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Macricostas lectures bring immigration and Greek history to WCSU

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Daniel Costa, director of Immigration Law and Policy Research at the Economic Policy Institute

DANBURY, Conn. — Reflecting the immigrant roots of Constantine “Deno” Macricostas, who rose from childhood poverty in Greece to become the founder of Photronics in Brookfield, the inaugural Macricostas Family Arts & Sciences Endowed Speaker Series at Western Connecticut State University will present a talk by a longtime observer of immigration in America.

Daniel Costa, director of Immigration Law and Policy Research at the Economic Policy Institute, will discuss “U.S. Labor Migration: Politics and Policy” at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, in Ives Concert Hall in White Hall on the WCSU Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury.

Labor migration — the movement of people from one country to another for the purposes of employment — is a complex and often controversial issue in most countries. Costa will offer a background on the basics of the U.S. labor migration systems, including the various pathways through which migrants enter the U.S. labor market, and explore what a fair immigration system could look like. The talk will be free and the public is invited.

The lecture is the culminating event of International Education Week at the university, coordinated by Professor of Marketing Dr. A. Ben Oumlil. A second lecture sponsored by the Macricostas Family Foundation and the WCSU Western International Center, will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017, in White Hall 127 on the Midtown campus.

At that presentation, Maria Georgopoulou, director of the Gennadius Library, of the American School of Classical Studies in Athens, will discuss “ ‘To Save the Country,’ Lord Byron, General Makriyannis and the Greek War of Independence.”

Costa, in his role at the Economic Policy Institute in Washington, D.C., has criticized the government’s recent decisions regarding the program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, that benefited young immigrants brought to the U.S. as children by their parents. The program allowed DACA recipients to get work permits and stay in the country legally, subject to two-year renewals. The Trump administration rescinded DACA in September but gave Congress six months to amend the law, potentially allowing about 800,000 immigrants to continue to receive benefits during that time.

Costa argues that not only does DACA help young immigrants earn at least the minimum wage, but it also benefits their American coworkers by enforcing legal workplaces.

“Research has shown that unauthorized immigrants suffer much higher rates of wage theft than U.S. citizens,” Costa said. “The reasonable fear unauthorized workers feel keeps them docile and quiet, which in turn diminishes the bargaining power of Americans who work alongside unauthorized workers. Ending DACA and forcing these young workers out of the formal, regulated labor market, thus making them easily exploitable, will not help American workers, it will do the opposite.”

The lecture series, featuring Costa as its first speaker, was created as the result of a 2014 gift by the Macricostas family, which also supported the naming of the Macricostas School of Arts and Sciences. The annual lecture is intended to bring renowned speakers to the university for the benefit of students and the community. 

For more information, call the Office of University Relations at (203) 837-8486.

 

 

Western Connecticut State University offers outstanding faculty in a range of quality academic programs. Our diverse university community provides students an enriching and supportive environment that takes advantage of the unique cultural offerings of Western Connecticut and New York. Our vision: To be an affordable public university with the characteristics of New England’s best small private universities.

 

 

Shakespeare to be staged two ways by WCSU Department of Theatre Arts this month

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Thomas Ovitt, as Guildenstern, and Howard Hendrix Powell (foreground), as Rosencrantz

DANBURY, CONN. — The Western Connecticut State University Department of Theatre Arts will present two takes on Shakespeare with performances of “Hamlet” and “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead” this month in the Studio Theatre in the Visual and Performing Arts Center on the university’s Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury.

Often described as one of the greatest tragedies in literature, “Hamlet” is a story of politics, murder and revenge. Prince Hamlet wreaks havoc upon his Uncle Claudius after the Ghost of his father reveals that he has been murdered by his brother, who married his wife and seized the throne.

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead” is the absurd journey of Hamlet’s best friends and what happens to them as the events of “Hamlet” unfold around them. The duo of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern engage in philosophical debates related to their experiences and the world around them in Elsinore.

Performances will be as follows: “Hamlet” at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 20 and 21; at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 22 and Saturday, Oct. 28; and at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017. Get tickets at /www.eventbrite.com/e/hamlet-tickets-36696849264. “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead” will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 21; 7 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 22; 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 27; 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28; and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 29. Tickets for this show can be found at www.eventbrite.com/e/rosencrantz-guildenstern-are-dead-tickets-38447115357.

Area high school students interested in theatre are invited for free with school ID to see “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 19, and “Hamlet” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 26. Ticket information for these performances is available at www.eventbrite.com/e/preview-nights-hamlet-rosencrantz-guildenstern-are-dead-tickets-38146689776.

The cast includes Sam Everett, of Kent, as Hamlet; Noah Todd, of New London, as Ghost; Joey Calabrese, of Harwinton, as Claudius; Alicia Napolitano, of Woodbury, as Gertrude; Stephanie Brown, of Waterbury, as Ophelia; Larry Weatherspoon, of Buffalo, New York, as Laertes; Leah Ciccone, of Wolcott, as Horatio; John Mudgett, of Danbury, as Polonius; Howard Powell, of West Haven, as Rosencrantz; Thomas Ovitt, of New Milford, as Guildenstern; Christina Branfuhr, of Northford, as Voltimand; Lloyd Simmons, of Danbury, as Cornelius; Jason Keane, of Trumbull, as Bernardo and Osric; Jake Capelli, of West Haven, as Marcellus; Jeff Jannito, of Hamden, as Gravedigger; Kevin Durkee, of Orange, as Fortinbras; Ryan J. Taylor, of New Fairfield, as Player; and Katrina Karl, of Bethel, as Player Queen.

The ensemble also includes Colin Gallaher, of Wappingers Falls, New York; Kezia Waters, of Waterbury; Julia Purdy, of Highland, New York; Victoria Purdy, of Highland, New York; Jordan Cowan, of Sherman; Jared Hirsch, of Monroe; and Serena Kelly, of Auburn, Massachusetts.

“Hamlet” is directed by Anthony Cochrane. Pam McDaniel is directing “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead.” McDaniel is producing both shows.

Get tickets at www.eventbrite.com/o/visual-and-performing-arts-center-at-western-connecticut-state-university-6275173871.

 

 

Western Connecticut State University offers outstanding faculty in a range of quality academic programs. Our diverse university community provides students an enriching and supportive environment that takes advantage of the unique cultural offerings of Western Connecticut and New York. Our vision: To be an affordable public university with the characteristics of New England’s best small private universities.

 

 

New Career Success Center helps WCSU students become career-ready

DANBURY, CONN. — The Western Connecticut State University Career Success Center has moved to the Westside campus and upgraded its many services as part of a major rebranding effort to better serve students and alumni.

The center has revamped its focus on shaping career success with increased engagement through a variety of face-to-face and online programs that guide students to take the steps to “discover, experience, create and activate” their career opportunities.

A new job board called “WESTCONN Works” can be used by students and alumni to view job postings from employers in the regional community or even nationally. WESTCONN Works makes the connection with the Career Success Center an easy one, and when supplemented with other new career tools for assessment, research, job readiness, practice and resumes, the opportunities to improve career readiness are plentiful.

The career readiness of college graduates is an important issue in higher education, in the labor market and in the public arena. The National Association of Colleges and Employers, through a task force of college career services and HR/staffing professionals, has identified the top eight competencies associated with career readiness. The Career Success Center has developed strategies and tactics around these competencies to close the gap between higher education and the world of work, and increase the chances of a successful transition into the workplace.

Kathleen Lindenmayer, the center’s director, said she wants students to answer the question, “Are you career-ready?” with a resounding “Yes!”

Students and alumni will continue to receive individualized help with career coaching, resume review and opportunities for credit-earning internships. The center now provides these services through an increased number of workshops, appointments and “drop-in” opportunities for students, alumni and business partners.

“We want every student to know about our programs and tools, and to use them to chart their own course before and after graduation,” Lindenmayer said. “We also want every student to have a meaningful, fulfilling job when they graduate. That’s why we are pushing so hard to get students into our offices and engaged in our programs.”

The Career Success Center regularly offers workshops, speakers and guidance from staff, alumni and members of the business community, as well as opportunities to meet with local companies that have human resource needs that WCSU students and alumni can fill.

The center is sponsoring its first career fair for the many kinds of jobs in the finance and accounting industries from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017, in the Ballroom of the Westside Campus Center, along with a full schedule of additional events.

Business owners wishing to participate in Career Success Center events can email careersuccess@wcsu.edu, call (203) 837-8263, or register for an account at WESTCONN Works.

The center’s new offices are located in the Westside Campus Center, Suite 300, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury.

For more information, call the Office of University Relations at (203) 837-8486.

 

 

Western Connecticut State University offers outstanding faculty in a range of quality academic programs. Our diverse university community provides students an enriching and supportive environment that takes advantage of the unique cultural offerings of Western Connecticut and New York. Our vision: To be an affordable public university with the characteristics of New England’s best small private universities.

 

 

WCSU’s Jane Goodall Center invites public to help prep university’s Permaculture Garden

DANBURY, CONN.— The Jane Goodall Center for Excellence in Environmental Studies at Western Connecticut State University will hold Community Days for volunteers to participate in mulching the university’s Permaculture Garden from noon to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 18, and from 9 a.m. to noon on Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, in the garden adjacent to the Science Building on the WCSU Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury.

Launched during the 2014-15 academic year, the garden serves multiples purposes, including course curriculum across many disciplines — and its yield provides healthy, locally grown food for WCSU students in the campus cafeterias and at area food pantries.

The community is invited to learn more about permaculture gardening and to participate hands-on in the soil preparation of WCSU’s garden. Both event days will be dedicated to preparing the garden for winter.

The Jane Goodall Center is dedicated to wildlife research, education and conservation. The Center offers interdisciplinary events, programs, classes and workshops that are aligned with the core values of The Jane Goodall Institute.

For more information, email Permaculture Garden Manager Roman Mendieta at mendieta002@connect.wcsu.edu.

 

 

Western Connecticut State University offers outstanding faculty in a range of quality academic programs. Our diverse university community provides students an enriching and supportive environment that takes advantage of the unique cultural offerings of Western Connecticut and New York. Our vision: To be an affordable public university with the characteristics of New England’s best small private universities.

 

 

Public invited to observe, participate in cider-making at WCSU

DANBURY, CONN.— Western Connecticut State University students will grind apples and make fresh apple cider as part of a biology class on plant natural history from 1 to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017, on the patio of the Student Center on the WCSU Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. In the event of rain, the event will take place in the Student Center lobby. The public is invited to observe or participate in the process and enjoy a free sample of the end product.

Students will create cider through a multi-step process. Whole apples have to first be ground up in an apple mill. The resulting mash will be gathered into a cloth bag before being processed by an apple press. Cider is separated from the rest of the apple byproduct and gathered in a bucket. A total of 600 pounds of apples will be utilized for the event, and the resultant product is estimated to be between 30-40 gallons. The apple presses being used are originals from the late 1800s to early 1900s, rebuilt by Professor of Biology Dr. Thomas Philbrick.

Philbrick, who teaches the plant natural history class, said, “There’s nothing that says ‘fall in New England’ more than apples and cider. The process is simple and everyone will be welcome to join in.”

For more information, send an email to Philbrick at philbrickt@wcsu.edu.

 

 

Western Connecticut State University offers outstanding faculty in a range of quality academic programs. Our diverse university community provides students an enriching and supportive environment that takes advantage of the unique cultural offerings of Western Connecticut and New York. Our vision: To be an affordable public university with the characteristics of New England’s best small private universities.

 

 

 

WCSU Minorities in Medicine Club to host motivational speaker

DANBURY, CONN.— The Western Connecticut State University Minorities in Medicine Club will host Dr. Karen Morris-Priester, who will discuss “How to Succeed When Everyone Thinks You Are Failing” at noon on Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, in Room 125 of the Science Building on the university’s Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. The talk will be free and the public is invited.

Morris-Priester is an anesthesiologist and motivational speaker. The 45-year-old mother of five graduated from the Yale School of Medicine in 2007 and was the first grandmother to do so. Her story attracted the attention of talk show host Oprah Winfrey, who featured Morris-Priester in a segment.

Morris-Priester first came to the club’s attention due to her presence at the Yale Summer Medical and Dental Education Program. After learning of her story, club members sought to bring her to WCSU in hopes of inspiring other students.

Daisy Aguilar, president of Minorities in Medicine, said the club was founded in spring 2017 and serves socially underrepresented and economically disadvantaged students who wish to explore the medical field and prepare for professional schooling as a team.

Aguilar said, “I hope those who attend the event will be empowered by her story and aspire to pursue their goals — whether it’s to become a medical doctor, architect, journalist or anything else.”

For more information, send an email to Aguilar at aguilar012@connect.wcsu.edu.

 

 

Western Connecticut State University offers outstanding faculty in a range of quality academic programs. Our diverse university community provides students an enriching and supportive environment that takes advantage of the unique cultural offerings of Western Connecticut and New York. Our vision: To be an affordable public university with the characteristics of New England’s best small private universities.

 

 

Federal grant allows WCSU to expand crisis training

DANBURY, Conn. — Western Connecticut State University will use a $1.8 million federal grant to improve and expand training for students in programs that teach them how to respond to mental health crises.

Dr. Gabriel Lomas, professor of Education and Educational Psychology, led the application for the grant, which was made available through last year’s passage of the Mental Health Reform Act of 2016, which was supported by U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) as an original cosponsor of the bill.

“A key aspect is to grow our program so we can increase the behavioral health workforce in the area,” Lomas said. “We will be able to place more students in primary care with physicians and train all students in the behavioral health program in trauma and crisis models. If we have space, members of the community will be able to take the training, too.”

The grant is the largest research grant the university has received, surpassing the $1.6 million grant earned last year by Dr. Neeta Connolly, assistant professor of Biological and Environmental Sciences, to study the ticks that transmit Lyme disease.

“Too many kids and adults with mental health needs in this country don’t get the timely care they need for one reason: we don’t have enough trained behavioral health specialists to care for them,” Murphy said. “I worked hard to reauthorize this grant program as part of my Mental Health Reform Act because I believe that it should be as easy to access a doctor or get prescriptions for an illness of the mind as it is for an illness of the body.”

The Mental Health Reform Act reauthorized the Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training Program, which approved WestConn’s four-year grant.

“WCSU prides itself in being a community partner, developing curricula that are responsive to regional needs,” said WestConn Provost Dr. Missy Alexander. “This grant is just another example of our commitment to Danbury and the surrounding area. We are extremely proud of Dr. Lomas and the work that he has done to secure these funds.”

Patricia Ivry, dean of the School of Professional Studies, said the grant confirms the good work of the department and of Lomas.

“Receipt of this grant calls attention to the significant demand for the region to prepare professionals to address mental health issues,” Ivry said. “Working collaboratively with other SPS departments such as nursing, social work and health promotion, Dr. Lomas enriched his proposal. The results will be felt with more qualified professionals serving the mental health needs in the area. We are proud to take the lead in this initiative and thrilled to have faculty like Dr. Lomas in our school.”

Lomas came to WestConn with a strong background in helping communities respond to crisis. He was a member of a school-based crisis response team and clinical crisis response team in Texas, and he helped to create a Regional Crisis Team in the Western part of Connecticut to assist area schools in crisis response preparation. When a disaster happens, the team pools the resources of the university and school districts to provide support immediately after an event such as a shooting, death, natural disaster or other crisis.

Gabrielle Jazwicki, director of the Office of Sponsored Research Administrative Services, worked with Lomas to secure the funding.

“This grant will allow us to build on everything we have been doing over the past several years,” Lomas said. “The community will benefit as we teach more students to handle and prevent crises based in behavioral health.”

For more information, call the Office of University Relations at (203) 837-8486.

 

 

Western Connecticut State University offers outstanding faculty in a range of quality academic programs. Our diverse university community provides students an enriching and supportive environment that takes advantage of the unique cultural offerings of Western Connecticut and New York. Our vision: To be an affordable public university with the characteristics of New England’s best small private universities.

 

WCSU hosts discussion, online exhibit about advertising influences during World War II

Image of a LIFE magazine cover from 1944

LIFE cover, Aug. 14, 1944

DANBURY, CONN. — The Western Connecticut State University Ruth A. Haas Library Archives and Special Collections and the Department of History and Non-Western Cultures will host a discussion about the library’s online exhibit,“$elling a Good War: WWII in Life Magazine Advertisements,” at 3 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 23, 2017, in Room 127 of White Hall on the university’s Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. The talk will be free and the public is invited.

“$elling a Good War” explores the thematic elements of war-time advertising during World War II. Hundreds of ads from 1941-45 exclusively from LIFE magazine contextualize the changes in the United States as war efforts spurred citizens to contribute through enlistment, rationing and repurposing of corporate production. The exhibit has been categorized into seven themes: advertising with no products to sell, producing the weapons of war, conservation, why we fight, depiction of the enemy, women’s role in the war and selling a post-war dream.

Jerry Shea, a volunteer in the university’s Archives and Special Collections, produced this online exhibit in conjunction with the Archives, and his talk is being incorporated in Adjunct Instructor of History Dr. Shannon Doherty’s class, “Americans at War.” Shea explained that his Oct. 23 discussion will include a PowerPoint presentation featuring some of the materials included in the online exhibit. “You’ll get a feel for what I’m going to talk about just by perusing the exhibit,” he said.

To access the online exhibit, visit http://archives.library.wcsu.edu/omeka/exhibits/show/world-war-ii-in-life-magazine-/background.

For more information, send an email to Archivist and Special Collections Librarian Brian Stevens at stevensb@wcsu.edu.

 

 

Western Connecticut State University offers outstanding faculty in a range of quality academic programs. Our diverse university community provides students an enriching and supportive environment that takes advantage of the unique cultural offerings of Western Connecticut and New York. Our vision: To be an affordable public university with the characteristics of New England’s best small private universities.

 

 

WCSU and Ridgefield Health Department receive EPA grant to educate communities about tick management

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(l-r): Ridgefield Health Department Director Ed Briggs; Jennifer Reid, BLAST Tickborne Disease Prevention Program Coordinator, Ridgefield Health Department; Dr. Neeta Connally, associate professor and director of the WCSU Tickborne Disease Prevention Laboratory; and Dr. Rayda Krell, research study coordinator for the WCSU Tickborne Disease Prevention Laboratory

DANBURY, Conn. — Western Connecticut State University and the town of Ridgefield’s Health Department are building upon a long-standing community partnership to reduce the incidence of Lyme and other tick-borne diseases with a new $25,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA Healthy Communities Grant Program funds projects that “… reduce environmental risks, protect and improve human health and improve the quality of life.” The WCSU-Ridgefield Health Department collaboration was one of 11 projects selected from 70 submissions.

The project, “Spray Safe, Play Safe” will provide community education about chemical spraying for tick management. Pesticide sprays are one of the most effective methods for reducing tick populations, but many homeowners have concerns and questions about using this method of tick control. The educational materials will include videos, a public event and a homeowner decision-making tool explaining safe and judicious use of pesticides as part of an effective integrated tick management approach.

Fairfield County is consistently among the highest reporters of Lyme disease in the country. The goal of the collaboration is to help families make more informed tick management decisions to decrease the number of people — especially children — who suffer from tick-borne diseases, such as Lyme disease. Children are of special concern because Lyme disease incidence is highest in children under age 10, likely because children spend a lot of time outdoors.

“People are becoming more aware of using personal measures, like performing bodily tick checks or wearing repellent, to prevent tick bites,” said Dr. Neeta Connally. “But many residents are uncertain or confused when it comes to thinking about pesticides as a way to reduce the number of ticks in the backyard. Some people spray too often or in the wrong locations in the yard, which can have negative environmental impacts. Others may choose to spray an ineffective product, which can actually increase one’s risk for acquiring a tick-borne illness. This grant project will help us empower homeowners, particularly families with young children, to make informed decisions about pesticide use in their backyards.”

Connally is an associate professor of Biological and Environmental Sciences at WestConn and a national expert on the prevention of Lyme and other diseases caused by bites from blacklegged ticks. In 2016 she received a four-year, $1.6 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention aimed at determining better ways to reduce tick-borne disease in residential settings. Connally is a Ridgefield resident and the current scientific advisor to the BLAST Tick-borne Disease Prevention Program, a health education initiative of the Ridgefield Health Department that seeks to reduce tick-borne diseases in the region.

BLAST has been active since 2008 educating residents on how to protect themselves from ticks, Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases through a series of steps: Bathe after outdoor activity; Look for ticks on one’s body and children; Apply insect repellent; Spray the yard; and Treat one’s pets.

Jennifer Reid, 2017 recipient of WestConn’s HPX Distinguished Alumni Award for her Lyme disease efforts, directs the BLAST program for the Ridgefield Health Department.

“Whenever I’m making a BLAST presentation, questions about the effectiveness and safety of yard spray as a tick reduction strategy top the list,” Reid said. “Community members are aware of the seriousness of tick-borne diseases and recognize that most people, especially children, encounter ticks in their own backyard. This project will provide residents with the information they need to make decisions about yard spray based on scientific data in a clear, easily accessible format. The goal is to help homeowners make responsible choices that will best protect their families and the environment.”

BLAST program educators engage in conversations about tick-borne disease prevention strategies, including yard spray, at more than 30 scheduled programs, health fairs and community events each year. They have found that homeowners are interested in learning best practices for reducing ticks and preventing Lyme disease near homes, but that many still engage in practices that either increase pesticide exposure risk to themselves or the environment, or are ineffective at reducing ticks.

Dr. Rayda Krell, an entomologist and new member of Connally’s Tick-borne Disease Prevention Laboratory, explained why the new project fits well with the research program.

“Our research explores how to improve integrated tick management practices,” Krell said. “This EPA grant is exciting because it gives us a mechanism to communicate about evidence-based approaches. If we don’t share our work with the public, it can’t make a difference.”

For more information, call the Office of University Relations at (203) 837-8486.

 

 

Western Connecticut State University offers outstanding faculty in a range of quality academic programs. Our diverse university community provides students an enriching and supportive environment that takes advantage of the unique cultural offerings of Western Connecticut and New York. Our vision: To be an affordable public university with the characteristics of New England’s best small private universities.

 

WCSU to host screening, discussion of “The Central Park Five”

DANBURY, CONN.— Western Connecticut State University will screen the film “The Central Park Five” at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017, in Warner Hall on the university’s Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. The film is a documentary that examines a 1989 case in which five black and Latino teenagers were convicted of raping a white woman in Central Park. After each teen had spent between 6 and 13 years in prison, a serial rapist confessed to the crime.

The screening will be accompanied by commentary from Associate Professor of History and Non-Western Cultures Dr. Jennifer Duffy and Professor of English Dr. Don Gagnon. The screening will be free and the public is invited.

Duffy said, “I hope this film will provide historical context for today’s New York, a relatively safe, tourist-friendly space. This film will underscore the economic and political uncertainty of the 1970s and 1980s and the concomitant calls for aggressive privatization and policing. More importantly, I hope this screening can shed some crucial light on those who bear the cost of these troubling trends.”

Gagnon agreed. “I think the primary value of this film right now is its currency. While the gross injustice portrayed in the film may have happened almost 30 years ago, the currents that fed into it are still plaguing us. As a broad swath of the American citizenry finds itself at odds with public actions and statements about the continuing cycle of injustice against black Americans in particular, the country at large seems to find it impossible to agree upon a valid, viable solution. It’s a clear example of how ‘the law’ and ‘justice’ are not always working in tandem.”

This screening, though separate from WCSU’s celebration of Hispanic-Latino Heritage Month, is in line with the ideology of the university in its efforts to support and enrich the advantages of its unique cultural composition. It was organized by Professor of History Dr. Marcy May and Lauren Kerton.

For more information, email May at maym@wcsu.edu.

 

 

Western Connecticut State University offers outstanding faculty in a range of quality academic programs. Our diverse university community provides students an enriching and supportive environment that takes advantage of the unique cultural offerings of Western Connecticut and New York. Our vision: To be an affordable public university with the characteristics of New England’s best small private universities.