Change the Conversation, Change the World


Know Your Rights with ACLU Massachusetts
Wednesday, February 8, 2017, 4:30 to 6 p.m., Alumni Room, McCarthy Center

Join us for a “Know Your Rights” discussion with the ACLU to learn more about citizens’ rights at school, when questioned by the police, at demonstrations or protests and during other police encounters (i.e. at airports, public spaces). This event is part of Hope in Action.   

An Evening with Jeanne Marie Laskas, author of Concussion
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 7 PM, Dwight Performing Arts Center
Award-winning writer Jeanne Marie Laskas has been called “a reporting and writing powerhouse” (Rebecca Skloot).  Laskas proves it once again in the bestselling Concussion, based on her groundbreaking 2009 GQ article about the NFL concussion scandal, which became the inspiration for the feature film starring Will Smith.  Her long form journalism has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Smithsonian Magazine, O: The Oprah Magazine, Ladies’ Home Journal, Allure, and many others.  Laskas is the Director of the Writing Program at the University of Pittsburgh.

An Evening with Dr. John Carlos, Olympian and activist
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 7:30 PM, Dwight Performing Arts Center

Dr. John Carlos is a famous Olympic medalist from the 1968 games.  He is also well known for his humanitarian efforts.  He is the founding member of the Olympic Project for Human Rights and pushes for more representation for people of color in the Olympic Games.  He will demonstrate how athletes can use their recognition to accomplish real social change. This lecture will talk about human rights issues (especially during the 1960s when Dr. John Carlos won his medal) in conjunction with athleticism.
World in Flicks screening and discussion – Mountains May Depart (Chinese with English subtitles)
Wednesday, March 8, 2017, at 7 PM, Alumni Room, McCarthy Center
At once an intimate drama and a decades-spanning epic that leaps from the recent past to the present to the speculative near-future, This film is an intensely moving study of how China's economic boom and the culture of materialism it has spawned has affected the bonds of family, tradition, and love.

Presentation by the Muslim Justice League
Thursday, March 9, 2017, 4:30 to 6 p.m., Alumni Room, McCarthy Center

This presentation with the Muslim Justice League will focus on sharing policy expertise on the “domestic war on terror” and different violations of human and civil rights.  The MJL will also discuss resistance strategies, which have been developed with the help of social services providers, attorneys and law students; and faith, community and student groups.  The first goal of these discussions is to learn about the struggle against racial, religious and political profiling. The second goal is to allow a space on our campus for those interested, to learn about strategies on how to be an active bystander.
Changing the Conversation: One Woman at a Time
Thursday,  April 6, 2017 at 5 PM, Forum, McCarthy Center
TAWA (Turkish-Armenian Women’s Alliance), a grassroots effort to bring together a group of Armenian and Turkish women in Boston, embarked on an unusual journey to tackle the subject of the Armenian Genocide: an all-female conversation which rejected dogmatic narratives wrapped within a masculine chauvinistic language.  At this event, Gonca Sonmez-Poole will screen videotaped interviews with the participants of TAWA as their “difficult dialogue” was taking place, followed by an open discussion.
Three Perspectives on Food Conservation During World War I – presentation, exhibition and reception
Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 2:30 PM, Whittemore Library
Shortly after the United States entered WWI, President Wilson created the US Food Administration (USFA) with the goal to conserve food and boost agricultural output.  Thus began a concerted national, decentralized community organizing effort to reduce consumption of sugar, wheat, fats, and meat, and increase the use of fish, oats, corn, potatoes, molasses, and home grown vegetables.  

Mass media in was in its infancy in 1917 and the USFA utilized a variety of outreach efforts mostly relying on newspaper, magazine, and poster advertising directed to identifiable segments of the US population.  Immigrant groups, communities of color, businessmen, children, women’s magazines, restaurants owners, home and school gardeners were specifically targeted.

A home pledge card outreach effort elicited 14 million to join the campaign.  The program was informally called ‘Hooverism,’ as Herbert Hoover served as the USFA Director after returning from his self-appointed post in Europe where he organized the delivery of food to starving populations in Belgium and France.  This outreach effort was entirely voluntary and in the end, 33,841,307 pounds of food, equaling $5,234,028,208 was delivered to Europe during the war and reconstruction period.  

April 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the United States entry into World War I.  In recognition of that milestone, this event brings together history, art and nutrition to reflect on that time period. 
Georgia and Me – a one-woman play about Georgia O’Keeffe
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 7 PM, Dwight Performing Arts Center
Georgia O’Keeffe, the American painter who defied the male art world in the New York of the 20’s and 30’s, confronts Sarah in the midst of a spiritual crisis in dreams, challenging her to rekindle her creative fire! From a bistro in New York City, to New Mexico, to a showdown in the Texas Panhandle……….it’s never too late to find out who you thought you were.
World in Flicks screening and discussion – Mustang (Turkish with English subtitles)
Wednesday, April 19 at 7 PM, Alumni Room, McCarthy Center
Nominated for 2015 Academy Award for Foreign Language Film.  It's the beginning of the summer. In a village in the north of Turkey, Lale and her four sisters come home from school, innocently playing with boys. The supposed debauchery of their games causes a scandal with unintended consequences. The family home slowly turns into a prison, classes on housework and cooking replace school, and marriages begin to be arranged. The five sisters, driven by the same desire for freedom, fight back against the limits imposed on them.