Monday January 7, 2013

The Berkshire Museum will welcome author Bob Reiss for a multimedia discussion about his Arctic travels and his book, "The Eskimo and the Oil Man" at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 16.

In his book, Reiss follows the relationship between an Inupiat Eskimo leader and a top Shell Oil executive in Alaska as Shell seeks to drill for offshore oil in a region that some say may become the world’s next Saudi Arabia.

Reiss has covered these environmental and political issues for various publications including Smithsonian Magazine.

Tickets are $5. Books will be available for purchase during the book-signing that follows the talk. The lecture is presented in partnership with Berkshire Environmental Action Team.

In celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and based on her newly released book, "Envisioning Emancipation: Black Americans and the End of Slavery," author and historian Barbara Krauthamer will explore "freedom" in a two-part series using a visual narrative of many of the 150 historical photographs from the book.

The talks begin at 10 a.m. on Saturdays, Feb. 2 and 9. The book will be available for purchase. The talk is free with Museum admission.

Seating is limited. Reservations are requested by calling (413) 443-7171, ext. 10.

For more information, visit www.berkshiremuseum.org.


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