Borderland: The Life & Times of Blanche Ames Ames

Tuesday, February 16, 2021
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Ames is a 55-minute documentary that chronicles the life of a woman who was born in the 19th century, worked to change the 20th century, and resonates wisdom in the 21st century. Blanche Ames Ames (1878-1969) was an artist, an activist, a builder, an inventor, a birth control maverick, and a leader of the women's suffrage movement in Massachusetts.

Film viewing: Tuesday, February 16 (anytime)
Panel discussion: Thursday, February 18, 12:30 to 2 p.m.

Registration required by Monday, February 15 at noon to receive viewing and panel discussion links. Links will be sent out to registrants by the end of day on February 15. To register or for more information, email

Panel discussion details:

*Introduction - Miles Sax, Arboretum Director

*Blanche as botanical illustrator - Maggie Redfern, Arboretum Assistant *Director

*History of the movements - Jenifer Ishe, Linda Lear Special Collections Librarian

*Feminist leadership and the issues today - Ari Rotramel, Vandana Shiva *Professor of Gender, Sexuality and Intersectionality Studies

*Art and activism - Karen Gonzalez Rice, Associate Professor of Art History

This is a free program for the Connecticut College community. Co-sponsored by the Connecticut College Arboretum and the Linda Lear Center for Special Collections and Archives. 

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