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Clark University’s fall dialogue symposium to focus on ‘home’

“Deek” creates artistic and functional micro-shelters! Meet him at Clark U!

This fall, Clark University’s Higgins School of Humanities’ dialogue symposium, “Home (De)Constructed,” will consider the fluid meanings of home. Lectures, community conversations and exhibits will focus on how we define home’s boundaries, and what makes a particular structure, community, city or nation feel like home.

“Together we will explore our assumptions about domestic goods and spaces, ask how the meaning of home is transformed by forced and free migrations, and reckon the economic, political, and environmental risks and rewards of maintaining our individual and collective domesticity,” writes Amy Richter, director of the Higgins School of Humanities.

All events listed below are FREE, open to the public, and will be held on the Clark University campus.

Community Conversation

“No Place Like It? A Community Conversation about Home”
Thursday, September 15

Higgins Lounge, 2nd Floor, Dana Commons
Home may refer to a space, a community, a city, or nation. It can be a respite from the demands of school and work or a site of tremendous responsibility. For some, the experience of home is elusive or even aspirational. For others, it is a feeling that we carry with us wherever we go. Where do you feel “at home” and what does that truly mean? Higgins School Director Amy Richter will facilitate this dialogue of the many meanings of home. This event is co-sponsored by the Higgins School of Humanities and Difficult Dialogues.


“Think Small”
Thursday, September 22

Higgins Lounge, 2nd floor, Dana Commons
Is the American dream house shrinking? If so, designer and builder Derek “Deek” Diedricksen is helping to lead the way. His artistic and functional micro-shelters — with names like “Hicksaw,” “Boxy Lady,” and “Gypsy Junker” — challenge conventional assumptions about the American home and consumerism with humor, thrift, and imagination.

Diedricksen will share examples of his work and discuss how living small and “building outside the box” save money and time, especially when you use salvaged and recycled materials. This event is co-sponsored by the Higgins School of Humanities, the Graduate School of Geography, Sustainable Clark, and the Urban Development and Social Change Program.

**One of Diedricksen’s micro-shelters will be located on the Alden Quad at Clark University for the 2016-17 academic year. Contact the Higgins School of Humanities for a showing.

Dialogues with Mother Earth: The Murals”

Opening Reception and Gallery Dialogue:
Wednesday, September 28

Schiltkamp Gallery, Traina Center for the Arts, 92 Downing Street

Artist Presentation:

Thursday, September 29

Higgins Lounge, Dana Commons 2nd Floor
In her monumental mural cycle, artist Erica Daborn explores our interconnectedness and mutual fate as citizens of a shared planet — a finite, fragile, and ever-changing “home” whose sanctity has never felt more threatened. These cautionary images illustrate the potentially apocalyptic results of human activity, consumption, growth, and conflict. Presented as a joint exhibition by the Schiltkamp Gallery and the Higgins School of Humanities, Daborn’s work will be on display in both the Traina Center for the Arts and the Higgins Lounge at Dana Commons through November 17. This exhibit is co-sponsored by the Higgins School of Humanities, the Schiltkamp Gallery, and the Department of Visual and Performing Arts.

Reading and conversation

“Lose Your Mother: A Reading and Conversation”
Tuesday, October 4

Higgins Lounge, 2nd floor, Dana Commons
In “Lose Your Mother” (2008), Columbia University professor Saidiya Hartman traces the history of the Atlantic slave trade and recounts her own journey along a slave route in Ghana. Following the trail of captives from the hinterland to the Atlantic coast, she reckons with the blank slate of her own genealogy and vividly dramatizes the effects of slavery on three centuries of African and African American history. Combining scholarship and memoir, Hartman asks, “What place in the world could sate four hundred years of yearning for a home?”
This event is part of the African American Intellectual Culture Series and is co-sponsored by the Higgins School of Humanities, the Office of the Provost, the Department of History, and the Africana Studies Program.


“Mobilizing Home to Rethink Refugee Exile”
Tuesday, October 25

Higgins Lounge, Dana Commons 2nd Floor
In this talk, research partners Anita Fábos (IDCE) and Cathrine Brun (Oxford Brookes University) will unsettle mainstream understandings of both refugees and home by rethinking common notions of home and home-making, mobility, displacement and belonging. Drawing upon feminist theory and refugee studies, they will discuss the concept of “home” for people “out of place” as involving constellations of sites, relations of power, and discourses, connected through the small-scale daily practices of refugees themselves. By proposing that refugees are themselves unrecognized makers of history through their strategies of mobility and home-making, Fábos and Brun challenge the notion that exile and home-making are mutually exclusive and that refugee exile constitutes a “limbo” resolved by “going home.”

This event is part of the Higgins Faculty Series sponsored by the Higgins School of Humanities.


“Architecture of Fear: Readings in the Higgins Lounge”
Wednesday, October 26

Higgins Lounge, 2nd floor, Dana Commons
In celebration of Halloween, Professors Gino DiIorio (Theater), James (Jay) Elliott (English), and Jennifer Plante (The Writing Center) will read stories of haunted houses and domestic horror. This event is sponsored by the Higgins School of Humanities.


“Home in the ‘Exceptional’ American Security State”
Tuesday, November 1

Higgins Lounge, 2nd floor, Dana Commons
What is the work of American “exceptionalism” in maintaining US power? This familiar question gains fresh urgency as neoliberal capitalism is increasingly naturalized across the world and Wars on Terror generate global reverberations and instabilities. In this talk, Yale University Professor Inderpal Grewal will examine “advanced neoliberalism” in its American specificities. How are American imperial subjects constituted by the production of “home” and “away,” “immigrant” and “native”? What is the relationship between these constructs and the making and marketing of digital technologies of surveillance and insecurity? Using a postcolonial and feminist approach, Grewal will call out the interplay between militarized surveillance and humanitarian projects in the new century. This event is co-sponsored by the Higgins School of Humanities and the Bland Fund of the Department of Political Science.


“Home Grown: Cultivating the Next Generation of Urban Farmers”
Wednesday, November 9

Higgins Lounge, 2nd floor, Dana Commons
Demand for fresh, locally-grown food close to urban centers is increasing. Training limited-resource individuals in small-scale commercial agriculture preserves farmland and expands consumer access to locally-grown foods. Jennifer Hashley, director of the New Entry Sustainable Farming Project at Tufts University’s Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, will present strategies for raising the next generation of environmentally responsible farmers. This event is co-sponsored by the Higgins School of Humanities, the Department of Economics, and the George Perkins Marsh Institute.


“Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City”
Wednesday, November 30

Jefferson Academic Center, Room 320
Today eviction has become a way of life for many poor Americans. Sociologist Matthew Desmond’s groundbreaking book “Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City” (2016) follows tenants and landlords swept up in the process of eviction. Affirming the centrality of home, his work offers new insights into the fundamental role housing plays in deepening inequality in America. Desmond, associate professor of the social sciences at Harvard University, will draw on urban reportage and original statistical data to show that eviction is a cause, not just a condition, of poverty and that the faces of America’s eviction epidemic belong to mothers and children. This event is co-sponsored by the Higgins School of Humanities, the Center for Gender, Race, and Area Studies, the Department of Sociology, International Development, Community and Environment, the Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise, the Women’s and Gender Studies Program, and the Central Massachusetts Housing Alliance.

Right now! Free fruits and veggies at St. John’s church – Temple St. … and a word from Congressman McGovern on Starbucks’ efforts to reduce hunger!



9:30 A.M. TO 11:30 A.M.


20 Temple St.


For you – and your children!!!


Free fresh fruits and vegetables will now be available from 9:30 to 11:30 Saturday mornings at the St. Francis Xavier Center soup kitchen.

St. John’s Church

20 Temple St.

The St. Francis Xavier Center also has a food pantry and serves hot breakfasts, Mon. – Fri.

Jim thanking Starbucks for helping feed the hungry!

Congressman McGovern Praises Starbucks for Donating Surplus Food to Help Reduce Hunger and Food Waste

Congressman Jim McGovern delivered this week a speech on the House Floor in honor of Hunger Action Month to praise Starbucks for its FoodShare program.

It’s a new initiative to donate unused food to help reduce food waste and work with local food banks to reduce hunger in communities across the country.

At a local Starbucks on Capitol Hill, Congressman McGovern joined Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins (R-KS), his fellow co-chair of the bipartisan House Hunger Caucus, to learn more about the program and how it will contribute to the national effort to help the 47 million Americans who struggle with hunger every day.

Full Text of Today’s Speech is Below:

“To kick off Hunger Action Month, today I joined Representative Lynn Jenkins of Kansas on a tour of the Starbucks on Capitol Hill to learn about an innovative partnership between Feeding America and Starbucks to donate unused food.

“At the end of each day, Starbucks will package surplus ready-to-eat food that gets picked up overnight and delivered to local food banks.

“I was impressed by the selection of nutritious food. We often think of Starbucks as a place to stop for a coffee, but we saw a number of healthy options like salads, sandwiches, and more.

“Starbucks will expand the project to all its stores in the next few years. They expect to donate 50 million meals annually, diverting 60 million pounds of surplus food away from landfills and to hungry families in need.

“More than 47 million Americans suffer from hunger and food insecurity. In the richest country in the world, we must do all we can to ensure that no family goes hungry and donating unused food is a key step.

“Starbucks deserves much credit for being a leader in the effort to end hunger.”


FoodShare: Hunger relief in action

Starbucks Announces Program to Donate Ready-to-Eat Meals to Food Banks
Did you know that:

1 in 7 Americans are food insecure

Food waste accounts for 20 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions

Almost 40% of food is lost between farm & fork

In the spirit of Our Mission and Values, partners across the country advocated for a solution to donate unsold food to the communities we serve. Through a new and unique strategic partnership with Feeding America, we will rescue 100% of food available to donate from all of our U.S. stores, positioning Starbucks as the sector leader in food rescue.

At scale, Starbucks will:

Support 100% store participation in food donation

Provide 50 million meals annually

Divert 60 million pounds of food waste from landfills

Lead a coalition of like-minded brands in the fight against hunger

How can you get involved?

Be an advocate for the fight against hunger

Make a contribution

Lead a service project

Visit www.feedingamerica.org/take-action/volunteer to learn how you can volunteer at your local food bank.




This Saturday and Sunday! The Annual Nipmuck Pow Wow!


Hi, my name is Dave Cherokee Spirit Hawk. How are you?

I’m writing in sincere reference to the upcoming Pow Wow & Ceremony Event September 10 and 11, from 12 pm sharp to 4:30 pm.

It’s the Annual Nipmuck Pow Wow at Lake Siog Park, Dodge Hill Road, Holland, MA.

I would cordially and most humbly invite all peoples to this wonderful annual event.

To include singing, dancing, drumming and events organized for children.

There will be a varied assortment of vendors who will provide wondrous varied merchandise ranging from:





musical items

mineral stones


and some diversified merchandise of many sorts…

It is a great time and a great place for just even a day out with the family or even alone time to wind-down.

There is open swimming at the Lake.

It is strongly advised to bring your own seating and cover/shade from the elements.

It is also required that guests bring lots of water and food for the day.

There are picnic areas and barbeque posts in the area and camping is available for those wanting the full experience outdoors. However, there is also a vendor who provides a grill for fast food service.

I look forward to meeting everyone and will be available for any concerns or information I can provide.

As a member of The Cherokee, Lumbee and Seminole Nations: A-li-he-li-see-da-se-dee. In English: I welcome you all.

Thank you for your time and patience. I look forward to seeing you there.


Dave C Spirit Hawk