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Cultural Programming

About the Cultural Programming Committee

The Cultural Programming Committee supports the academic curriculum by organizing on-campus and off-campus lectures, panel discussions, debates, concerts, readings, workshops, performances, and other culturally enriching events in Danielson and Willimantic. The committee seeks to engage students, staff, faculty, and community members with dynamic programs to educate against all forms of prejudice and injustice, while educating towards mutual respect, genuine inquiry, personal growth, and multicultural affirmation.

Julius Sokenu Poetry Awards
Cultural Programming Committee Day of the Dead

February is Black History Month

Frederick Douglass-Knowles
Frederick Douglass-Knowles

Poetry Reading and Open Mic: Waiting for Yoko Series

The Spring 2023 Waiting for Yoko Series: “Celebrating Black History with Poet Frederick Douglass-Knowles,” will include a reading by Knowles in the Spirol Gallery, followed by an open mic. Light snacks and refreshments will be available.

Event Details:
Thursday, February 23, 2023 at 6:30 PM
Spirol Gallery, QVCC, Danielson, CT
Students, faculty, staff, and community members welcome

Streaming Film: BlacKkKlansman

A black detective sets out to infiltrate the Colorado chapter of the Ku Klux Klan with the help of his Jewish colleague. In the midst of the 1970s civil rights movement, they risk their lives to obtain insider information on the violent organization.

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Upcoming Events

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The Cultural Programming Committee provides a variety of opportunities to connect with each month’s topics. Want to revisit resources from a previous month? Select your subject below to explore related books, films, and outside organizations.

Mary Romney-Schaab
Mary Romney-Schaab

Presentation: An Afro-Caribbean in the Nazi Era: Oral History and Black History

How did an Afro-Caribbean civilian become a prisoner in a Nazi concentration camp during World War II? How did he survive to tell about it? The QVCC Foundation, in partnership with QVCC Cultural Programming, is proud to welcome author Mary Romney-Schaab to present on her book, An Afro-Caribbean in the Nazi Era: From Papiamentu to German on Friday, February 10th in the Quinebaug Valley Community College auditorium. This presentation will discuss the importance of oral history within the context of Black history and shine light on an area of Black history that might otherwise remain obscured: that of Black victims of the Nazis during World War II.

Event Details:
Friday, February 10, 2023 10:30 AM
QVCC Auditorium, Danielson, CT
Students, faculty, staff, and community members welcome

November is national native american heritage month

Celebrate Native American Heritage Month!

Peabody Essex Museum houses among the oldest ongoing collections of Native American art in the Western hemisphere, commencing with the museum’s founding in 1799 and continuing through today. Spanning 10,000 years of Indigenous visual expression in the Americas, these works cross boundaries of region, period, and medium, and emphasize the continuum of creativity and character of change that undergirds Native American art. This distinguished collection is a vital testament to thousands of individual artists from hundreds of distinct Native nations, each with its own history, language, and artistic expressions. Visit the museum in Salem, Massachusetts.

Explore the Native American Art Gallery

On Being Podcast: Few books have been more eagerly passed from hand to hand with delight in these last years than Robin Wall Kimmerer’s Braiding Sweetgrass. Krista interviewed her in 2015, and it quickly became a much-loved show as her voice was just rising in common life. Robin is a botanist and also a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. She’s written, “Science polishes the gift of seeing, Indigenous traditions work with gifts of listening and language.” An expert in moss — a bryologist — she describes mosses as the “coral reefs of the forest.” Robin Wall Kimmerer opens a sense of wonder and humility for the intelligence in all kinds of life we are used to naming and imagining as inanimate.

Listen to Episode

National Museum of the American Indian – Native American Cinema Showcase Nov. 18-25th

The online program includes a total of 35 cost free films representing 30 native nations from 8 countries.

Native American Cinema Showcase

Livestream – Native Veteran’s Procession and Dedication Ceremony
Nov. 11 at 2 p.m.

Weekend Celebrations – Music and Cultural Performances
Nov. 12 & 13

Learn More

Visit Nowashe Village, an outdoor museum of indigenous life in South Windsor, CT.

Learn More

CPC Film Series: Thunderheart scheduled (in auditorium) for 11/16 (Wednesday) @ 5:30 pm.

Introduction by Instructor Cory McClellan

From the Library

All eyes are upon us : race and politics from Boston to Brooklyn
Sokol, Jason author.
New York : Basic Books [2014]
Reserve a copy

Prudence Crandall’s Legacy: The Fight for Equality in the 1830s, Dred Scott, and Brown v. Board of Education
Williams, Donald E., Jr., 1957-
Middletown, Conn. : Wesleyan University Press [2014]
Reserve a copy

Making Freedom: The Extraordinary Life of Venture Smith
Saint, Chandler B. ; Krimsky, George A.
Middletown, Conn. : Wesleyan University Press [2009]
Reserve a copy

African American Connecticut Explored
Normen, Elizabeth J.
Middletown, Connecticut : Wesleyan University Press [2013]
Reserve a copy

Ebony & Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America’s Universities
Wilder, Craig Steven author.
New York : Bloomsbury Press 2013
Reserve a copy

A Whole-Souled Woman : Prudence Crandall and the Education of Black Women
Strane, Susan.
New York : W.W. Norton c1990
Reserve a copy

More Than Petticoats: Remarkable Connecticut Women
Petrash, Antonia.
Guilford, Conn. : Twodot ©2004
Reserve a copy

Fortune’s Bones: The Manumission Requiem
Nelson, Marilyn, 1946- ; Espeland, Pamela, 1951-
Asheville, N.C. : Front Street c2004
Reserve a copy

Stream for Free

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Cover photo for the film Amistad (1977) AMISTAD (1977)



Cover of film Glory (1989)GLORY (1989)
Rating: R
Runtime: 2hr20min



Cover for film Selma (2014)SELMA (2014)
Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 2hr8min


Stream for Free

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Poster for the film titled, "The Willmar 8"THE WILLMAR 8 (1980)
Rating: NR



Rating: NR



Movie poster for "A Midwife's Tale (2011)"A MIDWIFE’S TALE (2011)
Rating: NR
Runtime: 90min



Movie poster for "Silver Wings, Flying Dreams: The Complete Story of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (2015)"SILVER WINGS, FLYING DREAMS: THE COMPLETE STORY OF THE WOMEN AIRFORCE SERVICE PILOTS (2015)
Rating: NR
Runtime: 55min



Movie poster for "The Vote (2020)"THE VOTE (2020)
Rating: NR
Runtime: 1hr55min



On the 24th of February, 2022, Russia began a military invasion of Ukraine. Keeping up with the conflict, figuring out how and why it happened, and understanding how it affects you can be difficult. This guide is designed to provide basic information and links for those who want to explore in more depth.

Important Dates

4/2 – World Autism Day
A day that seeks to raise awareness of the lives and contributions of people with autism.

4/21-4/23 – Gathering of Nations
More than 500 Native tribes meet and celebrate various traditions and cultures.

4/22 – Earth Day
A celebration of the planet we live on, observed internationally in more than 192 countries.

Religious Dates

4/2 – First Day of Ramadan (Islamic)
The first day of Islam’s sacred month in which Muslims abstain from eating and drinking from dusk until dawn.

4/15 – Passover (Jewish)
Start of Jewish holiday honoring the freeing of Israeli slaves.

4/17 – Easter (Christian)
Most important holy day in the Christian faith, celebrates the resurrection of Jesus following his death.

Committee Chair

Photo of Jess PorzuczekJessica Porzuczek
(860) 932-4102