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Mondays at Beinecke: William Pickens with Edwin C. Schroeder

Beinecke Library Director Edwin C. Schroeder will discuss the life, papers, and library of William Pickens (1881-1954, Yale 1904), American educator, essayist, and orator. Pickens was admitted to Phi Beta Kappa upon graduation from Yale and then received a master’s degree from Fisk University in 1908 and a Doctor of Letters from Selma University in 1915. Pickens was a field secretary for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and he wrote extensively on racial issues.

Seriously Funny: Humor, Satire, and the Art of Protest with Stephen Duncombe

Stephen Duncombe is an author, professor and co-founder of the Center for Artistic Activism, where he has trained activists and artists around the world to be both more effective and affective in their protests. Even when protesting issues that are deadly serious, activists have long used humor to break down barriers and build affective solidarities with audiences, deploying critical satire to highlight the absurdity or brutality of the status quo. But humor can also have a prophetic function: demonstrating, through laughter and jubilation, what a better world might look like.

Mondays at Beinecke: Sketches of the Amistad Captives & Contemporary Commemoration

The Beinecke Library stewards a set of 22 pencil drawings of the Amistad captives as they awaited trial in New Haven, 1839-40. The sketches were done by William H. Townsend, a New Havener who was about 18 years old when he made the drawings. George Miles of the Beinecke Library will discuss the drawings. and Joy Burns, a member of the contemporary Amistad Committee, will discuss the resonance of this event in history for New Haven and the nation today and share efforts to commemorate the Amistad now and for the future.

Mondays at Beinecke: Donald Windham and Sandy Campbell Papers with Michael Kelleher

Michael Kelleher, Director of the the Windham Campbell Prizes, will discuss the papers of Donald Windham and Sandy Campbell, great creatives and life partners, and their legacy in the Windham Campbell Prizes.
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