Nov. 9: The Springfield Public Forum series will host foreign affairs analyst Robin Wright at 7:30 p.m. at Springfield Symphony Hall. Wright will present “Rage and Rebellion in the Middle East.” The lecture is free to the public with no reservations required. For more information, visit www.springfieldpublicforum.org.
Serious Fun Event
Nov. 10: MassINC and CommonWealth magazine will host a seriously funny look back at the year in politics and media with pols, pundits, and the press. All proceeds will support MassINC’s CommonWealth Campaign for Civic Journalism as well as a scholarship program for those entering the field. The event is planned at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, with cocktails at 6 p.m. and dinner and the program starting at 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.seriousfun2011.org or contact Lauren Louison at (617) 224-1613 or [email protected]
Nov. 11: Christina Asquith, author and journalist, will account her years in hiding in Iraq that resulted in her book, Sisters in War, as part of the Ovations special events series at Springfield Technical Community College. Her presentations are at 10:10 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. in Scibelli Hall Theater. For more information or to bring a group, contact Phil O’Donoghue at (413) 755-4233 or [email protected]
Willie Ross School Partners with Baystate
Nov. 15: The Willie Ross School for the Deaf is partnering with Baystate Health Continuing Education in sponsoring a conference titled “Educating Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Children: From Research to Practice.” The conference is geared toward physicians, nurses, audiologists, speech/language therapists, and educators of the deaf and hard-of-hearing. Families of deaf or hard-of-hearing children are also encouraged to attend. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., and the program concludes at 3 p.m. Tuition through Nov. 1 is $50 online and $60 by mail (after Nov. 1, the cost is $60 online and $70 by mail), which includes continental breakfast and lunch. Tuition is waived for parents of deaf or hard-of-hearing children, who can register on the Willie Ross Web site. The seminar will offer perspectives on the development and education of deaf and hard-of-hearing children and provide information and guidance in educational placement decisions, amplification choices and early intervention. For more information on the event, visit www.baystatehealth.org/learn.
Nov. 15: The Springfield Public Forum series will host Pulitzer Prize winner Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee at 7:30 p.m. at Springfield Symphony Hall. Mukherjee will present “Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies.” The lecture is free to the public, and no reservations are required. For more information on the event, visit www.springfieldpublicforum.org.
Nov. 16: “Envisioning a Resurgent Springfield Metro” will be the theme of HAPHousing’s annual symposium at the MassMutual Center in Springfield. A keynote address is planned by Winston-Salem, N.C. Mayor Allen Joines. The event begins with an afternoon symposium and panel at 3 p.m. about the importance of community-wide collaboration in envisioning a revitalized and resurgent Springfield and metro area. HAP Executive Director Peter Gagliardi will moderate a panel that will include information from other resurgent cities, with participation by Joines; Gerald Hayes, co-chairman of Rebuilding Springfield, the entity coordinating tornado recovery in the city; as well as other panelists. Joines will address attendees during dinner, which begins at 6 p.m. In addition, awards will be presented to community leaders, including Ronald and Brenna Sadowsky, for their community involvement and leadership in collecting and distributing household resources for homeless families and those displaced by the tornado. Ron Ancrum, president of the Community Foundation, will also be recognized for spearheading the City-to-City initiative in Springfield that linked city metro leaders with those in Winston-Salem. For more information, call HAP at (413) 233-1500.
Nov. 20: Members of the Chamber Music Society will perform “Piano Quintet in A Major,” known as the ‘Trout Quintet,’ at 3 p.m. at Wistariahurst Museum, 238 Cabot St., Holyoke. The score captures the air of the Austrian mountains, the rushing streams, the slippery grace of fish eluding the fisherman’s net, and the wit of friends in a tavern after a day’s hike. The all-Schubert program is in the style of the lively musical gatherings of the composer and his friends in 1820s Vienna. The musicians will perform in period costume. The program includes songs, a duet, and a rarely heard vocal quartet performed by Junko Watanabe, soprano; Eileen Ruby, mezzo-soprano; Peter Shea, tenor; and David Perkins, baritone. For more information and reservations, call (413) 322-5660 or visit www.chambermusicwistariahurst.com.
Nov. 22: Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick will be the featured speaker at the eighth annual Team Massachusetts Economic Impact Awards Luncheon at the Seaport Hotel in Boston. Registration begins at 11 a.m., followed by networking at noon and a lunch with master of ceremonies Anthony Everett, co-anchor and reporter of WCVB-TV’s Chronicle. Honorees are: ‘Gold,’ A123 Systems, Central; Airxchange, Southeast; Communispace, Greater Boston; Kiva Systems, Northeast; Smith & Wesson, West; ‘Silver,’ Acacia Communications, Central; Coca-Cola, West; Dassault Systems, Greater Boston; Horizon Beverage, Southeast; Jessica’s Brick Oven, Northeast; ‘Bronze,’ General Dynamics AIS, West; GT Advanced Technologies, Northeast; HubSpot, Greater Boston; Reinhart Food Service, Southeast; and Simonds International, Central. ‘Gateway City Champions’ are Biomedical Research Models, Worcester; and Solectria Renewables, Lawrence. Jerry Sargent, president of Citizens Bank, will receive the Chairman’s Award. For information on tickets and sponsorships, contact Sean Getchell, (781) 489-6262, ext. 13.
Dec. 1: The Springfield Public Forum series will host Hardball host Chris Matthews at 7:30 p.m. at Springfield Symphony Hall. Matthews will present “JFK and the Presidency, Past and Present.” The lecture is free to the public; no reservations are required. For more information on the event, visit www.springfieldpublicforum.org.