Things to Do in March

I am not by nature a let’s-drive-somewhere-we-haven’t-been-and-sit-with-strangers-while-we-experience-something-new person and so I am very glad for the excellent virtual programming museums and other institutions are offering. March’s activities are a mix of literary, culinary, and artistic events.

Tuesday, March 2
A Desolation Called Peace: Arkady Martine with Sarah Gailey
Arkady Martine discusses her return to the empire of Teixcalaan and the issues of imperialism, colonialism, xenophobia, and cultural memory that its story explores.

Thursday, March 4
Conversations in Black Freedom Studies: Black Women in History and Struggle
Join this conversation to uncover the long history of Black women in U.S. history, and a deeper understanding of one of the most celebrated Black American women, Rosa Parks. The discussion features authors Daina Ramey Berry and Kali N. Gross (A Black Women’s History of the United States) and Jeanne Theoharis (The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks, Young Readers Edition).

Monday, March 8
Road Scholar’s Virtual Lecture Series Present: The Genius of Octavia E. Butler
In partnership with the National Women’s Hall of Fame, Road Scholar welcome Professor Adele Newson-Horst to take us on a journey into the life and works of science fiction author Octavia Estelle Butler.

Friday, March 12
Tasty Characters: Gender and Marketing in the Food World
The Center for Women’s History spotlights exciting female entrepreneurs in the food and fine dining worlds. Join Dana Cowin—former editor-in-chief of Food & Wine magazine and host of the podcast Speaking Broadly—as she interviews brilliant and powerful women about their research, tastes, and careers.

Saturday, March 13
Cellphones And Point-And-Shoot Cameras: Digitizing With What You Have
Leah Jones, photographer at the National Museum of African American History & Culture, will teach participants how to digitize family papers and other personal collections using cellphones, compact cameras, and everyday essentials from home.

Tuesday, March 16
Historically Speaking: A Women’s History With Ruth E. Carter
Spotlighting the amazing breadth of her work, renowned costume designer Ruth E. Carter discusses her sartorial and visual aesthetic in films—among them Do the Right Thing, Black Panther and Coming 2 America. From Brooklyn to Wakanda and Zumanda, Carter will describe what drives her personal inspiration, creativity and vision in in a special conversation moderated by Robin Givhan, the Washington Post’s senior critic-at-large.

Tuesday, March 23
Celebrating What Unites Us! Seafood Recipes with Chef Kathy Sidell
Seafood recipes you can make at home from Chef Kathy Sidell, owner of Sidell Hospitality, Saltie Girl, Met Back Bay, Stephanie’s on Newbury in Boston. Hosted by Oldways in collaboration with Age-Friendly Boston and Friends of the Armenian Heritage Park on The Greenway.

Wednesday, March 24
Building Soil in the Garden
Long time no-till gardener, Sharon Gensler will present garden practices that minimize soil disturbance, maintain living plant cover and utilize mulch as the key techniques you can easily employ to achieve all these goals in your garden.

Wednesday, March 24
Imbolo Mbue Launches How Beautiful We Were with David Ebershoff
celebrate the launch of Imbolo Mbue’s highly anticipated second novel How Beautiful We Were. Her new novel examines the legacy of colonialism, the desolation caused by corporate greed, and a community’s determination to hold onto its ancestral land and freedom. She will be joined in conversation by David Ebershoff (The Danish Girl).