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Pliny vs. Snyder: The Flint Water Crisis and Ancient Rome

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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The Pride of Springfield vs The Pride of the Lakota

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 […]

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Latina/os in Turners Falls

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.

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