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White Fund Enlightenment Series

Looking to enrich your life? Join us for a series of free cultural conversations.

The White Fund’s purpose is to have a free series of interactive presentations for Lawrence area adults, youth, and children. The audience is encouraged to seek wisdom, cultural enrichment, and intellectual enhancement by attending and participating.

Fall 2017 Events


Los Diablos Cojuelos de Republica Dominicana, a White Fund Presentation, Friday October 6, 6:30 to 8:00 pm.

Date Time Location
Friday, October 6, 2017 6:30 to 8:00 pm

Lawrence Campus
Dimitry (L) Building Atrium

Don’t Miss this White Fund Presentation

Join us or a White Fund Presentation on Los Diablos Cojuelos de Republica Dominicana.
Hear the History of the Mischievous Devils and Learn How to Make Your Own Mask.

The main character of the Dominican Carnival is the Diablo Cojuelo (Limping Devil). A tale on the island says that this devil was banished to earth because of his childish pranks. When he hit the earth he hurt his leg, causing him to limp. While most of the communities across the island represent this character in different ways, several common practices are the use of a mask, a satanic suit, sleigh bells, and a whip to hit people in the streets (other “Diablos”).

About ACM

The Asociación Carnavalesca de Massachusetts brings a bit of Dominican CarnivalUnited States. The group is led by Stelvyn Mirabal of Lawrence. Determined to preserve Dominican traditions in Lawrence, Mirabal formed a comparsa 12 years ago, a group of costumed people who participate in the carnival parade and were part of Lawrence’s second Dominican Parade. There are now 75 people in Mirabal’s comparsa and the Asociación Carnavalesca de Massachusetts is well known throughout New England for participation in Dominican and Latino cultural festivals and parades as ambassadors of Dominican culture.

More Information

We welcome requests for sign language interpreting and other access requests (i.e. Computer Aided Real Time (CART), food allergies, etc.). Please contact the host of this event for requests, questions or event information,  Lawrence Campus & Community Relations Assistant Analuz Garcia, 978-738-7423 or agarcia@necc.mass.edu.

The views expressed in the White Fund Enlightenment Series presentations are the views of the speaker and do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of Northern Essex Community College.


A Gift of Music: free concert series. Janice Weber, Painist. November 5, 2:00 pm.

Date Time Location
November 5, 2017 2:00 pm

Lawrence Public Library
Lawrence MA

Don’t miss JANICE WEBER for an afternoon concert featuring the music of Beethoven, Liszt, and Schubert.

Janice Weber is a summa cum laude graduate of the Eastman School of Music. She has appeared with the American Composers Orchestra, Boston Civic Symphony, Boston Pops, Chautauqua Symphony, Hilton Head Orchestra, New Hampshire Symphony, Sarajevo Philharmonic, Sarasota Pops, and Syracuse Symphony. Her solo performances have been at the White House, Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, National Gallery of Art, Cleveland Institute of Art, Boston Symphony Hall, the 92nd Street Y, Merkin Hall, and Boston Hatch Shell. She twice won a piano fellowship to Tanglewood and has performed at summer festivals at Bard, Sarajevo, and Newport.

Miss Weber has been an adjudicator for the National Endowment for the Arts and has served on juries for the NEA, Gilmore Foundation, American Piano Association, the Boston and Washington DC Amateur Pianists Competitions, the Hilton Head International Competition, and statewide competitions in Massachusetts.

A member of the piano faculty at the Boston Conservatory and Tabor Academy, she has given master classes and recitals throughout China and the United States. Miss Weber is Music Director of South Coast Chamber Music and performs frequently with that ensemble. Her third novel, Frost the Fiddler (St. Martin’s Press) was chosen a Notable Book of the Year by the New York Times. Miss Weber has produced the tones for Ivory, the worldwide bestselling virtual piano software, and is completing her ninth novel.

This event is free and open to the public. Space is limited.

More Information

The Gift of Music Free Concert Series is Presented by The Friends of the Lawrence Public Library, Inc., and Supported by The Catherine McCarthy Memorial Trust, and The White Fund.

We welcome requests for sign language interpreting and other access requests (i.e. Computer Aided Real Time (CART), food allergies, etc.). Please contact the host of this event for requests, questions or event information, Lawrence Campus & Community Relations Assistant Analuz Garcia, 978-738-7423 or agarcia@necc.mass.edu

The views expressed in the White Fund Enlightenment Series presentations are the views of the speaker and do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of Northern Essex Community College.


About the White Fund Enlightenment Series

In the 1850’s Daniel Appleton White served as an Essex County Probate judge and a Massachusetts Congressman. His birthplace was a Methuen farm that would eventually become a part of downtown Lawrence and the campus of Northern Essex Community College. At his direction, money from the sale of a portion of that land would endow a “course of lectures delivered annually designed to enlighten the mind and elevate the character.” His chief concern was “for the advancement and success in life” of the young men and women at work in the textile mills.

The first White Fund lecture was delivered in 1864. Ralph Waldo Emerson, Oliver Wendell Holmes, and Booker T. Washington were among the mid-century luminaries who graced the White Lecture podium at City Hall on Common Street. Charter trustees Charles S. Storrow, Henry K. Oliver, and Nathanial G. White, for whom the Lawrence Public Library was dedicated, enlisted speakers “tending to the moral and intellectual uplift of the inhabitants of Lawrence.” Today the White Fund Trustees continue this tradition through support of the White Fund Enlightenment Series offered in cooperation with Northern Essex. By Judge White’s design, these presentations are free to the public.

The views expressed in the White Fund Enlightenment Series presentations are the views of the speaker and do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of Northern Essex Community College.

Additional Information

For additional information or to be added to the electronic mailing list, please call 978-738-7423.

Sign language interpreters may be requested by calling 978-556-3897 V or by emailing interpret@necc.mass.edu.