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February 2021

*DIGITAL* Female Husbands and Their Wives

February 3
7:00 pm
Drawing of "the female husband" from the 1800s

Some people, assigned female at birth, transcended gender and lived as men in the 18th and 19th centuries, despite tremendous risk of violence. Amherst history professor Jen Manion provides examples of such people and the women they married. (Registration required.) Read More »

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March 2021

How Yiddish Changed America and How America Changed Yiddish

March 3
7:00 pm
Painting of Jewish immigrants arriving in New York by boat

Yiddish is imprinted in American English in terms like chutzpah, kosher, bagel, and schmooze. And the work of Jewish authors shows the deep impact of Jewish immigration on the United States. Amherst College professor Ilan Stavans surveys the journey. Read More »

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April 2021

Eating While Fat

April 7
7:00 pm
Comedian Josie Leavitt

Comic Josie Leavitt shares her hilarious attempts at exercising and dieting, addresses fat shaming, and describes her struggle for body acceptance in a society that could do more to welcome different bodies. Read More »

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May 2021

This is Not That: A Brief Introduction to the Black Death

May 5
7:00 pm
Illustration of skeletons dancing

The Black Death hit the Eurasian world in the 14th century and left long-term consequences. Dartmouth history professor Celia Gaposchkin presents an overview of the outbreak of the bubonic plague, and compares it to the current pandemic. Read More »

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