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Framingham State, local library holding free lecture series this spring

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  March 4, 2013 11:59 AM

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The Framingham Public Library and Framingham State University are collaborating to host a free series of lectures that will cover literature, history, and art.

The series, which started last month, takes place every Thursday at 7 p.m. at the library's Costin Room, located at 49 Lexington St.

There is no registration necessary, and refreshments are served at each lecture.

Upcoming lectures include:

  • March 7: The History of a Failed State: Germans 800 - 1914 - Part One: Dr. John Heineman, Professor Emeritus at Boston College; an illustrated lecture covering the “First Reich,” also known as the Holy Roman Empire.
  • March 14: Blazing the Trail: Catholic Nuns in America: Dr. Sarah Mulhall Adelman, Department of History at Framingham State University; an overview of the work and community life of Catholic nuns in the 19th-century United States, as well as a discussion about the ways in which they pioneered new paths for American women.
  • March 21: The History of a Failed State - Part Two: Heineman explores how the “Second Reich” in 1870 succeeded in only a partial unification, since it excluded German-speakers, creating instead the militarist rule of Bismarck’s Prussia.
  • March 28: Disasters at Sea - Paintings by Copley, Homer and Turner: Dr. Erika Schneider, Art History Department at Framingham State University; an illustrated lecture allows the audience to view notable events at sea through paintings that depict the sublime power and elusive beauty of the sea.
  • April 4: From Sea to Shining Sea: The Role of the Sea in American Literary Imagination: Dr. Carolyn Maibor, English Department at Framingham State University; covers American sea literature and the lesser-known place of women in this important genre.
  • April 11: The WhalingTrade, Nantucket, and the Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex: Dr. Kerry Dunne of Arlington Public Schools, Dr. Maria Alessandra and Dr. Sue Dargan of Framingham State University; a brief introduction to the whaling trade and New England will then lead into an audience discussion of the book.
  • April 18: John Huston’s “Moby Dick”: Dr. Claudia Springer, English and Film Studies at Framingham State University; Springer will introduce the film (starring Gregory Peck) and lead a discussion afterwards.

For more information on the lecture series, contact the library at 508-532-6347 or visit the library's website.

The series is in part sponsored by the Friends of the Framingham Library.

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