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Williams College to Host Fiction Reading by Author Stephen Graham Jones

Author Stephen Graham Jones
Author Stephen Graham Jones

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Stephen Graham Jones will read from his works of fiction at an event at Williams College on Tuesday, March 3, at 4:30 p.m., in Griffin Hall, room 3. The reading is free and open to the public.

Jones is an author of experimental, horror, crime, and science fiction. He has published more than 20 books of fiction, including Once Upon a Time in Texas, After the People Lights Have Gone Off, and The Bird is Gone: A Manifesto. He has been a National Endowment for the Arts Fellow and a Texas Writers League Fellow, and he has won the Texas Institute of Letters Award for Fiction and the Independent Publishers Multicultural Award. Jones is a Blackfeet Indian.

Jones holds a B.A. from Texas Tech University, an M.A. from the University of Northern Texas, and a Ph.D. from Florida State University. He is a professor of English at the University of Colorado, Boulder, where he teaches courses in creative writing. Current projects include a werewolf novel, a young adult novel, and a comic book.

This event is co-sponsored by the American Studies Program and the Department of English.

Fresh Fest 2015 — Film Series at Images Cinema Is All About the Food

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Images Cinema, in cooperation with the Williams College Office of Sustainable Food and Agriculture, the Center for Environmental Studies, Storey Publishing, and Wild Oats Market will be hosting Fresh Fest 2015, its the fourth annual food-film festival. Beginning Friday, four films, shown free to the public, will enlighten and entertain as they delve deeply into some of the (often invisible) issues of the human diet.

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Williams College Receives Carnegie Foundation Community Engagement Distinction

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has selected Williams College to receive its Community Engagement Classification. Williams was one of 240 institutions to earn this distinction in 2015, 83 of them for the first time.

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Advertising Club of Western Massachusetts: Scholarship Applications Available Now

Former scholarship winner Elise Guillen poses with AdClub Scholarship Chair Barbara Perry (left), her mother, and past AdClub president Alta Stark, photo courtesy AdClub
Former scholarship winner Elise Guillen poses with AdClub Scholarship Chair Barbara Perry (left), her mother, and past AdClub president Alta Stark, photo courtesy AdClub

The Advertising Club of Western Massachusetts Scholarship Committee announces scholarship applications are now available online at adclubwm.org. Applications will also be available through guidance departments at high schools in Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin Counties, or by contacting the Ad Club at 413-736-2582.

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Massachusetts Food System Plan to Be Discussed at Berkshire Forum

 

Attendee at the 2014 Boston Food Fest, photo courtesy MAPC
Attendee at the 2014 Boston Food Fest, photo courtesy MAPC

Massachusetts developing its first comprehensive food system plan since 1974.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Athenaeum will host a forum Tuesday, Feb. 24 that will, in part, determine the future of food across the Commonwealth. As part of a series of events that began in June of 2014 the event will focus on the local food production and distribution systems that affect food security levels for individuals, families, and communities.

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Williams College Faculty Lecture Series Continues

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Soledad Fox, professor of Spanish and chair of Romance languages, will present the second lecture in the Williams College annual Faculty Lecture Series on Thursday, Feb. 26. The talk, titled “Biography and its Discontents,” will take place at 4:15 p.m. in Wege Auditorium, Thompson Chemistry. The event is free and open to the public. A reception will follow in Schow Atrium.

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Baker-Polito Administration Announces State Support for High-Speed Internet Expansion in Western Mass

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State will Partner and Invest with Towns to Address the ‘Last Mile’ Challenge, Helping Unserved Residents and Businesses Compete in the Digital Global Economy

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Fiber Optic Cable, image courtesy the National Broadband Network

(BOSTON) – Today, Governor Charlie Baker and Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito announced their commitment to broadband expansion initiatives designed to narrow existing gaps in high-speed Internet access for residents and businesses in Western Massachusetts.

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Demographic Vitality in Berkshires Population May Be Ebbing

Gold Point, Nevada, Abandoned Town
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Survey seeks to understand population decline among Berkshires young adults

Gold Point, Nevada, Abandoned Town
Gold Point, Nevada; photo by Vivaverdi CC BY 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

The Berkshire Regional Planning Commission is calling for participation in a survey, launched today, that targets 18– 39-year-olds. While the Berkshires aren’t yet a collection of ghost towns, ongoing data collection draws the outlines of a worrying picture of population trends. The online questionnaire, “Survey on Young Adults in the Berkshires,” can be accessed at:

http://berkshireplanning.org/events/announcements/survey-on-young-adults-in-the-berkshires/

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Shakespeare & Company Announces 2015 Summer Season

(left to right) Michael F. Toomey and Malcolm Ingram in the 2014 production of Henry IV parts I and II — photo by Kevin Sprague

Schedule Features Two Premieres, Three Shakespeare Productions

Michael F. Toomey and Malcolm Ingram in the 2014 production of Henry IV parts I and II — photo by Kevin Sprague
Michael F. Toomey and Malcolm Ingram in the 2014 production of Henry IV parts I and II — photo by Kevin Sprague

(Lenox MA) – Shakespeare & Company has announced its lineup for the 2015 summer season, which includes three Shakespeare plays, Henry V, The Comedy of Errors and Hamlet, plus the Regional Premiere of Red Velvet by Lolita Chakrabarti, and the World Premiere of Jane Anderson’s Mother of the Maid, starring Tina Packer. In addition, thesummer season includes The Unexpected Man by Yasmina Reza, and opens with the provocative new play by Sarah Treem, The How and the Why. The summer season was announced today by Rick Dildine, his first as Shakespeare & Company’s new Executive Director.

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Williamstown Theatre Festival’s Mandy Greenfield, Artistic Director, Announces 2015 Summer Season

Jonathan Brody, Brad Aldous, Ellen Harvey, Joey Slotnick, Adam Chanler Berat in "Animal Crackers," Photo by T. Charles Erickson, 2013

Line-up Includes American & World Premiere Plays and Actors Audra McDonald, Cynthia Nixon, Kyra Sedgwick, Jessica Hecht, and More

Jonathan Brody, Brad Aldous, Ellen Harvey, Joey Slotnick, Adam Chanler Berat in "Animal Crackers," Photo by T. Charles Erickson, 2013
Jonathan Brody, Brad Aldous, Ellen Harvey, Joey Slotnick, Adam Chanler Berat in “Animal Crackers,” Photo by T. Charles Erickson, 2013

Williamstown, MA (February 9, 2015) – Artistic Director Mandy Greenfield has announced the Williamstown Theatre Festival’s 2015 Season, the 61st Season for the Tony Award-winning theatre company and first under Ms. Greenfield’s leadership.

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The Berkshire Festival of Women Writers to Enter Its 5th Season

A Unique Celebration of Women’s Creative Expression

Susan Dworkin speaking in the 2014 BFWW event, "Making Fiction Matter: Writing for Social and Environmental Justice"  -photo by Lynnette Lucy Najimy
Susan Dworkin  speaks at the 2014 BFWW event, “Making Fiction Matter: Writing for Social and Environmental Justice”
-photo by Lynnette Lucy Najimy

Nowhere else in the United States is Women’s History Month celebrated with a month-long calendar of events dedicated entirely to recognizing the creative force of women writers. The Berkshire Festival of Women Writers in western Massachusetts is also unique for its inclusiveness, welcoming women of all ages, from emerging writers to professional authors.

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Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park – 2015 Auditions, Play Title TBA

The cast of "A Midsummer NIght's Dream", 2014. Photo by Enrico Spada.
The cast of "A Midsummer NIght's Dream", 2014. Photo by Enrico Spada.
The cast of "A Midsummer NIght's Dream", 2014. Photo by Enrico Spada.
The cast of “A Midsummer NIght’s Dream”, 2014. Photo by Enrico Spada.

Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park is seeking youth actors age 14–21 and adults for roles in its summer 2015 free outdoor production directed by Enrico Spada and running July 16–August 2 at the First Street Common. The play rehearses nights and weekends beginning June 23. Title will be announced in the coming weeks.

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