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Insights: The 90 Minute Lecture Series


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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.

Brockton | LA560 | 51021 | $8
Friday | 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
6/5/20
Instructor: Lucy Anne Hurston

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Global Impact of the Refugee Crisis

International migrants and refugees constitute a population with varying degrees of vulnerability both in the West and developing world. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), many governments in the developing world cannot provide adequate health care and living conditions for all their citizens and their populations suffer disproportionately from diseases that are routinely preventable or curable in developed nations. Due to their condition, migrants and refugees face way more burden of infectious diseases and mental health issues not only in the developing world but also in the U.S. In this lecture, Dr. Pelin Kadercan will talk about how cross border migration have come to impact public health norms and practices across the globe.

Brockton | LA560 | 51071 | $8
Friday | 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
6/12/20
Instructor: Pelin Kadercan

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Select The Best Candidate for You

Take a guided tour through the electoral process from candidates declaring for office to election day. Learn the best ways to research candidates history, background, and political ideas. We will use several resources including internet websites and video study to allow students to separate political fact from political fiction.

Brockton | LA560 | 51020 | $8
Friday | 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
6/19/20
Instructor: Paul J. Chiano

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Living With Our Star: The Sun

A journey through time, starting at the origin of the universe, following the life and death of early stars, some of whose cataclysmic demise created most of the exotic elements found in our solar system today. We will also look at the inner workings of our Sun and its interaction with the Earth and how humans use and misuse the energy from the Sun. We will conclude with projections of the possible future of our Earth and ways humans can influence that future.

Brockton | LA560 | 51024 | $8
Friday | 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
7/17/20
Instructor: James A. Tressel

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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.

Brockton | LA560 | 51022 | $8
Friday | 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
8/7/20
Instructor: Lucy Anne Hurston

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Native American Song and Culture

This discussion focuses on building a stronger community through understanding the culture of Native American nations. Participants will explore songs and cultural activities that promote community building and creating connections with other cultures.

Brockton | LA560 | 51023 | $8
Friday | 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
8/21/20
Instructor: Rita Jones-Hyde

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