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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.

Winter 2017 Events


An Evening with Denice Frohman. Don't miss this White Fund presentation by an award-winning poet, writer, speaker, educator, and author of the poem "Dear Straight People."

Date Time Location
January 19, 2019 7:00 pm Lawrence High School,
70-71 North Parish Road
Lawrence, MA

Don’t Miss this White Fund Presentation by Denice Frohman!

Denice Frohman, an award-winning poet, writer, speaker, educator, and author of the poem “Dear Straight People,” which went viral with well over two million views on YouTube, will perform during “An Evening with Denice Frohman” at the Thursday, January 19, 2017, White Fund Presentation.

Her work explores the intersections of race/ethnicity, gender, and sexuality. She is the 2013 Women of the World Poetry Slam Champion, 2014 CantoMundo Fellow, 2013 Hispanic Choice Award winner, and 2012 Leeway Transformation Award recipient. Her work has appeared in ESPN, the Huffington Post, Split This Rock’s The Quarry, and the forthcoming book, Jotas: An Anthology of Queer Latina Voices. She has a Master’s in Education and was the former Program Director at The Philly Youth Poetry Movement.

The event is FREE and OPEN to the public.

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.


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.