Greenfield Community College

Greenfield Community College


Tuesday September 26 – 12:00pm


To coincide with Banned Books Week, a national celebration of the freedom to read, the Nahman-Watson Library at Greenfield Community College is sponsoring a panel discussion of Margaret Atwood’s 1985 dystopian novel The Handmaid’s Tale.

The American Library Association first began tracking book challenges and bans in 1982, and in the decades since, The Handmaid’s Tale has been one of the most frequently challenged and banned books in America for its controversial depictions of religion, rape, and gendered violence. The story has also garnered renewed interest in the past year as Hulu released a television adaptation and protestors around the country donned the book’s iconic red robes and white bonnets to protest funding cuts to Planned Parenthood and laws restricting abortion rights in Texas, Ohio, and Missouri.

Panelists will include faculty members from GCC’s English, Science, and Social Science departments, discussing the book and its relevance to today from their own disciplinary perspectives and encouraging audience questions and participation.

Free and open to the public; lunch provided.

Wednesday October 11 – 12:00pm

C208 Community Room

Attorney Tahirah Amatul-Wadud of Springfield discusses the state of affairs for Muslims in America in light of policies being made in the current political climate.

Ms. Amatul-Wadud is an attorney with a practice in domestic relations law and civil rights. She is a graduate of Elms College in Chicopee and Western New England University School of Law, in Springfield where she resides. She’s a volunteer commissioner on the Mass. Commission on the Status of Women and a board member for the Massachusetts chapter for the Council on American Islamic Relations. She has recently been chosen to serve on the Family Advisory Council for Boston Children’s Hospital. Ms. Amatul-Wadud was named a Top Woman of Law for 2016 by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly.

Wednesday October 25 – 12:00pm

C208 Community Room

Former GCC professor and civil rights attorney Buz Eisenberg provides an update on legal issues as they relate to immigration.

Wednesday November 15 – 12:00pm

C201 President’s Conference Room

With all of the talk about “fake news” these days, how can you be sure your news is accurate and reliable? How can you make certain you’re getting the whole story? In this workshop, we’ll examine an increasingly digital news environment, analyze different news genres, and discuss practical strategies for choosing the best information.