GCC’s Senior Symposia series back with six talks starting Feb. 9


Staff Writer
Published: 2/5/2023 2:44:56 PM
Modified: 2/5/2023 2:44:36 PM

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Community College’s Senior Symposia series is returning with six talks on a variety of subjects.

The series — which kicks off at the Garden Cinemas on Thursday, Feb. 9, with a screening and discussion of the film, “95 and 6 to Go” — is a collaboration between the college and area senior citizens who meet regularly to run programs ranging from lectures to art presentations, according to Helen von Schmidt, a retired senior lecturer from Amherst College. The first discussion will be led by filmmaker Kimi Takesue.

For von Schmidt, 87, these talks offer an opportunity to have a conversation “with people who are roughly your contemporaries about things … that would interest you.”

In past years, she said, the group has hosted talks on the towns that were flooded to create the Quabbin Reservoir and other elements of local history, turkey hunting and art, to name a few subjects.

In-person presentations will take place at either the John Zon Community Center at 35 Pleasant St. or the Garden Cinemas at 361 Main St. All events require online registration in advance, which can be done at engage.gcc.mass.edu. Entry is $10 per person.

Schedule of events

■Feb. 9, 1:30 to 4 p.m. at the Garden Cinemas — Filmmaker Kimi Takesue will introduce, show and discuss her film, “95 and 6 to Go.”

■Feb. 23, 2 to 4 p.m. at the John Zon Community Center — Smith College professor Steve Waksman will chart the entertaining history of live music in America from Jenny Lind to Beyonce.

■March 7, 2 to 4 p.m. at the John Zon Community Center — Retiring museum director Loretta Yarlow will share images of contemporary art treasures at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

■April 12, 1 to 3 p.m. at the Garden Cinemas — In their photobook “Occupying Massachusetts: Layers of History,” photographer Sandra Matthews and Nolumbeka Project President David Brule share hidden histories of Indigenous tribes both state-wide and locally.

■April 26, 2 to 4 p.m. at the John Zon Community Center — Leigh Youngblood, retired executive director, will demonstrate how the Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust became an example of working together for the good of land.

■May 11, 2 to 4 p.m. at the John Zon Community Center — Amherst College professor Alexander George will present a lecture on the history of spiritualism, particularly in western Massachusetts. The program will include demonstrations involving audience participation.

Reporter Mary Byrne can be reached at mbyrne@recorder.com or 413-930-4429. Twitter: @MaryEByrne.


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