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Fall Reading & Discussion Book Group – The Rediscovery of America: Native Peoples and the Unmaking of US History

WWBA is delighted to present our Fall Humanities Book Series, The Rediscovery of America: Native Peoples and the Unmaking of US History by Ned Blackhawk. A sweeping and overdue retelling of U.S. history that recognizes that Native Americans are essential to understanding the evolution of modern America. The most enduring feature of U.S. history is the presence of Native Americans, yet most histories focus on Europeans and their descendants. This long practice of ignoring Indigenous history is changing, however, with a new generation of scholars insists that any full American history address the struggle, survival, and resurgence of American Indian nations. Indigenous history is essential to understanding the evolution of modern America. Ned Blackhawk interweaves five centuries of Native and non‑Native histories, from Spanish colonial exploration to the rise of Native American self-determination in the late twentieth century.

Thursday evening 7:00-8:30PM
ZOOM: 9/14, 9/28, 10/5, 10/19, 11/2
IN-PERSON AT THE BIRTHPLACE: 11/16  

 


 

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Book: The Rediscovery of America: Native Peoples and the Unmaking of US History

 


 

Educator Mandy Jackson is a member of the Montaukett Indian Nation and facilitator/discussion leader of the Montaukett Indian Nation Book Club. She is a member of the Montaukett Womens Circle, served as a member of the Suffolk County Native American Advisory Board, and is an advocate for the Montaukett people. Additional outreach includes participation in the virtual presentation “Exploring the Spring Sky: A Northeastern Native American Perspective” in collaboration with the Hamptons Observatory and Amagansett Library. As facilitator/moderator of discussion related to an Indigenous film documentary, including book and panelist discussion Bayshore- Brightwaters Library, New York “Communication, interaction, discussion…”(Newsday, “The Pages of History, February 27, 2023, pg.E3).

 


Syllabus and Schedule

Week 1:  September 14th – Part 1- Intro, Chapters 1 & 2

Introduction   1

American Genesis: Indians and the Spanish Borderlands   pg. 17
The Native Northeast and the Rise of British North America   pg. 48

Week 2:  September 28th – Chapters 3 & 4

The Unpredictability of Violence: Iroquoia and New France to 1701   pg. 73
The Native Inland Sea: The Struggle for the Heart of the Continent   pg. 106

Week 3:  October 5th – Chapters 5 & 6

Settler Uprising: The Indigenous Origins of the American Revolution   pg. 139
Colonialism’s Constitution: The Origins of Federal Indian Policy  pg. 176

Week 4:  October 19th – Part II- Struggles For Sovereignty – Chapters 7 & 8

The Deluge of Settler Colonialism: Democracy and Dispossession in the Early Republic   pg. 211
Foreign Policy Formations: California, the Pacific, and the Borderlands Origins of the Monroe Doctrine   pg. 250

Week 5:  November 2nd – Chapters 9 & 10

Collapse and Total War: The Indigenous West and the U.S. Civil War  pg. 289
Taking Children and Treaty Lands: Laws and Federal Power during the Reservation Era  pg. 329

Week 6:  November 16th – Chapters 11 & 12 Wrap / Roundtable (In-person at WWBA)

Indigenous Twilight at the Dawn of the Dawn of the Century: Native Activists and the Myth of Indian Disappearance   pg. 365
From Termination to Self-Determination: Native American Sovereignty in the Cold War Era   pg. 408

 


 

This Series is Sponsored by a Humanities New York Reading and Discussion Grant 

 


 

 

Date: Thursday, November 2, 2023
Start Time: 7:00 pm EST

Writing with Whitman – Adult Writers Series

In-Person “Creative Writing Workshop” with award-winning playwright and author Jack Canfora
Mondays: 10/23, 10/30, 11/6, 11/13   |   10AM – 11:30AM

4 week session: $100.00
In-Person at Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Site

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This four-week writing course, taught by award-winning playwright and author Jack Canfora, explores various genres of the creative writing process, such as short and long-form fiction, memoir, and stage/screenwriting. Whether you’ve been writing for years or have always wanted to give it a try, this workshop is designed to create an exciting and nurturing space to help you on your creative journey. Meeting weekly at Walt Whitman Birthplace, this class helps you find your muse and hone your talents!

Jack Canfora’s Off-Broadway plays include Poetic License, (59E59 Theaters), hailed by the Associated Press as “White-hot entertainment,” and Jericho, (59E59 Theaters, a New York Times “Critic’s Pick”) which the Theater Communications Group deemed, “An important contribution to the repertoire of the American Stage.” Both plays are published, and his work has also been published in various theater anthologies. His play Place Setting, along with plays by Edward Albee, Elaine May, and Teresa Rebeck, was nominated for The Newark Star Ledger’s “Best Play” in 2007. His regional productions include Jericho, The Source, Poetic License, and Fellow Travelers. Jack has won two Edgerton Playwriting Awards, for Jericho (2010) and The Source (2018) as well as the 2016 Webby Award for Best Writing in a Web Series. He is also the Artistic Director of the New Normal Rep theater company. jackcanforawriter.com

 


 

In-Person “Good Grey Poets Workshop” with Poet Bruce Johnson
Thursdays:  11/9, 11/16   |   10AM – 12PM

2 week session: $50.00
In-Person at Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Site

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This two-session poetry workshop explores methods of finding creative inspiration by reading and discussing several poems by Whitman with focus on his technique and style and using prompts for in-session writing. Participants will be invited to share their work with the group and can invite critiques or request “no comment”. In the second session, using writing prompts for home writing is shared. Participants may present a poem written in response to the prompt, or another poem they have written. The facilitator may present several poems by contemporary poets for discussion and time permitting, participants may present an additional poem for discussion.

Bruce Johnson is a Northport, LI resident, a lifelong lover of poetry, and a co-founder of poetry in performance scenes in Huntington such as the Paris Cafe and the Huntington Poetry Barn. His recent publication of  poetry, ‘Borderlands and Dreams,” contains narrative poems written over three decades exploring the power of memory and dreams in our experiences as contemporary Americans. The publication includes a section describing experiences working in a homeless shelter as well as with child protective and adult protective services.

Date: Monday, October 23, 2023
Start Time: 10:00 am EST

Halloween Magic Show

Mark your calendars! Sunday, October 22, 2023, come join us at WWBA for some Halloween fun. Kids & their chaperones will be treated to a show from Magician Mike Militello and receive a free book. All are welcome!

Costume Contest
Get creative and come in costume. We will be giving away a prize for best costume!

Admission
$10 admission for children, parents/chaperones are free!

Date: Sunday, October 22, 2023
Start Time: 1:00 pm EST
Children - $10 | Chaperones - Free

Fall Reading & Discussion Book Group – The Rediscovery of America: Native Peoples and the Unmaking of US History

WWBA is delighted to present our Fall Humanities Book Series, The Rediscovery of America: Native Peoples and the Unmaking of US History by Ned Blackhawk. A sweeping and overdue retelling of U.S. history that recognizes that Native Americans are essential to understanding the evolution of modern America. The most enduring feature of U.S. history is the presence of Native Americans, yet most histories focus on Europeans and their descendants. This long practice of ignoring Indigenous history is changing, however, with a new generation of scholars insists that any full American history address the struggle, survival, and resurgence of American Indian nations. Indigenous history is essential to understanding the evolution of modern America. Ned Blackhawk interweaves five centuries of Native and non‑Native histories, from Spanish colonial exploration to the rise of Native American self-determination in the late twentieth century.

Thursday evening 7:00-8:30PM
ZOOM: 9/14, 9/28, 10/5, 10/19, 11/2
IN-PERSON AT THE BIRTHPLACE: 11/16  

 


 

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Book: The Rediscovery of America: Native Peoples and the Unmaking of US History

 


 

Educator Mandy Jackson is a member of the Montaukett Indian Nation and facilitator/discussion leader of the Montaukett Indian Nation Book Club. She is a member of the Montaukett Womens Circle, served as a member of the Suffolk County Native American Advisory Board, and is an advocate for the Montaukett people. Additional outreach includes participation in the virtual presentation “Exploring the Spring Sky: A Northeastern Native American Perspective” in collaboration with the Hamptons Observatory and Amagansett Library. As facilitator/moderator of discussion related to an Indigenous film documentary, including book and panelist discussion Bayshore- Brightwaters Library, New York “Communication, interaction, discussion…”(Newsday, “The Pages of History, February 27, 2023, pg.E3).

 


Syllabus and Schedule

Week 1:  September 14th – Part 1- Intro, Chapters 1 & 2

Introduction   1

American Genesis: Indians and the Spanish Borderlands   pg. 17
The Native Northeast and the Rise of British North America   pg. 48

Week 2:  September 28th – Chapters 3 & 4

The Unpredictability of Violence: Iroquoia and New France to 1701   pg. 73
The Native Inland Sea: The Struggle for the Heart of the Continent   pg. 106

Week 3:  October 5th – Chapters 5 & 6

Settler Uprising: The Indigenous Origins of the American Revolution   pg. 139
Colonialism’s Constitution: The Origins of Federal Indian Policy  pg. 176

Week 4:  October 19th – Part II- Struggles For Sovereignty – Chapters 7 & 8

The Deluge of Settler Colonialism: Democracy and Dispossession in the Early Republic   pg. 211
Foreign Policy Formations: California, the Pacific, and the Borderlands Origins of the Monroe Doctrine   pg. 250

Week 5:  November 2nd – Chapters 9 & 10

Collapse and Total War: The Indigenous West and the U.S. Civil War  pg. 289
Taking Children and Treaty Lands: Laws and Federal Power during the Reservation Era  pg. 329

Week 6:  November 16th – Chapters 11 & 12 Wrap / Roundtable (In-person at WWBA)

Indigenous Twilight at the Dawn of the Dawn of the Century: Native Activists and the Myth of Indian Disappearance   pg. 365
From Termination to Self-Determination: Native American Sovereignty in the Cold War Era   pg. 408

 


 

This Series is Sponsored by a Humanities New York Reading and Discussion Grant 

 


 

 

Date: Thursday, October 19, 2023
Start Time: 7:00 pm EST

WWBA 2023 Series: Legacy of Long Island’s First Peoples, Program 4 – Long Island Native Americans and Missionaries

October 14, 2023 – Our 4th program in WWBA 2023 Series: Legacy of Long Island’s First Peoples –  Long Island Native Americans and Missionaries featuring Dr. Linford Fisher, PhD.

In Dr. Linford Fisher’s book, The Indian Great Awakening, he discusses Native religious engagement, and how essential it is in understanding Native’s involvement in the Great Awakening.  By August 1741, Azariah Horton, born in Southold was employed as a missionary by the Society in Scotland for the Propagation of Christian Knowledge (SSPCK).  He set out from Jamaica for Montauk preaching to numerous Native American clusters along the South Shore.  Fisher will introduce a few lay ministers, exhorters, and educators such as, Paul Cuffee, Cyrus Charles, Peter John, Sampson Occom, and more, as he presents the missionaries serving the Long Island Native American community.

This is a FREE event.

 

 

Dr. Linford Fisher, PhD. is an Associate Professor of History at Brown University. He is the author of The Indian Great Awakening: Religion and the Shaping of Native Cultures in Early America (2012) and the co-author of Decoding Roger Williams: The Lost Essay of Rhode Island’s Founding Father (2014). Fisher is the Principal Investigator of a digital project titled Stolen Relations: Recovering Stories of Indigenous Enslavement in the Americas, which is a community-centered, collaborative project that seeks to broaden our understanding of Indigenous experiences of settler colonialism and its legacies through the lens of slavery and servitude. Fisher is the author of more than a dozen articles, book chapters, and essays on a diverse array of topics. He is currently finishing a book-length project, tentatively titled America Enslaved: Native Slavery in the English Caribbean and the United States, on Native American enslavement in English colonies in North America and the Caribbean and, later, in the United States, between Columbus and the American Civil War.

 


 

This event is made possible with funds from the Statewide Community Regrant Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature and administered by The Huntington Arts Council, Inc.

Date: Saturday, October 14, 2023
Start Time: 10:00 am EST

New York State’s Path Through History

Join us Saturday, October 7th, and Sunday, October 8th, for New York State’s Path Through History! Walt Whitman Birthplace Association will have old fashion toys from the era of Walt’s childhood for children to play with as well as videos showcasing the way of life from that time.

 


 

The Whitman family roots on this part of Long Island date back to the early 17th century. Walt Whitman’s ancestors were farmers, served in the militia, and were active members of their community. Some time after Walt’s parents Walter and Louisa had married in 1816, they set up housekeeping in this simple, Federal-style home. They had three children here. Their second son, Walter Jr., who was to establish a great literary career, was born in 1819.

When the Whitman family moved to Brooklyn in 1823, Walter Sr. sold the property to Carlton Jarvis whose descendants retained it throughout the 19th century. After 1899 the house exchanged ownership several times. The kitchen wing was torn down prior to 1908. Recognizing the structure’s vulnerability, the Huntington Historical Society spearheaded local interest in protecting the property. Attracted to its historical associations, John and Georgia Watson purchased the house and lived there for over 30 years.

In the 1940’s, plans were made to purchase the house and turn it into a historic site. In October 1951, the newly chartered Walt Whitman Birthplace Association acquired the house and grounds. In April 1957, Governor Harriman signed a bill for the state to assume ownership, and on September 28, 1957, it became New York’s 22nd state historic site.

 

Date: Saturday, October 7, 2023
Start Time: 11:00 am EST
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Walking With Whitman: Poetry in Performance – David Dephy, Vicki Iorio, Josie Bello

The signature series, now in its 13th season, continues to bring the most intriguing figures in contemporary literature on the national scene paired with local poets on the Walt Whitman Stage.
Friday, October 6th Walking With Whitman will feature poets David Dephy, a Georgian/American award-winning poet and novelist, and Vicki Iorio, author of poetry collections and chapbooks. We will also have a special host, the new Suffolk County Poet Laureate, Deborah Hauser. The evening will also feature live music by Singer-Songwriter Josie Bello.  Join us for this exciting event!

Refreshments will be served. No registration is required. There is a $10 entry fee for this event that will be collected at the door.

BRING A POEM – OPEN MIC ADDED!

 


 

David Dephy – A Georgian/American award-winning poet and novelist. The founder of Poetry Orchestra and an author of full-length poetry work Eastern Star (Adelaide Books, NYC, 2020) and A Double Meaning, full-length poetry work with co-author Joshua Corwin. (Adelaide Books, NYC, 2022) The 1st place winner of THE ARTISTS FORUM Poetry Award in New York 2021. His work is going to the Moon in 2024 by The Lunar Codex, NASA, Polaris Trilogy. Poetry on Brick Street. He is named as Literature Luminary by Bowery Poetry, Stellar Poet by Voices of Poetry, Incomparable Poet by Statorec, Brilliant Grace by Headline Poetry & Press and Unique Poetic Voice by Cultural Daily. He lives and works in New York City.

Vicki Iorio is the author of the poetry collectionsPoems from the Dirty Couch, Local Gems Press (2013), Not Sorry, Alien Buddha Press (2020) and the chapbooks Send Me a Letter, dancinggirlpress (2015) and Something Fishy, Finishing Line Press (2018). Her poetry has appeared in numerous print and on-line journals. Vicki is currently living in Florida but she is NY4EVAH.

Deborah Hauser Poet, feminist, activist, certified ennui therapist, and fairy tale revisionist. Deborah Hauser is the author of Ennui: From the Diagnostic and Statistical Field Guide of Feminine Disorders. Her poems and book reviews have appeared or are forthcoming in Ms. MagazineWomen’s Review of BooksKenyon Review, Prairie Schooner, Bellevue Literary Review, and Calyx. Her work explores the intersection of poetry and activism. A Pushcart Prize nominee, she has taught literature and writing at Stony Brook University and Suffolk County Community College. She has featured at the Northeast Modern Language Association, New York University, Newman University, KGB Bar, Walt Whitman Birthplace, and Bowery Poetry Club. She has presented her academic work at conferences including the Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference and graduate conferences at The City University of New York and Stony Brook University. She curates and hosts a monthly reading series at Jack Jack’s Coffee House for the Babylon Village Arts Council, is an Associate Editor at Poetrybay, the Secretary of the Suffolk County Chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW) and a Long Island Poetry and Literature Repository Board Member. She leads a double life on Long Island where she works in the insurance industry.

Josie Bello is a Singer-Songwriter from Huntington.  Her songs tell stories that are relatable, and explore issues that are both timely and timeless. Her newest release “Have Purpose Live Long” (2020) and her debut album “Can’t Go Home” (2018) have both had extensive U.S. & International radio play with the albums and individual tracks appearing on an impressive number of radio charts.  Josie performs solo and with her band, “The Kit House Band”.  Her music is available everywhere including Spotify, Bandcamp, iTunes and Amazon. For more information about Josie, you can visit her website at josiebello.com.

 


 

Make a meaningful gift to support our poetry programs:  https://www.paypal.com/us/fundraiser/charity/2197152

This program is made possible with funds from Poets and Writers, NY State Parks, Suffolk County, Town of Huntington, and NYS Council on the Arts through Huntington Arts Council.

Date: Friday, October 6, 2023
Start Time: 7:00 pm EST

Cost: $ 10

Fall Reading & Discussion Book Group – The Rediscovery of America: Native Peoples and the Unmaking of US History

WWBA is delighted to present our Fall Humanities Book Series, The Rediscovery of America: Native Peoples and the Unmaking of US History by Ned Blackhawk.  A sweeping and overdue retelling of U.S. history that recognizes that Native Americans are essential to understanding the evolution of modern America. The most enduring feature of U.S. history is the presence of Native Americans, yet most histories focus on Europeans and their descendants. This long practice of ignoring Indigenous history is changing, however, with a new generation of scholars insists that any full American history address the struggle, survival, and resurgence of American Indian nations. Indigenous history is essential to understanding the evolution of modern America. Ned Blackhawk interweaves five centuries of Native and non‑Native histories, from Spanish colonial exploration to the rise of Native American self-determination in the late twentieth century.

Thursday evening 7:00-8:30PM
ZOOM: 9/14, 9/28, 10/5, 10/19, 11/2
IN-PERSON AT THE BIRTHPLACE: 11/16  

 


 

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Book: The Rediscovery of America: Native Peoples and the Unmaking of US History

 


 

Educator Mandy Jackson is a member of the Montaukett Indian Nation and facilitator/discussion leader of the Montaukett Indian Nation Book Club. She is a member of the Montaukett Womens Circle, served as a member of the Suffolk County Native American Advisory Board, and is an advocate for the Montaukett people. Additional outreach includes participation in the virtual presentation “Exploring the Spring Sky: A Northeastern Native American Perspective” in collaboration with the Hamptons Observatory and Amagansett Library. As facilitator/moderator of discussion related to an Indigenous film documentary, including book and panelist discussion Bayshore- Brightwaters Library, New York “Communication, interaction, discussion…”(Newsday, “The Pages of History, February 27, 2023, pg.E3).

 


Syllabus and Schedule

Week 1:  September 14th – Part 1- Intro, Chapters 1 & 2

Introduction   1

American Genesis: Indians and the Spanish Borderlands   pg. 17
The Native Northeast and the Rise of British North America   pg. 48

Week 2:  September 28th – Chapters 3 & 4

The Unpredictability of Violence: Iroquoia and New France to 1701   pg. 73
The Native Inland Sea: The Struggle for the Heart of the Continent   pg. 106

Week 3:  October 5th – Chapters 5 & 6

Settler Uprising: The Indigenous Origins of the American Revolution   pg. 139
Colonialism’s Constitution: The Origins of Federal Indian Policy  pg. 176

Week 4:  October 19th – Part II- Struggles For Sovereignty – Chapters 7 & 8

The Deluge of Settler Colonialism: Democracy and Dispossession in the Early Republic   pg. 211
Foreign Policy Formations: California, the Pacific, and the Borderlands Origins of the Monroe Doctrine   pg. 250

Week 5:  November 2nd – Chapters 9 & 10

Collapse and Total War: The Indigenous West and the U.S. Civil War  pg. 289
Taking Children and Treaty Lands: Laws and Federal Power during the Reservation Era  pg. 329

Week 6:  November 16th – Chapters 11 & 12 Wrap / Roundtable (In-person at WWBA)

Indigenous Twilight at the Dawn of the Dawn of the Century: Native Activists and the Myth of Indian Disappearance   pg. 365
From Termination to Self-Determination: Native American Sovereignty in the Cold War Era   pg. 408

 


 

This Series is Sponsored by a Humanities New York Reading and Discussion Grant 

 


 

 

Date: Thursday, October 5, 2023
Start Time: 7:00 pm EST

EVENT POSTPONED Tom Piazza Book Signing – “The Auburn Conference”

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED BY AUTHOR

 Tom Piazza in-person reading, Q&A, and book signing

It is 1883, and America is at a crossroads. At a tiny college in Upstate New York, an idealistic young professor has managed to convince Mark Twain, Frederick Douglass, Herman Melville, Walt Whitman, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Confederate memoirist Forrest Taylor, and romance novelist Lucy Comstock to participate in the first (and last) Auburn Writers’ Conference for a public discussion about the future of the nation. By turns brilliantly comic and startlingly prescient, The Auburn Conference vibrates with questions as alive and urgent today as they were in 1883—the chronic American conundrums of race, class, and gender, and the fate of the democratic ideal.

 

 

 


 

Tom Piazza is celebrated both as a novelist and as a writer on American music. His twelve books include the novels The Auburn Conference and City OfRefuge, the short-story collection Blues and Trouble, the post-Katrina manifesto Why New Orleans Matters, and the essay collection Devil Sent The Rain: Music and Writing in Desperate America. He was a principal writer for the innovative New Orleans-based HBO drama series TREME, and the winner of a Grammy Award for his album notes to Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues: A Musical Journey.  He lives in New Orleans.

Date: Friday, September 29, 2023
Start Time: 6:00 pm EST