Lifelong Learning Lecture Series

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Session 6: Tuesday April 18, 2023 5:30-7:00 pm

Speaker: Jean Janecki, Director, Mount Holyoke College Language and Culture Commons

Title: It's Never Too Late to Learn a New Language

If you have always contemplated learning a foreign language but never had the opportunity, well now is the time. It's never too late to learn something new. In this lecture, I will discuss the fun and simple ways to learn about new languages and cultures and/or review those that might have fallen by the wayside. Communicating in more than one language is not only fun, but it's great for your brain! While it is true that language learning is a process that takes time and practice. These tips will get you started and on your way to new explorations.

Jean JaneckiDr. Jean Janedki has been the Director of the Language and Culture Commons at Mount Holyoke College since 2014. Before joining MHC, she was a Spanish professor at the University of Wisconsin. She enjoys traveling, exploring new cultures, and sports (especially soccer)!

Session 7: Tuesday May 23, 2023 5:30-7:00 pm

Speaker: Dr. Aaron Miller, Associate Curator of Visual and Material Culture and NAGPRA* Coordinator, Mount Holyoke College Art Museum *NAGPRA - Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act 

Title: The Mysteries of History Tour of the Joseph Allen Skinner Museum

Join the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum's curator Dr. Aaron Miller for an introduction and tour of the Joseph Allen Skinner Museum. Skinner was a voracious traveler and collector and a longtime champion of Mount Holyoke College and the greater South Hadley community. In 1932 he opened his Museum to the public housed in a transplanted Quabbin meeting house. His Museum, largely untouched since his passing in 1946, contains an impressive hoard of treasures. Come see nearly 7,000 objects including suits of armor; rare documents, letters, and maps; a 150 pound meteorite; a sword owned by President Ulysses S. Grant; a hippopotamus skull; and much, much more.

Aaron MillerAaron Miller assists with the general research, interpretation, display, and care of the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum’s collection, with a focus on decorative arts, archaeological artifacts, and other objects of material and visual culture, including the holdings of the Joseph Allen Skinner Museum. In his role as NAGPRA coordinator, Miller researches materials and consults with Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian communities in support of the Museum's ongoing repatriation efforts. With a background in anthropology and history, he holds a PhD in Historical Archaeology from Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada.

Session 8: Tuesday June 13, 2023 5:30-7:00 pm

Speaker: Rachel Beth Sayet, Five College Native Community Development Fellow (Mohegan Nation)

Topic: Indigenous Cultures / Food / Gardening and preservation

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