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Adult Programs

July - August 2020

Adult Summer Programs

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Wednesday, July 1 at 6:30 - Virtual Lecture - Where Tolkien Got His Ideas by Prof. Michael Drout- Wheaton College, MA- OVER

Video will be available to watch after the program.

Have you ever wondered what shaped Tolkien and sparked his ideas to write the Hobbit and the Lord of the Ring series? This lecture is for you! 

Michael Drout is a Professor of English and Director of the Center for the Study of the Medieval at Wheaton College. He is an author and editor specializing in Anglo-Saxon and medieval literaturescience fiction and fantasy, especially the works of J. R. R. Tolkien and Ursula K. Le Guin.

Wednesday, July 8 at 6:30 - Virtual Lecture- The Mythology of Genealogy by Dave Robison- OVER

Video will be available to watch after the program.

So many “myth busters” to discuss! For starters, it’s not all on the internet, speeling duzn’t cownt, dates are often wrong, you need offline resources, and there are dozens of free genealogy websites and much more. Learn lots of great strategies!

Professional Genealogist with more than 15 years’ experience. Currently engaging in lectures, instructional classes from introductory to advanced level research and contract client research. A Mayflower descendant and a pending member of the Sons of the American Revolution with more than 18 direct Revolutionary War Patriots.


Wreath        * CRAFT FULL* Wednesday, July 15 – Adult Take Home Craft- Sea Shell Wreath

      Bring home a Summer Theme Seashell Wreath- All Materials Included. Please call to register  413-538-5045 or click on the above blue link! Only 20 available!

Thank you for those who signed up this craft is now FULL.





Wed., July 15 at 6:30 - So Wide So Deep: An Introduction to Racism in the US Women’s Suffrage Movement

Video will be available to watch after the program.

This talk will highlight the words and life stories of Women of Color who were often left or pushed out of the mainstream Women’s Suffrage movement due to their intersectional identities. We will explore the ways these women fought for recognition by creating new spaces where their unique identities and strong voices could be celebrated and employed to build a more equitable future.  Presented by Cassandra Peltier, Executive Director of the Susan B. Anthony Birthplace.

Saturday, July 25 at 11 – Virtual Lecture - Native American Storyteller Larry Spotted Crow Mann

Video will be available to watch after the program.

Larry "Spotted Crow" Mann will talk about the local legends from the Nipmuc tribe.

Larry Spotted Crow Mann is a citizen of the Nipmuc Tribe of Massachusetts. He is an award winning writer, poet, cultural educator, Traditional Story Teller, tribal drummer /dancer and motivational speaker involving youth sobriety, cultural and environmental awareness. Mann is also a board member of the Nipmuk Cultural Preservation ,which is an organization set up to promote the cultural, social and spiritual needs of Nipmuc people as well an educational resource of Native American studies.


Wednesday, July 29 at 6:30 – Virtual Lecture – The Dark Side of Fairytales by Dr. Barr of UMASS- Amherst

Video will be available to watch after the program.

Fairytales are allegory to help those from the past learn lessons about the world around them. Professor Barr will discuss the hidden meaning behind so many beloved fairytales.

Associate Professor and Undergraduate Program Director, Jessica Barr’s research interests include medieval visionary and dream vision literature, hagiography, and the role of reading in medieval devotional activity, as well as feminist approaches to medieval literature. Geographically, her focus tends to be on France, Germany, Belgium, and Britain; temporally, it lies in the twelfth through the fourteenth centuries.

August Adult Programming

Saturday, August 1 at 11 – Virtual Lecture- The Pink Tax: The Economics of Being Female by Prof. Lisa Saunders of UMASS- Amherst

Video will be available to watch after the program.

The pink tax is the notion that women pay more than men for products that are female-oriented. For example, those who believe in the pink tax often claim that women pay more than men for razors, and that these women’s razors are the same product as men’s razors. What are the financial realities of growing up female?

Presented by Dr. Lisa Saunders, Professor of Economics at UMASS Amherst. Professor Saunders has participated in professional workshops and conferences about teaching economics inclusively at the national level for over 20 years. Her research interests are Labor Economics, Stratification Economics, Feminist Economics and Diversity and Inclusion in Economics Education.

Wed. August 5th at 6:30 pm EST  - Virtual Lecture: Susan B. Anthony: From Farm Girl to Feminist Icon

Presented by Cassandra Peltier, Executive Director of the Susan B. Anthony

Video will be available to watch after the program.

An overview of Susan B. Anthony’s life and legacy, beginning with early influences from her family and Berkshire County community which instilled the traits which guided her career. This talk will focus on Susan B. Anthony’s activities and connections in Massachusetts and her lasting legacy throughout the commonwealth.

Cassandra Peltier, Executive Director of the Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum in Adams, Massachusetts

Cassandra grew up immersed in the world of Berkshire County museums thanks to the freedom of a homeschooling education. A recent graduate of Mount Holyoke College, Cassandra’s coursework included Material Culture, Women's and Fashion History, Teaching History, Public History, and Oral History. She was a 2017 recipient of the Mount Holyoke College History Department's Evelyn Church Wilbur Prize for Outstanding Work in American History by a Junior. Peltier graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. in History and "Nexus" Minor in Public History, Museums, Archives, and Digital History.

Sat. August 29 at 11 AM EST - Virtual Lecture: History of Voting: The Economics of Voting: What Does Game theory say about Voting?

Video will be available to watch after the program.

Professor Michael D. Robinson, Economics Professor at Mount Holyoke College will give a talk on "The Economics of Voting."

Is voting a good way to make public decisions? 
Should we vote? Should we vote our preferences? 
Can voting be improved?