'The Problem We All Live With,' Norman Rockwell. 1963. Story illustration for Look, Jan. 14, 1964. From the permanent collection of Norman Rockwell Museum. Image courtesy Norman Rockwell Museum

Bits & Bytes: Four Freedoms Forum; fermentation workshop; ‘Our Beloved Kin’

With original scholarship and creative narration, Brooks recovers a complex picture of war, captivity and Native resistance during King Philip’s War.

Norman Rockwell Museum to host Four Freedoms Forum

Stockbridge — The Norman Rockwell Museum will host an online Four Freedoms Forum Thursday, June 11, at 5:30 p.m. on the topics of justice and equity.

Moderated by Berkshire Eagle community engagement editor and education reporter Jenn Smith, the panel will include Brooke Bridges, founder and CEO of Building Bridges SEL; illustrator, author and Cartooning for Peace member Liza Donnelly; Multicultural BRIDGE founder and CEO Gwendolyn Hampton VanSant; NRM director and CEO Laurie Norton Moffatt; Roberta McCulloch-Dews, NRM board of trustees education chair and director of administrative services for the Pittsfield mayor’s office; and illustrator, author, Caldecott Medal winner and Coretta Scott King Book Award winner Jerry Pinkney.

The event is free and open to the public. Registration is required. For more information or to register, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or contact the Norman Rockwell Museum at (413) 298-4100 or info@nrm.org.


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Great Barrington Libraries to stream fermentation workshop

Jars of daikon radish kimchi. Photo: Hosta Hill

Great Barrington — On Saturday, June 13, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the Great Barrington Libraries will present Mark Phillips of Hosta Hill in an online introduction to fermenting vegetables at home.

Covering applications for sauerkraut, kimchi, hot sauce, cucumber pickles, dilly beans and more, the workshop will provide a comprehensive overview of lactic-acid fermentation techniques with an emphasis on local and homegrown seasonal produce. The workshop is appropriate for beginners looking to get started as well as experienced fermenters interested in improving the quality of their ferments.

The event is free and open to the public, and will be streamed live from the Mason Library Facebook page. For more information, contact the Mason Library at (413) 528-2403.


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Bidwell House Museum to present reading with author Lisa Brooks

Lisa Brooks. Photo courtesy Amherst College

Monterey — On Saturday, June 13, at 10 a.m., the Bidwell House Museum will present an online history talk with Amherst College English and American studies professor Lisa Brooks, who will read from her book “Our Beloved Kin: A New History of King Philip’s War.”

With original scholarship and creative narration, Brooks recovers a complex picture of war, captivity and Native resistance during King Philip’s War by relaying the stories of Weetamoo, a female Wampanoag leader, and James Printer, a Nipmuc scholar, whose stories converge in the captivity of Puritan mistress Mary Rowlandson.

Brooks is an Abenaki writer and scholar who lives and works in the Kwinitekw (Connecticut River) Valley. She is professor of English and American studies at Amherst College and is active in the Five College Native American and Indigenous Studies program, which she chaired from 2013-17. “Our Beloved Kin,” her second book, received the Bancroft Prize for American History and Diplomacy, and the New England Society Book Award for Historical Nonfiction in 2019. As a 2016-17 Whiting Public Engagement Fellow, she worked with a team at Amherst College to develop a digital companion to “Our Beloved Kin” featuring ArcGIS maps, original documents and place-based images. In addition to her books and contributions to numerous edited volumes, Brooks has published articles in American Literary History, the International Journal of Critical Indigenous Studies, Northeastern Naturalist, PMLA, Studies in American Indian Literatures, and William and Mary Quarterly. In 2019 she was honored with the Tomaquag Museum Red Wing Arts and Culture Award.

Tickets are $10 for the general public and free for museum members. For tickets and more information, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or contact the Bidwell House Museum at 413-528-6888 or bidwellhouse@gmail.com.