The Barre Historical Society is sponsoring a series of events to celebrate Labor Day in the United States and to supplement our annual commemoration of international workers day on Primo Maggio (May Day). The theme of using your voice for social change will run through the three events. Two will be held at the Old Labor Hall and the other at co-sponsoring organization Kellogg-Hubbard Library. Here is the line-up. Add them to your calendar:
Organizing for Action—Workshop with Si Kahn
Monday, September 4, 4:00 pm at the Old Labor Hall (note time & date change)
A civil rights, labor, and community organizer, and musician for 52 years, Si Kahn will lead a participatory workshop about organizing for action in your community. This event will take place before the Labor Day singalong honoring fellow civil rights organizer the late Chet Briggs and benefiting the Old Labor Hall. (This is the rescheduled event that was snowed out in March.)
This workshop is free and open to the public. No reservation is required. Read more ►
Southern Civil Rights and Labor Songs – Singalong with Si Kahn
Monday, September 4, 7:00 pm at the Old Labor Hall
Acclaimed songwriter and community organizer Si Kahn will lead the audience in great and anthemic songs of struggle and protest. Si will also tell the stories behind many of the songs and provide audience members with a free songbook they can take home. Local favorites Anything Goes (Mark Greenberg and Ben Koenig) will open the evening with songs fit for the occasion.
Tickets: $15, under 12 free, $12 for union members, seniors, students—available at the door. Read more ►
Community Conversation and Book Reading with Elizabeth Minnich
Wednesday, September 6, 7:00 pm at Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier
Dr. Elizabeth Minnich is an educator, professor of philosophy, and award-winning author and
administrator. As Hannah Arendt’s teaching assistant, Dr. Minnich accompanied Arendt to defend the controversial concept, the “banality of evil.”
Dr. Minnich’s new book, The Evil of Banality: The Life and Death Importance of Thinking continues her quest to comprehend how ordinarily decent people make “extensive evils” (genocide, slavery) and “extensive good” possible. Dr. Minnich will discuss these concepts and read from the book.
Free and open to the public. Read more ►