In partnership with the Berkshire County NAACP, and in celebration of the 150th birthday of Berkshire County native W. E. B. Du Bois, Professor Neil Roberts of Williams College will deliver his talk "W.E.B. Du Bois and Political Thought in the Shadow of Frederick Douglass."
On each of the first four Tuesdays in July, The Mastheads will host a literary lecture on the lovely outdoor terrace of the Berkshire Athenaeum. For our first lecture, Professor Meredith McGill of Rutgers University will discuss the work of Berkshire writers and activists Catherine Maria Sedgwick and Fanny Kemble.
Come celebrate with us! As part of the 10x10 Upstreet Arts Festival, and in celebration of Pittsfield's literary history, The Mastheads has asked 10 local writers across disciplines—designers, urban planners, fiction writers, and poets—to each read one short piece by a historic Berkshire author, alongside one short piece of their own.
Readers include Liz Bevilacqua, Ezra Dan Feldman, Zack Finch, Tessa Kelly, Roberta McColloch-Dews, Sika Sedzro, Karen Shepard, Aaron Thier, Ted Thomas, and Sarah Trudgeon, and represented historic authors include W.E.B. Du Bois, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Herman Melville, Henry David Thoreau, Fanny Kemble, and more.
Admission is free. Food, drinks, books, and Mastheads postcards will be available for purchase.