Reading Group: The Common Pot with Katherine Kidd

  • Monday, August 29, 2022
  • 2 sessions
  • Monday, August 29, 2022, 10:00 AM (EDT)
  • Monday, August 29, 2022, 7:00 PM (EDT)
  • Shakespeare and Company and Zoom
  • 4


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We Are Still Here:
Northeastern Indigenous Peoples

University Days 2022 

Reading Group:

The Common Pot: The Recovery of Native Space in the Northeast by Lisa Brooks

Discussion led by Katherine Kidd

Monday, August 29

In Person, 10:00 - 11:30 am at the Gallery at Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre, Shakespeare & Company, Lenox, MA

Online, 7:00 pm EDT via Zoom

Reading Group Size is limited to 20 people per session.
Priority registration for OLLI members opens on August 1.
General registration opens on August 8

Combining literature, geography, and history, Lisa Brooks explores the way in which Native Americans of New England used their understanding of language and writing, to learn about European settler culture, to negotiate treaties, and to advocate for their rights including in the Berkshires in the 18th and 19th centuries. Henry S. Poler '59 Presidential Teaching Professor of English and American Studies at Amherst College, Brooks is from the Abenaki Nation of Missisquoi in Vermont. Brooks brings the history and landscape of New England alive as she documents the complex ways the Wabanaki and other Native Americans lived and continue to live in New England.

Katherine Kidd, OLLI instructor and chair of the University Days committee, will lead the book discussion groups. A retired university professor, Kate brings her love of history and her knowledge of interactions among diverse cultural groups to the reading of this book.

Books will be available at The Bookstore in Lenox, MA.

We may add extra in person sessions if overwhelming interest is shown. In person meetings will be at Shakespeare & Company.
Pre-registration is required. Register safely and securely online or call 413.236.2190 (M-F 9:00 am - 4:00 pm) to register by phone.

Learn more about University Days 2022: We Are Still Here: Indigenous Peoples of the Northeast. Lectures, art shows, walking tours and more!

Learning about the United State’s Native American Heritage is vital to weaving a more equitable social fabric for everyone. If you would like to contribute to our continuing work towards this goal click here to make a contribution to OLLI’s Northeast Indigenous Initiative, found in the “Designation” drop down menu.

 We Are Still Here: Indigenous Peoples of the Northeast is supported in part by grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council through the local cultural councils of Alford-Egremont, Dalton, Great Barrington, Lee, Lenox, Mount Washington, North Berkshire, Otis, Pittsfield, Richmond, Sandisfield, Sheffield and Stockbridge and with in-kind support and partnership from Berkshire Community College and Shakespeare & Company.

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