudi Mattoni, PhD, and New York gallery owner and arts professional Sally Morgan explores environmental issues, species extinction and human intervention; the interface between science and art; and the role of fine art in affecting societal change.

Saturday, July 12 | 4pm-5:30pm | Berkshire Museum | 39 South Street | 413-443-7171 | Museum admission

The Future of Food, Aug. 18, Gt. Barrington: Dan Barber and Elizabeth Kolbert

July 11, 2014
Contact: Barbara Zheutlin, 413-528-0041 or barbara@berkshiregrown.org


Great Barrington, Mass.—Berkshire Grown presents “Beyond Farm to Table: The Future of Food,” a conversation with renowned chef and writer Dan Barber, author of The Third Plate, and award-winning journalist Elizabeth Kolbert, on Monday, August 18th, 2014 at 7 pm at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington.

“We’re thrilled to bring two provocative leaders together to talk about food and the environment,” says Barbara Zheutlin, Executive Director of Berkshire Grown. “These two writers inspire through their wisdom, wit and storytelling. This evening will be one of the highlights of this summer in the Berkshires — it’s not to be missed.”

Tickets are on sale at the Mahaiwe box office, 14 Castle Street, Gt. Barrington, 413-528-0100, and online at mahaiwe.org. Orchestra/ Front Mezzanine: $25 ($20 for Berkshire Grown members); Back Mezzanine and Balcony: $15. Alexandra Dest Capital Management and Community Regenerative Agriculture are sponsoring the Berkshire Grown event.

Chef Dan Barber, co-owner of Blue Hill in New York City and Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Pocantico Hills, NY, has just released The Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food. Ruth Reichl, author of Garlic and Sapphires and Tender at the Bone, writes that in his new book Barber “Asks questions that nobody else has raised about what it means to be a chef, the nature of taste, and what ‘sustainable’ really means. He challenges everything you think you know about food; it will change the way you eat. If I could give every cook just one book, this would be the one.”

Barber has received multiple James Beard awards including Best Chef: New York City (2006) and the country’s Outstanding Chef (2009). In 2009 he was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world.

For a decade Dan Barber has been investigating farming communities around the world in the pursuit of singular flavor. His conclusion: for the sake of food, our health and the future of our land, America’s cuisine requires a radical transformation.

Former Vice President Al Gore calls the book a “must read” and says, “Dan Barber’s new book, The Third Plate, is an eloquent and thoughtful look at the current state of our nation’s food system and how it must evolve. Barber’s wide range of experiences, both in and out of the kitchen, provides him with a rare perspective on this pressing issue.”

Elizabeth Kolbert is a staff writer for The New Yorker and the author of Field Notes from a Catastrophe, which was based on a groundbreaking three-part series in the magazine on climate change for which she won American Association for the Advancement of Science’s magazine writing award and a National Academies communications award. Her recent book, The Sixth Extinction, acclaimed by Jon Stewart on the Daily Show, was praised by National Geographic for its “combination of scientific rigor and wry humor that keeps you turning the pages.” Kolbert lives in Williamstown, Mass.

Berkshire Grown, producer of the event, supports and promotes local agriculture as a vital part of the Berkshire community, economy and landscape to Keep Farmers Farming! For more info: berkshiregrown.org

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