American Literary, History and Artistic Luminaries in Massachusetts

A handy itinerary for planning a trip to visit some American Literary and Artistic Luminaries in Massachusetts.

Lennox, MA; Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge, Emily Dickinson House, Amherst; North Hampton

Home of the great American Author, Edith Wharton – Lenox, Massachusetts

Paul Revere, Thoreau, Louisa May Alcott, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Concord, MA and Walden Pond

 

Inside the Alcott House in Concord, MA

 

Salem, MA: Hawthorne and The House of Seven Gables; Elizabeth Montgomery, the witch of BEWITCHED; the “other” witches who were burned at the stake.

American Literary, History and Artistic Luminaries in Massachusetts

Live Storytelling: The Original Virtual Reality by Jon Spelman

Smithsonian Libraries Art of the Book Lecture Series, Part II
Live Storytelling: The Original Virtual Reality
by Jon Spelman, performer and writer

Thursday, April 27, 2017
6:00pm
Rasmuson Theater
National Museum of the American Indian
4th Street and Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC

Jon will tell several short stories of different kinds; expect to hear a modern folk tale, a tall tale, a personal story, and a poem. Throughout the stories, Jon will interactively explore with the audience how live storytelling “works” as an immersive, participatory experience in which the listeners are active co-creators.

Jon Spelman has been called “World-class!” and “ The Dean of American Storytelling”. For more than thirty years, he has created and collected stories and told them all over the Mid-Atlantic, throughout the US, and in nine different countries. He was awarded three GRAMMYs for his NBC4 TV series THREE STORIES TALL, and has been the recipient of a number of grants and commissions to create new work from a variety of organizations and theatres, including The Smithsonian’s Discovery Theatre.

This is the second of two lectures generous sponsored by David Bruce Smith.

Please click here to RSVP. For access services, please contact us at silrsvp@si.edu or 202.633.2241, preferably two weeks prior to the program.

Live Storytelling: The Original Virtual Reality by Jon Spelman

Jewish Literature Live! Presents Sam Lipsyte

George Washington University’s Department of English and Jewish Literature Live proudly present a reading by Sam Lipsyte on Thursday, March 30, 2017 at 7:00PM in the Marvin Center Amphitheater.

Sam Lipsyte is a novelist and short story writer. He is the author of Venus Drive, The Subject Steve, Home Land, The Ask (the latter two New York Times Notable Books) and The Fun Parts. He won the first annual Believer Book Award and was a 2008 Guggenheim Fellow. He teaches writing at Columbia University’s School of the Arts.

This event is FREE and OPEN to the public. First come- first serve seating.

Jewish Lit Live hosts rising and renowned Jewish American writers to speak with the GW and literary community. Guest speakers have included emerging leaders, National Humanities Award Recipients, international bestsellers, and UN-Award Winning Writers, e.g. Michael Chabon, E.L. Doctorow, Daniel Handler, Nicole Krauss, & Erica Jong.

Jewish Literature Live! 2017 Schedule

 

Jewish Literature Live! Presents Sam Lipsyte

Jewish Literature Live! Presents Sam Lipsyte

George Washington University’s Department of English and Jewish Literature Live proudly present a reading by Sam Lipsyte on Thursday, March 30, 2017 at 7:00PM in the Marvin Center Amphitheater.

Sam Lipsyte is a novelist and short story writer. He is the author of Venus Drive, The Subject Steve, Home Land, The Ask (the latter two New York Times Notable Books) and The Fun Parts. He won the first annual Believer Book Award and was a 2008 Guggenheim Fellow. He teaches writing at Columbia University’s School of the Arts.

This event is FREE and OPEN to the public. First come- first serve seating.

Jewish Lit Live hosts rising and renowned Jewish American writers to speak with the GW and literary community. Guest speakers have included emerging leaders, National Humanities Award Recipients, international bestsellers, and UN-Award Winning Writers, e.g. Michael Chabon, E.L. Doctorow, Daniel Handler, Nicole Krauss, & Erica Jong.

Jewish Literature Live! 2017 Schedule

 

Jewish Literature Live! Presents Sam Lipsyte

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America’s youth suffer from a ‘historical amnesia’

The lack of knowledge about the history of our country among students in middle school, high school and even in colleges and universities has been well established and alarming.  Why?  Because-someday, they will become the voters responsible for electing the next generation of leadership in America. And, they will not be prepared to carry it out without a firm grasp of history.

Knowing who, how and why our country was founded determines who we are now, and what our country will look like in the future.  It is the basis for an informed electorate.  Our children and grandchildren need to know these things if they are to mature into engaged citizens.  Yet, there are numerous studies, polls and quite a bit of anecdotal evidence that back up the notion that they suffer from “historical amnesia,” as Dr. Bruce Cole, former Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, described it.

It is up to us–their guardians–and their teachers to encourage our youngsters to cultivate an interest in history.  And, it is the one and only reason we established the Grateful American Book Prize.  Dr. Cole partnered with me in creating the Prize to inspire new and established authors–and their publishers– to produce more works of historically accurate fiction and nonfiction that can help arouse an interest in history among America’s students.

Ask history teachers why their pupils can’t learn the subject, and you’ll get a variety of answers.  Some would say it is because American schools have been deemphasizing it in favor of so-called practical schooling in the sciences and technology.  That may be so, but as education consultant Robert Pondiscio put it:  “many Americans have forgotten we have public schools so students can become educated citizens capable of self-government.”  And that is pretty important, as well.

Meanwhile, many teachers would readily acknowledge that history class can be boring; to counter that, they have discovered ways to make the subject more interesting, such as supplementing textbooks with good reads that excite young learners, and arouse curiosity about what really happened in the past.

“I believe that good historical fiction exercises a child’s imagination through a vicarious experience.  It leads children to use themselves and their own lives as comparisons to the characters that lived long ago and often, far away, to reflect on their own experience, to ask their families questions.  It awakens awareness, perks up perception, sparks conversations,” according to author and lecturer Valerie Tripp.  And, that is why the Grateful American Book Prize exists.

The fact is, the Prize has, indeed, renewed renewed interest in historical books for young people among authors and publishers.  But, the recognition and financial incentive it provides are only part of the reason for its success.  The hundreds of authors who have submitted their works for consideration over the past few years seem to unanimously agree that the most important consequence of it is-an opportunity to stir up interest-again– in the study of American history.

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