Virtual Events Calendar | Edith Wharton's Haunted House and Other Seasonal Delights

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The  Mount, site of hauntings, was built by Edith WhartonFriday, October 16

Walking Tour of Edith Wharton's Haunted House
It starts with the sounds—creaking floors and slamming doors, fading footsteps down empty halls—a feeling of being watched, tingling taps on the shoulders, spectral shapes crouched in corners or gathered in front of fireplaces long gone cold. Tricks of the imagination in an old building … or something else?  Robert Oakes will be sharing tales of the many eerie encounters that have been reported here for years. Watch from the comfort and safety of your home as Oakes leads you, live, through some of the most haunted corners of the Mount estate, including areas that are off-limits during our in-person tours. More here. (This one-hour experience features a walk-through of the House, followed by a Q&A session). 



Mark Your Calendars for Closer-Than-You-Think November!

Letter Writing Contest from the Pulitzer Center for K-12The 2020 Pulitzer Center letter-writing contest
What urgent issues are on your students' minds, and how can they use writing and media literacy skills to take action? K-12 students around the world are invited to enter the 2020 Local Letters for Global Change writing contest! In their letters, students will highlight under-reported stories that matter to them, make local connections to systemic global issues, and advocate for policy change to better their communities. Contest deadline: November 13, 2020. Finalists will be published on the Pulitzer Center website, and winning entries in the high school, middle school, and elementary categories will receive $100 to promote global education in the classroom (distributed to the class teacher).

—Here are some resources to get started:

  • Find complete contest guidelines, letter-writing templates, and suggested news stories for different grade levels at this link .
  • See examples of winning entries from last year's contest here .
  • Schedule a virtual workshop to prepare your class to craft successful entries here !


Voting is now open for the 13th Annual Children's & Teen Choice Book Awards!

Kids and teens across the country are invited to vote for their favorite books in four different categories:

  • Kindergarten to 2nd Grade Book of the Year
  • 3rd to 4th Grade Book of the Year
  • 5th to 6th Grade Book of the Year
  • Teen Book of the Year
Voting will run through Fall Children's Book Week, closing on November 15, and the winners will be announced by early December. See the finalists and voice your choice at .

This week's Metropolitan Opera nightly streaming schedule, starting at 7:30 each night, and available for 23 hours.

Thursday, October 15
Donizetti’s Anna Bolena
Starring Anna Netrebko, Ekaterina Gubanova, Tamara Mumford, Stephen Costello, and Ildar Abdrazakov, conducted by Marco Armiliato. From October 15, 2011.

Friday, October 16
Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda
Starring Elza van den Heever, Joyce DiDonato, Matthew Polenzani, Joshua Hopkins, and Matthew Rose, conducted by Maurizio Benini. From January 19, 2013.

Saturday, October 17
Donizetti’s Roberto Devereux
Starring Sondra Radvanovsky, Elīna Garanča, Matthew Polenzani, and Mariusz Kwiecień, conducted by Maurizio Benini. From April 16, 2016.

Sunday, October 18
Donizetti’s Don Pasquale
Starring Anna Netrebko, Matthew Polenzani, Mariusz Kwiecień, and John Del Carlo, conducted by James Levine. From November 13, 2010.

Monday, October 19
Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia
Starring Joyce DiDonato, Juan Diego Flórez, Peter Mattei, John Del Carlo, and John Relyea, conducted by Maurizio Benini. From March 24, 2007.

Tuesday, October 20
Lehár’s The Merry Widow
Starring Renée Fleming, Kelli O’Hara, Nathan Gunn, Alek Shrader, and Thomas Allen, conducted by Sir Andrew Davis. From January 17, 2015.

Wednesday, October 21
Mozart’s Così fan tutte
Starring Amanda Majeski, Serena Malfi, Kelli O’Hara, Ben Bliss, Adam Plachetka, and Christopher Maltman, conducted by David Robertson. From March 31, 2018.

Thursday, October 22
Rossini’s La Cenerentola
Starring Cecilia Bartoli, Ramón Vargas, Simone Alaimo, and Alessandro Corbelli, conducted by James Levine. From October 27, 1997.

Friday, October 23
Verdi’s Falstaff
Starring Mirella Freni, Barbara Bonney, Marilyn Horne, Bruno Pola, and Paul Plishka, conducted by James Levine. From October 10, 1992.

Saturday, October 24
Rossini’s Le Comte Ory
Starring Diana Damrau, Joyce DiDonato, Susanne Resmark, Juan Diego Flórez, Stéphane Degout, and Michele Pertusi, conducted by Maurizio Benini. From April 9, 2011.

Sunday, October 25
Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier
Starring Renée Fleming, Elīna Garanča, Erin Morley, Matthew Polenzani, Marcus Brück, and Günther Groissböck, conducted by Sebastian Weigle. From May 13, 2017.

Monday, October 26
Verdi’s Don Carlo
Starring Renata Scotto, Tatiana Troyanos, Vasile Moldoveanu, Sherrill Milnes, and Paul Plishka, conducted by James Levine. From February 21, 1980.

Tuesday, October 27
Handel’s Agrippina
Starring Brenda Rae, Joyce DiDonato, Kate Lindsey, Iestyn Davies, Duncan Rock, and Matthew Rose. From February 29, 2020.

Wednesday, October 28
Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra
Starring Adrianne Pieczonka, Marcello Giordani, Plácido Domingo, and James Morris. From February 6, 2010.

Thursday, October 29
John Adams’s Nixon in China
Starring Kathleen Kim, Janis Kelly, Robert Brubaker, Russell Braun, James Maddalena, and Richard Paul Fink, conducted by John Adams. From February 12, 2011.

Friday, October 30
Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov
Starring Ekaterina Semenchuk, Aleksandrs Antonenko, Oleg Balashov, Evgeny Nikitin, René Pape, Mikhail Petrenko, and Vladimir Ognovenko, conducted by Valery Gergiev. From October 23, 2010.

Saturday, October 31
John Corigliano’s The Ghosts of Versailles
Starring Teresa Stratas, Håkan Hagegård, Gino Quilico, Graham Clark, Marilyn Horne, and Renée Fleming, conducted by James Levine. From January 10, 1992.

Sunday, November 1
Philip Glass’s Satyagraha
Starring Rachelle Durkin, Richard Croft, Kim Josephson, and Alfred Walker, conducted by Dante Anzolini. From November 19, 2011.

Fall News Literacy Series: Skills students must learn to be reliably informed
Join the News Literacy Project for this free continuing professional development series and hone your skills in helping students make sense of news and other types of information. This series is generously sponsored by SmartNews.
October 20, 5 p.m. ET
Teaching digital verification to spark news literacy learning
Dive into the tools and skills needed to verify the authenticity of information and learn to create engaging fact-checking missions that inspire students to investigate viral content online. Topics include using reverse image searches; using archivers to explore deleted or changed web content; developing observation skills to detect false context; and using Google Street View to confirm locations.

October 27, 5 p.m. ET
Understanding bias: A nuanced approach to a vital news literacy topic
People frequently perceive and allege bias in news coverage, but what does this really mean? What makes a piece of news biased, and who decides? What role do our own biases play in our perceptions of bias? We'll explore this complex topic in ways that empower students to meaningfully evaluate the fairness and impartiality of news coverage.


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