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February Forums Announced
Jan 17, 2012
The public is invited to attend the following free Forum events on the main campus of Berkshire Community College (BCC). Except as noted, all events are from 12:15 PM to 1:15 PM in room K-111 of the college's Koussevitzky Arts Center.

Thursday, Feb. 2: The Many Flutes of Eric Marczak - Eric Marczak will perform a concert in which he will use a wide variety of flutes, each beautifully hand crafted by himself, to share an even wider variety of music.

Tuesday, Feb. 7: The Fighting 54th - Author and local historian David Levinson will talk about the famous 54th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, one of the first all-Black regiments to fight in the Civil War. The multi-Oscar winning film, "Glory", was based on their story (and will be shown on February 8). Special attention will be given to the 90 Berkshire men who joined the regiment in 1863 and their lives during and following the war.

Wednesday, Feb. 8: Glory - This feature film about the fighting 54th, stars Denzel Washington, Morgan Freeman, Matthew Broderick and Andre Braugher, and won 3 Academy Awards in 1989. 6:30 PM.

Thursday, Feb. 9: A Hard Look at The Pitfalls and Dangers of Nuclear Power - Hattie Nestel, long-time safe energy activist, raises the issue of U.S. plans to invest $36 billion in new nuclear power plants and extend the life of aging reactors, including those like Vermont Yankee with the same design as the catastrophic Fukushima reactors.

Thursday, Feb. 16: Fracking: What it means for you and your community - Kelly Branigan and Julie Huntsman will describe Fracking and its impacts, and will talk about their personal efforts to prevent it from taking place in their communities and surrounding areas of upstate New York. They will also offer suggestions for ways their work can be duplicated in other locations.

Wednesday, February 22, Diversity Film Series: The Help - Bound to win multiple Academy and Golden Globe Awards, this 2011 film is based on Kathryn Stockett's bestselling novel of the same name. It is set in Jackson, Mississippi during the 1960's and gives us a glimpse of the virulence of racism that many young people today will (thankfully) find hard to understand or believe. 6:30 PM.

Thursday, Feb. 23: The Help: a different perspective - Dr. Deidre Hill Butler, Associate Professor of Sociology and Director of Africana Studies at Union College in Schenectady, New York, will offer a critical analysis of "The Help", which many have accused of distorting, stereotyping, and trivializing the experiences of black domestic workers in the segregated South. Butler is also a lifetime member of the Association of Black Women Historians.

For more information on these Forums, contact Frank Schikor at 413-236-4564 or

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