Almost 10 years ago, in 2013, Dr Joyce Berkman gave the Amherst Historical Society a lecture on the history of reproductive rights in the Pioneer Valley. Starting with the career of Dr Charles Knowlton (1800 – 1850) of Ashfield, her lecture is a brief, fascinating outline of the history of reproductive rights and laws generally – a history which has acquired new relevance with the recent Supreme Court decision.

Dr Joyce Avrech Berkman, who retired from UMass in 2013 after 48 years of teaching and research, is a highly respected educator and researcher. Her lecture shows both her knowledge of the subject and her talents as an educator
Next week: mark your calendars for another concert in the Strong House garden, when Strings at the Strong will present the Conway Fine Arts Quintet on Saturday, August 27, at 2PM.