Dr. Leroy Rowe to Speak about Race & Justice in America on Tuesday, April 25

Black Lives Matter protest against St. Paul police brutality | by Fibonacci BlueDr. Leroy M. Rowe received his Ph.D. in history from the University of Missouri. Professor Rowe’s research and teaching interests focus on the social and political experiences of African Americans during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries with an emphasis on race, gender, and sexuality. Join Dr. Rowe as he discusses race and justice in America today. The talk will take place on Tuesday, April 25 at 6:30 p.m. in the library’s Community Room.

Poetry Reading on April 27: CEHS Students and Poet Kathy Mangan

Kathy Mangan

Kathy Mangan is Professor of English at McDaniel College in Maryland, where she has taught for more than three decades. Her poems have been published in some of the nation’s most prestigious literary journals, and her work has been included in numerous anthologies. She with be joined by CEHS student poets, who will have spent the day working with her in our annual Gabriel A. Zimpritch Poetry Symposium. The public reading will take place on Thursday, April 27 at 7:00 p.m. in the library’s Community Room. All are welcome to listen!

Nick Mills to Discuss the Failed Interventions in the Middle East and the Rise of ISIS

Toy soldier standing on map of Middle EastTONIGHT!  In the 1980s Afghan insurgents were fighting the occupiers from the USSR, and the US was providing “clandestine” support to the mujaheddin. After 9/11,the US drove the Taliban from Afghanistan and became the new occupying power. The Taliban became the new mujaheddin and fought against US/NATO forces and the Afghan government, much as earlier insurgents had fought against the USSR. Fifteen years later the US is withdrawing, leaving behind a shaky Afghan government with the Taliban at the gates. History is about to repeat itself. 

Why did our intervention fail? And what will become of Afghanistan? Author and former communications professor Nick Mills will address these questions on Tuesday, April 18 at 6:30 p.m.

The Holocaust: A Day of Remembrance

US Holocaust Memorial

Kitty Penner was rescued as a child from Nazi Germany, along with her sister and 48 other Jewish children by an American couple, Gilbert and Eleanor Kraus. This dramatic story is the subject of the book “Fifty Children,” by Steve Pressman. Ms. Penner will discuss her experiences, with an emphasis on learning from the past to make sure this can never happen again. She believes we all have a role in keeping everyone welcome and safe. This presentation, in recognition of Holocaust Remembrance Week, will also feature video footage compiled by the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. The talk will take place on Thursday, April 20 at 6:30 p.m.

Soundwaves Music Series presents: Irish Music with The Press Gang: This Saturday at 2:30 p.m.!

When you hear an Irish tune, you can immediately identify it as Irish. Why is that? What are the unique elements of Irish music that give it its distinctive sound? What are the themes that infuse the lyrics of Irish music? Through discussion and performance, the acclaimed Irish music band The Press Gang will take us on a musical tour through the landscape of Irish music on Saturday, April 22 at 2:30 p.m.

Library Closed April 17 for Patriot’s Day

American flagThe library will be closed Monday, April 17 for Patriot’s Day.

Did you know that Patriot’s Day is a civic holiday commemorating the anniversary of the Battles of Lexington and Concord?

Since 1969, it has been observed on the third Monday in April only in Massachusetts and Maine (it is also a public school holiday in Wisconsin.)  Prior to 1969, the holiday was always observed on April 19 to commemorate “the shot heard ’round the world,” the first armed engagement between the British and colonial militia on April 19, 1775. Moving the holiday observance to the third Monday in April allowed for workers and school kids to have a three day weekend.

Have a nice weekend, everyone!

Putinism… What Is It, and What Does It Mean for Russian Politics at Home and Abroad?, with Laura Henry

Vladimir PutinRelations between the US and Russia have recently returned to the headlines, but interactions between these two nations has long been newsworthy.  Laura Henry, Associate Professor of Government at Bowdoin College, will discuss the regime of Vladimir Putin, and the current relations between the U.S. and Russia while providing historical context.  Join us on Tuesday, April 11 at 6:30 p.m.