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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
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.

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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

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

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

Introduction by Instructor Cory McClellan

Programs

Featured:
Coming Fall 2022

Cultural Programming Committee Film Series
Nov. 16th 5:30-7:30
QVCC Auditorium

Veteran’s Day Celebration/Exhibition
November 11th
QVCC Gallery/Atrium

Annual Bread & Soup Event
November 14 & 15
Danielson, Cafeteria

Upcoming Events

There are no upcoming events.
Bomba Photo by Eric Spencer

Explore

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.

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]
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African American Connecticut Explored
Normen, Elizabeth J.
Middletown, Connecticut : Wesleyan University Press [2013]
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Ebony & Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America’s Universities
Wilder, Craig Steven author.
New York : Bloomsbury Press 2013
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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
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Fortune’s Bones: The Manumission Requiem
Nelson, Marilyn, 1946- ; Espeland, Pamela, 1951-
Asheville, N.C. : Front Street c2004
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Stream for Free

NOTE: You must login using your NetID and password to access free streaming for the films below.

Cover of film To Kill A Mocking Bird (1962)TO KILL A MOCKING BIRD (1962)
Rating: 
NR
Runtime: 
2hr9min

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Cover photo for the film Amistad (1977) AMISTAD (1977)
Rating: 
R
Runtime: 
2hr34min

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

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Cover for film Basquiat (1996)BASQUIAT (1996)
Rating: R
Runtime: 1hr46min

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

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Cover for film Just Mercy (2019)JUST MERCY (2019)
Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 2hr17min

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Stream for Free

NOTE: You must login using your NetID and password to access free streaming for the films below.

Poster for the film titled, "The Willmar 8"THE WILLMAR 8 (1980)
Rating: NR
Runtime: 
50min

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THE STORY OF ELIZABETH CADY STANTON AND SUSAN B. ANTHONY (2005)
Rating: NR
Runtime: 
1hr35min

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

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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

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

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Overview

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Important Dates

4/2 – World Autism Day
A day that seeks to raise awareness of the lives and contributions of people with autism.
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4/21-4/23 – Gathering of Nations
More than 500 Native tribes meet and celebrate various traditions and cultures.
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4/22 – Earth Day
A celebration of the planet we live on, observed internationally in more than 192 countries.
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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.
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4/15 – Passover (Jewish)
Start of Jewish holiday honoring the freeing of Israeli slaves.
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4/17 – Easter (Christian)
Most important holy day in the Christian faith, celebrates the resurrection of Jesus following his death.
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Committee Chair

Photo of Jess PorzuczekJessica Porzuczek
jporzuczek@qvcc.commnet.edu
(860) 932-4102