Bits & Bytes: ‘Behind Closed Doors;’ Fabienne Kanor at Williams College; Senior Center art workshops; RSVP presentation

“Walking (in) the world means retracing the paths of undocumented migrants and exiles in order to tell their stories." -- Film director Fabienne Kanor

‘Behind Closed Doors: At Home in Stockbridge’

Stockbridge – The Stockbridge Library, Museum & Archives will continue its “Behind Closed Doors: At Home in Stockbridge” series on Wednesday, March 2, at 6:30 p.m. with “Study in Contrasts,” which will highlight the history of and differences between Stockbridge’s estates and worker housing. The program will feature Jim and Cathy Daily discussing their Prospect Hill cottage and Jack Spencer talking about his home on Church Street. Spencer and Museum & Archives Curator Barbara Allen will also speak on important Stockbridge buildings that are no longer standing.

The presentation will take place in the Jonathan Edwards Room of the First Congregational Church and there is a $5 suggested donation. Call the Library for more information at (413) 298-5501.


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Fabienne Kanor to speak at Williams College

Fabienne Kanor
Fabienne Kanor.

Williamstown — Author and film director Fabienne Kanor will present a talk titled “Marcher le monde/Walking (in) the World” at Williams College on Tuesday, March 1, at 6:15 p.m. in Griffin Hall, room 3. The event is free and open to the public.

Fabienne Kanor was born in Orléans, France, in the 1970s to French Caribbean parents from Martinique. A former freelance journalist for television, radio and newspapers, today she is a film director and author. She holds degrees in modern literature and sociolinguistics from the University of Orléans. In 2008 a literary grant allowed Kanor to spend three months with North and West African migrants in Italy, Spain, the Canary Islands, Mauritania, Senegal, Mali, and Morocco. In her talk she will recount the hardships of North Africans and West African migrants and critically examine her position within that project. Kanor said of her talk, “walking (in) the world means retracing the paths of undocumented migrants and exiles in order to tell their stories. It expresses the belief, articulated by Saint-John Perse, that sometimes writing is a form of repatriation.”

For building locations on the Williams campus, consult the online map or call the Office of Communications at (413) 597-4277.


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Claire Teague Senior Center to offer art workshops

Great Barrington – The Claire Teague Senior Center will offer a series of art and craft classes in March. A drawing class with Eunice Agar will begin on Thursday, March 3, at 12:30 p.m. All levels of ability are welcome and the cost is $5 per class plus a one-time materials fee of $7.

Beginning Thursday, March 17, from 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m., Polly Mann will offer a bread basket-making workshop that will run each Thursday until all baskets are completed. The cost for the supplies is $12 per person.

The Senior Center’s decorative arts instructor, Liz Macchi, will hold a workshop on Monday afternoons in March from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. that will encompass a variety of crafting projects. The fee per class is $10 or below (depending on the project). All supplies and instructions will be included.

For more information or to sign up for any of the classes, call the Senior Center at (413) 528-1881.


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RSVP presentation

Pittsfield — On Monday, February 29, at 10:45 a.m., the Jewish Federation of the Berkshires will present representatives of RSVP, the Retired Senior Volunteer Program, an organization that places volunteers 55 and older at various stations around the county. The free program will be held at Congregation Knesset Israel.

RSVP is a national organization under the Corporation for National Community Service (CNCS). Funded by a CNCS grant and sponsored by the City of Pittsfield, RSVP allows individuals to use their life experiences in order to give back to the community. RSVP has placed local volunteers in elementary schools, Habitat for Humanity, the American Cancer Society, Goodwill, Berkshire Humane Society, Arrowhead, local theatres and museums, Berkshire Medical Center, and other places.

RSVP volunteer coordinator Marissa Bogins, who works with more than 300 volunteers and more than 70 different job sites, and Berkshire County RSVP Director Cheryl Whalen will present the program.

For more information call the Jewish Federation of the Berkshires at (413) 442-4360 x10.