Next Week at the COA
U.S. Experiences & Reflections From an Italian’s Perspective
Monday, April 26, 1:30-2:30 on Zoom
Luisella Raffo will present an Italian’s experiences in the United States, using Italian journalist’s Beppe Severgnini’s reflections as a springboard into the experiences of other Italians visiting this country. No preparatory reading or knowledge of the Italian language is necessary. The class will be informal and conducted in English and provide ample time for discussion.
Dance and Drum Circle
Tuesday, April 27, 11:00-12:00 on Zoom
Tara Murphy, African and Afro-Caribbean dance and drumming teacher and performer, will weave lecture and stories of West Africa with a creative dance and drum class. Tara began studying her heritage through African studies at Yale University and was awarded a Yale fellowship to study traditional dance and drumming at the University of Legon in Ghana, West Africa. Since returning to the US, she has studied with many African and Afro-Caribbean artists. Learn about the history and importance of dance and drumming in West Africa and the power of dance to release energy, lift spirits, and connect with others. With chair dancing and then drumming, we will get in touch with our innate rhythms, and get energy flowing throughout the body. This program will be recorded.
Brooklyn Bridge and Leonard Zakim/Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge
Friday, April 30, 1:30-2:30 on Zoom
At the time it was built, the Brooklyn Bridge, with a main span of 1,595.5 feet, was the longest suspension bridge in the world, and today it is widely recognized as a symbol of New York. As for the Zakim Bridge, its unique styling quickly led it to become an icon for Boston, often featured in the backdrop of national news channels to establish location. We’ll conclude by visiting a quirky collection of some of the weirdest bridges in the world.