Friends Author Series Host Bestselling Author Lisa Genova At The Ferguson Library

Bring your friends for a night out with food, wine and conversation when the Friends of The Ferguson Library host Lisa Genova, bestselling author of Still Alice, on Wednesday, March 21 at 6:30 p.m. at the Ernest A. DiMattia, Jr. Building of The Ferguson Library. She’ll be talking about her newest book, Every Note Played. Tickets are $15 with proceeds to benefit the Library. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for a wine and appetizer reception. Program is at 7 p.m. Book sale and signing to follow. Register online at

If you’ve ever had the pleasure of reading one of Lisa Genova’s bestselling novels, you know what to expect in her new book: bold, unflinching honesty; emotional, intimate writing; and relatable characters.

Just as her first book Still Alice brought the reality of Alzheimer’s to life, Every Note Played gives the reader a vivid and authentic depiction of ALS. As the author has so skillfully shown in her previous books, she blends her neuroscience background with her literary skills to create a powerful story not simply about a neurological condition, but also about the human condition. Through the lens of ALS, Every Note Played explores regret, forgiveness, letting go, and redemption.

In 2015, Ms. Genova was named one of the U.S. Top 50 Influencers in Aging. She received The Pell Center Prize for Story in the Public Square in recognition of “a contemporary storyteller whose work has had a significant impact on the public dialogue,” The Alzheimer’s Association’s Rita Hayworth Award, and many others. She was a senior advisor to the Alzheimer’s XPRIZE Team which won at the 2017 Visioneers Summit, and she sits on the governing board of Compassionate Care ALS. She has appeared on Dr. Oz, The TODAY show, PBS NewsHour, and NPR. Her TED Talk “What You Can Do to Prevent Alzheimer’s,” has been viewed more than two million times.

For more information, call 203 351-8275. The Ernest A. DiMattia, Jr. Building of The Ferguson Library is located at the corner of Bedford and Broad Streets, Stamford.

(Author photo credit: Greg Mentzer)

The Constitution Today

Hear from one of America’s five most-cited legal scholars, Akhil Reed Amar, as he discusses riveting issues based in part on his recently released book, The Constitution Today​.

For the first time in our lifetime — and for one of the few times in modern history — all four major federal institutions of power were in play in the last election. When the two national conventions met in 2016, Democrats had a real chance to win control of the House, Senate, Presidency, and Supreme Court. Instead, the Republicans swept the field and now control all four institutions, even though Donald Trump lost the national popular presidential vote.

Yale Law Professor Akhil Reed Amar will discuss the constitutional significance of all this and will touch upon a wide range of modern cases and controversies — from gun control to gay rights, from the electoral college to campaign finance to filibuster reform to presidential impeachments. Come prepared to ask any question you like about America’s constitutional system — past, present, and future.

Book sales and signing. Free and open to the public.

Sponsored by the Yale Alumni Clubs of YC Lower Fairfield County and Eastern Fairfield County.

About the speaker:
Akhil Reed Amar is Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University, where he teaches constitutional law in both Yale College and Yale Law School. His newest book, The Constitution Today: Timeless Lessons for the Issues of Our Era, was published in September 2016 and was named one of the top 10 nonfiction books of the year by Time magazine. In February 2017 he received the American Bar Foundation’s annual Outstanding Scholar Award, and in April 2017 he received the Howard R. Lamar Award for distinguished service to Yale alumni.

“Humanism: Past, Present and Future Shock” live from Ireland

“Humanism: Past, Present and Future Shock” is the subject that Tom White will address on March 12. He is erudite, yet also personable and clear; a joy to listen to and converse with; familiar with what is happening around the globe as well as in the U.S. He will be communicating to us from Ireland, where he is a leading voice of the Humanists of Westport, County Mayo. He says it seems that today’s climate change deniers are the same type of devout folk who denied evolution… science isn’t fact to those folk; science is “fake news.” But there are more shocks than evolution and climate change coming down the line; the battle to establish evolution has gone on for 150 years- and still isn’t entirely won- a 150 years in the context of climate change will be far too late. And what’s humanism’s role in all this?

There will be plenty of opportunity for questions and answers.
Join us.

Celebrate Anniversary of Contact Day with Men In Black

On March 15, 1953 Bridgeport resident and UFO researcher Albert K. Bender, with members of the International Flying Saucer Bureau, attempted to contact beings from outer space. The public is invited to commemorate Albert Bender and the 65th Anniversary of Contact Day with a public reading of Bender’s “Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft” proclamation.

This brief ceremony will take place at 12:15 p.m. on Thursday, March 15, 2018, at the former site of Albert Bender’s home near the corner of Broad Street and N. Frontage Road, across the street from the Housatonic Community College bookstore, in downtown Bridgeport, CT.

Michael Bielawa, author of Wicked Bridgeport, will lead the reading. Bielawa has written about the Men In Black for the Connecticut Post and most recently for the Bridgeport Public Library’s History Center. A special performance by Housatonic Community College Professor Robert Nelson will feature “Calling Occupants” which was originally released by the Canadian progressive rock band, Klaatu. Citizens are encouraged to wear their best Men In Black attire on March 15, 2018.

In case of inclement weather the public reading will be held on the steps of Beacon Hall near HCC’s Bookstore entrance. For information or directions please contact Michael Bielawa at the Bridgeport Public Library 203 576-7400 X.407. Bridgeport’s Men In Black Week is co-sponsored by the Bridgeport Public Library and the Housatonic Museum of Art.

One of the earliest, and most infamous, of Earth’s reported “Men In Black” incidents occurred in bustling downtown Bridgeport. According to ufologists Men In Black, popularly identified as MIB, are ultra-secret agents associated with the FBI, CIA, or a covert federal department which seek out and thwart those individuals probing too close to the truth behind UFOs. Some ufologists postulate that the MIB are actually not of this Earth.

“The Need for Literature in Politically Challenging Times.”

Lisa Lucas, director of the National Book Foundation, will visit Fairfield to speak on “The Need for Literature in Politically Challenging Times.” Lucas is the third director of the National Book Foundation and the first African-American director. Lucas is a former publisher of Guernica Magazine and is a vocal advocate in support of diverse voices in publishing.

The event will be held on March 20 at 7 pm in the DSB dining room and free for the campus and community to attend. Accessible parking is available behind the DSB building.

Her visit to campus is sponsored by The Fairfield Low-Residency MFA Program, the DiMenna-Myselius Library, the Connecticut Center for the Book, the Humanities Institute, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Departments of English, Politics, and Philosophy, the Center for Faith and Public Life, the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program, the Office of Student Engagement, and the Office of Student Life.

New Covenant Center’s Celebrity Breakfast 2018

Join us as we listen to keynote speaker Jeff Fager, Executive Producer of “60 Minutes,” share his amazing experiences leading the helm at CBS News. Full breakfast will be served. All proceeds to benefit New Covenant Center soup kitchen and food pantry in Stamford. Purchase your tickets here:

Storyteller: Three Women, Three Roads

Celebrate International Women’s Day with critically acclaimed writer and performer Nancy Palmento Schuler as she presents her one-woman play “Three Women, Three Roads,” the story of three very different women and their individual journeys to Connecticut.

Meet Teresa Gargiulo Palmento, who was born in Italy in 1888 and immigrated to the United States at the age of 18, Junie Harlow, who grew up on the Upper East Side in New York during the 1920s and summered in Middlebury throughout her youth, and Ruth Jeffers, an African-American woman born in the 1940s in North Carolina. All three narratives are based on actual facts and people, although some names have been changed.

Free program. Advance registration at required by Monday, March 5th.

About the Artist
Nancy Palmento Schuler was born and raised in Waterbury and has lived in Litchfield for the past 18 years with her husband, Ed. It is because of her Waterbury background that she is able to bring alive the story of three women who moved to the Waterbury area during different times in history and for very different reasons.

Her story about Teresa, her Italian immigrant grandmother, has been awarded a place at the New York Public Library Equity Theatre’s 2017 search for new playwrights and also at the Manhattan Repertory Theatre in NYC.

Schuler has also performed at the Osher Life Long Learning at the University of Connecticut, (UCONN), the Silas Bronson Library, Shakesperience Productions, the Mattatuck Museum and many community centers and libraries in Connecticut.

“Trial of the Century: Nuremberg Trials Lecture”

On Thursday, March 15, from 7 to 8 pm, at the Westport Historical Society, Mark Albertson, an historical research editor at Army Aviation magazine and the historian for the Army Aviation Association of America, will present a talk on the Nuremberg Trials.

November 20, 1945, 10 a.m.: In the old fortress prison in Nuremberg, northern Germany, 23 defendants fill the prisoners’ dock in the central courtroom, some of them the elite of Nazi political gangsterdom.

In the end, Nuremberg produced not the judgment of God or the judgment of history, but humankind’s judgment of its own: an admission that organizations do not start wars or commit atrocities, but people do. And be it a head of state or a lowly military private, nobody should be above the law.

Mark Albertson is a longtime member of the United States Naval Institute. He has authored several books, including USS Connecticut: Constitution State Battleship, They’ll Have to Follow You!: The Triumph of the Great White Fleet, and On History: A Treatise. Mark is currently at work on another book, Sky Soldiers: The Saga of Army Aviation.

Mark has published numerous articles on issues of history and current events and is an avid speaker on a variety of issues on history. In May 2005, he was presented with a General Assembly Citation by both houses of the Connecticut General Assembly for his efforts in commemorating the centennial of the battleship USS Connecticut. Mark teaches history at Norwalk Community College for the Extended Studies Program and the Lifetime Learners Institute.

Please register online at our website. Suggested admission: $10 members, $15 non-members. Light refreshments will be served.

Pot O’ Gold: A St. Patrick’s Day Talk, Tour & Honey Tasting

Spend St. Patrick’s Day with your lucky charm at Red Bee’s Honey House Barn as we celebrate a pot of liquid gold (or honey!) at the end of the rainbow! On Saturday, March 17th at 1:00 – 2:30 pm – St. Patrick’s Day – join us for a Talk, Tour & Honey Tasting at Red Bee Honey. After a tour and educational honeybee talk in our apiary gardens, we will gather in our Honey House Barn for a tasting flight of honeys including lucky four-leaf clover and heather honey both native plants to Ireland. Each honey will be perfectly paired with local cheese, seasonal produce and an Irish favorite, Irish soda bread.

Human Rights Panel Discussion: Out of the Shadows

On Thursday, February 8th the Housatonic Museum of Art will present the program, Human Rights Panel Discussion: Out of the Shadows, offering a powerhouse collection of experts on urgent human rights issues. Moderated by Fatima Sabri, a young Afghan leader for women’s equality, the panel includes experts and advocates for social justice, LGBTQ equality, breaking the cycle of domestic violence and the rights of women and children. These noted panelists have dedicated themselves to bringing global awareness to the suffering and the injustice of sex trafficking, the practice of female genital mutilation, and children forced to serve as soldiers.

The panel includes Brian K. Sibley, Sr., S. Bear Bergman, Hans Neleman, Debra A. Greenwood, Ann Weiner and Congressman Jim Himes. The discussion takes place at 2pm in the Events Center in Beacon Hall at the Housatonic Community College, located at 900 Lafayette Blvd. in Bridgeport. For additional details visit: or contact executive director Robbin Zella at (203) 332-5052.

“These respected panelists are champions for positive change in human rights. Each comes to this discussion with their own lens of experience, forming a dynamic group of impact leaders for men and women’s rights across the globe,” said Zella.

Moderator Fatima Sabri fled the Taliban with her family when she was a child. As refugees, her family started over and Fatima found strength through education. Today she is a passionate speaker about women’s equality and overcoming vulnerability through education.

Senior Assistant State’s Attorney of New Haven State’s Attorney’s Office, Brian K. Sibley, SR volunteered to be part of the Connecticut state and federal Human Trafficking Task Force when it was formed in November 2015 where he became the lead state prosecutor for human trafficking investigations.

Author S. Bear Bergman is the founder of Flamingo Rampant, a children’s press focused on feminist, LGBTQ-positive, racially-diverse children’s books. Bergman is also the writer of the advice column Ask Bear for Bitch Magazine and frequently lectures on issues relating to gender, sexuality, and culture.

Award winning still life art photographer Hans Neleman traveled to Guatemalan brothels to photograph the women who make their living there. In Night Chicas (2003), Neleman’s images show concern for these women, forcing us to recognize their humanity, and the dangerous and damaged world in which they live.

Debra A. Greenwood is the President and CEO of The Center for Family Justice. For twelve decades the organization has provided free, confidential, bilingual crisis services that help all people affected by domestic and sexual violence restore their lives, and educating our communities to prevent future abuse.

Ann Weiner is a conceptual artist, advocate and philanthropist. Her latest sculpture installation “When Caged Birds Sing” is currently on view at the Housatonic Museum of Art and focuses on the stories of eight women who have each endured physical, psychological or/and emotional abuse because of their gender; each having survived and bravely gone on to advocate for change on behalf of other women who are still at risk. Ann will discuss her work and her activism through art to raise awareness of these global issues through this important teaching exhibition.

Jim Himes represents Connecticut’s 4th District in the United States House of Representatives where he is serving his fifth term. He is a member of the House Committee on Financial Services, serves as the ranking member of the NSA and Cybersecurity Subcommittee of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and is Chair of the New Democrat Coalition. Prior to his service in Congress, Jim ran the New York City branch of The Enterprise Community Partners, a nonprofit dedicated to addressing the unique challenges of urban poverty. Jim’s team led the way in financing the construction of thousands of affordable housing units in the greater New York metropolitan region.

The panel discussion complements the museum’s current exhibition, When Caged Birds Sing by Ann Weiner, on view through February 10th. The exhibit features eight life-size sculptures that represent current day activists for women’s rights in the areas of sex trafficking, domestic violence, child marriage, transphobia, honor violence, child soldiers, female genital mutilation, and educational inequality.

The Housatonic Museum of Art (HMA) is located at 900 Lafayette Blvd. in Bridgeport, CT and is home to one of the premier college art collections in the United States. Its collection offers students and the community alike the opportunity to view works that span the history of art from the ancient to the contemporary. Unique to the Housatonic Community College campus, this permanent collection is on continuous display throughout the 300,000 square foot facility, offering a rare opportunity for both art enthusiasts and casual observers to view and interact with the art on a daily basis. Visit to learn more.

The Novel Tea featuring A.J. Finn

Darien Library presents the Third Annual Novel Tea fundraiser, featuring A. J. Finn, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in the Window. The lunch will be held at Wee Burn Country Club on Wednesday, March 28th, from 12 noon to 2 p.m.

Single tickets are currently on sale for $150. Benefactor and Sponsor Table guests are invited to a private meet-and-green reception with A.J. Finn, and will receive a signed copy of The Woman in the Window. Books will be available for purchase courtesy of Barrett Bookstore.

All funds raised from the Novel Tea will be dedicated to library resources, including technology, purchasing new books and supporting programs and guest speakers.

The Novel Tea is sponsored by The Wyper Family Speaker Fund and New Canaan/Darien Magazine. For tickets and more information visit or contact the Darien Library Administrative Office at 203-669-5220.

Dr. Jeffrey Sachs “The Global Challenge of Sustainable Development”

World Affairs Forum presents Dr. Jeffrey Sachs at UCONN/Stamford for their Global Economic Trends Lecture 2018: “The Global Challenge of Sustainable Development – What it Means for US Foreign Policy”

Monday, February 5, 2018
5:30pm Cocktail Reception
6:15pm Presentation
UCONN/Stamford, GenRe Auditorium
Corner of Broad & Washington Sts.
Co-Sponsored by UCONN, CIBER & First County Bank

Advance Reservation & Payment Required
$45 Forum Members, $55 Non-Members
Tickets available online at or call (203) 356-0340
Deadline: Friday, February 2nd

“Sustainable development, the central concept of our age, tries to make sense of the interactions of three complex systems: the world economy, the global society, and the Earth’s physical environment. It recommends a holistic framework, in which society aims for environmentally sustainable and socially inclusive development, underpinned by good governance. It is a way to understand the world, yet is also a normative or ethical view of the world: a way to define the objectives of a well-functioning society, one that delivers wellbeing for its citizens today and in future generations.” – Dr. Jeffrey D. Sachs

Dr. Jeffrey D. Sachs is a world-renowned professor of economics, leader in sustainable development, senior UN advisor, bestselling author, and syndicated columnist whose monthly newspaper columns appear in more than 100 countries. He is the co-recipient of the 2015 Blue Planet Prize, the leading global prize for environmental leadership. He has twice been named among Time magazine’s 100 most influential world leaders. He was called by the New York Times, “probably the most important economist in the world,” and by Time magazine “the world’s best known economist.” A recent survey by The Economist ranked Professor Sachs as among the world’s three most influential living economists of the past decade.

“Rogue Justice: The Making of the Security State”

Dr. Karen J. Greenberg
Director, Center on National Security, Fordham University, School of Law
Ferguson Library, Corner of Broad & Bedford Sts.
DiMattia Bldg, 3rd Floor Auditorium
5:45pm Check In, Networking & Refreshments
6:15pm Presentation & Q&A
Book will be on sale during the event
Advance reservation and payment requested.

This event is free to all Forum & Ambassadors’ Roundtable members, students and faculty. The public charge to attend is $20. This $20 fee includes season membership and provides reduced prices to other programming. To reserve a seat or for more information, please contact us at 203-356-0340. Or buy tickets online at

“Greenberg’s Rogue Justice: The Making of the Security State is the definitive account of how America’s War on Terror sparked a decade-long assault on the rule of law, weakening our courts and our Constitution in the name of national security.” -Kirkus, Best Books of 2016

Dr. Karen J. Greenberg, a noted expert on national security, terrorism, and civil liberties, is Director of the Center on National Security. She is the author of The Least Worst Place: Guantanamo’s First 100 Days (Oxford University Press, 2009), which was selected as one of the best books of 2009 by The Washington Post and Her newest book, Rogue Justice:The Making of the Security State (Crown, 2016), explores the War on Terror’s impact on justice and law in America.

Norwalk’s Remarkable Hill Sisters and the Struggle For Equality

Norwalk’s Remarkable Hill Sisters and the Struggle For Equality

In celebration of Women’s History Month, the Norwalk Historical Society will be presenting a new lecture entitled: “Norwalk’s Remarkable Hill Sisters and the Struggle for Equality” by local educator and researcher Alice Warren on Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 2:00pm at the Norwalk Historical Society Museum. 141 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT. Learn how three sisters from Norwalk, CT – Clara Mossman Hill, Helena Hill Weed, and Elsie Mary Hill – struggled for suffrage and women’s rights during the 20th century. Tickets are $5.00 and can be purchased at or 203-846-0525. Please note that the lecture will take place upstairs and seating is limited. Purchasing in advance is highly recommended. Parking is available at Norwalk City Hall, 125 East Avenue. The museum is in the red brick house with blue double front doors, next to the Norwalk Health Dept. If there is inclement weather, the lecture will be rescheduled for Sunday, March 4, 2018 at 2:00pm.

Norwalk’s Hill Sisters, daughters of a U.S. congressman, worked tirelessly for the passage and ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment, crisscrossing the country giving lectures, organizing marches, and even going to jail after picketing the White House during the First World War. After ratification in 1920, the Hills continued to fight for feminist causes during the post-suffrage decades, when many historians contended that women had lost interest in issues of civil and economic rights. This illustrated 45-minute talk will introduce you to these remarkable women, whose advocacy for full equality helped sustain movement goals and tactics for future generations of feminists.

About Alice Warren
Alice Warren teaches 8th grade U.S. history at Fairfield Woods Middle School. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Mount Holyoke College and a master’s degree in Women’s Studies at Southern Connecticut State University, with a focus on women’s history. While in that graduate program, she became involved with the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame, first researching and rewriting the biographies of the original inductees, and now serves on the Hall of Fame’s Consulting Scholar Committee. Ms. Warren’s thesis about the Hill sisters was the result of her deep interest in the contributions made by Connecticut women to the causes of social justice and equal rights.

Photo Credit: Women of Protest: Photographs from the Records of the National Woman’s Party, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C

For more information visit, e-mail , or call 203-846-0525.

The Norwalk Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

An Evening with Corey Flintoff

Corey Flintoff, former Moscow correspondent for NPR, presents a timely and topical discussion about current U.S.-Russian relations and how past events – from the October Revolution of 1917 to the end of the Cold War to the 2016 U.S. elections – continue to shape the public perceptions and official policies today.

Flintoff was a reporter and foreign correspondent at National Public Radio for 27 years, circling the globe to cover pirates in Somalia, the earthquake in Haiti, Egypt during the Arab Spring and more. He spent four years as NPR’s bureau chief in Moscow, covering the Russian crackdown on dissent, the seizure of Crimea, and war in eastern Ukraine. Since his return to the U.S., Flintoff has followed the revelations of the Trump administration’s ties to Russia, and what that could mean for the future of relations between the two countries.

Joining Mr. Flintoff in the conversation is Dr. Daniel Ksepka, Curator of Science at the Bruce Museum and co-curator of the museum’s provocative new exhibition Hot Art in a Cold War: Intersections of Art and Science in the Soviet Era. A 30-minute Q&A session will follow the discussion.

Admission to “An Evening with Corey Flintoff” is $35 per person and includes a wine and cheese reception at 6 pm. Guests are encouraged to tour the exhibition before the program begins at 6:30 pm. Proceeds benefit the Museum’s exhibition and educational programs. Tickets may be purchased online here:

The evening event is held to complement the exhibition Hot Art in a Cold War, which examines one of the dominant concerns of Soviet unofficial artists—and citizens everywhere—during the Cold War: the consequences of innovation in science, technology, mathematics, communications, and design.

African Americans and the Impact of the Great Migration in the North and South

In honor of Black History Month the Norwalk Historical Society will be hosting a lecture by Dr. Stacey Close entitled: “African Americans and the Impact of the Great Migration in the North and South” on Sunday, February 11, 2018 at 2:00pm at the Norwalk Historical Society Museum. The lecture will discuss reasons for the larger migration and also focus on the migration’s impact on Connecticut and the nation. Guests can also view the Museum’s exhibition: “Destination Norwalk: African-American Migration from the South, 1940-1970” which highlights the migration of 5 million black Americans from southern states during the “The Second Migration” to urban industrial centers of the North, Midwest and West. Some making their destination Norwalk, Connecticut. Tickets are $5.00 and can be purchased at: or 203-846-0525. Please note that the lecture will take place upstairs and seating is limited. Purchasing in advance is highly recommended. Parking is available at Norwalk City Hall, 125 East Avenue. The museum is in the red brick house with blue double front doors, next to the Norwalk Health Dept. If there is inclement weather, the lecture will be rescheduled for Sunday, February 25, 2018 at 2:00pm.

About Dr. Stacey Close
Stacey Close has worked in higher education for more than 20 years. He currently serves as the Associate Vice President for Equity and Diversity at Eastern Connecticut State University in Willimantic, CT. A professor of history, Close received his Ph.D. and M.A. from The Ohio State University and B.A. from Albany State College, a HBCU in Georgia. He has taught courses that focused on African American, American, African, and Southern history. In addition, he has made paper presentations at conferences such as the Southern Conference on African American Studies, Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History, and Professional and Organizational Development Network. Close has also served as chairperson for the Department of History, Political Science, Philosophy, and Geography, director of the Center for Educational Excellence, and NCAA, Faculty Athletic Representative. He has published with journals and presses such as the Journal of Negro History, CT Explored, and Guilford Press. In 2014 Close was a contributing editor and essayist for African Americans in Connecticut Explored, published by Wesleyan University Press. He frequently lectures and makes presentation on Black Hartford history. In 2011-2012 Close received the prestigious honor of being an American Council on Education Fellow. Some of his other honors include the NAACP’s 100 Most Influential Blacks in Connecticut for 2013 and 2015, Eastern Connecticut State University’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Distinguished Service Award, Student Club Advisor of the Year, and Eastern Connecticut State University s Faculty Teaching Award.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Rev. Dr. Merle Rumble and Rev. Dewitt Stevens, Jr.

For more information visit, e-mail , or call 203-846-0525. The Norwalk Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

New Exhibit at Westport Historical Society: The Curious Case of Ed Vebell

On Sunday, January 28, from 2 to 4 pm, Westport Historical Society will have the opening reception for a new exhibit honoring Ed Vebell.

Meet Ed Vebell! He is 96, a nonagenarian, and he’s probably lived a more interesting life than you have. Like most of your older relatives Ed has stories to tell, but his span the globe, span time, and span famous events.

It may sound cliché but it all started when Ed was shipped off to war. Ed nearly started out as an aircraft gunner, an occupation with a notoriously short lifespan, but when his superiors were alerted to his artistic ability he was quickly transferred to the US Army’s military newspaper, Stars and Stripes, as a field illustrator. As it turns out, illustrating battles was only the beginning of a decade’s long journey through odd, extraordinary and potentially lethal experiences.

Mr. Vebell spent years overseas in exotic places like Morocco and the cabarets of Paris. His decades as an illustrator, for publications like Sports Illustrated and Reader’s Digest, connected him with a cavalcade of characters including Grace Kelly and Matisse. Oh, and did we mention he also competed at the 1952 Olympics in fencing?

Like any traveler, he collected some souvenirs along the way. A century gives you opportunities to acquire interesting life experiences and trinkets; only Ed’s trinkets aren’t the knick knacks you find in grandma’s attic but treasures like Buffalo Bill’s hat and a spear from the Maasai, an African lion hunter tribe.

Join us and become immersed in the life of arguably Westport’s most interesting man, and be sure to look for Ed’s recently published book “An Artist at War”. Signed copies will be available for sale at the exhibit opening and in our gift shop.

Friends Author Series Host Bestselling Author Adriana Trigiani at The Ferguson Library

Bring your friends for a night out with food, wine and conversation when the Friends of The Ferguson Library host bestselling author Adriana Trigiani on Tuesday, January 23 at 6:30 p.m. at the Ernest A. DiMattia, Jr. Building of The Ferguson Library. She’ll be talking about her newest book, “Kiss Carlo.” Tickets are $15 with proceeds to benefit the Library. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for a wine and appetizer reception. Program is at 7 p.m. Book sale and signing to follow. Register online at

Adriana Trigiani is the bestselling author of 17 books which have been published in 36 countries around the world, including the blockbuster epic, “The Shoemaker’s Wife,” “All the Stars in the Heavens,” the Big Stone Gap series, “Lucia, Lucia,” the Valentine series; the Viola series for young adults; “Cooking with My Sisters,” a collection of delicious and accessible family recipes curated by Adriana and her four sisters, and the bestselling memoir, “Don’t Sing at the Table.”

In “Kiss Carlo,” the author explores the vibrant, complex Italian-American experience that brings to life the golden years of post-war America—a celebration of ambition, risk, love, reinvention and one remarkable family with a secret, the Palazzinis.

It’s 1949 in south Philadelphia. Diligent, hard-working and proud, the Palazzinis have built a solid life for themselves and their three sons. Now that World War II is over, their sons, each one a decorated veteran, have returned home to the family cab company, to rejoin their world as it was before they left. But their future and fortunes are forever changed by a telegram, and the nephew who delivers it.

In addition to writing books, Ms. Trigiani is a playwright, television writer/producer and filmmaker. She is the award-winning filmmaker of the documentary “Queens of the Big Time” and she wrote and directed the major motion picture “Big Stone Gap,” based on her debut novel. It was filmed entirely on location with an all-star cast in her hometown in Virginia and was released in 2015. She is also the co-founder of the Origin Project, an in-school writing program that serves more than a thousand students in Appalachia.

For more information, call 203 351-8275. The Ernest A. DiMattia, Jr. Building of The Ferguson Library is located at the corner of Bedford and Broad Streets, Stamford.

Friends of The Ferguson Library to Host Martin Philip, Author of “Breaking Bread: A Baker’s Journey Home in 75 Recipes”

Bring your friends for a night out with a talented craftsman, also known as a bread shaman, when the Friends of The Ferguson Library host Martin Philip, author of Breaking Bread: A Baker’s Journey Home in 75 Recipes, on Wednesday, December 6 at 6:30 p.m. at the Ernest A. DiMattia, Jr. Building of The Ferguson Library. Tickets are $15 with proceeds to benefit the Library. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for a wine and appetizer reception. Program is at 7 p.m. Book sale and signing to follow. Register online at

Part memoir, part cookbook, Breaking Bread is a moving meditation on the art and craft of baking bread that reaches beyond technique and inspires at-home bakers to explore the essence of baking as an act of love, featuring photographs, hand-drawn illustrations and original recipes.

Martin Philip is the Head Bread Baker at King Arthur Flour in Norwich, Vermont. He holds a degree from Oberlin Conservatory, is a MacDowell fellow, and attended the New York Art Students League and the Cooper Union for drawing. His current life chapter—which includes three wonderful children with his wife, Julie Ness, ample time in the woods, and lots of crackling baguettes—is the best yet.

Yearning for creative connection, Martin Philip traded his finance career in New York City for an entry-level baker position at King Arthur Flour in rural Vermont. A true Renaissance man, the opera singer, banjo player, and passionate amateur baker worked his way up, eventually becoming head bread baker.

The book will appeal to novice and advanced home bakers alike. From kneading dough to forming loaves and choosing just the right ingredients, Philip’s world-class, tried-and-true tips guarantee the best bread you’ve ever tasted. In addition to recipes for biscuits, pancakes, and crusty artisan loaves, it includes home recipes for pies, coffee cake, fresh jam and other delectable treats.

For more information, call 203 351-8275. The Ernest A. DiMattia, Jr. Building of The Ferguson Library is located at the corner of Bedford and Broad Streets, Stamford.

“Turkey: The Current State of Affairs”

Aaron Stein is a resident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East. His research interests include US-Turkey relations, Turkish foreign policy, the Syrian conflict, nonproliferation, and the Iranian nuclear program. Dr. Stein was previously a doctoral fellow at the Geneva Center for Security Policy, an associate fellow for the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), and a researcher with the Center for Economics and Foreign Policy Studies (EDAM). He also worked as a consultant for the International Crisis Group in Istanbul and has published articles and reports on Turkey’s nuclear capabilities and Turkish elections.


Hanna directed The Century Foundation’s 2015 International Working Group on Pakistan, chaired by Ambassador Thomas Pickering, and served as a co-director of The Century Foundation’s 2011 International Task Force on Afghanistan, co-chaired by Ambassador Pickering and Ambassador Lakhdar Brahimi.
He has published widely on U.S. foreign policy in newspapers and journals, including articles in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the Boston Globe, Christian Science Monitor, the New Republic, Democracy, Middle East Report, Foreign Affairs, Survival, and World Policy Journal, among other publications, and is a frequent contributor to Foreign Policy. He appears regularly on PBS, BBC, and NPR, including appearances on the Charlie Rose Show and the PBS Newshour.
He served as a consultant for Human Rights Watch in Baghdad in 2008.Prior to joining The Century Foundation, Hanna was a senior fellow at the International Human Rights Law Institute. From 1999 to 2004, Hanna practiced corporate law with the New York law firm Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton. Fluent in Arabic, he was a Fulbright Scholar at Cairo University. He received a J.D. from New York University School of Law, where he was an editor of the Law Review. Hanna is a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies and was a term-member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Advance reservation and payment are required. AR Members: Free AR Guests & Forum Series Members: $35 General Public: $50 Reservation

Norwalk & Mark Twain: Interesting Connections Between the City of Norwalk & Mark Twain Lecture

How is Mark Twain connected to Norwalk? Join Norwalk historians Madeleine and Ed Eckert to discover the connection during their lively lecture: “Norwalk & Mark Twain: Being Some Interesting Connections Between the City of Norwalk & Mark Twain” on Sunday, November 19, 2017 at 2:00pm at the Norwalk Historical Society Museum. We all know Mark Twain lived in Hartford and Redding, CT, but how is one of America’s most famous literary figures connected to Norwalk? In this lecture, the Eckerts will uncover interesting historic and artistic connections between Mark Twain, Norwalk and WPA artists, one being Justin Gruelle. This lecture was first produced as part of Connecticut’s 2010 Mark Twain Centennial Project commemorating Mark Twain’s death. The Museum’s new exhibit: New Deal, New Day: WPA Artists at Work and Play, which features Justin Gruelle’s work, will be open for viewing after the lecture. Please note the lecture will take place upstairs in the museum and at this time there is no elevator. Limited seating available! Tickets are $5.00 and can be purchased at or by calling 203-846-0525. Parking is available at Norwalk City Hall, 125 East Avenue. The museum is in the red brick house with blue double front doors, next to the Norwalk Health Department.

Madeleine and Ed Eckert are local researchers and historians who serve on the Norwalk Historical Society Board of Directors. They have given numerous slide lecture presentations in Norwalk and throughout the state. They have also led historic walking tours and cemetery tours around the Historic Norwalk Green, the Mill Hill Graveyard, St. Paul’s Graveyard and Riverside Cemetery. The Eckerts have done extensive research on the Battle and Burning of Norwalk, Nathan Hale, African American history, and Colonial history in Norwalk.

Photo Credit: “Innocents Abroad” Mural by Justin Gruelle

Photo Caption: How is Mark Twain connected to Norwalk? Join Norwalk historians Madeleine and Ed Eckert to discover the connection during their lively lecture: “Norwalk & Mark Twain: Being Some Interesting Connections Between the City of Norwalk & Mark Twain” on Sunday, November 19, 2017 at 2:00pm at the Norwalk Historical Society Museum.

For more information: visit, e-mail , or call 203-846-0525. The Norwalk Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Pirates: Fact & Fiction, a lecture at HMA

On Thursday, November 16th the Housatonic Museum of Art will present a fascinating lecture entitled “Pirates: Fact & Fiction” with historian, John R. Wright. The talk will look at how literature and later movies have framed our image of pirates, and separate myth from true facts about piracy. The lecture will take place at 6:30pm in the Burt Chernow Galleries at the Housatonic Museum of Art located on the Housatonic Community College campus, 900 Lafayette Blvd. in Bridgeport. The event is free, and the community is invited to attend.

As Executive Director of the Thomas Paine Cottage Museum in New Rochelle, New York, John R. Wright uses his background in illustration and art direction to bring history to life. Wright executes historical illustrations and dioramas for publication, and is also an experienced historical re-enactor.

“Audience members will come away from this lecture with deeper understanding of what it truly meant to be a pirate, and will enjoy being surrounded by the pirate-inspired exhibit entitled Scrolls, by internationally acclaimed contemporary artist Joe Zucker,” said Robbin Zella, Executive Director of the Housatonic Museum of Art.

The Housatonic Museum of Art (HMA) is home to one of the premier college art collections in the United States. Its collection offers students and the community alike the opportunity to view works that span the history of art from the ancient to the contemporary. Unique to the Housatonic Community College campus, this permanent collection is on continuous display throughout the 300,000 square foot facility, offering a rare opportunity for both art enthusiasts and casual observers to view and interact with the art on a daily basis.
Visit to learn more.

Children’s Literary Event with Chris Grabenstein at The Ferguson Library

On Saturday, November 18 at 2 p.m., The Ferguson Library presents its annual Jeanne Rinehart Family Program with a visit from the #1 New York Times bestselling author, Chris Grabenstein. The program will take place in the Third Floor Auditorium at the Ernest A. DiMattia, Jr. Building of The Ferguson Library. The program is for kids ages 7 and up and their families.

Chris Grabenstein is the author of “Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library,” “Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Olympics,” the “Welcome to Wonderland” series, and many other books, as well as the coauthor of fun and funny page-turners with James Patterson, including “I Funny,” “House of Robots,” and “Jackie Ha-Ha.”

The Library will be giving away a FREE copy of the latest of Chris’ wacky action-packed mysteries, “Mr. Lemoncello’s Great Library Race.” (One per family.)

The Ernest A. DiMattia, Jr. Building of The Ferguson Library is located at the corner of Bedford and Broad Streets, Stamford. For more information, call 203 351-8242.

All Ferguson Library programs are generously supported by the Friends of The Ferguson Library.

Greening your Home: Sustainable Energy Saving Solutions

Local building design and construction professionals, Howard Lathrop, David Mann and John Roundtree will speak about projects, big and small, that are leading the way with the use of innovative, green technology, and offer advice on what any homeowner can do to reduce energy use and improve their environmental footprint. The presentation will be accompanied by a resource guide. Free

For Addition Information: Visit or call 203-557-4400

Finding Your Voice as a Parent: Navigating Through the Process of Obtaining an Appropriate Education

Special Education Law Attorney Lawrence W. Berliner, and Dr. Marcia Eckerd, a licensed psychologist, will be the featured speakers at a workshop for parents titled “Finding Your Voice as a Parent: Navigating Through the Process of Obtaining an Appropriate Education.”

The free workshop will take place on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. at the Villa Maria School, 161 Sky Meadow Drive, Stamford, Conn.

This workshop will be hosted by Villa Maria School, a Stamford private co-educational day school for students with learning disabilities in grades kindergarten through ninth grade. Villa Maria is dedicated to developing the full potential of students with learning disabilities, accomplishing this by providing a very specialized, highly individualized, and ultra-supportive learning environment.

This workshop is devoted to helping parents acquire the knowledge, understanding, tools and strategies they need to impact their child’s educational experience. With a combined total of 60 years of experience between them, Attorney Berliner and Dr. Eckerd will help guide parents through the process of special education. Attorney Berliner, whose law practice is located in Westport, Conn. will speak to parents whose children have been struggling in school and how to obtain appropriate education during the school year and beyond. Dr. Eckerd, whose psychology practice is in Norwalk, Conn., will empower parents to help students with strategies for executive function.

Attorney Berliner will focus on:
• Student’s basic educational rights
• What to do when your child is struggling in school and is achieving below his or her potential
• Turning Point: the road ahead for parents when their child’s rights are denied by the school

Dr. Eckerd will focus on:
• Demystifying Executive Function (planning, prioritizing and organization, etc…)
• How Executive Functions are embedded into the academic workload – from reading to writing to math etc…
• How to write executive functions into the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) Goals and Objectives

To learn more about the workshop, and to register, please contact Stephen Bennhoff, Assistant Head of School for Admissions and External Relations at (203)-322-5886, ext. 104 or .

Please visit the websites or for more information.

Glass House Presents at New Canaan Library: Never Built New York

New Canaan Library and The Glass House are pleased to welcome curators Sam Lubell and Greg Goldin, speaking about the exhibition Never Built New York, currently on view at the Queens Museum, New York. The event will be held in the Library’s Adrian Lamb Room on Tuesday, November 28 at 6:30 p.m., preceded by a light reception at 6 p.m. Please register online at
Lubell and Goldin will discuss this unique exhibition that presents 200 years of visionary architectural and urban designs for New York City – all of which never came to fruition – but are now brought to life through original drawings, renderings, newly commissioned models and 3D visualizations. Never Built New York explores a city where one might live in an apartment that also acts as a bridge support, or travel via a floating airport. Never Built New York is on view at the Queens Museum through February 18, 2018.
Sam Lubell and Greg Goldin appear as part of Glass House Presents at New Canaan Library, an occasional series of talks and events about architecture, design, and Modernism in New Canaan and beyond, organized collaboratively by The Glass House and New Canaan Library. The program is generously supported by the New Canaan Community Foundation.
Sam Lubell is a Contributing Editor at The Architect’s Newspaper. He has written seven books about architecture for Monacelli Press, Rizzoli, Metropolis Books, and Phaidon. He also writes
for The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Magazine, Architect, Architectural Record, Architectural Review, Wallpaper*, Contract, and other publications. He co-curated the A+D Architecture and Design Museum exhibitions Never Built Los Angeles (2013) and Shelter: Rethinking How We Live in Los Angeles (2015).

Greg Goldin was the architecture critic at Los Angeles Magazine from 1999 to 2011. In 2011, he was awarded a Getty Institute Research Grant which led to his exhibition Windshield Perspective, Architecture and Design Museum (2013), a study of vernacular Los Angeles architecture. In summer 2013, he co-curated and co‐authored Never Built Los Angeles. His last curatorial contribution was to the Getty Museum’s No Further West (2014), an exhibition about the making of Los Angeles’s Union Station. His writing has appeared in The Los Angeles Times, Architectural Record, Architect’s Newspaper, and Zocalo, among many others.


Dr. Rosenthal unveil his unique approaches to facial rejuvenation. A true blending of Art and Science.

Attendees will receive a discount on Botox, Xeomin Voluma/Radiesse or The Silhouette Instalift. Dr. Rosenthal will be offering future procedures at this Greenwich location as well as his office in Fairfield.

For a sneak preview of what to expect:

Please RSVP as space is limited. 203.335.3223.

From Lima Beans to Libraries: How Food and Books Helped to Win the Great War WWI Commemorative Lecture

In honor of Veterans Day and the WWI Centennial, the Norwalk Historical Society will be hosting a free lecture: “From Lima Beans to Libraries: How Food and Books Helped Win the Great War” on Sunday, November 12, 2017 at 2:00pm at the townhouse at Mill Hill Historic Park. Join historians Dr. Allison Horrocks and Mary Mahoney for a lively lecture and discussion on local contributions to World War I. From gardening, canning and food conservation to prescribing books for servicemen and veterans, there were many ways for people, old and young, to serve. Learn how Nutmeggers mobilized for the Great War, both at home and abroad, one hundred years ago. Please consider donating a new or used book to the Society’s Books for Veterans Drive for the Vietnam Veterans of America. Members of the American Legion Post 12 Auxiliary Poppy Program will also be accepting donations. RSVP at or call 203-846-0525. Mill Hill Historic Park is located at 2 East Wall Street, Norwalk, CT 06851. Handicapped parking on site only. All others follow signs to overflow parking across the street. Lecture sponsored by the American Legion Post 12 Auxiliary, the Norwalk Garden Club and the Norwalk Public Library. For more information: visit, e-mail , or call 203-846-0525. The Norwalk Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

The Art of Mourning: 19th Century Postmortem & Memorial Photography

Photos from beyond the grave! Join Elizabeth Burns, of the nationally renowned Burns Archive and historic photo consultant for THE KNICK & MERCY STREET for an intimate look at “The Art of Mourning: 19th Century Postmortem & Memorial Photography” on Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 2:00pm at the Norwalk Historical Society Museum. People used photography to memorialize dead loved ones with a reverence little understood today. Learn how these photographs were a normal part of the culture, and how they are testament to a time when the magic of photography offered the hope of extending relationships. Rare postmortem photographs from the Burns Archive will be incorporated into the lecture. Please note that the lecture will take place upstairs in the museum and at this time there is no elevator. Limited seating available! Tickets are $5.00 and can be purchased at or by calling 203-846-0525. Parking is available at Norwalk City Hall, 125 East Avenue. The museum is in the red brick house with blue double front doors, next to the Norwalk Health Department.

Elizabeth A. Burns is the Creative and Operations Director of The Burns Archive, which houses over one million historic photographs from the birth of photography through the atomic age. Stanley B. Burns, MD, her father, is founder of the Burns Collection and author of the groundbreaking publication Sleeping Beauty: Memorial Photography In America (1990). Elizabeth collaborated on Sleeping Beauty II: Grief, Bereavement & The Family in Memorial Photography, American and European Traditions. Her other books include, Setting Sun: Painted Photographs of Meiji Japan, Geisha: A Photographic History, 1872-1913, The Burns Archive Medical Specialty Series, Stiffs, Skulls & Skeletons: Medical Photography and Symbolism and Mensur & Schmiss: German Dueling Societies. Elizabeth has curated and worked on hundreds of exhibitions, publications and films on memorial photography as well as on early flight, spirit photography, criminology, Lewis Hine and the playground, African American history, and the SS Ben Hecht. She served as medical photo-historic consultant on the HBO/Cinemax series THE KNICK and PBS’ MERCY STREET. Recent projects include, AMERICAN GODS, LIVE BY NIGHT and THE BIG SICK. Liz lives in New York City and actively promotes history and photography through publications, exhibitions and events.

For more information: visit, e-mail , or call 203-846-0525. The Norwalk Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Photo credit: Stanley B. Burns, MD & The Burns Archive

Balanced and Barefoot: An Evening with Angela Hanscom

Pediatric Occupational Therapist Angela Hanscom, founder of TimberNook, will share the many reasons why this “rough and tumble” nature play is so vital for kids, even from a young age, and how the lack of outdoor play directly correlates with challenges in overall sensory and motor development in children.
Join us for this informative evening with Ms. Hanscom, whose nature-based TimberNook organization has received international acclaim and whose tenets we share at the SM&NC’s Art, Nature, & Me Preschool. Refreshments will be served and limited copies of her book, Balanced and Barefoot, will be available for sale at the event.
Members & Non-Members: Suggested donation $10. For more information, visit or call 203.977.6521.
* * * * Stamford Museum & Nature Center is dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of art, the natural and agricultural sciences, and history. The Museum is a vital cultural and educational resource for the community, and a focal point for family activity through exhibitions, educational programs and special events.

Meet John Freeman Gill, Author of “The Gargoyle Hunters”

Meet John Freeman Gill, author of “The Gargoyle Hunters,” on Wednesday, October 11 at 7 p.m. at the Ernest A. DiMattia, Jr. Building of The Ferguson Library. The event, generously supported by the Friends of The Ferguson Library and co-sponsored by Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, will feature an illustrated talk, centering on the landmark Woolworth Building. The author will discuss his acclaimed book and describe both the history of the building’s remarkable Gothic terra-cotta facade and the original research he conducted into its 1970s restoration. The presentation will be followed by a reading from a nail-biting scene in his book that takes place at the top of the Woolworth Building.

The New York Times said of The Gargoyle Hunters, “Marvelously evocative … exuberant … eye-opening… [an] urban Indiana Jones-like escapade.”

John Freeman Gill is a native New Yorker and longtime New York Times contributor whose work has been anthologized in The New York Times Book of New York and More New York Stories: The Best of the City Section of The New York Times. His writing has appeared in The Atlantic, The New York Times Magazine, The New York Observer, the International Herald Tribune, New York magazine, Premiere, Avenue, The New York Times Book Review, and elsewhere.

Refreshments. Book sale and signing.

For more information, call 203 351-8231.

The Ernest A. DiMattia, Jr. Building of The Ferguson Library is located at the corner of Bedford and Broad Streets, Stamford

Junk Raft by author Marcus Eriksen

Sunday, November 12. 1:30 – 3:30 pm.
Sunday Science at the Seaside Center.
Author Presentation: Junk Raft by Marcus Eriksen.

In 2008, Marcus Eriksen and a friend traveled 88 days and 2600 miles on a raft made from 15,000 plastic bottles to build awareness and spark a movement to save our seas from plastic pollution. Hear from the author of Junk Raft: An Ocean Voyage and a Rising Tide of Activism to Fight Plastic Pollution.
Doors open at 1:30 pm. Presentation at 2:00 pm.
Free admission. No reservations required. All ages welcome.
Held at the Floren Family Environmental Center at Innis Arden Cottage, Greenwich Point Park, Old Greenwich, CT.
Co-sponsor: Friends of Greenwich Point. The Seaside Center is supported in part by Osprey Private Client.
For information, contact Seaside Center Manager Cynthia Ehlinger at or 203.413.6756.


Pushing the transatlantic slave trade and accused of committing genocide against the natives of the island of Hispaniola. Columbus viewed himself as an ambassador for Christianity.
Attendees at the HFFC meeting will break out into small group discussions to grapple with the complications of the explorer’s legacy. The discussions will be guided by short readings (see list below) from different perspectives, and will center around answering the question: How should Columbus Day be observed

All views are welcome, but participants are expected to remain civil and respectful of one another throughout the conversation.

The Humanists and Freethinkers of Fairfield County, Connecticut, espouses Reason and Compassion, seeks to promote Humanism and free thought in our community. It meets on the second Monday of each month, with speakers, discussion, and social time.
Readings with Different Perspectives on Columbus Day:
Don’t Celebrate Columbus. Honor Native People, by Matthew Bulger – The Humanist
Columbus should be celebrated, by the Denver Post Editorial Staff – The Denver Post
Examining the Reputation of Columbus, by Jack Weatherford –
This is why we still have Columbus Day, by Christine Mai-Duc – Los Angeles Times
The Humanevangelist: Good-Bye, Columbus—Hello, Regrettable Replacement, by Clay Farris Naff – The Humanist
Why Do We Celebrate Columbus Day and Not Leif Erikson Day?, by Becky Little – National Geographic
Christopher Columbus, a Renaissance man sailing ‘toward modernity’, by Stephen Sarsfield Bowman –
Why We Don’t Celebrate Christopher Columbus, by Elyse Bruce – Idle No More

Lecture: True Treasure Tales & Legends of Bridgeport

A lecture entitled “True Treasure Tales & Legends of Bridgeport” will take place at the Housatonic Museum of Art on Tuesday, October 3rd at 7pm.

Presented by award-winning author and historian Michael Bielawa, audience members will be astonished by tales of the shocking criminal underbelly of Connecticut’s largest city. From pirates to gangsters to a forgotten treasure map, Michael Bielawa will share his original research highlighting some of Bridgeport’s mysterious lost caches!

Bielawa is an authority on New England legends and folklore, and the lecture coincides with the museum’s current exhibition, Scrolls by Joe Zucker. The exhibit displays beautifully crafted, double-sided paintings meant to simultaneously resemble sails and pirate scrolls. Monumental works of frigates, sails and Jolly Roger flags surround exhibit-goers, and remains on view through December 1st.

The lecture will take place in the museum’s Burt Chernow Galleries, located on the campus of Housatonic Community College, 900 Lafayette Blvd, Bridgeport, CT. For more information visit or call (203) 332-5052.

Pain Management: Combating Chronic Pain, a Community Education program with Dr. Joseph Hung

Join us to learn how to improve upon current pain management strategies and suggestions for alternatives.
WHEN: Wednesday, October 11, 2017, 5:45 pm to 6:45 pm
WHERE: HSS Stamford Outpatient Center, 1 Blachley Road, Stamford, CT, 06902
SPEAKER: Joseph C. Hung, MD, Anesthesiologist & Pain Management Specialist, HSS
Space is limited, register early!
To register or for more information, please contact Pamela Villagomez at 203.705.2956 or email at

“Asylum Seeker,” “Refugee” or “Undocumented Immigrant?” Labels with Life-Changing Consequences – Panel and Q&A

Please join us for a panel discussion and Q&A:

“Asylum Seeker,” “Refugee” or “Undocumented Immigrant?”
Labels with Life-Changing Consequences

Michael Wishnie, William O. Douglas Clinical Professor of Law and Counselor to the Dean at Yale Law School.

Professor Michael J. Wishnie’s teaching, scholarship, and law practice have focused on immigration, labor and employment, habeas corpus, civil rights, government transparency, and veterans’ law. For years, Professor Wishnie and his students have represented low-wage workers, immigrants, and veterans in federal, state, and administrative litigation. He and his students have also represented unions, churches, veterans’ groups, and grassroots organizations in a range of legislative, media, and community education matters.

Swapna Reddy and Liz Willis, Co-founders of ASAP, Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project, Yale Law School Graduates

Swapna Reddy and Liz Willis are co-founders of ASAP, the Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project. This is an organization formed at Yale Law School to bring rapid, remote legal aid to asylum seekers where there are few or no lawyers, including border detention centers and rural communities across the U.S.

Grave Pursuits: New England Vampire Folk Belief


On Thursday, Oct. 19, from 7 to 8 pm, come to Westport Historical Society to hear the archaeological evidence of a hair-raising tale of discovery!

In the winter of 1990, two boys were playing in a private sand and gravel mine in Griswold, Conn. Sliding down the slope of the pit, the boys dislodged two skulls, which tumbled down the embankment with them. Inadvertently, they had discovered the lost graveyard of a farming family from the 18th and 19th centuries.

State archaeologists brought in to excavate the site discovered something curious: among the 27 bodies buried, one male had been rearranged in his grave. Research suggests that the re-interment was common to New England Vampire Folk Belief, in which the dead – or undead – had to be put back to rest.

Nick Bellantoni led the dig. Now an Emeritus Connecticut State Archaeologist, he will share the rest of the story.

Call (203) 222-1424 to reserve your spot to dig into vampire folk belief and the archaeological history of early New England.

Donation: $10 at the door.

Thank you to our sponsor, Bayberry Property Management and Leasing Company of CT.


Met Opera Radio host to Speak at Round Hill

Metropolitan Opera Radio Host Mary Jo Heath will join us to talk about her work in opera, on Sunday, October 1, at 4:00 p.m. at Round Hill Community Church. Ms. Heath hosts the Met’s Sirius XM satellite channel, live streams, and some 80 live broadcasts a season. She previously worked for nine seasons as a senior producer of their radio broadcasts. Her experience with the Met broadcasts began more than three decades ago with a part-time radio job while earning her Ph.D. in Music Theory from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester. “I was at the public station in Rochester, at WXXI, and they hired three part-time weekend Eastman students,” she recalled “And I said, ‘You know what? I’ll take the Saturday afternoon shift, because I always listen to the opera anyway — and I might as well be the one person in town that’s getting paid to do it!’”
Followed by a wine and cheese reception. The event is free. Round Hill Community Church is located at 395 Round Hill Road, Greenwich.
For more information, call 203.869.1091 or visit

Talk and Book Signing with Michael P Danziger author of SMALL PUDDLES: THE TRIUMPHANT STORY OF YALE’S WORST OARSMAN. EVER.

Come meet Michael Danziger (of Boston, alum of Harvard Univ.), author of SMALL PUDDLES: THE TRIUMPHANT STORY OF YALE’S WORST OARSMAN. EVER., Sept. 14, 6 p.m. Saugatuck Rowing Club, 521 Riverside Avenue, Westport, CT. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the book are going to the education nonprofit, The Steppingstone Foundation (, which he founded. To date the Foundation has helped nearly 3,000 students prepare for and enter college.

His memoir, SMALL PUDDLES is about overcoming the odds with a quit-adverse attitude and how failure has played a crucial role in him helping others find success. Two years ago he was diagnosed with advanced renal failure. As word got around about his condition, he was moved by the messages of support he received from his fellow oarsmen. He currently is waiting to receive a new kidney. In the meantime, he goes back to lessons he learned as Yale’s Worst Oarsman…Ever. Never quit. Work hard every day to be your best. That’s what he continues to do.

Bestselling Author Wendy Walker Speaks at New Canaan Library, Introducing Latest Book, Emma in the Night

New Canaan Library is pleased to welcome Wendy Walker, author of the international bestseller All is Not Forgotten (2016), and recently released thriller, Emma in the Night. Ms. Walker will discuss her new book at the Library on Tuesday, September 26 at 6:30 p.m. in the Adrian Lamb Room. Both books will be available for purchase courtesy of Elm Street Books. Please register online at

One night three years ago, the Tanner sisters disappeared: fifteen-year-old Cass and seventeen-year-old Emma. Three years later, Cass returns, without her sister Emma. She talks of kidnapping and betrayal, of a mysterious island where the two were held. But to forensic psychiatrist Dr. Abby Winter, something doesn’t add up. There are holes in the story, and an in depth look at this dysfunctional family leads Dr. Winter to unearth a life where boundaries were violated and a narcissistic parent held sway. Perhaps one sister’s return is just the beginning of the story, and the crime.

Wendy Walker is the author of the national and international bestseller All is Not Forgotten (St. Martin’s Press 2016), and newly released, Emma In The Night (St. Martin’s Press 2017). She previously published two novels and edited multiple compilations for the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. Prior to her writing career, Wendy practiced family law, having earned her J. D. from Georgetown University Law Center and her undergraduate degree from Brown University. She is currently finishing her third thriller and managing a busy household in Fairfield County, Connecticut where she lives with her three sons.

Glass House Presents at New Canaan Library: Frederick Noyes on the Noyes House

New Canaan Library and The Glass House are pleased to welcome architect Fred Noyes, speaking about the Noyes House (1954), his childhood home in New Canaan. The Noyes House was designed by his father Eliot Noyes and is included on the National Register of Historic Places. Fred appears as part of Glass House Presents at New Canaan Library, an occasional series of talks and events about architecture, design, and Modernism in New Canaan and beyond, organized collaboratively by The Glass House and New Canaan Library.
The event will be held on Tuesday, September 12 at 6:30 p.m., preceded by a light reception at 6 p.m. Please register to attend at The program is generously supported by the New Canaan Community Foundation.
In addition to the lecture, Fred Noyes will lead a tour of the Noyes House as part of a Glass House Study Tour on Monday, September 11. For more information, please visit

The unique composition of the Noyes house — two enclosures for public and private functions connected by an open air courtyard — remains highly provocative. Fred will analyze the intent and design of the house in comparison to the Glass House (1949), designed by Philip Johnson.

Eliot Noyes was one of an informal network of Modern architects later known as the “Harvard Five” (Marcel Breuer, Landis Gores, John Johansen, and Philip Johnson) who moved to New Canaan and established what would become a center of experimental Modern residential design. Noyes was also the first Director of Industrial Design at the Museum of Modern Art and an influential industrial designer.

Frederick Noyes, FAIA, is immersed in his twined passions of architecture, biology, and education. For over thirty years, he has run his own architectural firm and designed everything from houses to hospitals. He was elected to the AIA College of Fellows (2001) and awarded an honorary Doctorate of Education from the Boston Architectural College in 2007. Noyes has remained close to academia, both as a student (a decade of graduate studies in biology) and a teacher (visual studies at Harvard; lecturer in biochemistry at Harvard Extension; and biology at Miles and Wheelock Colleges). Associated with the Boston Architectural College (BAC) since 1974, Noyes has taught at all levels at the BAC, chaired its Board of Directors from 1995-1999, and is currently an Overseer.

Fiona Davis to Introduce Latest Novel The Address at New Canaan Library Baldanza Hosts Special Prix Fixe Dinner Following the Talk

New Canaan Library welcomes author Fiona Davis, speaking about her latest novel, The Address, on Wednesday, September 13 at 6:30 p.m. in the Adrian Lamb Room. Copies of the book will be available for purchase, courtesy of Elm Street Books. Please register online at
To continue the conversation, Baldanza will host a special fixed price dinner following the talk. The $65 cost includes a three course dinner, hardback copy of The Address, and a five dollar donation to New Canaan Library’s Annual Campaign. Please register directly with Baldanza to attend, online at

Centered on The Dakota, one of New York City’s most famous residences, this compelling novel deftly intertwines two stories that take place 100 years apart. In 1884 Sara Smythe has struggled to become head housekeeper at London’s Langham Hotel when she is offered the chance of a lifetime to come to New York and manage The Dakota, just opening in the wilds of Manhattan’s Upper West Side. In a parallel storyline, Bailey Camden finds herself in 1985 to be desperate for new opportunities. Fresh out of rehab, the former party girl and interior designer is
homeless, jobless, and penniless. One hundred years apart, Sara and Bailey are both tempted by, and struggle against, the golden excess of their respective ages and take refuge and solace in the Upper West Side’s gilded fortress.

Fiona Davis was born in Canada and raised in New Jersey, Utah, and Texas. She began her career in New York City as an actress, where she worked on Broadway, off-Broadway, and in regional theater. After ten years she changed careers, working as an editor and writer, and her historical fiction debut, The Dollhouse, was published in 2016. She’s a graduate of the College of William & Mary and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and is based in New York City.

Book Release Reception: Rochelle Almeida, PhD

Please join Pequot Library in celebrating the release of Southport resident and Library friend Dr. Rochelle Almeida’s new book “Britain’s Anglo-Indians: The Invisibility of Assimilation.” Rochelle Almeida, PhD is a professor of Liberal Studies at New York University, a certified docent at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, and past recipient of the Pequot Library’s Stanley-Crane Volunteer of the Year Award.

• A 30-40 minute author talk
• Reception with the author
• Book sales & signing

Free and open to the public. Light hors d’oeuvres served.

About the Book:
Anglo-Indians form the human legacy created and left behind on the Indian sub-continent by European imperialism. When Independence was achieved from the British Raj in 1947, an exodus numbering an estimated 50,000 emigrated to Great Britain between 1948–62, under the terms of the British Nationality Act of 1948. But sixty odd years after their resettlement in Britain, the “First Wave” Anglo-Indian immigrant community continues to remain obscure among India’s global diaspora.

Through meticulous ethnographic field research conducted amidst the community in Britain over a decade, Rochelle Almeida provides evidence that immigrant Anglo-Indians remain on the cultural periphery despite more than half a century. Through a critical scrutiny of multi-ethnic Anglophone literature and cinema, the modes and methods they employed in seeking integration and the reasons for their near-invisibility in Britain as an immigrant South Asian community are closely examined in this much-needed volume.

About the Author:
Born in Bombay, India, Rochelle Almeida taught at Jai Hind College, Bombay and in the graduate English Department at the University of Bombay before joining the Liberal Studies Program at NYU in 1994. She has also taught at Exeter College, University of Oxford, UK, and in the Global Liberal Studies Program at NYU-London. She was awarded the Provost’s Global Research Initiatives Fellowship at NYU-London in Fall 2016.

Almeida’s publications include three monographs and two edited anthologies. She has given invited lectures on her ethnographic research on Britain’s Anglo-Indians at Columbia University, New York, the University of Oxford, University of Cambridge, University of Leeds, in the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London, University of Padua in Italy and the University of Bombay. She has presented research papers at conferences around the world and has had significant publications in peer-reviewed journals.

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