Coming in July – “Utica: The Last Refuge”

21 May

“Utica: The Last Refuge”

Documentary Film

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Utica: The Last Refuge is an intimate portrait of a city and the refugees it has welcomed for 40 years. Now with a population that is nearly 25 percent refugees, Utica is rebuilding itself with their immense contribution.  As recently shown on PBS News Hour, this feature-length film will document the impact of an influx of refugees on a once dying industrial American city. After decades of decline and a loss of nearly half its population, Utica has welcomed 16,000 refugees — from Eastern Europe, Asia and Africa. Via interwoven stories and some expert analysis shot over two years, the filmmakers paint a portrait of a city that is reaping unexpected benefits from its kindness. It is a case study about immigration in the United States today.

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Upcoming Lectures

21 May


Emily Hanford

Friday, October 18, at 7:00 pm
St. James Catholic Church


“Hard Words About How We Teach Kids to Read: What One Reporter Has Learned From Three Years Reporting Across America”

Emily Hanford is an award-winning reporter and editor who has been covering education full time since 2008. She is a senior correspondent for APM Reports, the documentary and investigative reporting group at American Public Media. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, the LA Times, NPR, PBS NewsHour, and Washington Monthly. She is the producer of the audio documentaries “Hard Words: Why Aren’t Kids Being Taught to Read?” and “Hard to Read: How American Schools Fail Kids With Dyslexia.” She is working on another documentary about reading to be released in August 2019.



Michael Nerney

Friday, November 15 at 7:00 pm
Catherine Cummings Theatre


“The Adolescent Brain for Parents”

Michael Nerney is a consultant in Substance Abuse Prevention and Education, with over thirty-nine years of experience in the field with a special focus on psychopharmacology and adolescent chemical dependency. He is the former Director of the Training Institute of Narcotic and Drug Research and worked as a training specialist for the National Development and Research Institutes.

Mr. Nerney meets with students at middle schools, high schools, and colleges to assist him in developing training programs for school administrators, counselors, teachers, and parents. He has worked with the U.S. Department of Justice on programs to aid communities in their response to the opioid crisis. He has been a consultant for two of the major television networks and appeared on the ABC program “20/20.”