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Adult Programs

October Adult Programs

Thursday, October 2, 6:30 -8:00 pm 
Connecticut at Work:  Part 1 of 2 - Book Discussion:  Working in the Shadows
by Gabriel ThompsonJoin us for the conversation with facilitator Marcia Bansavage in cooperation with the Conn Humanities Council. Investigative reporter Gabriel Thompson spent one year working — undercover — in a variety of low-wage, manual labor jobs across America. He picked lettuce, worked the graveyard shift at a poultry plant and risked city streets as a bicycle delivery person, among other jobs. In chronicling his experiences, he exposed an often unseen and largely ignored side of the American economy, one of undocumented immigrants, dangerous conditions and physically taxing work, among many other issues. Are residents of Connecticut working in the shadows? This is part of the Connecticut Humanities Council’s initiative “Connecticut at Work”.

Tuesday, October 7, 2-4:00 pm & 6:30 – 8:00 pm 
Film: The Million Dollar Arm
( 2014 PG 124 mins.) A once-successful sports agent may have to close his business. To save it, he comes up with an idea so radical it just might work. Setting off for Mumbai, he  stages a televised, nationwide competition called 'Million Dollar Arm' where two young finalists emerge as winners. He  brings them back to the US with a goal: get them signed as pitchers to a major league team. While the boys learn the game, they teach him the meaning of teamwork and commitment, and he finds a family. Stars Jon Hamm and Alan Arkin.

Wednesday, October 8, 2-4:00 pm & 6:30-8:30 pm
Film: The Lunchbox (2014 PG 105 mins.) Trying to add some spice to her marriage, a wife prepares a special lunchbox for her husband at work. Unbeknownst to her, it is mistakenly delivered to another worker. Curious about the lack of reaction from her husband, she puts a note in the next day's lunchbox. This begins a series of lunchbox notes between them, which soon evolves into an unexpected friendship as they become lost in a virtual relationship that could jeopardize both their lives.

Tuesday, October 14, 2-4:00 pm & 6:30-8:30 pm
Film: Belle (2014 PG 104 mins.) The mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral is raised by her aristocratic great-uncle in 18th century England. Stars Tom Wilkinson and Gugu Mbatha-Raw.

Wednesday, October 15, 7:00-9:00 pm 
Sci-Fi Book Discussion :  Among Others
by Jo Walton (2011)
Dr. Phil Ray, Associate Professor of English at Connecticut College, will lead this popular book discussion series.  This is a compelling coming-of-age tale.  Welsh teen Morweena was badly hurt, and her twin sister killed, when the two foiled their abusive mother’s spell work.  Seeking refuge with a father she barely knows in England, Mori is shunted off to a grim boarding school.  Mori works a spell to find kindred souls and soon meets a welcoming group of science fiction readers, but she can feel her mother looking for her, and this time Mori won’t be able to escape.

Monday, October 20,   6:30 – 8:00 pm  
Plum Island! 
 Guest author Ruth Bramson will discuss Plum Island which is historically, ecologically and scientifically unlike any island anywhere in the world. For 60-plus years research has been conducted at the Plum Island Animal Disease Center and generated numerous breakthroughs in the diagnosis and prevention of animal diseases worldwide. But for many in the 21st century, Plum Island — heavily patrolled and off-limits to virtually everyone — remains shrouded in secrecy and is viewed with anything from skepticism to apprehension about what really goes on there. For the first time Bramson’s book, A World Unto Itself:  The Remarkable History of Plum Island, New York, reveals the long hidden history of this unique island.  A question and answer period will follow the formal discussion. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.

Tuesday, October 21, 2-4:00 pm & 7-9:00 pm

Film: The Fault in our Stars (2014 PG-13 125 mins.) Hazel and Gus are two extraordinary teenagers who share an acerbic wit, a disdain for the conventional, and a love that sweeps them on an unforgettable journey. Their relationship is all the more miraculous, given that they met and fell in love at a cancer support group. Stars Shailene Woodley and Laura Dern.

Friday, October 24, 1:00 -2:30 pm 
Daytime Book Discussion: Fort Of Nine Towers 
by Qais Akbar Omar
This memoir  is a powerful coming-of-age tale set in Afghanistan, beautifully written and with the pacing and suspense of a novel. His richly detailed account of growing up in Afghanistan is deeply fulfilling, remarkable not least because he lived to tell the tale and puts a human face on the violent history of Afghanistan.  Lynne Rodgers will facilitate the discussion. Multiple copies of the book are available.

Sunday, October 26, 1:30-2:30 pm   
Connecticut at Work:  Part 2 of 2 - Panel Discussion on The Federal Arts Project In Connecticut, Then And Now.   
The Great Depression of 1929-40 and the 18-month recession that started in December 2007 produced vastly different responses from the federal government. In the 1930s, the Works Progress Administration created the Federal Art Project (FAP) to put unemployed artists to work creating murals, easel paintings, sculpture, pottery and other forms of art for public spaces. In 2008, the government chose a business-oriented approach that focused on financial assistance to troubled corporations. This panel discussion traces the history of the Federal Art Project in Connecticut and considers why a “back to work” program like FAP would be unlikely to happen today. Panelists are:  Heather Munro Prescott History Professor, CCSU, Amy Trout FAP Art and CT in the 1930s -- Curator, CT River Museum and Barbara Zabel Prof. Emeritus of Art History, Connecticut College “America @ Work: New Deal Murals in New London and Beyond” Curator. A question and answer period will follow the formal presentation. This program is provided in cooperation with the Conn. Humanities Council and their initiative “Connecticut at Work”.

Monday, October 27, 7-8:30 pm 
Science Book Discussion:  Cure Unknown: inside the Lyme epidemic
by Patricia Weintraub. This book is an investigation into the science, history, and politics of Lyme disease as observed by a journalist whose entire family contracted the illness traces its significant rise and the atypical presentations that have made its diagnosis and treatment difficult. A comprehensive book written about the past, present and future of Lyme disease, it exposes the ticking clock of a raging epidemic.  Dr. Daniel Bendor, MD, an assistant clinical professor at Yale’s School of Medicine, will lead the discussion.

Thursday, October 30, 6:30-8:00 pm 
Paranormal Investigations:   
Ed Bird, an investigator with Paranormal Encounters CT,  will discuss facts and evidence of ghosts and other encounters in Connecticut, especially in the southeastern Connecticut area. Included in the discussion will be evidence from local sites such as Fort Griswold, the Upper Deck Sports Bar & Grill and the Garde Theater. The group also hosts a show on the Metrocast Cable television station in Waterford. A question and answer period will follow the formal presentation.

ART WALL:  Don Eccleston – watercolor abstract landscapes