Kitty Penner was rescued as a child from Nazi Germany, along with her sister and 48 other Jewish children by an American couple, Gilbert and Eleanor Kraus. This dramatic story is the subject of the book “Fifty Children,” by Steve Pressman. Ms. Penner will discuss her experiences, with an emphasis on learning from the past to make sure this can never happen again. She believes we all have a role in keeping everyone welcome and safe. This presentation, in recognition of Holocaust Remembrance Week, will also feature video footage compiled by the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. The talk will take place on Thursday, April 20 at 6:30 p.m.
When you hear an Irish tune, you can immediately identify it as Irish. Why is that? What are the unique elements of Irish music that give it its distinctive sound? What are the themes that infuse the lyrics of Irish music? Through discussion and performance, the acclaimed Irish music band The Press Gang will take us on a musical tour through the landscape of Irish music on Saturday, April 22 at 2:30 p.m.
Relations between the US and Russia have recently returned to the headlines, but interactions between these two nations has long been newsworthy. Laura Henry, Associate Professor of Government at Bowdoin College, will discuss the regime of Vladimir Putin, and the current relations between the U.S. and Russia while providing historical context. Join us on Tuesday, April 11 at 6:30 p.m.
We will be screening Ava DuVernay’s extraordinary and galvanizing documentary “13th” on Thursday, April 13 at 6:30 p.m. in the library’s Community Room. The title of the film refers to the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which reads “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States.” The progression from that second qualifying clause to the horrors of mass criminalization and the sprawling American prison industry is laid out by DuVernay with bracing lucidity. With a potent mixture of archival footage and testimony from a dazzling array of activists, politicians, historians, and formerly incarcerated women and men, DuVernay creates a work of grand historical synthesis.
Cape resident Chet Lunner, whospoke to a full house in February about the notion of “fake news” and the state of journalism today, returns on Saturday, April 15 at 2:00 p.m. to discuss terrorism right here at home. Lunner is a retired member of the federal Senior Executive Services and a former national news correspondent who served in senior positions in Congress, the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Department of Homeland Security. He was one of the key players who responded to the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States. Lunner will address terrorism as it relates to us right here in Maine. For more information and Lunner’s complete bio, please click here.
M. J. Benson creates abstract paintings inspired by the moody and wild beauty of the Maine coastal landscape. Her work has been exhibited nationally, and is in several corporate and private collections. Her exhibit at the Stier Family Gallery at the Thomas Memorial Library in Cape Elizabeth will be on view April 1st-29th, with an opening reception on Thursday, April 6th from 6:00 -8:00 p.m. She is a graduate of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and Harvard University. You can see more of her work at www.mjbenson.com.