Alert

COVID-19 Updates
The college is operating remotely, including offices and most classes; anyone scheduled to be on campus must complete a daily health screen. Read More

Insights: The 90 Minute Lecture Series

Zora Neale Hurston: Her Life and Work

Zora Neale Hurston: Her Life and Work
This casual and informative seminar will examine the life and work of Zora Neale Hurston, the “Queen of the Harlem Renaissance”. We will look at this famous author’s life and examine her most famous work, Their Eyes Were Watching God, as well as her children’s literature and posthumous works, such as Barracoon: The Story of the Last “Black Cargo”. The instructor, who is Zora’s niece, will also share personal family insights into her aunt’s life and work. Participants are instructed to bring their sense of humor to class.

Note: This course is offered online using video conference program (Zoom) at designated days and times listed above. Internet and webcam required.

Web | 28226 | $8
Friday | 12:00 – 1:30 pm
1/8/2021
Instructor: Lucy Anne Hurston

Registration Form (PDF)

Secure Form Submission

The Caribbean: A Cultural Exploration

Travel to the Caribbean and see how presenter Lucy Anne Hurston has worked on several sociological projects in this region. During this informal presentation, we will explore her interesting work done on several different Caribbean Islands, looking at their distinctive cultures and interesting practices. Ms.Hurston will highlight her work on projects in Jamaica, a woman-centered fishing project in Turks and Caicos, and interviews with death row inmates in St. Kitts.

Note: This course is offered online using video conference program (Zoom) at designated days and times listed above. Internet and webcam required.

Web | 28227 | $8
Friday | 12:00 – 1:30 pm
1/22/2021
Instructor: Lucy Anne Hurston

Registration Form (PDF)

Secure Form Submission

I Hear Your Cry: Women In Prison

I Hear Your Cry: Women in Prison is an unflinching yet compassionate look at female prisoners in a Massachusetts prison, written from the instructor’s perspective as an outsider whose commitment to bringing inmates the benefits of yoga and meditation earned their trust and their willingness to share the often extraordinary stories of their lives. One of the surprising lessons learned is that anyone, under the right set of circumstances, can end up in prison.

Note: This course is offered online using video conference program (Zoom) at designated days and times listed above. Internet and webcam required.

Web | 28228 | $8
Friday | 12:00 – 1:30 pm
2/5/2021
Instructor: Veronica Schaffer

Registration Form (PDF)

Secure Form Submission

What Was a Mill Village?

Most people have heard of Slater Mill, the birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution, but fewer know of Slatersville. This mill community, created along the banks of the Branch River in North Smithfield, Rhode Island, became the first planned industrial community in the United States. This village became the model on which hundreds of other communities were built. This was a new way of constructing a community. A way that sought to maximize profits and keep workers under the careful watch of the company management. A system which continues to affect the ways we think of planned communities today. By using Slatersville as an example, we will discuss the component parts of a mill village, and we will discover what life was like for those that lived there.

Note: This course is offered online using video conference program (Zoom) at designated days and times listed above. Internet and webcam required.

Web | 28229 | $8
Friday | 12:00 – 1:30 pm
2/19/2021
Instructor: Mark Mello

Registration Form (PDF)

Secure Form Submission

Make Health Your Hobby

Make Health Your Hobby is a presentation provided by Dr.Sears’ Health Coach program. It focuses on increasing health and wellness awareness with science based facts about our bodies and how they perform. The presentation will share tips on how to live a healthy life through all the stages of our lives.

Note: This course is offered online using video conference program (Zoom) at designated days and times listed above. Internet and webcam required.

Web | 28230 | $8
Friday | 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
3/5/2021
Instructor: Jennefer Marchetti

Registration Form (PDF)

Secure Form Submission

The Victory Garden

Join Carol Cohen as she takes us on an historic journey of the modern-day victory garden. Throughout this informative lecture you will be introduced to valuable primary sources and interesting stories about the important role the victory garden has played in the past and present as well its part in addressing the sustainability of the planet for the future.

Note: This course is offered online using video conference program (Zoom) at designated days and times listed above. Internet and webcam required.

Web | 28231 | $8
Friday | 12:00 – 1:30 pm
3/19/2021
Instructor: Carol Cohen

Registration Form (PDF)

Secure Form Submission

Climate Change, COVID & the Future

Where do we stand with respect to the Paris Climate Accord of 2016? What progress has been made in global attempts to address climate disruption? How is the COVID-19 pandemic related to our climate issues? What do these things mean for our near future, our children, grandchildren, and future generations?

Note: This course is offered online using video conference program (Zoom) at designated days and times listed above. Internet and webcam required.

Web | 28233 | $8
Friday | 12:00 – 1:30 pm
4/16/2021
Instructor: David Bassett

Registration Form (PDF)

Secure Form Submission

Forestry for Hikers

Enjoy going for hikes out in nature, but wish you knew more in order to appreciate all that nature has to offer? This lecture will provide you with a framework to understand the core concepts of wildlife habitat, management, tree identification, forest biomes, and forest succession for a better understanding of the natural world around you.

Note: This course is offered online using video conference program (Zoom) at designated days and times listed above. Internet and webcam required.

Web | 28234 | $8
Friday | 12:00 – 1:30 pm
5/7 – 5/7/2021
Instructor: Andrew Cerrone

Registration Form (PDF)

Secure Form Submission


About Our Instructors

DR. ROI ARMSTRONG earned a B.A.in English and International Affairs from the University of New Hampshire, an M.A.in English from Fitchburg State University, and a Ph.D. In Leadership in Education from UMass Lowell. She is a higher education professional who has been teaching writing and education courses at Massachusetts colleges and universities for over seven years.

DAVID A. BASSETT holds a B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of Maine, Orono, an M.A. in History of Science from Harvard University, and an M.S. in Chemistry from Northeastern University. David worked in the chemical and biotech industry for 46 years before coming to Massasoit in 2014 where he has taught Intro to Biology, Nutrition, and General Chemistry I and II.

JEN MARCHETTI earned her certification as Health Coach through the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute and her certification as a personal trainer. For over seven years, she has been helping her clients meet their fitness goals by providing guidance in proper exercise and training. Jen enjoys helping others achieve their goals of health and wellness so they can face each new challenging day feeling healthy and strong.

VERONICA (RONNIE) SHAFFER is a retired health care professional, healing arts practitioner, and a Certified Yoga Instructor. She is a member of the Yoga Alliance. Ronnie has taught yoga and meditation to incarcerated women and creative writing to incarcerated men. Her book, “I Hear Your Cry: Women in Prison” is an insightful and compassionate look at the lives of women who have been incarcerated. At Massasoit Community College, Ronnie has taught Reiki, Intuitive classes, and Yoga.