NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — Throughout the spring semester, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) is presenting a series of “Days of Engagement” events for students that began this week with a day of service. Other events will include Campus Conversations on Race every Friday, events in February in celebration of Black History Month, as well as those in March in recognition of Women’s History Month.

Although many of the “Days of Engagement” events are specifically for MCLA students, several are free and open to the public.

On Monday, more than 250 MCLA students and community members volunteered their time at the 24th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. Each year, MCLA and the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition (NBCC) encourage the community to give back on this day.

Activities continued on Tuesday with the spring semester Opening Breakfast, a “Finding Your Voice: An Activist Writing Workshop with interdisciplinary studies professor Dr. Karen Cardozo, a campus meeting with U.S. Rep. Richard Neal (D-Springfield), and an open discussion on “Cultural Appropriation vs. Respectful Cultural Exchange” with Dr. Kerri Nicholl, assistant professor of sociology.

Regular campus discussions this semester include “Women’s Center Wednesday Discussions” each Wednesday at 3 p.m. in the Women’s Center, and “Campus Conversations on Race Discussions,” held every Friday at 3 p.m. in the Campus Center’s Sullivan Lounge.

On Friday, Jan. 20, the public is invited to join the campus community to engage in “The Four Freedoms” in the PRESS Studio at Bowman Hall, led by Melanie Mowinski, assistant professor of art.  Participants can come and print their Four Freedoms Card on the MOVE press, or use wood type and magnets to add to their card.

According to Mowinski, the event – held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Bowman Hall – also provides an opportunity for the public to see where PRESS is now located and learn more about PRESS.

In addition, the public is invited to attend another free event, “Of Ebony Embers: Vignettes of the Harlem Renaissance,” in celebration of the lives of great three African American poets, on Thursday, Jan. 26, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the MCLA Church Street Center’s Eleanor Furst Roberts Auditorium.

A chamber music theatre work that was conceived and will be performed by The Core Ensemble on cello, piano and percussion, “Of Ebony Embers” will honor three great African American poets as they are seen through the eyes of renowned painter and muralist Aaron Douglas portrayed by actor Dracyn Blount.

Also on Friday, Jan. 20, beginning at noon, a viewing of the inauguration of Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States, will be shown in Murdock Hall, room 218. A re-streaming of the inauguration, presented by MCLA’s Young Republicans Club and the Political Science Club, will be shown in Murdock 218 from 5 to 7 p.m.

From noon to 2 p.m., Dr. Amber Engelson, assistant professor of English/Communications and Dr. Kerri Nicoll, assistant professor of sociology, will present “Write for Rights: A Letter Writing Campaign in MCLA’s Writing Studio, room 120 in Murdock Hall.

In addition, “Safety Zone” training with Amanda Beckwith ’03, coordinator of MCLA’s Center for Service and Citizenship, and the Women’s Center, and Jess Montecalvo, staff assistant at MCLA’s Residential Programs and Services, will take place on various days, in Bowman Hall 319. MCLA students may register for this event at

On Saturday, Jan. 21, MCLA will send a bus of students to Boston for the Boston Women’s March. The College also will hold this year’s Annual National Girls and Women in Sport Day in the Amsler Campus Center, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and a viewing party of the National Women’s March will be held in Murdock 218 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

On Friday, Jan. 27, an information table will honor Holocaust Remembrance Day, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Marketplace of the MCLA Campus Center. In addition, an LGBTQIA+ Movie Night will be held at 7 p.m. in the Sullivan Lounge, in the Campus Center.

In honor of Black History Month in February, a “Walk through Time” historical display, sponsored by the Black Student Union, will be on view in the Campus Center Achievement Lounge. In addition, an “Our Historical Roots” art display, sponsored by the ALANA Council, will be shown in Bowman Hall. A bulletin board display also will be up in the Campus Center.

On Feb. 5, MCLA will host its Annual Student Leadership Conference. This year’s theme will be “Social Justice/Diversity Session Track.” Put on by the College for the past 21 years, this conference is a place where college students, and some high school students, gain leadership skills through making presentations to others or finding their leadership potential through the sessions offered  during this event.

Other activities slated for February include a soul food dinner, “History Jeopardy,” a Black History/LGBTQIA+ Movie Night, and several speaking events, including a lecture by Joyce Shabazz, Black African Heritage Constituency Caucus Leader.

During the month of March, MCLA will feature a “Feminism in Art” display in Bowman Hall, in recognition of Women’s History Month. Activities also will include an “International Women’s Day” information table in the Campus Center Marketplace, March 6-8. A display on “LGBTQIA Women’s History” will be in the Campus Center Marketplace on March 22, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. On March 23, MCLA will hold an Open Mic Night for students in the Sullivan Lounge. And, on March 27 and 28, “One of US” will be presented from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Marketplace. On March 31, an “International Trans Day Visibility Info Table” will be on display in the Marketplace, with a Trans Movie Night slated for 7 that evening in the Sullivan Lounge.

Other March Women’s History events will include an “Honoring Trailblazer Women Campaign,” a Women’s Self-Defense Session with officials from MCLA Public Safety, and a “Women in Leadership” panel discussion.

In April, MCLA will hold events to bring attention to GLBTQIA+ Awareness Month and Sexual Assault Awareness, beginning with MCLA Pride Week, April 3-7. Events will include a Pride Week Movie Night on April 7 at 7 p.m. in the Sullivan Lounge, a “Live Out Loud” conference on April 8, and a “Day of Silence” event on April 21.

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) is the Commonwealth's public liberal arts college and a campus of the Massachusetts state university system. MCLA promotes excellence in learning and teaching, innovative scholarship, intellectual creativity, public service, applied knowledge, and active and responsible citizenship. MCLA graduates are prepared to be practical problem solvers and engaged, resilient global citizens.

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