The next Tea Time Speaker Series event, Immigration and the Undocumented Student, will take place Monday, March 28 from 12 to 1:30 p.m. in the North Cafe.

MWCC Trustee and alumna Joana Dos Santos, executive director of the United Neighbors of Fitchburg/Cleghorn Neighborhood Center, is the featured presenter. A native of Uruguay, Dos Santos earned an associate degree in business administration from MWCC and a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies and a master’s degree in applied communications from Fitchburg State University. She serves on the Fitchburg Human Rights Commission and the New England Regional Funding Panel for the nonprofit organization Haymarket People’s Fund.

Reservations are recommended and may be made by contacting Sharmese Gunn at



The MWCC Humanities Project continues with “Girls and Their Ghost Stories: Feminism, Philosophy, and Frankenstein” with MWCC Faculty/Staff Dan Soucy and Shelley Nicholson. The presentation will take place March 24 at the Athol Public Library.

Robert D Putnam

Robert D. Putnam

Is the American Dream Real? Political scientist, Harvard University Professor and bestselling author Robert D. Putnam will speak about the growing class gap among American young people and the implications for social mobility on Friday, March 25 at Mount Wachusett Community College.

Putnam’s one-hour presentation begins at 11 a.m. in the South Café, followed by a choice of two events, a free, public dialogue with lunch, or a book signing and reception.

The suggested donation to attend the book signing and reception with the author is $30. A $50 donation includes a copy of Putnam’s latest book, Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis. Donations will support student civic leadership programs in the college’s Center for Civic Learning & Community Engagement and the Students SOS office. Seating is limited. Reservations are requested and can be made online at

MWCC is in the fifth year of a second “Decade of Civic Engagement” movement launched by President Daniel M. Asquino in 2001 shortly after reading Putnam’s bestseller Bowling Alone: The Collapse & Revival of the American Community.

Sponsored by the college’s civic engagement center, this program is made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities in partnership with the Association of American Colleges and Universities.

The author of 14 books translated into 20 languages, Putnam is the Peter and Isabel Malkin Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University, where he has served as Dean of the Kennedy School of Government. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the British Academy, and is past president of the American Political Science Association.

He has consulted for the last three American presidents, the last three British prime ministers, the last French president, prime ministers from Ireland to Singapore, and hundreds of grassroots leaders and activists in many countries. Raised in a small town in the Midwest, he was educated at Swarthmore University, Oxford and Yale.

Monster Movie Marathon

February 24, 2016

The Mount Wachusett Community College Humanities Project continues with a free Monster Movie Marathon on Saturday, March 5 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Leominster Public Library. Professor Joseph Moser of Fitchburg State University will present two film versions of Frankenstein: James Whale’s 1931 classic starring Boris Karloff, and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, directed by Kenneth Branagh, in 1994.

This program, co-sponsored by the Friends of the Leominster Library, includes a light lunch between films. Seating is limited and registration is required. Registrations are accepted online through the Calendar of Events at or by calling the library’s information desk at 978-534-7522, ext. 3.

The theme of this year’s MWCC Humanities Project, “Myths, Monsters, and Modern Science: Frankenstein’s Legacy,” takes an in-depth look at Mary Shelley’s 200-year-old novel Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus, and its impact in the modern era. For more information about upcoming events, visit

Culture Fest 2016

February 24, 2016

The MWCC Culture Fest is back for the second time with its international event of entertainment, learning, and culture pm Wednesday, March 9 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the South Café.

Join the fun and experience a variety of different cultures. The event, hosted by the MWCC Diversity Committee, consists of music, artifacts, food, history, and current events that represent the diverse backgrounds of our faculty, staff, and students.

All proceeds from penny food sales will help fund the 2017 Culture Fest.


UWYV new team photoCurious about what millennials are doing to resolve some of society’s toughest issues? Then don’t miss the United Way Youth Venture Community Expo, taking place Wednesday, March 9 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Great Wolf Lodge, 50 Great Wolf Drive, Fitchburg.

Teams of young social entrepreneurs will be on hand to showcase how they are leveraging their passion and skills to generate unique solutions to school and community challenges, including homelessness, autism awareness, support for foster children, environmental conservation, animal welfare and many others.

In addition to networking and enjoying one-on-one presentations from the youth Venture teams, the drop-in expo will also feature live and silent auctions, appetizers and cocktails.

United Way Youth Venture of North Central Massachusetts, the largest program of its type in the country, was established in 2002 when the United Way of North Central Massachusetts, Mount Wachusett Community College and Ashoka’s Youth Venture partnered to help schools integrate youth-based social ventures into their curriculum, afterschool activities and special events. UWYV is independently funded and relies on community support to continue.

The program is currently available to students in the following partner schools: Applewild School, Ayer Shirley Middle and High School, Murdock Middle/High School, Frances Drake Elementary School, Leominster High School & CTEi, Sky View Middle School, Samoset Middle School, Fitchburg High School, North Middlesex Regional High School, Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical High School, Sizer School, Francis W. Parker Charter Essential School and MWCC.

“The UWYV Community Expo promises to be an inspirational evening that allows business and community leaders to learn directly from engaged youth how they are making an impact in the region,” said Lauren Mountain, associate director of UWYV program at Mount Wachusett Community College.

“It is inspiring to see young people identify solutions to challenges they see in our region, then build a plan to address these challenges in innovative and creative ways,” said MWCC President Daniel M. Asquino. “The UWYV program has grown exponentially over the years and serves as a model that demonstrates the power of today’s youth to initiate change that benefits citizens now and in the future.”

“United Way Youth Venture is very much on the cutting edge because it is tapping into the entrepreneurial power of young people who want to address important community issues,” said Phil Grzewinski, President of the United Way of North Central Massachusetts. “We are looking forward to an inspiring evening.”

UWYV Community Expo sponsors to date include Pirro Auction Services, Inc., the Greater Gardner, Nashoba Valley and North Central Massachusetts Chambers of Commerce, the Catalano Companies, IC Federal Credit Union, Workers’ Credit Union, HealthAlliance Hospital and Kevin Bliss Self Defense Center, Anderson, Bagley & Mayo Insurance Agency, Inc, The Lexvest Group – Phoenix Park, 4 the Cause Marketing & Consulting, The Edge Hair & Nail Salon and James Mountain Antiques.

General admission tickets are $10. Youth supporter tickets, which includes a donation to UWYV, are $75. Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling 978-630-9201.


Black Frankenstein bookElizabeth Young, author of Black Frankenstein: The Making of an American Metaphor, will present an author’s talk on Thursday, Feb. 25 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Fitchburg Art Museum. The event, sponsored by Mount Wachusett Community College’s Humanities Project through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, is free and open to the public.

The theme of this year’s MWCC Humanities Project, “Myths, Monsters, and Modern Science: Frankenstein’s Legacy,” takes an in-depth look at Mary Shelley’s 200-year-old novel Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus, and its impact in the modern era. For all the scholarship devoted to Shelley’s English novel, there has been surprisingly little attention paid to its role in American culture, and virtually none to its racial resonances in the United States.

In Black Frankenstein, Young identifies and interprets the figure of a black American Frankenstein monster as it appears with surprising frequency throughout 19th and 20th century U.S. culture, in fiction, film, essays, oratory, painting, and other media, and in works by both whites and African Americans.

The black Frankenstein’s monster has served as a powerful metaphor for reinforcing racial hierarchy and as an even more powerful metaphor for shaping anti-racist critique. Illuminating the power of parody and reappropriation, the book tells the story of a metaphor that continues to matter to literature, culture, aesthetics, and politics.

Young, a professor of English and gender studies at Mount Holyoke College, is also the author of Disarming the Nation: Women’s Writing and the American Civic War, and co-author, with Anthony W. Lee, of On Alexander Gardner’s “Photographic Sketch Book” of the Civil War.

For more information about upcoming events, visit

AHA Hands Only CPRThe Student Nurses Association at Mount Wachusett Community College is partnering with the American Heart Association to offer free, “Hands-Only CPR” training on February 22 and February 23 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Gardner campus, South Cafe.

MWCC nursing students trained in CPR are taking part in the CPR Community-Wide Challenge, sponsored through the American Heart Association’s Central Massachusetts division. Throughout February, participating colleges and universities in Worcester County are training students, faculty, staff and community members in the life-saving skills of Hands-Only CPR to promote heart health and focus on saving lives.

According to the AHA, more than 326,000 people experience cardiac arrest outside of a hospital each year, and about 90 percent of those victims die, often because bystanders don’t know how to start CPR or are afraid they’ll do something wrong. CPR, especially if performed immediately, can double or triple a cardiac arrest victim’s chance of survival.

Hands-Only CPR is CPR without mouth-to-mouth breaths. It is recommended for use by people who see a teen or adult suddenly collapse in an “out-of-hospital” setting, such as at home, at work or in a park.

The CPR Community-Wide Challenge training at is being conducted by student groups with equipment donated by the American Heart Association and the corporate sponsors of the challenge. The challenge is locally sponsored by UMass Memorial Medical Center and Medstar Ambulance. To learn more about CPR and local CPR classes, visit,


Mount Wachusett Community College is launching its new public forum, the Tea Time Speaker Series, with a panel presentation exploring obstacles men of color face in today’s society, workforce and education system.

The first forum of the series, a Men of Color panel presentation and Black History Month luncheon, will take place Monday, Feb. 29 from 12 to 1:30 p.m. in the North Café of MWCC’s Gardner campus. Seating is limited and reservations are required.

Panelists include University of Massachusetts Medical School: Brian Lewis, Ph.D., associate dean for student diversity and associate professor in the Molecular, Cell and Cancer Biology department at the University of Massachusetts Medical School; Jesse Edwards, director of diversity and equal opportunity at UMass Medical School; Train Wu, senior outreach specialist/career coach with MWCC’s Workforce Diversity Pipeline Program; and Eric Rodriguez, Lead Organizer at United Neighbors of Fitchburg.

The forum is sponsored by MWCC’s Diversity Consortium, Gateway to College program and the National Workforce Diversity Pipeline program, a new initiative between the college and the Fitchburg and Leominster public school districts funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Minority Health for students interested in healthcare careers.

To reserve a seat, contact Sharmese Gunn at 978-630-9493 or The Tea Time Speakers Series will take place on the last Monday of the month throughout the spring semester.


Mount Wachusett Community College’s Theatre at the Mount opens its spring 2016 season with the Tony Award winning musical, Cabaret. Performances are February 26 and 27, and March 4 and 5 at 8 p.m.; and March 6 at 2 p.m. This production will take place at Gardner High School, as renovations to the theatre continues.

Step into the dark and decadent Kit Kat Club where excitement is high and inhibitions are low as cabaret singer Sally Bowles and her American lover play out their romance while the Nazi party rises to power in Germany. This award-winning musical features classic Kander and Ebb songs like “Maybe This Time,” “Money,” and of course, “Cabaret.”

Tickets are $22 for evening performances, $17 for the matinee and $15 for students and may be purchased at the TAM box office at 978 630-9388 or online at