America, in claiming to be the inheritor of many of the legacies of ancient Rome, promises its citizens a certain standard of living in its urban communities, much of which is made possible through access to clean, pressurized water. However, as the situation in Flint makes clear, not all sides are holding up their end of the bargain.
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Architectural historian John Tschirch explores the experience of those who lose their tangible heritage yet preserve their cultural identity in food.
Families and children who fled violence in Central America during a surge of migration in the summer of 2014 are being targeted by ICE. What are their stories?
Sometimes it takes an immigrant’s perspective to recognize what is truly great about the American experiment.
As a contributor to the Herencia Latina series programming, City of Holyoke Councilor Jossie Valentin explores the significance of Puerto Rican migration through the story of her own arrival in western Massachusetts.
Viola Davis’ headline-worthy comments at the Emmys are rooted in a history of black women challenging power.
Florentine Films/Hott Productions finished two films this year that, at first blush, would appear to have no connection at all. One is SciTech Band: Pride of Springfield, a half-hour film about a band in Springfield, MA that has a profoundly positive effect on the graduation rates of a troubled high school. The graduation rates for […]
On Thursday September 17th, around twenty-five people gathered at the Shea Theater in Turners Fall to watch episode six of Latino Americans, the six-hour, 3-part documentary that aired on PBS in spring 2013. Facilitator Mari Castañeda, Ph.D., reflects on the gathering.
It is not uncommon to hear of women who are carpenters or line workers being told on their first day by the foreman, “I will run you off of this job before this week is over.”
Adam Smith argued for fair treatment for all classes. This essay is also an argument for fairness. And it is an argument for a fair social contract not just for our generation, but for generations yet to be born.