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John Jay Lecture - American Encounters: Anglo-American Portraiture in an Era of Revolution

February 18, 2016 6:15 pm–8:30 pm

Kevin M. Murphy, American Encounters: Anglo-American Portraiture in an Era of Revolution
When we look at the art in the Homestead collection –works by Gilbert Stuart, Benjamin West, Jean-Antoine Houdon, John Trumbull – we might not see the signs of growing Revolutionary fervor. American Encounters shows us how to look for them. Kevin Murphy’s book grew out of a series of exhibit collaborations among The Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, The High Museum, Musee du Louvre, and Terra Foundation for American Art. Mr. Murphy was the exhibit curator at Crystal Bridges, and is now the Eugenie Pendergast Curator of American Art at the Williams College Museum of Art.

All lectures take place in the Iselin Wing at John Jay Homestead. Registration and refreshments begin at 6:15 pm. Lectures begin at 7 pm.
$20 for members, $25 for non-members. Limited free seating is available for students.

Price: $20.00

Available Spaces: 132

John Jay Lecture - The Forest Charter and Magna Carta: Evolving Human Rights in Nature

March 15, 2016 6:15 pm–8:30 pm

Nicholas A. Robinson, The Forest Charter and Magna Carta: Evolving Human Rights in Nature
The Forest Charter was the vehicle through which the 800-year-old Magna Carta was kept effective, restraining the power of kings to collect from their subjects the funds needed to pay for wars. It also created the first lasting principles for negotiating competing claims on the natural world - a “rule of law for nature.” Nicholas Robinson has been a leader in the field of Environmental Law since its birth, and is currently University Professor for the Environment at Pace Law School and Co-Director of its Global Center for Environmental Legal Studies, and an Adjunct Professor at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies.

All lectures take place in the Iselin Wing at John Jay Homestead. Registration and refreshments begin at 6:15 pm. Lectures begin at 7 pm.
$20 for members, $25 for non-members. Limited free seating is available for students.

Price: $20.00

Available Spaces: 138

Garden Class

March 16, 2016 6:00 pm–7:30 pm

Planning the Organic Vegetable Garden
A successful organic garden takes both planning and work. Take advantage of the "off-season" and use this time to get your garden plans underway. Bring your current garden plan for further development, or learn the process of creating one during class. Join horticulturist and seed conservationist Shanyn Siegel as she takes you through an entire gardening season with interactive classes designed to help you hone—or discover—your garden skills. Classes explore every topic a vegetable gardener might be interested in and offer practical advice on how to easily maintain a bountiful kitchen garden. Classes are held in the Glass Porch of John Jay’s Bedford House. Advance registration required; $35 per class, discounts for multiple-class or early registration. Class details and registration information at: www.shanynsiegel.com/jjhclasses.

Price: Free Event

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SongwritingWith: Soldiers

Did you miss our first Scholars Lecture of 2016?

DARDEN SMITH and MARY JUDD, SongwritingWith:Soldiers—the Civil War Diaries of Our Time

SongwritingWith:Soldiers pairs active duty and veteran service members with professional songwriters to produce songs about their experiences. The evening will include a performance as well as information about the program. Darden Smith, Creative Director, is a singer-songwriter based in Austin, Texas, who founded the program after performing in a military hospital in Germany in 2012; Mary Judd is an educator and the program’s Executive Director.

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Don’t miss out on the rest of our Scholars Lecture Series – Telling Stories of War. Click HERE to learn more about this program.

Joseph Ellis Podcast

Did you miss our 2015 Founders Lecture?

JOSEPH J. ELLIS, The Quartet: Orchestrating the Second American Revolution, 1783 – 1789

Joseph J. Ellis is one of the country’s leading scholars of American history. The author of eight books, he won the Pulitzer Prize for Founding Brothers: the Revolutionary Generation, and the National Book Award forAmerican Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson. A master portraitist and compelling story-teller as well, his essays, book reviews and commentaries appear regularly in national publications and media. He currently teaches in the Leadership Studies program at Williams College.

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