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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.

Spring 2015 Events

  • February 12, 2015 - Snake Oil: Can You Tell Fact From Fiction?

Snake Oil : Can You Tell Fact From Fiction?  Dr. Mike Cross, Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Date Time Location
Monday, February 12, 2015
POSTPONED Due to Weather. Check back for new date.
2:00 PM Lawrence High School
70-71 North Parish Road, Lawrence, MA

Don’t Miss this White Fund Presentation!

The late 19th and early 20th century is considered the “Golden Age of Quackery” – a time when snake oil salesmen sold patent medicines to an unsuspecting public. This lecture presents many of the scientific and medical “quack” tonics and devices so prevalent during this time period as well as their modern counterparts. Can you tell scientific fact from fiction or will you fall prey to the snake oil hucksters of today?

 
DR . Mike Cross is an assistant professor of chemistry at Northern Essex Community College. Before coming to Northern Essex, he was an instructor of chemistry and department chair at the College of Eastern Utah. He believes that education should be fun and exciting, and enjoys incorporating demonstrations and magic tricks into his teaching. Mike holds a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of Utah where he specialized in oxidative lesions in DNA and RNA.

FREE and OPEN 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 contact Martha Leavitt, director, Lawrence Campus operations, at mleavitt@necc.mass.edu or 978-738-7403.

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

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.

For more information on any of the events or for directions to the events at Northern Essex’s Louise Haffner Fournier Education Center, please call 978-738-7403.

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.