Performances and Special Events



Sherri Mitchell  September 22, 2016

Dr. Mitchell is the Executive Director of the Land Peace Foundation, which provides low cost legal assistance, alternative dispute resolution and training programs to Indigenous populations, groups, and organizations, in order to protect their human rights, homelands, sacred sites, resources and cultural way of life.  She is a Penobscot attorney and activist from Penobscot Indian Island in Maine.

11 a.m. – Conversation (CSGC – Boyden Library)

3:45 p.m. – Conversation (CSGC – Boyden Library)

7:00 p.m. – Presentation (Stolzfus – Greer Store)


Barbara Frederickson  October 3-4, 2016

Dr. Frederickson is a professor of Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  She has published two books on which she will be speaking, Positivity, and Love 2.0.  Her research reveals how micro-moments of love and other forms of positivity nourish your health, wisdom, and longevity.

Schedule for Monday, October 3, 2016:

6:30 p.m. – Presentation (Garonzik)

8:00 p.m. – Open Conversation / Question and Answer (Boyden Library)

Schedule for Tuesday, October 4, 2016:

10:15 – 11:00 a.m. – Open Conversation / Discussion (Greer)


Martin Espada  October 4, 2016  7:00 p.m. – Presentation (Hess Center Auditorium)

Dr. Espada is a professor of English at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.  He will be joining our community to invite us into conversation and to share his poems.  He has published almost twenty books as a poet, editor, essayist and translator.


Ken Burns  October 13, 2016  11:00 a.m. – Presentation at School Meeting (Hess Center Auditorium)                  

Mr. Burns is a well-known documentary filmmaker who will be speaking to our community at our weekly school meeting, which will occur on a Thursday (instead of the usual Wednesday meeting).


Clemantine Wamariya  October 20, 2016  11:00 – 11:45 a.m. – Open Conversation / Discussion (CSGC – Boyden Library)

7:00 p.m. – Presentation (Hess Center Auditorium)

Ms. Wamariya is a Storyteller and Human Rights Advocate. Born in Kigali, Rwanda, she was 6 years old when the Rwandan Genocide broke out.  Ms. Wamariya’s experiences embolden her to fight injustice and to champion the cause of those without opportunity or the protection of law. For the past eight years, she has shared her riveting experiences as both a survivor of genocide and as a refugee.



Travis Roy  November 14, 2016  11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. – Open Conversation / Discussion (Stolzfus Room – in the Greer)

Mr. Roy is a retired college ice hockey player that was injured in his first collegiate hockey game at Boston University.  Author of the book, Eleven Seconds, which details his life before and after the injury, Mr. Roy now offers motivational speaking events across the country, and he also started the Travis Roy Foundation, which focuses on finding a cure for spinal paralysis and provides funds for survivors of spinal injuries.