Enchanted: Why Magic Persists Across Millennia

  • Wednesday, December 07, 2022
  • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Online via Zoom


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The OLLI Distinguished Speakers Series presents
Professor Kathryn Laity on

Enchanted: Why Magic Persists Across Millennia

Wednesday, December 7 at 7:00 p.m. EST

Online via Zoom 

There are few things that persist in human culture across history: stories, laughter, love, hate – and magic. From a modern perspective, we might equate magic with superstition, but magic has always been the province of those without power. Children believe in magic, adults pretend they don’t—until they spill some salt, or cross their fingers, or knock on wood. Magic fills our beloved stories and we tend to view people who have access with awe and sometimes fear. Why do we want magic? What do we need it to do for us?

We will explore charms, curses, amulets, rituals, and witches to find a fascination that never fades.

K. A. Laity is an Associate Professor of English at the College of Saint Rose in Albany NY where she teaches medieval literature, film and digital media, and crime fiction. She is also an award-winning author, scholar, filmmaker, critic, editor, and artist with a wide spectrum of publications. Visit her website KALaity.com for more.

Admission is $10 for OLLI at BCC and Berkshire Museum members, and $15 for the general public.  Admission is free for Berkshire Community College students, youth 17 and under, and those holding WIC, EBT/SNAP, or ConnectorCare cards.

Pre-registration is required. Register safely and securely online or call 413.236.2190 (M-F 9am-4pm) to register by phone with a credit card.

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