Oct
22
3:30 PM15:30

(Mis)Appropriation of the Middle Ages: Confronting Misuses of History in the Age of the Meme

Dr. Kisha Tracy and librarian, Renée Fratantonio will facilitate a hands-on workshop where attendees will analyze pre-selected artifacts that represent the misuse of history by the KKK, Nazis, and other groups to articulate their messages. Learn research techniques to to fact check these memes.

Light Refreshments will be provided.

Location: Room 101, Amelia V. Gallucci-Cirio Library, Hammond Hall, Fitchburg State University

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Oct
29
6:30 PM18:30

Maus Book Discussion

Come to our inter-generational book discussion where we will explore the many complexities of Maus. The discussion will be facilitated by student from the Fitchburg State University’s English Honors Society.

Light Refreshments will be provided.

Location: Lunenburg Public Library, 1023 Massachusetts Ave, Lunenburg, MA 01462

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Nov
12
3:30 PM15:30

Maus Book Discussion

Come to our inter-generational book discussion where we will explore the many complexities of Maus. The discussion will be facilitated by student from the Fitchburg State University’s English Honors Society.

Light Refreshments will be provided.

Location: 210B, Amelia V. Gallucci-Cirio Library, Hammond Hall, Fitchburg State University

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Oct
17
6:30 PM18:30

Maus Book Discussion

Come to our inter-generational book discussion where we will explore the many complexities of Maus. The discussion will be facilitated by student from the Fitchburg State University’s English Honors Society.

Light Refreshments will be provided.

Location: Fitchburg Public Library, 610 Main St, Fitchburg, MA 01420

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Oct
15
3:30 PM15:30

Nazi Symbolism & Progaganda: From Medieval Times to the Present

Join us for a panel discussion where we explore the medieval origins of Nazi symbolism and propaganda, and its historical and contemporary uses from Nazi Germany to modern day Nazi Culture in the United States. Panelists include Professors Katherine Jewell, Ben Lieberman and Kisha Tracy.

Light Refreshments will be provided.

Location: Ellis White Lecture Hall, Hammond Hall, Fitchburg State University

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Oct
8
7:00 PM19:00

Maus Book Discussion

Come to our book discussion where we will explore the many complexities of Maus. The discussion will be facilitated by Rob Carr, a Communication Studies professor at Fitchburg State University.

Light Refreshments will be provided.

Location: Leominster Public Library, 30 West St, Leominster, MA 01453

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Sep
26
3:30 PM15:30

Literary Perspectives of Maus

Join us for the a panel discussion where English Studies faculty will discuss Maus  from the Jewish literary, graphic novel, and pedagogic uses perspectives. Professor Lisa Gim will moderate the panel that will include Professors Michael Hoberman, Heather Urbanski and Katharine Covino.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Location: Ellis White Lecture Hall, Hammond Hall, Fitchburg State University.

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Mar
5
5:30 PM17:30

Loving - Film Screening and Discussion

In Celeste Ng’s novel, Everything I Never Told You, the Lee’s are a Chinese-American family living in a small town in Ohio during the 1970s. It was only in the 1960s that the Supreme Court outlawed state laws prohibiting interracial marriages.

Join us for a screening of the film, Loving, which tells the story of Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple, and the landmark Supreme Court case that changed these laws. Following the film, Marcia Ladd and Dr. Kim Cochrane will facilitate a discussion of the film and how the social climate of the 1960s and 1970s affected the Lee family.

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Nov
13
5:00 PM17:00

International Poetry Slam & Potluck

Join us for the 6th annual International Poetry Slam and Potluck in the Falcon Hub at Fitchburg State University. This Community Read event, co-sponsored with the Department of Humanities and the Department of Economics, History and Political Science, celebrates the love of poetry and food – with an international flair.

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Sep
19
3:30 PM15:30

Everything They Never Told You about Immigration Histories and Stories by Dr. Benjamin Railton

Join us for The Community Read's opening event. In Celeste Ng's novel, Everything I Never Told You, a family's secrets are closely tied to themes of immigration and ethnic identity.  As it turns out, much of American immigration history is also far too secret, and in this talk, Professor Ben Railton will share some of the histories and stories that we are never (or hardly ever) told.

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Apr
24
4:00 PM16:00

Fitchburg High School/Fitchburg Public Library film event: "The Atomic Café"

This riveting documentary uses archival footage of the atomic age to mine both humor and horror from the age of duck-and-cover drills.

--The screening will take place in the FHS Auditorium.

--Dr. Kim Cochrane (Fitchburg High School Librarian) and Marcia Ladd (Fitchburg Public Library) will lead post-screening discussion.

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Mar
29
5:30 PM17:30

Community Read Keynote Talk: An Evening with Denise Kiernan and the Girls of Atomic City

The 2017-18 program's culminating event! Author Denise Kiernan will discuss her book The Girls of Atomic City and answer questions from readers.

--From 5:30 to 6:30, community members and the campus community are invited to meet Ms. Kiernan during a reception and book signing.

--Ms. Kiernan's formal talk will begin at 7:00 pm.

--The location for both the reception and talk will be the Hammond Main Lounge (Hammond Campus Center).

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Feb
28
3:30 PM15:30

"Dr. Strangelove" Screening and Discussion

Made during the height of Cold War nuclear anxiety, writer/director Stanley Kubrick's Dr. Strangelove (1964) is the quintessential satire of the atomic age.

--The location of the screening will be Ellis White Lecture Hall on the G level of the Hammond Campus Center.

--Fitchburg State Professor of English & Film Studies Joe Moser will give a brief introduction to this unique film comedy and lead post-screening discussion.

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Feb
2
7:00 PM19:00

Dan Gabel and the Abletones Concert!

Come join students and community members for a concert by Glenn Miller-esque swing band Dan Gabel and the Abletones. Trombonist/bandleader Gabel and his 18-piece ensemble will perform tunes from the World War II era specially selected to evoke the music and dance culture that is the backdrop for The Girls of Atomic City.

The location for the concert is the Falcon Hub--on the first floor (street level) of the Hammond Campus Center.

All events are free and open to the public!

***This event is co-sponsored by the Leominster Public Library.***

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Nov
8
to Mar 14

"World War II-Era Women of Fitchburg and Leominster" Exhibit

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Designed by FSU Library Archivist Asher Jackson, this exhibit traces the stories of three area women who played active roles in the U.S. World War II effort.

--The exhibit is located on the main floor of the Amelia V. Gallucci-Cirio Memorial Library at Fitchburg State and can be viewed any time during regular library hours.

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