RTPC CONNECTICUT RIVER LECTURE SERIES: Rex Brasher: Prolific but Overshadowed and Unknown with Janine Caira, Ph.D.

Essex Meadows 30 Bokum Rd, Essex

Artists and naturalists have been painting birds for centuries. We know John James Audubon, Fuertes, Peterson and, of course of our current time, Sibley. But who knows Rex Brasher? Brasher resided in Kent, Connecticut and, unlike Audubon, painted birds from life and was greatly influenced by his friend and mentor, Louis Agassiz Fuertes. His work, created in the period largely between Fuertes and Peterson, was purchased by UCONN decades ago and lacks a proper gallery or access to the collection. Dr. Janine Caira, University of Connecticut Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology is also Director of the Connecticut State Museum of Natural History where she oversees the 800 Rex Brasher paintings. She will relate more about Brasher’s life and work and will share the Museum’s plans for conserving and exhibiting his original paintings, several of which will be displayed at the lecture. Register here for April 18

Salons at Stowe: Literary Activism Locked Up

Harriet Beecher Stowe Center 77 Forest Street, Hartford

A 2023 study by PEN America found that book bans in prison systems have risen dramatically in the last decades, even in seemingly progressive states.  Washington state, for example, more than doubled the instances of book bans between 2019 and 2021.  In addition to restrictions on reading through specific book bans, censoring certain topics in the name of safety, and mailing restrictions, incarcerated people may have limited outlets for telling their stories, writing about their experiences, and advocating for justice. In this Salon, we will discuss the value, purpose, and restriction of literacy activism and literacy in incarceration institutions such as prisons, juvenile detentions centers, and locked wards.  PEN America’s Reading Between the Bars will help inform the discussion, as well as articles from the Prison Journalism Project. For more information

LECTURE: Illuminating the Brilliance of Marc Chagall

Florence Griswold Museum 96 Lyme Street, Old Lyme

Vivian Jacobson, Author and Lecturer on Marc Chagall This lecture is devoted to the monumental 20th-century artworks by Marc Chagall (1887–1985). The history of each artwork will be discussed from inception to completion. The presentation will cover paintings, ceramics, tapestries, stained-glass windows, mosaics, and works for the theater.


Lecture: Steve Manuel: Whaling, Religion and Royalty: New London and Lahaina

Lyman Allyn Art Museum 625 Williams Street, New London

The Lyman Allyn Art Museum is pleased to partner with the Thames River Heritage Park to host their 2024 lecture series, Stories from the Park: Island Affairs of the Thames. New London, the “Whaling City” was the third largest whaling port in the country during the height of whaling in the United States and for a short time, the second largest whaling port in the world. In 1850 alone, over one million dollars in whale goods passed over the docks at New London. Used by New London and whalers from throughout New England for re-supplying their ships, Lahaina was one of the most significant whaling ports in the Pacific. Hear fascinating stories about New London’s Elias Perkins II, a partner in the Perkins and Smith whaling firm who resided in Lahaina; the conflict between New England whalers and missionaries; and the influence of whaling on New London County. Artifacts gifted to the Perkins family from the royal family of Hawaii will be on display. Reception: 6 pm Lecture: 7 pm For more information

$10 – $20

Parties, the Press, and Political Politeness ​(Well, Not Really!) with Dr. Matthew Warshauer

Avon Free Public Library 281 Country Club Rd, Avon

Join us for an in-person history lecture with Dr. Matthew Warshauer! “Parties, the Press, and Political Politeness ​(Well, Not Really!)” Can’t we all just get along? Let’s go back to the good old days when partisanship wasn’t so bad, the press was fairly balanced, and courtesy reigned over American politics! Really? Join Matt Warshauer, professor of history at Central Connecticut State University, and explore the early partisan battles that almost ended the newly formed Union while the ink on the Constitution was still wet. Let’s find out if there was ever a time in America when partisanship and the press didn’t do battle. For more information

Virtual Artist Talk: Loie Hollowell and Amy Smith-Stewart

Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum 258 Main Street, Ridgefield

Please join artist Loie Hollowell for a virtual conversation with Chief Curator Amy Smith-Stewart on the work and ideas behind Loie Hollowell: Space Between, A Survey of Ten Years. This exhibition is the artist’s first museum survey and first museum presentation on the East Coast including paintings and works on paper made over a decade and new pastel drawings and paintings that incorporate life casts of pregnant breasts and bellies as well as never before exhibited works on paper from her archive. This virtual talk, hosted on Zoom, will be accompanied by images of the works on view and a Q&A with the artist and curator. A Zoom link will be emailed upon registration. Purchase Tickets  


Oysters 101 at Precious Oysters in Norwalk

Precious Oysters 230 East Avenue, Norwalk

Join us for the first of our Oysters 101 series at our new location! In this interactive, hands-on class, we'll begin with a lecture on how they grow, what they eat, where pearls come from, and so much more. Then we'll try our hand at shucking - you'll even get to take home your very own oyster knife! Whether you're a seasoned connoisseur or a curious newcomer, everyone will leave having learned something new. Each ticket includes: 6 local oysters Oyster shucking knife Lecture and personal shucking lesson BYOB - Feel free to bring your favorite wine or beer to pair with your oysters! (byoglasses too) Tickets


Women in the Arts Lecture Series: Get the Picture with Bianca Bosker

Carriage Barn Arts Center 681 South Avenue, New Canaan

In Conversation with Bianca Bosker, author of NYT bestseller Get The Picture: A Mind-Bending Journey Among the Inspired Artists and Obsessive Art Fiends Who Taught Me How to See In her latest journalistic endeavor, Bosker immerses herself in the nerve center of the art world and the people who live for it: gallerists, collectors, curators, and, of course, artists themselves—the kind who work multiple jobs to afford their studios while scrabbling to get eyes on their art. As she stretches canvases until her fingers blister, talks her way into A-list parties full of billionaire collectors, sells art as a gallerist, has her face sat on by a nearly-naked performance artist, and forces herself to stare at a single sculpture for hours on end while working as a museum security guard, she discovers not only the inner workings of the art machine but also a more expansive way of living. For more information and registration

Opening Lecture: Connecticut Confections: The Sweet and Savory History of Our Local Food!

Charles Dolan School of Business 1073 N Benson Rd, Fairfield

Authors Amy Nawrocki and Eric D. Lehman will tempt the taste buds while talking about centuries of desserts and dishes that have made the Nutmeg State. From molasses to the Mounds bar, from puddings to Pez, the history of Connecticut food never tasted so sweet. This event will be live streamed on thequicklive.com. Eric. D. Lehman and Amy Nawrocki, authors of A History of Connecticut Food For more information

RTPC CONNECTICUT RIVER LECTURE SERIES: Resilient Connecticut: Protecting Our Coastal Communities: John Truscinski

Old Lyme Town Hall 52 Lyme Street, Old Lyme

One hundred year and five hundred year weather-related events are coming with more frequency and, as we see the catastrophic damage of storms across the country, we are reminded of our own vulnerability. Our coastal communities and diverse ecosystems that support, not just our wildlife, but our local economies and way of life remain at risk of the next superstorm. In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Connecticut took steps to work with communities to assess risk and create adaptation plans to mitigate the effects of future events. The Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation (CIRCA) is located at the University of Connecticut.  Our speaker, John Truscinski, is the Director of Resilience Planning and manages the Resilience Connecticut Project.  His presentation will focus on the risks to our coasts and what steps CIRCA takes to work with local communities. Register here for May 9

RTPC CONNECTICUT RIVER LECTURE SERIES: Exploring the Connecticut River: Patrick J. Lynch

Lyme Art Association 90 Lyme Street, Old Lyme

Whether you are planning a summer or fall expedition to explore the northern reaches of the Connecticut River or you just want to learn more from the comfort of home, Patrick Lynch’s latest book: A Field Guide to the Connecticut River: From New Hampshire to Long Island Sound is the book for you. Building off the success of his Field Guide to Long Island Sound this latest offering from author, illustrator, photographer, and naturalist, arrives in bookstores in April. Patrick is joining us to relate more about this river we call our own and what we will find along its long journey to the Sound. The Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center is delighted to present this Connecticut resident and former member of the Board of the Connecticut Audubon Society. Join us and celebrate his new book. Register here for May 16

Paul Rudolph Lecture: Enrique Norten: The Work of TEN Arquitectos

Yale School of Architecture 180 York Street, New Haven

In person  or Livestream: Enrique Norten is the founder and director of TEN Arquitectos in Mexico City, New York and Miami. Born in Mexico City, he graduated with a degree in Architecture from the Universidad Iberoamericana in 1978 and in 1980 he obtained a Master’s Degree in Architecture from Cornell University. In 1986 he founded TEN Arquitectos (Taller de Enrique Norten Arquitectos), initiating a commitment to the creation and research of urban planning, architecture and design. For more information and registration