The Oliver Wolcott Library is hosting the following April adult virtual program events:

“Monday Scholars: Emerson, Thoreau & the Transcendentalist Movement,” will be Mondays from 1 to 2:30 p.m., April 5 through June 28. There is no meeting May 31.

Video lectures will be presented by Ashton Nichols, Ph.D.

The course is about “where did the America we know today, so different in its fundamental views about almost every aspect of life as to be unrecognizable to our countrymen of two centuries ago, really come from?”

The OWL Non-Fiction Book Discussion Group will be April 8 at 2 p.m. The book selection for the discussion is “Mapping Human History: Genes, Race & Our Common Origins,” by Steve Olson.

This narrative of the past 150,000 years draws on new understandings in genetics to reveal how the people of the world came to be.

An OWL Fiction Book Discussion Group will be April 8 at 3:30 p.m. about “The Power,” by Naomi Alderman.

The status quo is disrupted when young women develop immense electrical powers that are embedded in their bodies. The book is available at the library.

Art & Visual Perception: A Three-Part Series” with Dr. Vincent de Luise MD, is Tuesdays, April 13, April 20 and April 27, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Dr. de Luise will uncover the “eye” of the artist in the series that will explore the artists viewpoint.

“Beauty and the Brain” will be April 13.

The course will look at: What makes a work of art, say the Mona Lisa, or van Gogh‘s painting, Irises, beautiful? Why are humans neurologically hardwired to perceive it? Participants will learn why the perception of beauty is both innate and cross cultural.

“The Self Depicted: Masters of Self-Portraiture,” from Rembrandt and Durer, to van Gogh and Picasso, will take place April 20.

The course will look at: What aspects of personality and psychology is an artist trying to capture by portraying their own visage? Participants will survey self portraiture over the centuries.

“Blindsight: Creativity and Visual Loss in the masterworks of Turner, Cassatt, Monet, DeGas, Goya and O’Keefe,” will be April 27.

The course will look at: Is illness an obstacle, or an opportunity, for the genius of creativity? How did artists cope and contend with visual loss?

“Edible Flowers: Delectable Beauty in Your Garden,” with Lawrence Davis-Hollander, the founder, and former director of the Eastern Native Seed Conservancy, will be April 14 from 1 to 2 p.m.

Edible flowers are characterized by subtle and not so subtle flavors and aromas, delicate texture, and a rainbow of color.

“The Art of the Cottage Garden,” with Andrew Pighills,” will be April 15, from 7 to 8 p.m.

Participants will learn the qualities and characteristics that define cottage gardens.

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