WAM Theatre Commemorates Banned Books Week with "Erased Histories: A Free Conversation Series"
WAM Theatre is delighted to announce a series of lively conversations with scholars, artists, and community members who will tell the true stories of Black and Indigenous Women who were Civil Rights pioneers. These FREE events will take place throughout Berkshire County, and in collaboration with The Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Berkshire Athenaeum in Pittsfield, and Stockbridge Library. The series is presented in connection with WAM Theatre’s upcoming production of CADILLAC CREW and is funded by the Brabson Library and Educational Foundation.
This special series of conversations is taking place as part of Banned Books Week (September 18-24). The week is a timely effort to underscore the vital role of historically and presently banned books in school curriculum, public education, and access. The Erased Histories conversation series will feature scholars, artists, and community leaders telling true stories that are often missing from history books. We invite you to join us in listening to live and original retellings of stories that changed the face of history.
Our honored speakers will include: Indigenous Historian Heather Bruegl (Oneida/Stockbridge-Munsee), Storyteller Onamuni Jean Moss, Community Leader Gwendolyn VanSant (CEO and Founder of Multicultural BRIDGE), Professor Frances Jones-Sneed, Dr. Eden-Reneé Hayes, Storyteller, Inspirational Speaker Amber Chand, and Artist/Educator Nicole M. Young-Martin.
WAM Theatre is thrilled to be partnering with libraries throughout Berkshire County to present the conversations in free and easily accessible public spaces. WAM’s partners on this series include Berkshire Athenaeum (Pittsfield, MA), Clark Art Institute Auditorium (Williamstown, MA), and the Stockbridge Library Association (Stockbridge, MA). We join together for Banned Book Week to celebrate the power of storytelling as a way to uplift voices that have been historically silenced.
ERASED HISTORIES: A Conversation Series
In collaboration with the Clark Art Institute, the Berkshire Athenaeum, and Stockbridge Library Association.
Saturday, September 17, 2pm
Clark Art Institute Auditorium in Williamstown, MA
Featuring Professor Frances Jones-Sneed (MCLA) and artist/educator Nicole Young-Martin
Tuesday, September 20, 6pm
Berkshire Athenaeum, Pittsfield, MA
Featuring Indigenous Historian Heather Breugl (Oneida/Stockbridge-Munsee) and Community Activist Gwendolyn VanSant (Multicultural BRIDGE)
Saturday, September 24, 3pm
Stockbridge Library Association, Stockbridge, MA
Featuring: storyteller and inspirational speaker Amber Chand.
Available Virtually throughout October
Online as part of WAM Theatre’s Spotlight Series
Featuring Indigenous Historian Heather Buegl (Oneida/Stockbridge-Munsee), Storyteller Onawumi Jean Moss, and Dr. Eden-Reneé Hayes.
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