Please join us for Friday Nights at Westminster, a series of readings and concerts held at Westminster School during the 2021-2022 academic year on selected Friday nights, (occasionally on other nights of the week too).
The events begin at 7 p.m. and are free and open to vaccinated members of the public with advance registration by emailing email@example.com
with the number of people attending. Reservations may be made until the day before the event and space may be limited.
Events are held in either the Westminster Centennial Center or the Gund Reading Room of the school’s Armour Academic Center. We will let you know where each event will be held once the decision is made. Refreshments will be served after the readings. Parking is available in the parking lot adjacent to Armour.
Friday, Oct. 8
Memoirist and humorist Gina Barreca has appeared on “20/20,” “The Today Show,” CNN, the BBC, “Dr. Phil,” NPR and “Oprah” to discuss gender, power, politics and humor. She is the author of “If You Lean In, Will Men Just Look Down Your Blouse?” “It’s Not That I’m Bitter, Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying About Visible Panty Lines and Conquered the World,” the bestselling “They Used to Call Me Snow White But I Drifted: Women’s Strategic Use of Humor” and “Babes in Boyland: A Personal History of Coeducation in the Ivy League.”
Her weekly columns from the Hartford Courant are distributed internationally, and she has written for most major publications including The New York Times, Independent, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Cosmopolitan and Harvard Business Review. Barreca is a professor of English at the University of Connecticut and winner of the university’s highest award for excellence in teaching.
Friday, Nov. 5
Jennifer Haigh is a novelist and short story writer. Her novel “Heat And Light” won a Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and was named a Best Book of 2016 by The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal and NPR. Her previous books include “Faith,” “The Condition,” “Baker Towers” and “Mrs. Kimble,” winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award for debut fiction, and the short story collection “News From Heaven,” winner of the Massachusetts Book Award and the PEN New England Award in Fiction. Her short stories have been published in Granta, The Atlantic, The Best American Short Stories and other publications. Jennifer has been awarded grants by the James Michener Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. Her new novel, “Mercy Street,” will be published by Ecco/HarperCollins on Feb. 1, 2022.
Friday, Dec. 10
Daniel D’Addario is the chief television critic for Variety, the magazine covering the entertainment industry. Previously, he had the same title at Time, and has written extensively about the arts for both publications. He is the recipient of awards from the Los Angeles Press Club for political commentary in 2019 and for profile writing in 2020. A graduate of Westminster School and Columbia University, he has also written for publications including Salon, Slate and The New Republic. He lives with his family in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Friday, Jan. 28
“Ten Thousand Roses,” the fourth studio album from singer-songwriter Dori Freeman, showcases an artist who has cemented an inimitable signature sound while simultaneously establishing her as capable of a wide variety of styles. Freeman is about as “bona fide” as an Appalachian artist can be — she was raised among a family of musicians in the mountains of Southwest Virginia. Yet here she shows how multifaceted she is as an artist and how eclectic she is as a person, defying and expanding notions of what it means to be someone from the region, a young woman in the music industry and as an Americana artist.
Her soaring alto and singular style are on fine display throughout this collection of nine originals and one cover. She wrote the songs during the pandemic, when, like millions of others, she stayed home and spent more time outside. “I really observed and appreciated nature during that time,” she said. Natural elements such as storm-clouds, wildflowers and spiders show up as motifs throughout the record, which examines everything from being deeply in love with someone to realizing that you don’t need another person to complete you.
Friday, April 29
Mahogany L. Browne
Mahogany L. Browne is a writer, organizer and educator. She is the executive director of Bowery Poetry Club, artistic director of Urban Word NYC and poetry coordinator at St. Francis College. Browne has received fellowships from Agnes Gund, Air Serenbe, Cave Canem, Poets House, Mellon Research and Rauschenberg. She is the author of “Woke: A Young Poets Call to Justice,” “Woke Baby” and “Black Girl Magic” (Macmillan), “Kissing Caskets” (YesYes Books) and “Dear Twitter” (Penmanship Books). She is also the founder of the Woke Baby Book Fair (a nationwide diversity literature campaign) and as an Arts for Justice grantee, is completing her first book of essays on mass incarceration, investigating its impact on women and children. She lives in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Tuesday, May 17
Westminster Artists Collective
(student and faculty writers and musicians)
The Friday Nights at Westminster series is made possible by generous grants from the Ford-Goldfarb English Department Enrichment Fund, the McKinley Fund and the Connell Fund.