Posted 04/17/2021  |  Back






Join us for the next Community Read event though our community partner, the Leominster Public Library:

Red Dancers: Art Emerging from the Darkness

Saturday, April 17 at 1:00PM  


  • Dr. Jessica Robey, Associate Professor, Humanities Department, Fitchburg State University
  • Prof. Sally Moore, Associate Professor, Humanities, Department, Fitchburg State University
  • Dr. Sarah Brombert, Assistant Professor, Humanities Department, Fitchburg State University

This online event is free and open to the public

To attend the event, please register at

The book can be checkout from the Library, click to check to see if a copy is currently available:  

About the Program

This event, inspired by the Red Dancers (Chapter 8) of Underland, by Robert MacFarlane, features Professors Sarah Bromberg, Sally Moore, and Jessica Robey from the Fitchburg State Humanities Department.

Jessica Robey will provide an overview of the discovery of prehistoric cave art and its reception in the 20th century.  We'll look at how these earliest examples of culture lead to a reassessment of what it means to be human.

Sally Moore will give an overview of the role of the shaman in tribal society, discuss the inward vs outward  journey, and will present examples of her own shamanic masks as well as those of her students.

Sarah Bromberg will present an overview and analysis of cave art imagery, particularly prehistoric cave art in France and Norway, with photographs.  She'll discuss her students' sketching of cave paintings as a means to developing their own observations and interpretations of these ancient masters.

This event is sponsored by the Leominster Public Library's Eliane and Maurice Tonkin Memorial Fund.