Bristol Community College

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Fall 2013 Multicultural Events Schedule

Fall 2013 BCC Multicultural Events

Racial Discrimination in America’s War on Drugs
Monday, Sept. 23, 7 p.m., H210, BCC Fall River Campus
Tuesday, Sept. 24, 9:30 - 10:45 a.m., Auditorium, BCC Attleboro Center
Tuesday, Sept. 24, 12:30 - 1:45 p.m., H210, BCC Fall River Campus
Friday, Sept. 27, 9:30 - 10:45 a.m., NH219, BCC New Bedford Campus

America’s war on drugs unfairly targets the most disadvantaged, says Whitney Taylor, Field Director of the American Civil Liberties Union in Massachusetts. Taylor will speak about discriminatory practices and government policies that have harmed communities in the country’s efforts to eliminate drugs. She is a leader in efforts to reform our nation’s drug laws, and was the Director of the 2010 ballot campaign which decriminalized marijuana in Massachusetts.

Poverty in the United States
Tuesday, Oct. 8, 9:30 - 10:45 a.m. and 11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m., H210, BCC Fall River Campus

Arthur MacEwan, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Economics and Senior Fellow in the Center for Social Policy at the University of Massachusetts Boston, will speak about the persistent and growing problem of poverty in America and the public policies that could address this issue. He has written extensively on international economic issues, economic development, and U.S. economic affairs. He is the author or co-author of several books, including Economic Collapse, Economic Change:  Getting to the Roots of the Crisis.

Kids and Cops: Improving Youth and Police Relations
Wednesday, Nov. 6, 9:30 - 10:45 a.m. and 11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m., H210, BCC Fall River Campus 

According to Bureau of Justice Statistics, majority of the youth arrested in America are incarcerated for minor crimes. This fact speaks to the embattled relationship between police and youth. Lisa Thurau, director of Strategies for Youth, an advocacy and training organization dedicated to improving police/youth relations, will speak about the organization’s efforts to promote positive interactions among youth and police officers.

Japanese Americans in World War II
Tuesday, Nov. 19, 7 p.m., H210,  BCC Fall River Campus
Wednesday, Nov. 20, 11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m., H210, BCC Fall River Campus

Looking at your cell phone, laptop, TV or other technological devices you may have come to respect and expect quality from Japanese brand names such as Toshiba or Sony, but 70 years ago during World War II, suspicion and accusation toward Japanese-Americans was high.  Dr. James Hijiya, professor of American history at UMass Dartmouth, will speak about this edgy time in the history of United States when many Americans with Japanese heritage were taken from their homes and "relocated" into holding camps where they were fenced in and separated from society.

For more information, contact Farrah Habib 508.678.2811, ext. 2147.