Scholars Flock to Forum on Race, Religion and Reason

Race, Religion and Reason is the title for the forum on Wednesday, August 18, hosted and organized by seasonal resident and Harvard professor Charles Ogletree at the Performing Arts Center of the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School in Oak Bluffs. The event is free and open to all.

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Issues of Race on the Boards
Ivy Ashe
Author Fanny Howe is, by her own account, “sort of obsessed with issues of race.” Her father, Mark deWolfe Howe, was a civil rights activist and Ms. Howe, who now lives in West Tisbury, grew up in the slow-burning racial fire of Boston.

Author Fanny Howe is, by her own account, “sort of obsessed with issues of race.” Her father, Mark deWolfe Howe, was a civil rights activist and Ms. Howe, who now lives in West Tisbury, grew up in the slow-burning racial fire of Boston. These experiences culminated in ’Tis of Thee, a work of drama more poetry than play, penned by Ms. Howe, directed by Robert Scanlon and presented by actors Anthony Gaskins, Jill Macy and Charles Turner on Monday evening at the Vineyard Playhouse as part of its Monday Night Special series.

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Literature at Lighthouse

Literature at Lighthouse

A special evening program called Ships and Sailors, with a tour of the Edgartown Lighthouse, music, and grog and hardtack for the little ones, will take place at the lighthouse on Friday, August 13, from 6 to 8 p.m.

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Talk: Why the Great American Universities Matter

Columbia University professor and former provost Jonathan Cole will discuss The Great American University: Its Rise to Preeminence, Its Indispensable National Role and Why It Must Be Protected, on Thursday, August 12, at 8 p.m. at Chilmark Community Center

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Joe Morgenstern to Give State of the Movies Address

Pulitzer prize-winning film critic Joe Morgenstern will present an evening of conversation about the movie industry, at the Martha’s Vineyard Hebrew Center on Thursday, August 12.

Mr. Morgenstern has entitled his talk Quo Vadis — Not the Movie, the Movies, and he promises “an extended and informal conversation with the audience (their questions and my answers, plus some hopefully relevant stories and selected snippets of gossip”) about the state of the movies and where they seem to be going.”

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Cultural Differences

Cultural Differences

Cultural anthropologist and University of Chicago professor Richard Shweder will deliver a talk titled Engaging Cultural Differences Without Moral Panic: The Burqa, the Bris and FGM on Wednesday, August 4 at 5:30 p.m. at the Chilmark Public Library.

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Author Reading for The Story of Yoga in America

Who’s that doing his down dog at Walden Pond? Same cat rocking his proud warrior of civil disobediance. You guessed it: Henry David Thoreau, laid back dude and early champion of the simple life. According to Stefanie Syman in her new book The Subtle Body: The Story of Yoga in America, Thoreau was also one of the first Americans to experiment with yoga on this soil.

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Carl Hiaasen to Read at Bunch of Grapes

Anybody serving up a cocktail of vodka, Red Bull, Hydrocodone, birdseed and stool softener this weekend? No? Well, guess again, because Carl Hiaasen is coming to town and in his world, Miami of course, a drink like that is just for starters. In fact, his new novel Star Island begins with the sudden demise of just such an über inbiber. It’s anybody’s guess where the ride will go from there. What’s not up for debate, though, is that the journey will be hilarious.

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Poets Anthology

Poets Anthology

Cleaveland House Poets Anthology is among the books on display through tomorrow at the annual Poets House Showcase in New York city, today 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This is a display of all the poetry books published in the U.S. during the past year (2,164 titles), from micro-press chapbooks to CDs to volumes from major commercial publishers. Admission is free.

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Young, Foolish With Cash? Here’s the Book for You

Ever wonder what to do with the riches earned at the summer lemonade stand? S.L. Hudson has the answer in her new young adult novel, Strike Zone, the Games of Baseball and Money. The book is both a coming of age story and a financial seminar for young earners. Hudson will be reading from her book and leading a discussion at Edgartown Books on 44 Main street in Edgartown, this Friday, July 23 at 4 p.m.

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