The first session of OLLI's course W.E.B. Du Bois: Global Citizen Rooted in the Berkshires is this Friday, January 25th, from 3:30pm to 5pm. It will be held at the Mason Library located at 231 Main Street in downtown Great Barrington, not at Simon's Rock.
The Mason Library is currently hosting an exhibit on Du Bois, which you will be able to view during the first class session, and read about here: https://www.berkshireeagle.com/stories/as-festival-again-honors-du-bois-controversial-exhibit-on-display,561684?
GREAT BARRINGTON — On April 15, 1956, radio broadcaster Sidney Roger sent a telegram to Southern novelist William Faulkner, telling him that W.E.B. Du Bois was challenging him to a debate about civil rights in the wake of the lynching of 14-year-old Emmett Till and the acquittal of his suspected killers by a white jury in Mississippi.
That Friday evening at 7pm you and the public are also invited to attend a staged reading of Beyond the Veil at the Mahaiwe, about an imagined meeting between Du Bois and Edith Wharton. Tickets are free and it is open to the public. It will be followed by a panel discussion. To reserve your free tickets and for more information, click here: https://www.mahaiwe.org/BeyondtheVeil
FREE. Performed by Shakespeare & Company Written by Emily DeVoti Directed by Regge Life Panel respondent Dr. Frances Jones-Sneed Sponsored by Greylock Federal Credit Union, Berkshire Bank, and Multicultural BRIDGE
The OLLI class, exhibit, and performance are all part of Great Barrington's W.E.B. Du Bois Legacy Festival. If you have any questions, please let us know. We are happy to help!
The OLLI Office
1/25: Please see announcement above: Panel discussion followed by Beyond the Veil performance at the Mahaiwe.
2/1: Dr. Justin Jackson, professor of history at Bard College at Simon’s Rock
2/8: Leticia Haynes, Vice President for Institutional Diversity & Equity, Williams College
2/15: Reverend Sloan Letman IV, Second Congregational Church, Pittsfield
2/22: Dr. Tasha Alston, assistant professor of social work at Western Carolina University
3/1: Dr. Mary Nell Morgan, professor of political science at SUNY & Dr. Frances Jones-Sneed, professor emerita at MCLA
Gwendolyn Hampton VanSant, B.A. Bard College at Simons Rock; founder and CEO of Multicultural BRIDGE; Chair, Great Barrington W.E. B. Du Bois Legacy Committee. Co-curator and moderator.
Randy F. Weinstein, B.A. Westfield State University; founder of the W.E.B. Du Bois Center in Great Barrington; Vice Chair, Great Barrington W.E. B. Du Bois Legacy Committee. Co-curator and moderator.