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MCLA ANNOUNCES FALL SPEAKER LINEUP

09/19/16

NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) is pleased to announce its fall 2016 Speakers Program, which will include Al Jazeera Satellite Channel’s Washington DC bureau chief, an ABC and NPR news political commentator, and the executive director of the Monadnock Institute of Nature, Place and Culture, at Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, N.H.

These speakers will be preceded by MCLA’s Annual Community Reading Panel Discussion about this year’s summer reading book, “Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age,” by Sherry Turkle. This panel discussion will take place on Thursday, Sept. 29, at 7 p.m. in the MCLA Church Street Campus Center’s Center Eleanor Furst Roberts Auditorium.

The community reading event, as well as the Hardman Lecture, the Sixth Annual Michael S. and Kitty Dukakis Public Policy Lecture, and the Elizabeth and Lawrence Vadnais Environmental Issues Lecture, all are free and open to the public.

In her book, which will be used in MCLA’s First Year Experience courses this fall, Turkle investigates digital culture and how technology affects us at work, at home, in politics, and even in love. She asserts that we have come to a better understanding of where our technology can and cannot take us, and that the time is right to reclaim conversation.

On Thursday, Oct. 13, at 7 p.m., Abderrahim Foukara will present the 2016 Hardman Lecture, “Media Portrayal of Islam,” in the MCLA Church Street Center’s Eleanor Furst Roberts Auditorium.

Foukara is Al Jazeera Satellite Channel’s Washington DC Bureau Chief and host of “Min Washington,”one of the Arab world’s most successful and influential shows. “Min Washington,” which is presented from Washington, D.C., offers in-depth and well-informed analysis of United States’ affairs and their impact on North Africa and the Middle East.

On Thursday, Nov. 3, at 7 p.m. in the Amsler Campus Center gymnasium, MCLA will present the Sixth Annual Michael S. and Kitty Dukakis Public Policy Lecture, when ABC and NPR political commentator Cokie Roberts discusses the 2016 Presidential Election.

Roberts provides analysis for all ABC network news programming, as well as for NPR.

Throughout her more than 40 years in broadcasting, she has won countless awards, including three Emmys. She has been inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame, and was cited by the American Women in Radio and Television as one of the 50 greatest women in the history of broadcasting. Her work includes six New York Times bestsellers mainly focusing on the roles of women in American history.

The Public Policy lecture series is made possible through the generosity of the Ruth Proud Charitable Trust. 

The fall 2016 Speakers Program will conclude on Thursday, Nov. 17, when Dr. John Harris delivers the Elizabeth and Lawrence Vadnais Environmental Issues Lecture at 7 p.m. in Murdock Hall’s Sammer Dennis Room (218).

Harris will speak about his latest book, “Returning North with the Spring,” which retraces the 1947 journey of naturalist Edwin Way Teale. This work, together with a new documentary film, “From Hurricane to Climate Change,” produced by the Monadnock Institute, focuses on the topic of climate change in New England and across the Northeast.

Harrishas served as executive director of the Monadnock Institute of Nature, Place and Culture at Franklin Pierce University for 18 years. As director, he organized and edited two regional anthologies, “Where the Mountain Stands Alone,” and “Beyond the Notches.” 

This annual environmental issues lecture series is named for Professor Lawrence H. Vadnais, and is sponsored by the Vadnais Endowment. 

For more information about these events, (413) 662-5224, or www.mcla.edu/speakers.

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) is the Commonwealth's public liberal arts college and a campus of the Massachusetts state university system. MCLA promotes excellence in learning and teaching, innovative scholarship, intellectual creativity, public service, applied knowledge, and active and responsible citizenship. MCLA graduates are prepared to be practical problem solvers and engaged, resilient global citizens.

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