Upcoming Events

Shores Beyond Shores







Northampton, MA (June 20, 2018) - A full house of 120+ attendees greeted Irene at the Ann Arbor City Library for the launch of her book. Listen to Bill Newman's interview of Irene on WHMP

Ann Arbor book Launch

Ann Arbor, MI (May 8, 2018) - A full house of 371 attendees greeted Irene at the Ann Arbor City Library for the launch of her book. Read more in The Michigan Daily.

Clinton Presidential Center

Little Rock, AR (January 31, 2018) - The Clinton Center’s outdoor installation, The Anne Frank Tree, provides a unique opportunity for students of all ages to learn more about the ongoing struggle for social justice and human rights. In observance of the Jewish holiday Tu BiShvat, which means “New Year for Trees,” we will host a free public program featuring Holocaust survivor, Dr. Irene Butter.


Past Events

Colleges & Universities

Ovations Forum Speaker, Springfield Technical Community College
University of Michigan, School of Public Health, Ann Arbor, MI
Denison University, Women’s Studies, Granville, OH
Macalester College, African Studies, St. Paul, MN
Carleton College, Anthropology/Francophone Studies, Northfield, MN
The Institute for Research on Women and Gender, Ann Arbor, MI
Hale Black Cultural Center, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
Ohio State University – Newark, Newark, OH (with live West African music by Mady Kouyate) 
Smith College, Northampton, MA
Mount Watchusett Community College, Gardner, MA
Wells College, Aurora, NY
Holy Cross College, Worcester, MA
Western New England College, Social Work Department, Springfield, MA
Simon's Rock College, Great Barrington, MA
Worcester Polytechnic Institute (with Anita Shreve), Worcester, MA
Elms College, Chicopee, MA
Lesley University, Cambridge, MA
Simmons College, Boston, MA (Common Read Book)
Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA
Holyoke Community College, Holyoke, MA
Assumption College, Worcester, MA
Bay Path College, Longmeadow, MA
Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY
Harvard Medical School, Cambridge, MA
Fitchburg State College, Fitchburg, MA (keynote speaker for conference)
Worcester Academy, Worcester, MA
Vermont Academy, Saxtons River, VT
UMASS, Amherst, MA(keynote speaker for Writers Conference '08, Common Read Book '09) 
East Stroudsburg University, PA (keynote for International Week) 
UMASS - Worcester Medical School, MA
Harvard University Medical School, MA
Worcester State College, Diversity Lecture Series, Worcester, MA
Northern Essex Community College, Lawrence, MA, (White Lecture Fund Series)
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY (global health classes and campus-wide lecture)
School for International Training, Brattleboro, VT (Int'l Women's Day lecture) 
Stonehill College, MA
Wingate University, Wingate, NC (Common Read Book)
Springfield College, Springfield, MA
DePaul University, Chicago, IL
Emporia State University, Emporia, KS (Keynote)
Plymouth State University, Plymouth, NH (Keynote)
Saint Joseph's College, West Hartford, CT (Common Read Book)
Westfield State University, Westfield, MA (Common Read Book)
Shenandoah University, Winchester, VA (Common Read Book)


Granville High School, Granville, OH
Worthington High School, Worthington, OH
Pioneer High School, Ann Arbor, MI
Kearsarge Regional High School, North Sutton, NH
Gilmour Academy, Cleveland, OH
Hampshire High School, Westhampton, MA
St. John's Prep, Danvers, MA (Model U.N. Conference) 


Weston Library, Weston, MA
Ann Arbor Public Library, Ann Arbor, MI
Tracy Memorial Library, New London, NH
Granville Public Library, Granville, OH
Holyoke Public Library, Holyoke, MA
West Springfield Public Library, West Springfield, MA
Rondo Community Library, St. Paul, MN
Gale Free Library, Holden, MA
Buckland-Shelburne Falls Public Library, Shelburne Falls, MA
Plainfield Public Library, Plainfield, MA
Boston Public Library, Boston, MA
Athol Public Library, Athol, MA
Hubbard Memorial Library, Ludlow, MA
Groton Public Library, Groton, MA
Duxbury Free Library, Duxbury, MA
Leverett Library, Leverett, MA
Enfield Public Library, Enfield, CT
South Hadley Public Library, South Hadley, MA
Southampton Library, Southampton, MA
Meekins Library, Williamsburg, MA
Lilly Case Library, Springfield, NH
Newton Free Library, Newton, MA 


Q, Ltd., Ann Arbor, MI
Quality Coaches, Minneapolis, MN
IBM Headquarters, NY
Baystate Medical Center, Springfield, MA
InResonance, Inc., Northampton, MA

Non-profits & faith groups

Human Rights Speaker Series, Hevreh of South Berkshire, Gt. Barrington, MA
First Presbyterian Church, Mission/Outreach Committee, Granville, OH
Ecumenical Presentation, Granville, OH
Rotary International, Granville, OH
Kiwanis, Granville, OH
Rotary International, New London, NH
WomensTrust, Inc., Wilmot Flat, NH
Ladies Left of Center, New London, NH
Walker Health Clinic, Minneapolis, MN
St. Matthews Episcopal Church, St. Paul, MN
Grub Street Creative Writing Center, Boston MA (weekend writing workshop) 
Zonta International, Palmer, MA
St. Andrews Episcopal Church, Longmeadow, MA
World Bank, Washington, DC
Peace Corps, Washington, DC
St. Anne's Church, Chicopee, MA
National Writers Union Local 5's Writers Night Out Series, Easthampton, MA
United Methodist Church, Westford, MA
Women In Philanthropy, Holyoke, MA
Snow Farm, Williamsburg, MA
BOLD, Easthampton, MA
BASAA (Boston Area Study Abroad Advisors), Boston, MA
United Methodist Church, Northampton, MA
Massachusetts Council for International Education, Shrewsbury, MA
South Deerfield Women's Club, South Deerfield, MA
St. Mark's Episcopal Church, New Canaan, CT
Dining for Women, GA
AWP Conference, Chicago, IL
Congregation B'nai Israel, "Night Around the Table" event, Northampton, MA
WriteAngles Conference, South Hadley, MA
Lathrop Community, Easthampton, MA


Broadside Bookshop, Northampton, MA
Odyssey Bookstore, South Hadley, MA
Nicola’s Books, Ann Arbor, MI
Crazy Wisdom Tea Room, Ann Arbor, MI (with live West African music by Mady Kouyate) 
Misty Valley Books, Chester, VT (with 5 other authors chosen as New Voices for 2007) 
Brookline Booksmith, Brookline, MA
Porter Square Books, Cambridge, MA
Mt. Chocorua World Fellowship Center, Mt. Chocorua, NH
Northshire Bookstore, Manchester, VT
Women's Bookshop, Auckland, New Zealand 

Book Clubs (in person or via speaker phone) 

Northampton, MA (19) 
Amherst, MA (2) 
Portland, OR (1)
Maynard, MA (1) 
Windsor, CT (1) 
Ann Arbor, MI (6)
Sacramento, CA (1) 
Sherborn, MA (1) 
Chicopee, MA (2) 
Detroit, MI (1) 
Girdwood, AK(1) 
Atlanta, GA (1) 
Minneapolis, MN (3) 
New York, NY (1) 
Haydenville, MA (1) 
San Francisco, CA (1) 
Redlands, CA (1) 
Brookline, MA (1) 
Boston, MA (1) 
Westfield, MA (1) 
Sturbridge, MA (1) 
Worcester, MA (1) 
San Jose, CA (1)