← Programs

Tue, Jun 1, 2021

In her book, WE NEED NEW STORIES: The Myths that Subvert Freedom, Nesrine Malik examines six political myths used to deflect and discredit demands for social justice with Catherine Lewis.

Wed, Apr 14, 2021

Join acclaimed filmmaker Trey Ellis as he sits down with Anthony Ray Hinton for a riveting conversation about race, wrongful incarceration, and social justice.
One of the longest serving death row prisoners in Alabama history, Mr. Hinton was freed after presenting evidence of innocence. Trey Ellis is an American Book Award Winning novelist, Emmy and Peabody-winning filmmaker.

Tue, Apr 13, 2021

Dr. Redell Hearn, Curator of Art and Civil Rights at the Mississippi Museum of Art and Tougaloo College in Jackson, MS, and Kathie Motes Bennewitz, Westport's Town Curator, discuss Westport's renowned artist, writer and civil rights activist, Tracy Sugarman's participation in the Freedom Summer project in Mississippi, chronicling the drive to register Black voters.

Tue, Mar 30, 2021

Join Andrea Williams as she discusses her new book, BASEBALL'S LEADING LADY with Ramin Ganeshram, executive director of the Westport Museum for History and Culture. This is the riveting true story of the woman at the center of the Black baseball world: Effa Manley, co-owner and business manager of the Newark Eagles.

Tue, May 19, 2020

Dr. Kelly Marino is a historian of 20th century America with a focus on women’s history and the history of sexuality. She discusses the post-1920 tactics of female political groups such as the League of Women Voters and the National Woman’s Party during what scholars term the “inter-wave” years of feminism.

Fri, May 8, 2020

Learn about Lillian Wald, founder of the Henry Street Settlement and Visiting Nurses from Dr. Marjorie Feld, professor at Babson College.

Wed, Apr 29, 2020

A conversation about The Body Politic: an historical look at the struggle for bodily autonomy – personal, legal, medical – that has been central to feminist activism. This program with Kate Manning and Rhea Hirshman is part of this year’s Westport READS series.

Tue, Apr 21, 2020

Janice Kaplan, author of The Genius of Women: From Overlooked to Changing the World, delves into the history of female genius and discusses how society can change to support more women in the future.

Wed, Mar 1, 2017

Writer and editor George Hodgman talks about the WestportREADS 2017 selection "Bettyville." His critically-acclaimed memoir relates with wit and tenderness a son's journey from New York City to care for his irascible mother in his Missouri hometown.

Sat, Feb 8, 2014

The Library presents WestportREADS 2014, celebrating My Life in France by Julia Child and Alex Prud'homme.

Fri, Jan 18, 2013

Eric Burns, former host of Fox News's acclaimed Fox News Watch and a veteran of NBC Nightly News and Today, talks about his social histories The Spirits of America: A Social History of Alcohol and The Smoke of the Gods: A Social History of Tobacco.

Sun, Jan 6, 2013

Director Maxine Bleiweis talks about the WestportREADS 2013 selection, The Great Gatsby

Tue, Jan 24, 2012

Dr. Gerry Kuroghlian, retired Staples High School English teacher, presented on the historical Amelia Earhart as part of WestportREADS 2012. This year, I Was Amelia Earhart, by Jane Mendelsohn was the book selected for the community to read.

Sun, Jan 22, 2012

Jane Mendelsohn, the author for this year's Westport READS 2012 book, I Was Amelia Earhart", gave a talk about her work to our patrons.

Tue, Jan 3, 2012

Overview of community the Westport Library's community reading project.

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