The Whallonsburg Grange in Essex will host a series of weekly lectures in February and March via Zoom. The Lyceum, which has brought speakers and audiences together for over ten years, will be presented virtually this season due to the pandemic restrictions. The five Entangled Stories lectures take place on Tuesdays at 7:00pm and focus on often hidden connections in nature, art, history, culture, and society.
February 9: Entangled Lives: How Fungi Work in Our World. Mycologist Susan Hopkins will talk about the fungi in the Adirondack forest, how they grow, enrich the soil, connect trees and plants, and play a vital role in the ecosystem.
February 16: Legacies of 1609: Entangled Cultures of War in the Champlain Valley. The arrival of Europeans here in 1609 fundamentally changed how Indigenous and European societies practiced war. Fort Ticonderoga Museum Curator Matthew Keagle discusses the repercussions for both sides that lasted for centuries.
February 23: Disentangling Art: How the Adirondacks Changed Landscape Painting. Art historian Katherine Manhorne and artist James McElhinney look at how the distinctive Adirondack wilderness pushed the Hudson River School artists in a new direction and reshaped American landscape art.
March 2: Entangled Storytelling: History and Historical Fiction. This conversation between Andrea Barrett (novelist) and Andrew Buchanan (historian) will discuss the entangled roots of two closely related types of narrative: history and historical fiction, and the similar approaches and strategies writers of both employ.
March 9: Abundance and Scarcity: The Tangled Web of Food Systems. Food systems should ensure food security and improved nutrition, but scarcity and hunger are growing. Farmer and local food advocate Racey Henderson will examine this contradiction and talk about the part consumers have in food systems.
The presentations are free and participants must register in advance.
More information is available at www.thegrangehall.info or call 518-963-7777.