The story of immigration as told through maps

Dr. Francis Coan, History Professor at Tunxis, will present the story of American immigration through maps. This is a very visual way to understand how the populations, cultures, and time periods have evolved throughout the geography of America.

 

Poles in their homeland and Connecticut: History and Culture

Presented by Renata Vickrey, University Archivist and Outreach Librarian at CCSU. A lecture on the  history and culture of Poles who emigrated from Poland to the US, from mid-19th century until the present.  In addition to the reasons why this population immigrated, we will discuss the building of community, family traditions and customs, especially by the Poles who live in CT! Food from Little Poland (New Britain) will be served.

Summer Film Series: Focus on Immigration – “Dirty Pretty Things”

Dirty Pretty Things – Okwe is an illegal Nigerian immigrant struggling to survive in London’s underground.  He works as a hotel receptionist in the night time and since he has a medical degree, he also practices medicine on the side. When he is offered a lot of money to perform illegal surgeries, he faces a moral dilemma. Rated R, 1h 37m.  Click here for trailer

After the film, a discussion will be led by Bob Kagan, Professor of Communication at Central Connecticut State University and the University of Hartford.

“Focus On Immigration” Film Series Summer 2019

  • Tuesday, August 13 @ 1:30 pm – Frontera
  • Tuesday, August 20 @ 1:30 pm – Brooklyn
  • Tuesday, August 27 @ 1:30 pm – Dirty Pretty Things

All films are free of charge and begin at 1:30 pm; sponsored by the Friends of the Avon Public Library

Summer Film Series: Focus on Immigration – “Brooklyn”

Brooklyn – An Irish immigrant arrives in 1950’s Brooklyn, where she quickly falls into a romance with an Italian-American plumber. When her past catches up with her, she must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within. Rated PG-13, 1h 59m. Click here for trailer

After the film, a discussion will be led by Bob Kagan, Professor of Communication at Central Connecticut State University and the University of Hartford.

“Focus On Immigration” Film Series Summer 2019

  • Tuesday, August 13 @ 1:30 pm – Frontera
  • Tuesday, August 20 @ 1:30 pm – Brooklyn
  • Tuesday, August 27 @ 1:30 pm – Dirty Pretty Things

All films are free of charge and begin at 1:30 pm; sponsored by the Friends of the Avon Public Library

Italian-Americans in CT in the 1920s

Presented by Dr. Rafaele Fierro, History and Political Science Professor at Tunxis, and part of the Civic Engagement Institute on campus.   Dr. Fierro will use the 1920 Census to share the stories of criminal activity (non-Mob related) within Connecticut. At one point, 32%  of the prisoners in the Wethersfield prison were Italian! Why was this?? Refreshments provided by the Prince Thomas of Savoy Italian Club.

Summer Film Series: Focus on Immigration – “Frontera”

Frontera – A former Arizona sheriff’s wife is killed while riding on their ranch property. It would appear a Mexican man illegally crossing the border is at fault. As the former and the current sheriff search for answers, lives are changed forever. Rated PG-13, 1h 43m.   Click here for trailer

After the film, a discussion will be led by Bob Kagan, Professor of Communication at Central Connecticut State University and the University of Hartford.

“Focus On Immigration” Film Series Summer 2019

  • Tuesday, August 13 @ 1:30 pm – Frontera
  • Tuesday, August 20 @ 1:30 pm – Brooklyn
  • Tuesday, August 27 @ 1:30 pm – Dirty Pretty Things

All films are free of charge and begin at 1:30 pm; sponsored by the Friends of the Avon Public Library