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March Forums Announced
Feb 22, 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.

An Hour of George Gershwin - Thursday, March 8
Enjoy an hour of Gershwin performed by master pianist Lincoln Mayorga. Mr. Mayora is an arranger, conductor, and composer who has worked in rock and roll, pop, jazz, and classical music.

MissRepresentation - Wednesday, March 7
"You've come a long way, baby!" - but have we? While women have experienced significant advances in education and access to careers never before open to them, how far have they really come? This documentary explores the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America, and challenges the media's limited portrayal of what it means to be a powerful woman. It includes interviews with Condoleeza Rice, Nancy Pelosi, Katie Couric, Rachel Maddow, Lisa Ling, Jane Fonda, Dianne Feinstein among others. Sponsored by the Committee for Diversity. SBA Lounge, noon.

Israeli Soldiers Speak Out - Monday, March 19
Young Israeli reserve duty soldiers will offer first-hand information and a personal perspective on the conflict in the Middle East as well as everyday life in Israel. The speakers wish to create dialogue and will invite the audience to join in a timely, engaging conversation.

Gaea Star Goddesses - Tuesday, March 20
Gaea Star Goddesses is a theatrical musical performance celebrating the Goddess and the Divine Feminine. The creator Mariam Massaro and her Goddess troupe, dressed in flamboyant, original costumes, sing and dance her rocking evocative songs to life, backed by the talented, locally-based Gaea Star Band. Sponsored by the Committee for Diversity.

Diversity Film Series: The Whistleblower - Wednesday, March 21
Rachel Weisz stars in this film based on the true story of a Nebraska policewoman who signed on as a U.N. peacekeeper in Bosnia, only to discover that underage girls were being held captive and bought and sold in a profitable sex trafficking operation overseen by her co-workers. When she presented her evidence to her superiors, it was ignored. When she persisted, she was fired. 6:30PM.

Women in Engineering; the last male bastion? - Thursday, March 22
Hear from women in various stages of their careers about aspirations, their successes and the frustrations they experienced in their careers in engineering. Sponsored by the Committee for Diversity.

The Resilient Life - Tuesday, March 27
Maria Sirois will explore the many facets of domestic violence. The forum is tailored to health care workers but, of course, open to everyone interested.

Chisholm '72: Unbought and Unbossed - Wednesday, March 28
New York City congresswoman Shirley Chisholm was the first African-American woman elected to congress, and the first Black person and woman to mount a serious, high profile campaign for the presidency. This is her story. SBA Lounge, noon. Sponsored by the Committee for Diversity.

Art Lecture - Thursday, March 29
Artist Jelena Opacic will discuss her exhibit "disPLAY".

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

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