Pages Through the Ages is a book discussion group hosted jointly by the Westport Museum for History and Culture and the Library. Discuss War: How Conflict Shaped Us by Margaret MacMillan with Bruce McGuirk and other history buffs. Meetings will alternate between the buildings, so please check the venue prior to attending!

Registration suggested. If you wish to join via Zoom, please register here. 

Copies of the book are available at the Westport Library.

The instinct to fight may be innate in human nature, but war—organized violence—comes with organized society. Margaret MacMillan looks at the ways in which war has influenced human society and how, in turn, changes in political organization, technology, or ideologies have affected how and why we fight.

Community Partner: Westport Museum for History & Culture

 

 

 

Pages Through the Ages is a book discussion group hosted jointly by the Westport Museum for History and Culture and the Library. Discuss God's Shadow: Sultan Selim, His Ottoman Empire, and the Making of the Modern World by Alan Mikhail with Bruce McGuirk and other history buffs. Meetings will alternate between the buildings, so please check the venue prior to attending!

Registration suggested. If you wish to join via Zoom, please register here. 

Copies of the book are available at the Westport Library.

The Ottoman Empire’s history has for centuries been distorted, misrepresented, and even suppressed in the West. Now Alan Mikhail presents a vitally needed recasting of Ottoman history, retelling the story of the Ottoman conquest of the world through the dramatic biography of Sultan Selim I (1470–1520). Drawing on previously unexamined sources from multiple languages, and with original maps and stunning illustrations, Mikhail’s game-changing account “challenges readers to recalibrate their sense of history” (Leslie Peirce)

A leading historian of his generation, Alan Mikhail, professor of history and chair of the Department of History at Yale University, has reforged our understandings of the past through his prize-winning books on the history of the Middle East.

Read a review. 

Community Partner: Westport Museum for History & Culture

 

 

 

Tuesdays 6-7 PM in the Children's Department or access from your home.

Experiencing homework frustration?  The Westport Library has a certified teacher to help your child, whether it is one night or for a long-term project.  Perhaps the routine of going to the library to do homework will help.  Or you might want to access from your home (to do so, please register here).

For in-person, just drop in - no need to register.

For students in grades 2-5.

 

 

Tuesdays 6-7 PM in the Children's Department or access from your home.

Experiencing homework frustration?  The Westport Library has a certified teacher to help your child, whether it is one night or for a long-term project.  Perhaps the routine of going to the library to do homework will help.  Or you might want to access from your home (to do so, please register here).

For in-person, just drop in - no need to register.

For students in grades 2-5.

 

 

Tuesdays 6-7 PM in the Children's Department or access from your home.

Experiencing homework frustration?  The Westport Library has a certified teacher to help your child, whether it is one night or for a long-term project.  Perhaps the routine of going to the library to do homework will help.  Or you might want to access from your home (to do so, please register here).

For in-person, just drop in - no need to register.

For students in grades 2-5.

 

 

Tuesdays 6-7 PM in the Children's Department or access from your home.

Experiencing homework frustration?  The Westport Library has a certified teacher to help your child, whether it is one night or for a long-term project.  Perhaps the routine of going to the library to do homework will help.  Or you might want to access from your home (to do so, please register here).

For in-person, just drop in - no need to register.

For students in grades 2-5.

 

 

Bestselling journalist, Bob Spitz tells the story of the great '70s band in Led Zeppelin: The Biography and will share with Brendan Toller.

If you missed this event, watch it here!

Publishing at the 50th anniversary of the band’s legendary rock hit “Stairway to Heaven”, Led Zeppelin is the full and honest reckoning the band has long awaited, and richly deserves. Unlike previous works on Led Zeppelin, Spitz’s book is full of first-person accounts of key events from those who closely participated in the band’s story. Spitz conducted over 150 interviews with friends, colleagues, executives, even groupies, who shared detailed inside accounts of the band’s exploits — everything from who really stole the money at the Drake Hotel robbery, to the step-by-step creation of their albums.

“ Books on popular culture simply don’t get any better than this . . . . Every detail, from their
formation via leader Jimmy Page’s Yardbirds to their last show, in Munich, in 1979—the recordings,
the live shows, the business, the debauchery, the way it all landed in the world—is explored with sophistication. And the book makes a serious contribution to the #MeToo canon.” —Sheila Weller, author of Girls Like Us

“Wielding his signature tools of meticulous reporting, piercing analysis and trenchant writing, Bob Spitz proves again that he’s a modern master of cultural biography. . . . Spitz goes deeper and sees more clearly than any previous biographer, and his storytelling powers make it spellbinding.” Peter Carlin, author of Bruce and Sonic Boom

Bob Spitz is the award-winning author of the biographies The Beatles and Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child, both New York Times bestsellers, as well as six other nonfiction books and a screenplay. He helped manage Bruce Springsteen and Elton John at crucial points in their careers. He’s written hundreds of major profiles of figures ranging from Keith Richards to Jane Fonda, from Paul McCartney to Paul Bowles.

Brendan Toller is a New York City and New Haven, CT based filmmaker, musician & artist. Brendan’s film work (I Need That Record!, Danny Says) has been featured in The New York Times, Rolling Stone, The Village Voice, Wire, Pitchfork, The Onion and Dazed & Confused Korea.

 


Led Zeppelin
History of Music
Rock and Roll History, 1950-1980
Rock and Roll History, 1980-Present

Tuesdays 6-7 PM in the Children's Department or access from your home.

Experiencing homework frustration?  The Westport Library has a certified teacher to help your child, whether it is one night or for a long-term project.  Perhaps the routine of going to the library to do homework will help.  Or you might want to access from your home (to do so, please register here).

For in-person, just drop in - no need to register.

For students in grades 2-5.

 

 

Drawing on his extensive work on White House tapes of President Lyndon B. Johnson, Marc Selverstone will explore the Johnson presidency through the lens of these extraordinary materials.

Please register to attend either in-person or online. 

Marc Selverstone is associate professor in presidential studies and chair of the Presidential Recordings Program at the University of Virginia’s Miller Center. He is the author of Constructing the Monolith: The United States, Great Britain, and International Communism, 1945-1950 (Harvard, 2009), which won the Stuart L. Bernath Book Prize from the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations. He is also editor of A Companion to John F. Kennedy (Wiley-Blackwell, 2014), and general editor of The Presidential Recordings Digital Edition (Virginia, 2014–). His writing has also appeared in The Atlantic, the Boston Globe, and the Washington Post. His most recent work, The Kennedy Withdrawal: Camelot and the American Commitment to Vietnam, will be published by Harvard University Press in fall 2022.


Lyndon B Johnson
The Vietnam War
History of the World

"Those We Throw Away Are Diamonds offers an immersive, riveting look at one Bagogwe man’s singular journey from war in Congo to safety, in which good and evil are relative when war offers no good choices to anyone, when safety is an illusion, and when forgiveness is fraught." Jessica Goudeau 

Hear about life as a refugee from Mondiant Dogon, a Bagogwe Tutsi born in Congo, when he talks with the Reverend John Morehouse.

Rarely do refugees get to tell their own stories. But through his writing, Mondiant took control of his own story and spoke up for forever refugees everywhere. As he once wrote in a poem, “Those we throw away are diamonds.”

Community Partners: CT Institute for Refugees and Immigrants, Westport/Weston Interfaith Clergy, UN Association of Southwest CT, Westport/Weston Interfaith Council, Congregation for Humanistic Judaism

If you missed the event you can watch the recording here.

Mondiant Nshimiyimana Dogon is a Congolese author, human rights activist, and refugee ambassador. Born in 1992 in to a Congolese Tutsi family in Bagogwe tribe in North Kivu province, he was forced to leave his home village, Bikenke, at the age of three because of the Rwandan genocide against Tutsis that spilled over into Congo. He has lived in refugee camps since 1996.  In 2017, was able to leave Rwanda to attend New York University.

Rev. Dr. John Morehouse serves as Senior Minister of the Unitarian Church in Westport. Throughout his long career he has been an avid social activist, working with Interfaith organizations in Maryland and California on issues that impact under resourced communities. In Los Angeles, he worked with migrant communities protesting air pollution downwind from the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Since coming to Westport, his congregation has partnered with CIRI and other communities supporting immigrant and refugee populations, including setting up apartment for newly arriving refugees. He is active in anti-racism work in Westport and Bridgeport.

"Mondiant Dogon takes us on a journey through a heartrending window into the lives of the humans that live in Congo, Rwanda and Gihembe. Besides the heartbreaking accounts in the story, Mondiant also gives us the positive and human stories that do exist in his story, his families and his fellow refugees. This book should be read world-wide to counter the rhetoric of refugees as nothing but helpless, unable to do anything for their lives. This book shows otherwise.”—Abdi Nor Iftin, author of Call Me American

"This incandescent book will transform you. Those We Throw Away Are Diamonds offers an immersive, riveting look at one Bagogwe man’s singular journey from war in Congo to safety, in which good and evil are relative when war offers no good choices to anyone, when safety is an illusion, and when forgiveness is fraught. It is an uncompromising study in colonial powers as the root cause of rising displacement after centuries of redrawing boundaries, fomenting ethnic crises, and robbing regions of natural resources. But even as it offers high-level, international context, the book remains focused on the people whose lives are destroyed by war and policies, by disinterest and pity. Mondiant Dogon writes the stories of his community with such candor, compassion, and love that they can never be erased. I know I will never forget them.”—Jessica Goudeau, author of After the Last Border

 

Own Voices

Migrant and Refugee Support

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

 

Tuesdays 6-7 PM in the Children's Department or access from your home.

Experiencing homework frustration?  The Westport Library has a certified teacher to help your child, whether it is one night or for a long-term project.  Perhaps the routine of going to the library to do homework will help.  Or you might want to access from your home (to do so, please register here).

For in-person, just drop in - no need to register.

For students in grades 2-5.

 

 

Discuss Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee with Bruce McGuirk and other history buffs at Pages Through the Ages. Read the classic native American history by Dee Brown or watch the film version.

Using council records, autobiographies, and firsthand descriptions, Brown allows the great chiefs and warriors of the Dakota, Ute, Sioux, Cheyenne, and other tribes to tell us in their own words of the battles, massacres, and broken treaties that finally left them demoralized and defeated. A unique and disturbing narrative told with force and clarity, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee changed forever our vision of how the West was really won.

Copies of the book are available at the Westport Library. This meeting will be virtual, so please register.

Community Partner: Westport Museum for History & Culture

 

 

 

 

Wounded Knee Massacre

Native American Heritage Month

Celebrate Native American Culture

 

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