New book discussion at Miner Museum

CHAZY - A new discussion series based on the impact of society on individuals will be held at the Alice T. Miner Museum through the coming months.

According to series facilitator John Davies, "The Individual in a World Gone Global" refers to the concept that "our lives are shaped by larger forces in a global society that is new in many ways, but has roots in developments going back centuries."

Davies, a history teacher at the StateUniversity of New York at Plattsburgh, was asked to be facilitator by museum curator Amanda Palmer, after the museum received a grant from the New York State Council for Humanities.

"I was interested in the series because it relates to my teaching," said Davies. "In teaching Modern Global History at SUNYPlattsburgh, I tell my students that we can't understand the world we live in without understanding the history of global interactions. This series goes beyond a strict historical approach to reach that understanding."

The grant will provide four books, on loan for the series, to participants - chosen by Kate Hallgren, a graduate student at the City University of New York.

The series is a part of NYSCH's reading and discussion program "Reading Between the Lines," and according to Davies, "are meant to reflect a wide range of perspectives - historical, literary, political and economic - in trying to understand the place of the individual in the modern world."

The four books, according to NYSCH's Web site, www.nyhumanities.org, are:

• "African Queen:The Reality Life of Hottentot Venus," by Rachel Holmes: A biography of an early 19th century African woman who was taken from her home in southern Africa and put on display in London and Paris. The book uses this woman's story to explore the historical connections of colonial trade, military conflict and ideas of racial difference between Europe and the people of its colonies.

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