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The stain of slavery on American history has seen many renderings on celluloid, but director Steve McQueen goes at the matter in “12 Years a Slave” in a fashion that gets under the viewer’s skin in stunning, unexpected ways.
Somerville’s Performing Fusion Theatre wants short plays from playwrights and to audition the actors, musicians, singers and dancers who will make them come to life at its inaugural Somerville Theatre Festival.
People interested in serving on the Cambridge Human Rights Commission are asked to send letters of interest, a résumé and list of applicable experience by mail, fax or e-mail by Oct. 18, said the commission’s head, Nancy Schlacter.
Despite there being a new boss in the executive suite, city employees with stories to tell about racial or sexual discrimination were afraid to testify Tuesday at a Civic Unity Committee meeting, other workers said.
After years of turbulence resulting from budget squeezes, a new superintendent and major structural changes, the city’s school district has reached what one official dubs approvingly “the Year of Staffing Stability” – a sign that things are settling down.
If we miss this chance to utilize social platforms for good, shame on us.
With the city facing seven discrimination lawsuits from employees and questions lingering from a previous six, there is a meeting Wednesday on the topic of “lessons learned.” The new city manager has suggested he’s learned some.
There’s no justification for city councillors to go behind closed doors to hear about six discrimination lawsuits facing the city, and doing so might even be illegal, councillor Craig Kelley argued Monday.
Some 30 educators, parents and other experts are midway through a two-day, nine-hour look at controlled choice, that mystifying formula that identifies which kid goes to which public school. It puts the system under a spotlight more intense than any since 2001, officials said.