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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 2016 Events


Lawrence's History as an Immigrant City, by Professor Robert Forrant.

Date Time Location
Thursday, February 25, 2016 7:00 to 8:30 PM El Taller
275 Essex Street, Lawrence, MA

Don’t Miss this White Fund Presentation!

Robert Forrant is a University of Massachusetts Lowell Professor of History and a board member of the Lawrence History Center. He is a member of the editorial board of Mass Benchmarks, a joint publication of the UMass President’s Office and the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. In 2012 he worked extensively on a variety of community-based programs dedicated to the centennial anniversary of the Bread and Roses Strike. Co- editor of the Great Lawrence Textile Strike of 1912: New Scholarship on the Bread & Roses Strike (2014), The Big Move: Immigrant Voices From a Mill City, with Christoph Strobel (2011) and a participant in numerous projects funded by the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Lowell National Historical Park, he also teaches courses on immigration history.

FREE and OPEN to the PUBLIC

For more information, or for sign language interpreting or access requests (including food-related allergies), contact Analuz Garcia Lawrence Campus & Community Relations Assistant, at Phone: 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.

Horology in Art, an Illustrated Lecture by Bob Frishman

Date Time Location
Sunday, April 3, 2016 2:00 to 3:30 PM The Community Room @ Lawrence Heritage State Park
1 Jackson Street, Lawrence MA

Don’t Miss this Illustrated Lecture by Bob Frishman!

Bob Frishman has a large collection of fine art images from Van Gogh to Dali, Titian, Homer, Magritte, Hopper, Rockwell and many more. On April 3 Frishman will present more than one hundred artworks from six centuries and discuss them in an entertaining combination of art and clock histories. These artists’ works are familiar to art lovers but have not been joined together in this way.

FREE and OPEN to the PUBLIC

Bob Frishman, a full-time restorer of antique clocks since 1992, regularly writes and lectures on the history, science and culture of timekeeping. He is a Fellow of the National Association of Watch & Clock Collectors, and chairman of the NAWCC Symposium Committee. More about his background, expertise, services, presentations and scholarly work may be viewed at www.bell-time.com where nineteen “Horology in Art” articles recently published in the NAWCC magazine may be viewed.!

For more information, or for sign language interpreting or access requests (including food-related allergies), contact Analuz Garcia Lawrence Campus & Community Relations Assistant, at Phone: 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.


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.

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.