Jean Dubuffet: Soul of the Underground

Image courtesy flickr user Jean-Pierre Dalbéra
Image courtesy flickr user Jean-Pierre Dalbéra

Thursday, November 6th at 7 p.m.

Heather Cotter, a visiting lecturer from the Museum of Modern Art, will discuss the exciting new exhibit Jean Dubuffet: Soul of the Underground. Jean Dubuffet (French, 1901–1985) maintained a rebellious attitude toward prevailing notions of high culture, beauty, and good taste, and was a relentless innovator from the time he committed himself to art making in the early 1940s. By focusing on the key moments in his career, Cotter will illuminate Dubuffet’s radical experimentation with form and material from the 1940s to the mid-1960s.

Heather Cotter is a professional art educator with an M.A. in Art History from Boston University and an M.Ed. in Art Education from Harvard University. She has worked in numerous prestigious art museums including the Museum of Modern Art, The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, The National Gallery in Washington DC and the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Her multi-layered teaching approach encourages students to consider art as a visual representation, an emotional expression and an intellectual investigation.

Refreshments will be served.

Additional parking for evening and weekend Library programs available on Thorndal Circle (behind Nielsen's).

Discover Your Polish, Ukrainian, and Eastern European Ancestors

Presented by Jonathan Shea & Matthew Bielawa
Presented by Jonathan Shea & Matthew Bielawa

Saturday, November 15th at 2 p.m.
Community Room

Two experts on Eastern European genealogy present at the Library, Professor Jonathan Shea and Matthew Bielawa. Shea has written numerous publications and Bielawa on Galacia among other presentations. 

In this program, Jonathan Shea and Matthew Bielawa will show you how to research your ancestors in Poland, Ukraine and the neighboring countries of Eastern Europe. They will introduce you to a variety of sources to compile information about your family. In this program you will learn to:

  • Determine your family’s place of origin using the many documents and sources available in the United States.
  • Determine what records were generated for your ancestral village and where they are to be found.
  • Know where to look depending on the event date and who had jurisdiction, since these countries’ external and internal borders changed frequently in the last 300 years.
  • Know which language the records were recorded in and which publications and tools are available for translating these documents of genealogical value.
  • Learn about the naming conventions and surname distribution in the country.

About the Presenters

Jonathan Shea is a professor of foreign languages in the Connecticut Higher Education System. He has over twenty years of experience in the field of genealogical research, documenting his own family (with roots in the former provinces of Lomza and Grodno, Poland, and Counties Offaly and Mayo, Ireland) as well as the families of others. He is founding President of the Polish Genealogical Society of Connecticut and the Northeast.

Matthew Bielawa is the Associate Registrar at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, Connecticut. His research specialization is in Eastern Galicia and Western Ukraine. He is webmaster of Genealogy of Halychyna/Eastern Galicia, a site devoted to Polish and Ukrainian genealogical research in Eastern Galicia and Western Ukraine.

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