Celebrating the Birthday of W.E.B. Du Bois
Feb20

Celebrating the Birthday of W.E.B. Du Bois

Old Soul The iconic American historian, sociologist, writer, and activist W.E.B. Du Bois was born in Great Barrington on Feb. 23, 1868 — three years after the end of the Civil War — and died in Accra, Ghana in 1963, one year before the passing of the Civil Rights Act. During his accomplished 95 years of life, Du Bois was the first African-American to earn a doctorate from Harvard University, became a professor of history, sociology,...

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Thursday to Saturday: Student Voices on Stage at UMass
Feb20

Thursday to Saturday: Student Voices on Stage at UMass

Our Voices Our new president has committed to limiting access to legal abortions, and explicitly said on the campaign trail that there “has to be some form of punishment” for woman who seek them illegally. Vice President Mike Pence, who signed a bill in his home state of Indiana that would require aborted fetuses be given funerals through burial or cremation, has promised to send Roe v. Wade “to the ash heap of history.” And they...

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On Exhibit: Strip Weaving by Jeanette Cole
Feb20

On Exhibit: Strip Weaving by Jeanette Cole

Moving On Up The works on paper in this exhibition represent “my desire and hope for a place called ‘home,’” says Jeanette Cole, a professor in the art department at UMass. The collection, she says, is based on imagery from a West African robe given to her father by his co-workers after 15 years of missionary and literacy work, which was then inherited by her when he passed away. Cole traced the seams holding the strip-woven fabric...

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Tonight at Click Workspace: A new music series
Feb20

Tonight at Click Workspace: A new music series

The Katz and the Fiddle Click Workspace, downtown Northampton’s coworking HQ, drew a big enough crowd at a January concert to warrant a brand-new live music series. This month’s concert at Click features accomplished local stringster Zoë Darrow on fiddle and Stephen Katz on cello. Darrow, who grew up playing Cape Breton and other Celtic music on a sheep farm in Blandford, released her first album at the age of 12. Katz, an...

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Now Playing: I Am Not Your Negro
Feb13

Now Playing: I Am Not Your Negro

The Fire This Time The writer and social critic James Baldwin died 30 years ago, but his powerful critiques of authority, ignorance, and racial injustice in America are still cited by poets, parents, protestors, and many others who feel, now more than ever, the need to fight for progressive ideals. As Baldwin’s legacy continues to slide more fully into mainstream culture — where his essays and books, including Notes of a Native Son...

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