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Arts & Culture Department

  1. Ad Hoc Bach Volume 6

    February 20, 2020, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM @ Memorial Chapel, Wesleyan Univ.

    Community members and others will present performances of two Bach cantatas and instrumental music: Suite for Unaccompanied Cello in D Minor, BWV 1008; “Liebster Jesu, mein Verlangen”, BWV 32; Fantasia and Fugue in G minor, BWV 542; and “Wer sich selbst erhöhet, der soll erniedriget werden”, BWV 47.

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Russell Library

  1. Enox Shabazz - Paintings

    February 19, 2020, 1:00 AM - February 20, 2020, 1:00 AM @ Other

    Portraits of prominent African-Americans: abolitionists, civil rights leaders and activists, musicians; Also, Biblical themes.

  2. Enox Shabazz - Paintings

    February 20, 2020, 1:00 AM - February 21, 2020, 1:00 AM @ Other

    Portraits of prominent African-Americans: abolitionists, civil rights leaders and activists, musicians; Also, Biblical themes.

  3. Baby Rhyme Time

    February 20, 2020, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM @ Activity Room

    Looking for something to do with your infant or toddler? Come join us for Baby Rhyme Time, a program for babies one year and under and their caregivers. We'll sing songs, learn rhymes, finger plays and more in this fun, interactive program. For babies birth-12 months and their caregivers. Drop in, no registration. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Russell Library.

  4. Russell Library Job Group

    February 20, 2020, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ Hubbard Room

    Russell Library presents weekly opportunities to network with other job seekers, as well as receive the advice of professionals. Expert guest speakers focus on the job market and provide industry information. Speakers will present from 10:30 - 11:30 AM Guest Speaker: Fran Trelease Fran Trelease is the owner of Boomer Den, LLC., a company that helps boomer-age adults re-invent their careers through internships. As recently as last year, an AARP study found that “nearly 2 in every 3 workers had either seen or experienced age discrimination in the workplace.” It’s a sobering statistic; but it doesn’t have to represent everyone’s story. More Americans 50 and older are realizing they have more options than to “hope” they don’t get downsized as their years at a company accrue. We can carve our own paths. The time for career reinvention has come. And while it’s not always easy, the rewards far outweigh the risks. To learn more about internship opportunities through Boomer Den, visit Interested in starting your own business? Find expert advice and resources at Check out to help you start a business or use your experience to find a job you may like. The site offers expert information to help you update your resumé, expand your network, and enhance your interview skills. AARP’s job search tool, powered by, let’s you search thousands of job listings. AARP’s Life Reimagined for Work provides career advice, networking opportunities and helps connect job seekers to companies that have signed a pledge stating they value experienced workers and are committed to hiring them.

  5. Black History Month Collage

    February 20, 2020, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM @ Other

    This year's BHM Collage theme is "What does Black History mean to you?" This can be represented in a number of ways, including poetry, art or painting. Join us as we come together to create a meaningful collage to be displayed in the Library's Teen Center! This program is designed to serve ages 12-19 and will take place at the tables in the Teen area. No registration required. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Russell Library.

  6. Long Journeys Home

    February 20, 2020, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Hubbard Room

    Join us on Thursday, February 20th at 7PM to hear the archaeologist nicknamed "Connecticut's Indiana Jones" Nick Bellantoni, as he shares stories of history, archaeology and forensic science. As State Archaeologist, Bellantoni has assisted state and local police departments with investigations involving the discoveries of unmarked graves and homicides, most recently in a tough case of human remains in Vernon. Bellantoni's illustrious career of adventure and discovery gained him his nickname, "Connecticut's Indiana Jones." He asserts that the work is really about the importance of family and heritage, and the ability to overcome hardship and search for meaning in our lives. Bellantoni will share highlights from his timely account, "The Long Journeys Home: The Repatriations of Henry 'Opūkaha'ia and Albert Afraid of Hawk." Bellantoni will tell of Henry ʻŌpūkahaʻia (c.1792-1818), a Native Hawaiian, and Itankusun Wanbli (c.1879-1900), an Oglala Lakota. Though they lived almost a century apart, the circumstances that led them to leave their homelands and eventually die in Connecticut have striking similarities. ʻŌpūkahaʻia was orphaned during the turmoil of Kamehameha's wars-which was fueled by European interventions. He found passage on a ship to New England, where he was converted to Christianity, becoming the inspiration for later Christian missions in Hawai'i. Itankusun Wanbli, Christianized as Albert Afraid of Hawk, performed in Buffalo Bill's "Wild West" to sustain himself after his traditional means of sustenance were taken by American settlers. Both men, dying at young ages, were buried in Connecticut cemeteries. In 1992 and 2008, descendants of both men had callings, independent of one another, telling them that their ancestors wanted to come home. Thus began the repatriation process detailed in Nick Bellantoni's heartfelt work. Then acting as Connecticut State Archaeologist, Bellantoni oversaw the archaeological disinterment, forensic identifications, and return of their skeletal remains back to their families and communities. "The Long Journeys Home" chronicles these intergenerational stories as examples of the wide-reaching impact of colonization and European/American imperialism on the trajectory of Indigenous life in the new world. "These are deeply human stories," Bellantoni says. "They remind us of how our collective and individual heritages contribute to our sense of self-esteem and the quality of our lives." Bellantoni's role in the excavations, his interaction with the two families, and his participation in the repatriation process of both men have given him unique insights into the significance of repatriation and the Native American Graves and Repatriation Act, which was enacted in 1990. His natural storytelling abilities make the book a vivid and memorable read. Bellantoni is an emeritus Connecticut State Archaeologist and an associate research professor in the Department of Anthropology in the University of Connecticut. He is the co-author of "In Remembrance: Archaeology and Death" and has also contributed to journals such as the Journal of Forensic Science, Journal of Archaeological Science and to the American Journal of Physical Anthropology. He earned his BA in anthropology at the Central Connecticut State University and his MA in anthropology at University of Connecticut. Books will be available for signing and purchase. The Racial Justice Book Group will be discussing the book on Tuesday, Feb 4th at 6PM. There are a limited number of copies for check out. Questions: Christy Billings at or 860.347.2528 EXT 160.