Submitted by Genie Dethloff.
The Poe You May Not Know
Phil Devlin, retired Haddam Killingworth history teacher, will discuss Edgar Allan Poe on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, at 3:30 p.m. at the Killingworth Library. Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. will be the snow date.
The Poe You May Not Know: Born in the same year as Abraham Lincoln (1809), Poe only lived 40 years but in that short time, his influence both on literature and on popular culture has been enormous. This presentation will focus on Poe’s lasting contributions to literature and to popular culture as well as on his cosmology—a seldom discussed but important aspect of his view of the world. Poe’s theory of unity as embodied in his tales, poems, and in his essay entitled “Eureka,” contains, according to British philosopher and writer Colin Wilson, “some staggering, almost incredible insights” into the operation of the universe. Come and learn more about this influential but often misunderstood man.
The program is free but advance sign-up is required by calling the Killingworth Library at 860.663.2000 or online at www.killingworthlibrary.org.
Sundays with the Suffragists
The Killingworth Library Association is sponsoring a movie and discussion series to commemorate the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage. It has only been 100 years since American women were legally entitled, through a constitutional amendment, to vote. The struggle was real, and it was epic. Come learn more about this pivotal period in American politics. Bring your children—daughters and sons! We will read two books written for young readers and watch and discuss several movies. These winter afternoons can be dark and dreary. Become enlightened with us!
Programs will be held at the Killingworth Library at 3:30 p.m. All programs are free but advance sign-up is required by calling the Killingworth Library at 860.663.2000 or online at www.killingworthlibrary.org.
Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020—Introduction to the series, and PBS film—One Woman, One Vote. This PBS documentary chronicles the 70 year struggle leading up to the passage of the 19th Amendment (2005; NR; 1 hr.)
Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020— Movie – Iron Jawed Angel. The story of Alice Paul and Lucy Burns played by Hillary Swank and Frances O’Connor (2004; NR; 2 hr. 3 min)
Sunday, March 1, 2020—Movie—Suffragette . In 1912 London, a young working mother is galvanized into radical political activism supporting women’s right to vote. Starring Carey Mulligan, Meryl Streep, and Helena Bonham Carter (2015; PG-13; 1 hr. 46 min)
Sunday, March 8, 2020—Viewing of sections of PBS documentary by Ken Burns, Not for Ourselves Alone, and book discussion of Votes for Women by Winifed Conkling. Books will be available for checkout ahead of time.
Sunday, March 22, 2020—Bring your kids and grandkids to discuss this young adult book: Dear America series- A Time For Courage: The Suffragette Diary of Kathleen Bowen, Washington, D.C. 1917. Books will be available for checkout ahead of time.
Sunday, April 19, 2020— Lecture by Dawn Hoffman -“Herland and Charlotte Perkins Gilman”. Gilman, born in Hartford, was a women’s rights advocate, feminist, suffragist, and prolific writer of feminist nonfiction. She was also the publisher of the Forerunner magazine and author of the novel Herland.
Additional talk not on a Sunday: Tuesday, April 7, 2020 7:00 p.m. – Discussion of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution, passed in 1920, and the tumultuous process that finally led to women’s right to vote with Retired Haddam-Killingworth history teacher Phil Devlin.