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WestportREADS 2018: Westport Cinema Initiative Screening & Discussion of "Letters from Baghdad"

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See the documentary film, Letters from Baghdad, which tells the story of Gertrude Bell, British spy, explorer and political powerhouse. She shaped the modern Middle East after World War I in ways that still reverberate today. More influential than her friend and colleague Lawrence of Arabia, Bell helped draw the borders of Iraq and established the Iraq Museum. Why has she been written out of history? After the film, a discussion with the directors will be moderated by Maggie Mudd. 

Tickets, $10 through on Westport Cinema Initiative website.

Note location: Westport Town Hall, 110 Myrtle Avenue, Westport, CT

WestportREADS is funded by the estate of Jerry A. Tishman.

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WestportREADS 2018: Reflecting on WAR STORIES: A Veterans Project

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This panel discussion brings together veterans and the creative team that created the performance work War Stories, to discuss the process and the integration of veterans back into society. The panel features Peter Van Heerden, creator of the project and Executive Director of The Quick Center for the Arts at Fairfield University, as well as artist Nina Bentley, writer Sonya Huber and the veterans from the project to tell their stories.

Note location: Westport VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars, 465 Riverside Ave, Westport, CT 06880

PROJECT OVERVIEW

War Stories is a devised performance work created in collaboration with 16 homeless veterans from ARBI/Homes for the Brave. Using "Courageous Storytelling" as an entry point, this important and timely project employs and empowers a core group of homeless Veterans to develop a full-length performance work, War Stories.

ABOUT THE CREATIVE TEAM BEHIND WAR STORIES

Peter Van Heerden has served as Executive Director of the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts since 2015. Van Heerden, a Westport resident, came to the Quick Center from The Westport Arts Center, a nonprofit visual and performing arts organization where he also served as Executive Director. Prior to that post, he spent 15 years as a Senior Faculty Member in Performance Studies at City Varsity School of Media and Creative Arts in Cape Town, South Africa. He also founded and served as Artistic Director of ERF 81 Cultural Collective, in which artists, performers, historians, educators and other generate projects vested in the culture and heritage of contemporary South Africa.

Nina Bentley, a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, has exhibited her work in Europe and the U.S. for over 40 years. Her sculpture is included in the permanent collection of the New Britain Art Museum of American Art in New Britain, CT. She directed the Rye Art Center in Rye, NY; ran a gallery and has served on the boards of the Silvermine Artists Guild and the Westport Arts Center. She lived in Europe and South America for 15 years and currently resides in Westport, CT.

Sonya Huber is the author of three books of creative nonfiction, Opa Nobody and Cover Me: A Health Insurance Memoir, and the new essay collection Pain Woman Takes Your Keys and Other Essays from a Nervous System. Her other books include The Evolution of Hillary Rodham Clinton and a textbook, The Backwards Research Guide for Writers. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Creative Nonfiction, Brevity, Fourth Genre, and other journals. She teaches at Fairfield University and directs Fairfield’s Low-Residency MFA Program.

WestportREADS is funded by the estate of Jerry A. Tishman.

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WestportREADS 2018 Kick-Off: Westport WWI Digitization Day

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Do you have your grandfather’s WWI photo album tucked away in a closet? Or a stack of letters your great-grandmother kept in a box in the attic? Or a story your neighbor told you about the local homecoming parade in the back of your mind?

Bring your collection to be scanned or photographed to help us learn more about the men and women who served during World War I. The CT State Library staff record the stories and digitize the photos, letters, medals, keepsakes or objects saved by the men and women who served in the US and overseas. They’ll work with you to create a profile for the WWI era person you want to remember. They’ll scan or photograph the pictures, letters or souvenirs you bring in and return them to you the same day. All of the images and stories to an online WWI collection and to the Connecticut Digital Archive where they’ll be preserved for future generations.

A few notes:

  • Photocopies or printouts from the web cannot be digitized.
  • Newspapers or any other materials that are copyrighted cannot be digitized.
  • No weapons. They were an important part of the war, but for safety and security reasons, we can’t allow them at events.

Your ancestor wasn’t from Connecticut? No problem! We don’t care where they were from as long as you are a Connecticut resident!

To learn more check out the FAQ!

WestportREADS is funded by the estate of Jerry A. Tishman.

Snow date: Saturday, January 30

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WestportREADS 2018 Movie: Regeneration

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Regeneration tells the story of soldiers of World War I sent to an asylum for emotional troubles. Two of the soldiers meeting there are Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon, two of England's most important WWI poets. Based on our WestportREADS 2018 novel by Pat Barker, it stars Jonathan Pryce, James Wilby and Jonny Lee Miller. (1997, 1h 36m)

WestportREADS is funded by the estate of Jerry A. Tishman.

Tuesdays, January 16-February 6 at 2 pm

1/16: A Farewell to Arm
1/23: All Quiet on the Western Front
1/30: Legends of the Fall
2/6: Regeneration

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WestportREADS 2018 Movie: Legends of the Fall

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Legends of the Fall, told against the ackdrop of WWI, is the story of three brothers and their father living in the remote wilderness of Montana whose fates are intertwined with that of a woman. Based on the novella by Jim Harrison, it stars Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins, Julia Ormond and Aidan Quinn. (1994, 2h 13m)

WestportREADS is funded by the estate of Jerry A. Tishman.

Tuesdays, January 16-February 6 at 2 pm

1/16: A Farewell to Arm
1/23: All Quiet on the Western Front
1/30: Legends of the Fall
2/6: Regeneration

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WestportREADS 2018 Movie: All Quiet on the Western Front

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All Quiet on the Western Front follows a group of idealistic young men as they join the German Army during World War I and are assigned to the Western Front, where their patriotism is destroyed by the harsh realities of combat. Based on Erich Maria Remarque's novel, it stars Louis Wolheim and Lew Ayres.(1930, 2h 16m)

WestportREADS is funded by the estate of Jerry A. Tishman.

Tuesdays, January 16-February 6 at 2 pm

1/16: A Farewell to Arm
1/23: All Quiet on the Western Front
1/30: Legends of the Fall
2/6: Regeneration

Large Reading Room
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WestportREADS 2018 Movie: A Farewell to Arms

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In Farewell to Arms, an English nurse and an American soldier on the Italian front during World War I fall in love, but the horrors surrounding them test their romance to the limit. The film was based on the semi-autobiographical novel by Ernest Hemingway, was produced by David O. Selznick and starred Rock Hudson, Jennifer Jones and Vittorio De Sica. (1957, 2h 32m)

WestportREADS is funded by the estate of Jerry A. Tishman.

Tuesdays, January 16-February 6 at 2 pm

1/16: A Farewell to Arm
1/23: All Quiet on the Western Front
1/30: Legends of the Fall
2/6: Regeneration

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WestportREADS 2018: PageTurners & Westport Senior Center Discuss "Regeneration"

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Join PageTurners for a discussion of the WestportREADS book Regeneration by Pat Barker. This work of historical fiction that follows the experiences of soldiers during World War I. Read the book and join programs related to the book throughout the month of January & Februrary as we explore themes of healing and perseverance on the centenary of the end of WWI. 

Community partner: The Westport Center for Senior Activities

PageTurners Book Club page

For copies of the book, phone 203.291.4821. New participants always welcome. Information on more Library book groups.

WestportREADS is funded by the estate of Jerry A. Tishman.

Regneration is the first novel in Pat Barker's acclaimed WWI trilogy, which continues with The Eye in the Door and culminates in the 1995 Booker Prize-winning The Ghost Road. In 1917 Siegfried Sasson, noted poet and decorated war hero, publicly refused to continue serving as a British officer in World War I. His reason: the war was a senseless slaughter. He was officially classified “mentally unsound” and sent to Craiglockhart War Hospital. There a brilliant psychiatrist, Dr. William Rivers, set about restoring Sassoon’s “sanity” and sending him back to the trenches. This novel tells what happened as only a novel can. It is a war saga in which not a shot is fired. It is a story of a battle for a man’s mind in which only the reader can decide who is the victor, who the vanquished, and who the victim.

"Dramatic, moving, brilliantly harrowning ... a novel that makes the madness of war more than a metaphor."—The New York Times Book Review

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WestportREADS 2018: World War I Through Literature and Memory

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As part of West Point's centennial commemoration of World War I, Colonel Jason Musteen led cadets in a study of the history of WWI through literature, poetry and the memoirs of its soldiers. This included a trip to historical sites of the Western Front battlefields. Through these studies, the cadets placed themselves in the shoes of others who were often the same age as them and gained a deeper appreciation for the challenges of officership. COL Musteen explains the goals and conduct of these studies and uses experiences from the cadets and officers to highlight the value of immersive studies of history on-site.  

WestportREADS is funded by the estate of Jerry A. Tishman.

Colonel Jason Musteen is an Armor/Cavalry officer serving as the Chief of International History at the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. COL Musteen enlisted in the US Army Reserves in 1990 as a combat engineer and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Regular Army in 1994. He is a veteran of combat operations in Afghanistan, Iraq, and East Africa, and of crisis response to the US Embassy in South Sudan.

COL Musteen holds Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Arts degrees in Modern European History from the Florida State University. He has also earned a degree in Advanced Defense Studies from the Collège Interarmées de Défense at the French War College and a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Central Arkansas. He is the author of Nelson’s Refuge: Gibraltar in the Age of Napoleon and is a contributing author or editor of several other books and series, including consulting editor to the digital West Point History of Warfare. He is a Fellow of the International Napoleonic Society, a member of the Institute on Napoleon and the French Revolution, and the Masséna Society.
 

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WestportREADS: “The Longest Way Round is the Shortest Way Home”: Homecoming in "Bettyville"

January 14, 2017

Dr. Mark Schenker, Dean of Academic Affairs at Yale College, gave a talk on the theme of homecoming in Bettyville and other works of literature and myth on January 14, 2017 at the Westport Library.

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