Area briefs: McGovern to hold town hall in Williamsburg; Du Bois lecture at UMass

  • Jim McGovern

Published: 3/16/2023 11:26:22 AM

McGovern to join Indivisible
for a Town Hall

WILLIAMSBURG — Congressman Jim McGovern will join Indivisible Williamsburg on Saturday for a town hall conversation on the issues that matter to western Massachusetts voters.

Congressman McGovern, a senior member of the Committee on Agriculture, will discuss the upcoming Farm Bill and the end of SNAP emergency allotments, combating climate change, lowering inflation, creating jobs, and more.

The town hall begins at 1 p.m. at Anne T. Dunphy School, 1 Petticoat Hill Road in Williamsburg.

Restorative Yoga fundraiser

NORTHAMPTON — Beth Tascione of Yoga & Reiki Bliss will offer her monthly Restorative Yoga class, Pure Bliss, online on Sunday, March 26, from 7-8 p.m. This class is a donation-based class with 25% of the proceeds going toward the National Foundation for Ectodermal Dysplasias.

Unlike traditional active yoga classes that include poses to build strength and create mobility and flexibility, restorative yoga promotes deep rest and relaxation through breathing and gentle movements.

Over the years, Tascione has raised money for various charities by offering donation-based yoga classes, but this time it’s more personal. Her daughter was diagnosed at age 2 with ectodermal dysplasia.

Yoga Bliss is an online yoga studio offering group yoga classes as well as  private yoga sessions online.

To join a class, visit Those who can’t make it to class can make a tax deductible donation to the National Foundation for Ectodermal Dysplasias at

New date for 28th annual Du Bois lecture

AMHERST — The UMass Amherst Libraries present the 28th annual Du Bois Lecture on its new date, Thursday, March 23, at 6 p.m. The speaker this year is Chad Williams, and the free lecture will be livestreamed.

For nearly two decades, W.E.B. Du Bois attempted to write what he believed would be the definitive history of the African American experience in World War I. In this talk, Chad Williams explores Du Bois’s complex relationship with the history and legacy of WWI and what it reveals about the struggle for democracy, racial justice and peace in the 20th century.

Williams is the Samuel J. and Augusta Spector Professor of History and African and African American Studies at Brandeis University. He specializes in African American and modern United States history, African American military history, the WW I era, and African American intellectual history.

His next book, “The Wounded World: W. E. B. Du Bois and the First World War,” will be published this year.

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