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SPRINGFIELD — The Cultural Arts and Adult Life Departments of the Springfield Jewish Community Center (the J) will host a presentation by author, diplomat and politician Madeleine Kunin on Thursday, Sept. 19, at 7:30 p.m.

Kunin will be discussing her new memoir Coming of Age: My Journey to the Eighties at the J’s Goldstein Auditorium, 1160 Dickinson St.

This author talk is part of the 2019-2020 season of Literatour, the J’s community-wide celebration of Jewish books and authors.

Madeleine Kunin is the former three-term governor of Vermont, who also served as the deputy secretary of education and ambassador to Switzerland in the 1990s. As a vigorous advocate for women, strong families, and quality education, Kunin, a graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, has been on the frontlines of important issues for decades.

In her newest book, the topic is aging, but she looks well beyond the physical tolls and explores the emotional ones as well. As recently reported in The New York Times, a girl born today can expect to live to the age of 90, on average (boys, on the other hand, can expect to live until age 85). For many, life expectancy is increasing, yet people rarely contemplate the emotional transitions that come alongside the physical adjustments of aging. Kunin wants to change that. Coming of Age: My Journey to the Eighties is an honest and positive look at aging and how it has affected her life.

Admission is free for J members, $7 for the general public. Books will be available for purchase and autograph. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged. To register, call (413) 739-4715 or email

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