Learning Ahead: March 23rd-27th, 2015

Weekday community-based educational opportunities can be found throughout the four counties of Western MA all week long!

This week we are featuring 11 community-based educational opportunities that can be selected to support the interests and education of self-directed teens, homeschoolers and life-long learners:

Check our list of Weekly Suggested Events for our comprehensive list, including ongoing learning and play opportunities for younger children and intergenerational community events.


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Berkshire County

Monday, March 23, 7pm – FILM STUDIES: As part of their Classic Series, Images Cinema will screen Chinatown (1974; rated R). The film is a film noir classic, listed in the National Film Registry of the U.S. Library of Congress as a “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant” film. Directed by Roman Polanski, the film series is a rare chance to catch these classic movies on the big screen. Best for older teens interested in film studies. 413-458-5612. 50 Spring Street. Williamstown, MA. ($)

Tuesday, March 24, 6pm – ART HISTORY/LAW: The Berkshire Athenaeum presents their film series, “Cinema of Law,” this March. The series consists of films on legal topics with commentary by local law professionals. The series continues on March 17 with a screening of The Rape of Europa (2006; not rated) and a talk by Attorney Paul Rapp. The documentary tells the story of the destruction and survival of Europe’s art treasures during the Third Reich and World War II. Best for older teens interested in law and history. 413-499-9480. 1 Wendell Avenue. Pittsfield, MA.

Franklin County

Wednesday, March 25, 6:30pm – WORLD HISTORY: The Sunderland Public Library presents a talk by author Charles Mark on March 25. Mark will discuss his books and his life before, during, and after World War II. Older students interested in writing and history would enjoy hearing Mark’s views on writing, his books, and his life. 413-665-2642. 20 School Street. Sunderland, MA. (FREE)

Hampshire County

Monday, March 23, 4:30pm – RELIGION STUDIES/BUDDHISM: Smith College presents a lecture by Professor Jamie Hubbard, who was just appointed to the Jill Ker Conway Chair in Religion and East Asian Studies. Professor Hubbard will present, “Buddhism and the Happiness Industry, or What I Learned from Dr. Phil.” Takes place in Seelye Hall 106 on the Smith College campus. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Monday, March 23, 5:30pm-7:30pm – CHILD PSYCHOLOGY: The Collaborative for Educational Services is offering a workshop for parents titled, “Why do they DO That?!“ as part of their Puzzle of Parenting series. At this workshop, parents/caregivers can learn about the potential roots of their child’s challenging behaviors and learn how to better handle them. Childcare is available and a light supper is provided for parents and children. This two-part workshop runs on March 23 and 30 at the UMass Student Union. Registration is required. 413-586-4998 x102. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Monday, March 23, 6pm – STEM/WOMEN’S STUDIES: Come to Amherst Brewing Company for this month’s Sci.Tech.Café! The topic this month is “Why Aren’t More Women in Science?” Professor Katherine Aidala will talk about the challenges faced by women in science, what unconscious bias is, and how to get more women in the STEM fields. Those interested in STEM topics will enjoy this talk, which is designed for community members without science backgrounds. 10 University Drive. Amherst, MA.

Tuesday, March 24, 12:30pm – MUSIC STUDIES: Take the opportunity to relax and enjoy live music at Smith College’s Music in the Noon Hour event. Smith faculty artists and friends will perform half-hour recitals of classical music. This week, Judith Gordon will perform on piano. Takes place at Sweeney Concert Hall. 413-585-3222. 122 Green Street. Northampton, MA. (FREE)

Thursday, March 26, 7pm – FILM STUDIES: “Laughing Through Our Tears” is a Charlie Chaplin film series at Eastworks to raise money for the Cancer Connection. Tito Gambarini will present and discuss each film – a great opportunity to introduce students to Chaplin’s films. On March 26, see The Great Dictator. 116 Pleasant Street, Suite 160. Easthampton, MA. (FREE/DONATIONS ACCEPTED)

Thursday, March 26, 7pm-8:30pm – HISTORY/VICTORIAN: Discover the history of taxidermy at the Hitchcock Center for the Environment with Jennifer Pyke. Pyke will discuss the history of taxidermy and its popularity in Victorian England, as well as its resurgence in popularity today. Older students who want to learn more about this unique art form will enjoy Pyke’s talk, titled “Still Life: Victorian and Contemporary Taxidermy.” Please call to register. 413-256-6006. 525 South Pleasant Street. Amherst, MA. (FREE)

Hampden County

Monday, March 23, 6pm – LOCAL HISTORY/IMMIGRATION: The Wistariahurst Museum’s spring lecture series, “Immigrant Communities in the Pioneer Valley,” continues on March 23 with a talk by Reba-Jean Shaw Pichette, who will present, “Poles in the Land of the Puritans.” This talk would be great for students who are interested in learning more about local immigrant communities, those who are descended from immigrants to the area, or those want to learn about the immigrant experience in the Pioneer Valley. 413-322-5660. 238 Cabot Street. Holyoke, MA. ($)

Thursday, March 26, 6pm-8pm – STEM: The Longmeadow Public School District’s Technology in Education Showcase takes place on March 26 at the high school. The Showcase highlights technology in learning as students and teachers exhibit over 30 interactive projects. Showcase attendees will learn from the participants and projects the many ways technology enriches learning. 413-565-4220. 95 Grassy Gutter Road. Longmeadow, MA.

 

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