PITTSFIELD -- "The Education of Edith Wharton" is the topic of Saturday's Distinguished Speakers Series presentation to be held from 10:30 to noon in studio K-111 of the Koussevitzky Arts Center, Berkshire Community College, 1350 West St., Pittsfield.
Wharton scholar Irene Goldman-Price will give a talk about how Wharton and her collaborator Anna Bahlmann were able to grow and thrive in a mid-19th century culture during which there was much public debate about educating girls. The dialogue then included what and how much should a young lady be taught, who should teach her, and where.
Ultimately, Wharton went on to become a great writer and Bahlmann, an orphan, became an educator who taught many children in New York's elite families.
The presenter, Goldman-Price, earned a doctorate degree in English at Boston University and spent much of her career teaching English and women's studies at Ball State University.
She is the co-editor of American Literary Mentors and editor of "My Dear Governess: The Letters of Edith Wharton to Anna Bahlmann," for which she earned a fellowship in American Literature from the Beinecke Library at Yale University and a fellowship from the Edith Wharton Society. She serves as a trustee at The Mount, Edith Wharton's home in Lenox, which is co-sponsoring this talk.
The lecture series is sponsored by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at BCC. Admission to this program is $10 for OLLI members, $15 for non-members.