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Catskill Conversations 2021-22

Historical Fiction for Young Readers

Lesa Cline-Ransome, James Ransome
(Broadcast live Jan 16, 2022) Meet award-winning children’s author and illustrator team Lesa Cline-Ransome and James Ransome! Their stunning books explore the impact of the Great Migration, the Harlem Renaissance, and Jim Crow laws through intimate childhood portraits. Hear this generous couple enliven history through personal stories, discuss parallels between the past and present, and share the ways in which their own backgrounds and culture inform themes of FAMILY and RESILIENCE in their work. They’ll share their process of writing and illustrating, screen share illustrations, and read from their picture book ‘Before She Was Harriet’ and ‘Leaving Lymon,’ a middle-grade novel. Ask your questions in the Q&A!

Taking our Water For Their City

April Beisaw
(Broadcast live from Ashokan Dec 5, 2021) April Beisaw reveals her in-depth data and analysis of regional impact in the NY communities of Kent and Olive following land-takings and reservoir construction by NYC. She shares historic maps, articles, and archaeological discoveries pertaining to these displaced communities, including many woman-owned businesses that once thrived along the Ulster & Delaware Railroad in the Town of Olive before the creation of the Ashokan Reservoir.

A Fiddler’s Tale

Jay Ungar
(Broadcast live from Ashokan Nov 14, 2021) Explore the life of musician, composer, and community event organizer, Jay Ungar as interviewed by his daughter Ruth Ungar Merenda on his 75th birthday.

Evolution of American Jazz Piano

Alan Jay Palmer
(Broadcast live from Ashokan Sept 12, 2021) Musician and educator Alan Palmer shares an interactive history of American Jazz piano as only he can tell it. From early Thelonius Monk, Bud Powell, and Art Tatum to saxophonist/composer/bandleader Jackie McLean (who’s life and music informed Palmer‘s musical upbringing), Palmer traces the evolution as it touched his own life experiences. As he brings to life the living rooms, packed Jazz clubs, and grand international concert stages, Palmer's stories exemplify human connection and creativity, and the value of passing on rich cultural tradition through a very personal form of education.

Permaculture Food & Energy Security

Andrew Faust
(Broadcast live Oct 3, 2021) Permaculture designer and educator Andrew Faust of the Center for Bioregional Living shares a vision for greater food and energy independence in our local region.



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