The semester-long series, all of whose events are open to the public, aims to facilitate discussion on tolerance and diversity while principally exploring the question, "What does it mean to be equal?"
The first scheduled event is one of three film screenings concerning mental health awareness to be held during the semester. The 1975 film "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" will be shown, followed by an audience-led discussion with a panel of mental health professionals. Featured on the panel will be Gary Mullaney, CEO of the Children's Home of Cromwell and former superintendent of Connecticut Valley Hospital.
The free screening takes place Wednesday, Feb. 17 at 5 p.m. in Chapman Hall.
Other events to be sponsored by the President's Committee on Diversity include a virtual lecture on Internet-based discrimination by Andy Famiglietti, Britain Fellow at Georgia Tech (March 8); multiple discussions on preselected books including the 2010 "One Book, One Middletown" selection The Soloist; and a college-wide International Day in April.
"These events present a wonderful opportunity for students and members of the community to engage in a meaningful dialogue on what equality means in the 21st century," Middlesex President Wilfredo Nieves said.
A complete list of events, as well as descriptions, directions and times, can be found on the college's website: http://www.mxcc.commnet.edu/