Washington, DC, August 4, 2015… Nancy Porter and Harriet Reisen have signed on with PBS Distribution and Shop PBS to make Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women, their feature-length video biography directed by Nancy Porter for American Masters, widely available to individuals, libraries, schools and colleges. The site also carries the biography of the same title, by Harriet Reisen, as a package with the video and separately. Look for them at ShopPBS.org .
The American Library Association (ALA) Video Round Table Notable Videos for Adults Committee has compiled its 2011 list of Notable Videos for Adults, a list of 15 outstanding programs released on video within the past two years and suitable for all libraries serving adults. Its purpose is to call attention to recent video releases that make a significant contribution to the world of video recordings.
The Notable Videos for Adults committee selected 15 outstanding titles from among 55 nominees for this year’s list of Notable Videos for Adults. The Committee called the film “a lively biography of an independent woman with ideas ahead of her time who supported her impoverished family by writing romantic fiction and creating some of the most beloved characters in American literature.”
Professor Daniel Shealy of the University of North Carolina-Charlotte will lead the thirty scholars advising librarians in the ALA Alcott programs in a discussion of the project themes, topics, and related reading at the national workshop in Boston on March 4. Dr. Shealy’s areas of expertise include 19th-century American literature, the American Transcendentalists and the Concord Authors, and children’s literature. An advisor to the Alcott documentary, he can be seen in extended interviews on this website at Extended Scholar Interviews
David Weinstein, Senior Program Officer, Division of Public Programs, National Endowment for the Humanities will be coming from Washington DC to Boston to greet the grant-winning participants in the American Library Association’s Louisa May Alcott project. The National Endowment for the Humanities funded the project. Mr. Weinstein was also the Program Officer for the documentary film Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women.
Thirty librarians and thirty scholars representing the grant-winning libraries will meet at the Omni Parker House for an all-day workshop organized by the Public Programs Office of the American Library Association program.
Opened in 1855 by Harvey D. Parker, the original Parker House hotel was home to the Saturday Club, which consisted of literary dignitaries such as Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) announced that 30 libraries will receive $2,500 grants to support five reading, viewing and discussion programs featuring the documentary “Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women” and the companion biography of the same name. Read more
Thursday, October 14, 7:30-9 pm
University at Albany, SUNY (discussion and clips)
Recital Hall, Performing Arts Center, University at Albany (uptown campus), SUNY, Albany, NY
(free and open to the public)
Friday, October 15, 9 am-12 pm
University at Albany, SUNY (seminar)
Standish Room, Science Library, University at Albany (uptown campus), SUNY, Albany, NY
(free and open to the public)
For directions and info: www.albany.edu/writers-inst
Both events are presented by UAlbany’s Documentary Studies Program and Department of History, in conjunction with the New York State
Writers Institute and the M. E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, with support from University Auxiliary Services and
the New York State Archives Partnership Trust. Thursday evening’s event was made possible through a grant from the New York Council for the Humanities.
Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women – Library Outreach Programs
Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women – Library Outreach Programs has been designated as part of the NEH’s We the People initiative, exploring significant events and themes in our nation’s history and culture and advancing knowledge of the principles that define America. Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women – Library Outreach Programswill offer programming grants of $2,500 to thirty selected libraries to present five reading, viewing, and discussion programs focused on Louisa May Alcott, her body of work, and her era.
For more information, click here.
The 2010 Summer Conversational Series and Teacher Institute
Join scholars, educators, and Alcott fans from across the country and around the world to listen, learn, and share in honoring the bicentennial of Margaret Fuller’s birth.
This year’s Series spotlights the contributions of women of the 19th Century and focuses on their attempts to stretch the limits of what was then considered their “sphere.”
Each day, ample opportunities for Q&A with Presenters, as well as small group discussions, will be available. Every afternoon is devoted to helping educators understand how the Series content can be applied to their curricular needs, with a keen awareness of Massachusetts Frameworks.
Educators from all grade levels and subjects — including home schoolers — are welcome to attend, as is anyone wishing to learn more about the remarkably progressive Alcott family and their notable friends and neighbors.
For more information and to register, log on to: www.louisamayalcott.org