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BYRON PITTS LECTURE
North Adams, 7 p.m.
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts will welcome multiple Emmy Award-winner Byron Pitts, co-anchor of ABC’s “Nightline,” when he will present MCLA’s Hardman Lecture, at 7 p.m. in the MCLA Church Street Center’s Eleanor Furst Roberts Auditorium. This lecture event, “Mass Media and Democratic Governance: The American Experience,” is free and open to the public. A news veteran with more than 20 years of experience, Pitts also covered the war in Afghanistan, the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the military buildup in Kuwait, and the refugee crisis in Kosovo, among other news. He realized a life-long goal when he was named as a contributing correspondent to CBS’s “60 Minutes” in 2009.

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TALK | “WHAT YOU DID NOT TELL,” WITH MARK MAZOWER AND DAVID MAZOWER
Amherst, 2 p.m.
What You Did Not Tell: A Russian Past and the Journey Home with Mark Mazower, professor of history at Columbia University in conversation with Yiddish Book Center Bibliographer and Editorial Director David Mazower.   Mark Mazower, author and acclaimed historian, explores the struggles of twentieth-century Europe through the lives, hopes, and dreams of his own family. His warm, intimate memoir follows his family through the siege of Stalingrad, the Vilna ghetto, occupied Paris, and even into the ranks of the Wehrmacht. A book signing will follow. Suggested donation: $5 Yiddish Book Center 1021 West Street Amherst, MA 01002 413-256-4900 programs@yiddishbookcenter.org http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/
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CONVERSATIONS WITH… THE POLITICS OF OPERA
Great Barrington, 3 p.m.
To what extent do operas express the political and cultural ideas of their age? How do story lines, harmonies and musical motifs reflect the composer's view of the changing relations among art, politics, and society? Mitchell Cohen, who combines his academic expertise in political science and lifelong interest in the spectacle of opera in his new book (The Politics of Opera—A History from Monteverdi to Mozart, Princeton Press), will underscore the political dimensions of libretti and ideological elements of opera, which absorbs and mirrors currents of the day in dramatic dress-up.  Your next night at the opera won’t be the same! $20 includes light refreshment The talk takes place at the beautiful and newly renovated Saint James Place, 352 Main St, Great Barrington. http://www.cewm.org for more details    
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