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Faculty talk, film screenings featured in Community Read

Posted 10/21/14

The New Jim CrowFitchburg State University continues its year-long Community Read of legal scholar Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow with a book discussion on Tuesday, Oct. 28 at 5:30 p.m. in the Fitchburg Public Library, 610 Main St. Fitchburg State faculty member Marcel Beausoleil will lead the talk.

Beausoleil is a member of the university’s Behavioral Sciences Department where he teaches courses in criminal justice, including principles and practices of law enforcement, community policing and ethics. 

The New Jim Crow challenges the notion that the election of Barack Obama signals a new era of colorblindness. Alexander argues instead that racial caste in America has not been ended, just redesigned. The book explores the concept that the U.S. criminal justice system functions as a contemporary system of racial control, relegating millions to a permanent second-class status.

Throughout the Community Read, Fitchburg State faculty and staff will join with experts and artists from this region and beyond to explore the issues raised in the book. The public is invited to add their voices to the conversation as the university seeks to create community through communication.

The Community Read continues in November with film screenings. On Wednesday, Nov. 12 at 3:30 p.m., the university will screen the acclaimed film Fruitvale Station (2013) in Ellis White Lecture Hall in Hammond Hall, 160 Pearl St. This Sundance award-winner follows the true events of a 22-year-old loving father and beloved son on the last day of his life before being fatally shot by police on New Year’s Day 2009. Admission is free and refreshments will be served.

The Third Thursday Film Series, bridging the campus and the city, continues on Thursday, Nov. 20 at 4 p.m. with a screening of the film Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002) at the Fitchburg Public Library, 610 Main St. This extraordinary story of courage and faith is based on the actual experiences of three girls who fled from the repressive live of Moore River Native Settlement in Australia, following along the rabbit-prof fence back to their homelands. Admission is free.

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