The Natural Beauty and Diversity of Connecticut

Wednesday, September 17 maggie-photo-210x300

Reception: 5PM
Presentation: 6PM

Join Margaret Jones, Executive Director of the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center, for a an intimate look at the Jan Beekman: Inside the Natural World exhibit.

Members: $5

Non-members: $10

Reservations: 860.443.2545 x129 or email us.

Poetry Reading with Margaret Gibson

Wednesday, October 22martha gibson

Reception: 5PM
Reading: 6PM

Please join us for a poetry reading by nationally acclaimed poet Margaret Gibson.  As part of the programming for Inside the Natural World of Jan Beekman, Gibson will read poems that have a special resonance with Beekman’s paintings.  Margaret Gibson is the author of 10 books of poems, the most recent soon to be released in September, 2014:  BROKEN CUP.  She will be reading from that collection as well as from earlier, prize-winning collections, in particular ONE BODY  and SECOND NATURE.  She has received awards from the Poetry Society of America, The Academy of American Poets, and the National Endowment for the Arts.  Her book The THE VIGIL was a finalist for the National Book Award in Poetry in 1993. Gibson has been a Visiting Professor at Connecticut College and was for many years Poet in Residence at the University of Connecticut.  She is active with a local land trust organization, Avalonia, which preserves natural spaces, keeping these irreplaceable resources from development and open to the public.

Members: $5

Non-members: $10

Reservations: 860.443.2545 x129 or email us.

Mysteries of African Art

Thursday, September 11Out of Africa Mask

Reception: 5PM
Presentation: 6PM

Ever wonder why African cultures make masks? Ever wonder how those masks travel from their cultures of origin to galleries and museums in Europe and America? Ever wonder why seemingly similar African masks sell for $50 on EBay and $500,000 at Sotheby’s? Spend an evening with Connecticut College art historian and anthropologist, Dr. Christopher Steiner, and uncover these mysteries and many more!

Members: $5

Non-members: $10

Reservations: 860.443.2545 x129 or email us.

 

Adventures in Deep Sea Exploration

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Photo Credit: Bob O’Shaughnessy, The RESIDENT

Wednesday, October 8

Reception: 5PM
Presentation: 6PM

Join us as Dr. Robert Ballard, President, Ocean Exploration Trust, takes us on a fascinating journey through his explorations in our seas!

Dr. Robert D. Ballard has been a pioneer in the development and use of advanced deep submergence technology. Best known for his 1985 discovery of the RMS Titanic, Dr. Ballard has tracked down other significant shipwrecks, including the German battleship Bismarck, the lost fleet of Guadalcanal, the U.S. aircraft carrier Yorktown (sunk in the World War II Battle of Midway), and John F. Kennedy’s boat, PT-109. Among the most accomplished and well known of the world’s deep-sea explorers, discoverers and historians, Dr. Ballard’s fascinating journeys can teach us a great deal about our past and they encourage others to take strides in surveying the undiscovered mysteries of the deep sea.

Members: $5

Non-members: $10

Reservations: 860.443.2545 x129 or email us.

Protecting Our Underwater Heritage: The Destruction of Archaeological Sites by Commercial Trawlers

Wednesday, October 29bottomtrawlign

Reception: 5PM
Presentation: 6PM

Join us as Dr. Michael Brennan, Director of Maritime History, URI’s Graduate School of Oceanography, discusses the dangers of  bottom trawling to the preservation of generations of history beneath the sea.

Members: $5

Non-Members: $10

Reservations: 860.443.2545 x129 or email us.