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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.

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 2018 White Fund Events

March 4, 2018

“How Ireland Changed Fredrick Douglass” by Emmy Award winning historian and educator Christine Kinealy MORE about the March 4 event.

March 8, 2018

International Women’s Day luncheon with keynote speaker renowned human rights activist Minou Tavárez Mirabal MORE about the March 9 event.

March 9, 2018

“Uniting the Women of Today for a Better Tomorrow” presentation by renowned human rights activist Minou Tavárez Mirabal MORE about the March 9 event.


How Ireland Changed Frederick Douglass

Christine Kinealy
Christine Kinealy, Emmy Award winning historian and educator, will present “How Ireland Changed Frederick Douglass” on March 4

Don’t miss this White Fund Presentation by Emmy Award winning historian and educator Christine Kinealy!

Professor Kinealy will share her extensive research on the special relationship between Frederick Douglass and Ireland. A fugitive slave, Frederick Douglass sought refuge in Ireland in 1845, following the publication of his “Narrative” He referred to this time as the ‘happiest moments’ of his life.

Kinealy is a director of the Frederick Douglass Ireland Project, and is currently completing a book on Frederick Douglass and Ireland. In 2017. She won an Emmy for her contribution to the documentary, “The Great Hunger and the Irish Diaspora”. She has published extensively on modern Ireland, with a focus on the Great Hunger. These publications include:

  • “This Great Calamity. The Great Irish Famine 1845-52”
  • “Repeal and Revolution. 1848 in Ireland”
  • “Daniel O’Connell and Abolition. The Saddest People the Sun Sees,”
  • “Charity and the Great Hunger in Ireland. The Kindness of Strangers”.
  • More recently, she completed a graphic novel on the Great Hunger, titled, “The Bad Times”

This White Fund Presentation is free and open to the public.

Date, Time and Location

Sunday, March 4, 2018, at 2:00 pm. at the Lawrence Heritage State Park Visitor Center, 1 Jackson St., Lawrence.

More Information

The English-born Kinealy received her PhD from Trinity College in Ireland. She has worked in educational and research institutes in Dublin, Belfast, and England. An authority on Irish history, she has lived in the United States since 2007. In September of 2013, Kinealy was appointed the founding Director of Ireland’s Great Hunger Institute at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut. She was named one of the top 100 educators in Irish America, and in March 2014, she was also inducted into the Irish America Hall of Fame.


International Women’s Day Luncheon With Keynote Speaker Renowned Human Rights Activist Minou Tavárez Mirabal

Join Us in Celebrating International Women’s Day, “Uniting the Women of Today for a Better Tomorrow”

A light lunch and table discussion will be from 12:15 to 12:45 pm and the keynote will be from 12:45 to 1:45 pm.

Minou Tavárez Mirabal, renowned human rights activist, politician, and philologist from the Dominican Republic is our keynote speaker. She is the daughter of the late Dominican Republic political activist Minerva Mirabal Tavarez, who, along with two of her sisters, founded the 1960 Movement of the Fourteenth of June to overthrow Dominican dictator Rafael “El Chivo” Trujillo. The story was widely popularized through the award-winning 1994 novel “In the Time of the Butterflies” by Julia Alvarez. Her talk will include the Mirabal sisters’ account.

Minou will reflect on her experience as a female politician and her family and personal history/legacy. She will encourage the audience to reflect on four intertwining pillars: history, gender, politics and democracy.

Registration

Please register online by March 5, 2018

Date, Time, and Location

Friday, March 8 at 12:15 to 1:45 pm, in the Haverhill Campus, Hartleb Technology Center (Building TC), Room TC-103
100 Elliott Street
Haverhill, MA

Video Broadcast of the event in Lawrence in the Dr. Ibrahim El-Hefni Allied Health & Technology Center (LC Building), Room LC-301
414 Common Street, Lawrence, MA,

More Information

For more information  or if you need accommodations please contact Karen Hruska at khruska@necc.mass.edu or Analuz Garcia agarcia@necc.mass.edu

More About Mirabel

Mirabal currently serves as President of the Committee on Foreign Affairs for the Dominican Republic and previously held positions as Congress representative for the National Committee of the Lower House and as deputy foreign minister. In 2016, she was selected as presidential nominee for both the Alliance for Democracy and Democratic Choice parties in the sovereign state’s general election.


Uniting the Women of Today for a Better Tomorrow

Minou speaking passionately into a microphone and raising her hand in the air.
Minou Tavárez Mirabal, famed activist, politician, and philologist will present “Uniting the Women of Today for a Better Tomorrow” on March 9, 2018

Don’t Miss This White Fund Presentation by Renowned Human Rights Activist Minou Tavárez Mirabal!

Minou Tavárez Mirabal, famed activist, politician, and philologist,  will discuss national policy, female empowerment, and violence against women in today’s world.

She is the daughter of the late Dominican Republic political activist Minerva Mirabal Tavarez, who, along with two of her sisters, founded the 1960 Movement of the Fourteenth of June to overthrow Dominican dictator Rafael “El Chivo” Trujillo. The story was widely popularized through the award-winning 1994 novel “In the Time of the Butterflies” by Julia Alvarez. Her talk will include the Mirabal sisters’ account.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be delivered in Spanish. English translation will also be available on site.

Date, Time, and Location

Friday, March 9 at 6:30 pm. in the Lawrence Public Library Auditorium, 51 Lawrence Street, Lawrence.

More Information

Mirabal currently serves as President of the Committee on Foreign Affairs for the Dominican Republic and previously held positions as Congress representative for the National Committee of the Lower House and as deputy foreign minister. In 2016, she was selected as presidential nominee for both the Alliance for Democracy and Democratic Choice parties in the sovereign state’s general election.


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.

More Information

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

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 email agarcia@necc.mass.edu

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