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Program will Explore NECC’s 40-Year History in Lawrence

Submitted by on September 23, 2011 – 3:36 pm
NECC Dimitry Building Lawrence Campus

Dimitry Building, Lawrence

In celebration of Northern Essex Community College’s 50th anniversary, the White Fund Enlightenment Series will present a panel discussion exploring the college’s 40-year history in Lawrence on Thursday, October 6 at 6:30 p.m.  Titled “Let’s Chat: Northern Essex Community College Grows Up in Lawrence,” the program will cover the historical evolution of the college’s Lawrence Campus from the early days, when classes were held at many locations throughout the city, to today, when the college has four sites in Lawrence and ambitious plans for expansion.  The program will be held on the third floor of the Lawrence Public Library, 51 Lawrence St.

Dr. Jorge Santiago, an NECC professor and director of the Institute for Community and Workforce Development at NECC, Katharine “Kathy” Rodger, retired director of the Lawrence campus, and Richard Padova, an NECC alumnus and current history, government, and geography professor, will discuss the community involvement that allowed the campus to be launched, and past and present social conditions of Latinos on campus.

This presentation is 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.

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.

Funded by a generous financial gift from the Honorable Daniel Appleton White, the White Fund Lecture Series has provided cultural conversation featuring well-known lecturers in fields such as history, literature, travel, the arts, and politics. The White Fund is collaborating with Northern Essex on this series.

For additional information or to receive a calendar of upcoming events in the White Fund Enlightenment Series, call 978-738-7403 or visit the website   To learn more about the college’s 50th anniversary celebration, visit the website at