UNH Manchester Offers “Family Matters” Lecture and Film Series

UNH Manchester Offers “Family Matters” Lecture and Film Series

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

UNH Manchester will offer a free lecture and film series titled “Family Matters.” The series will explore the challenges NH families face as they negotiate the realities of everyday life. Through lectures, panel discussions, and films, the series examines key issues including education, immigration, addiction, and violence.

“Family Matters” will feature leaders from a variety of public, private, non-profit, and community organizations who will create a safe, respectful, and welcoming forum for productive conversation about these topics. Through discussion and dialogue, series participants will explore best practices for addressing these challenges.

This series begins in October and runs through December and is free and open to the public. Funding is provided by the Saul O Sidore Memorial Foundation. All lectures in the series will be held in the 3rd floor auditorium.

Free parking is available after 5:30 p.m. in Arm’s Lot, behind UNH Manchester. Events will be cancelled if the college is closed due to inclement weather (snowline: 603-641-4100). Call 603-641-4122 for more information about the series.

Confronting Manchester’s Education Challenges”: Thursday, Oct. 3, 4 – 6 p.m.
This evening event will include a panel of educators, administrators and students discussing the challenges in the Manchester school system, featuring Debra Livingston, Manchester School Department superintendent; Ted Gatsas, mayor, City of Manchester; and UNH Manchester graduate Rosanyi Rivera.

“Immigration and the Family”: Thursday, Oct. 24,1-3 p.m.
An important topic around the world, this session is an exploration of how immigration impacts the family from the perspectives of immigrants, advocates and lawyers. Attendees will hear perspectives from Rob Abramson, founder of Abramson Immigration+Solutions, Germano Martins, a native of Brazil, and Marrie Fogarty of the American Friends Service Committee.

Attorney Ron Abramson is the founder and principal of Abramson Immigration+ Solutions, a full-service immigration law firm that handles small business, family, individual and other immigration matters. Abramson is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers’ Association, and has been a law professor and Fulbright Scholar. Last year Abramson was named NH’s Top Immigration Lawyer by Business NH Magazine. He regularly speaks, writes and teaches about immigration law and policy.

Germano Martins, is a native of Fortaleza, Brazil who immigrated to the US in 1975. Martins is community relations manager at NH Department of Health and Human Services and a member of the State Employees Association (SEIU Local 1984).

Maggie Fogarty is with the American Friends Service Committee. As the NH Economic Justice project coordinator since 2007, Fogarty leads AFSC’s work to make safe, affordable housing available to everyone in New Hampshire. She also leads workshops and campaigns to help immigrants, refugees, and low-wage individuals understand their rights as tenants and workers. Fogarty is one of the founding board members of Housing Action NH , a statewide advocacy coalition. She also serves on the advisory boards of the New American Africans and the Concord Coalition to End Homelessness.

Children and Mental Health”: Thursday, Nov. 14,1-3 p.m.
This session will feature a screening and discussion of Generation RX and the implications of using drugs to “control” our children.

The series will end with a session “Domestic Violence,” Thursday, Dec. 5,1-2:30 p.m.
Counselors, community advocates and emergency responders will explore the impact of domestic violence on children and families. Carol Gay, LCMHC, will present on violence and the impact on youth.

The Sidore Lecture Series, named in memory of Saul O Sidore, was established in 1965 to offer programs that challenge existing information sources with new and vital ways of looking at the many issues in all phases of our society and our world. The Series funds programs at all four of the USNH campuses, including UNH Manchester, to enhance institutional efforts to challenge students and the wider community.