Friends @ Home Author Webinar | Bronwyn Harris & Letters from the Inside
Sep 2 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
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In conjunction with the AAUW, the Friends of the Alameda Library presents a virtual discussion with Alameda author, Bronwyn Harris.

Ms. Harris will speak about Letters from the Inside: Hope Beyond the Classroom and the Cell, co-authored with “Jorge”, a former student from her East Oakland classroom.

Ms. Harris’ previous work, Literally Unbelievable: Stories from an East Oakland Classroom, was published in 2016, and has been provided to state legislators as a reference on conditions in public schools.

Bronwyn Harris began her teaching career in East Oakland in January 2000, teaching first-graders who had already gone through one teacher and six substitutes during that school year. In the first five minutes of teaching, one student threw a book at her head and she realized she had no set curriculum with which to teach them. In addition, she was a “roving teacher,” meaning that she moved classrooms every three weeks.

Teaching at this school did not get easier as she transitioned into teaching third grade, but the students were incredible: creative, thoughtful, loving, angry, at-risk, misunderstood, valuable, and overlooked. After eight principals in less than eight years, Harris had to face the fact that she couldn’t keep working in such an environment and left the school district, but has stayed in touch with many of her students.

Friends @ Home Art Docent Webinar | The World of Jane Austen
Sep 14 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The World of Jane Austen: Art, Fashion, and Eligible Gentlemen

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We are excited to bring you the next art docent webinar in our Friends @ Home series from the Friends of the Alameda Free Library. We welcome back Kathryn Zupsic for this online event.

This entertaining presentation will explore the world of beloved English author Jane Austen by looking at the arts of her time. We’ll discuss the social roles of English ladies and gentlemen and how the industrial revolution was bringing “new money” into society. We’ll look at trends in fashion, hairstyles, country estates, garden design, and proper tea service. Featuring paintings by Joshua Reynolds, Thomas Gainsborough, and J.M.W. Turner, among others.

Kathryn Zupsic has been an art educator for over 25 years, working as a docent and lecturer for the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, the de Young Museum, Legion of Honor, and SFMOMA. Her specialties are modern art movements and Latin American art. A native of Portland, she has a degree in Spanish and Latin American Literature from the University of Oregon and is a graduate of La Varenne chef school in Paris.