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Nic Gareiss: Solo Square Dance
Solo Square Dance is a one-person percussive dance show created and performed by Nic Gareiss commemorating the 80th anniversary of the Irish Dance Halls Act which banned citizens from dancing in homes. The show features new pieces inspired by this and other such dance bans, including the Elmore City, OK dancing ban that inspired the film Footloose and the most recently lifted dancing ban in Pound, VA (only lifted in 1999!) which required that dancing permits not be granted "to anyone who is not a proper person, nor to a person who is not a person of good moral character". The 60-minute show, set in houses, explores the dialectic of public/private life and probes the subversive power of dancing+sounding bodies, recasting percussive dance as a vehicle of liberation and social transformation. Videos:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TgpXhocWB6Qhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d34qzGoZXLwhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AOC45Ps6wUgBio:Michigan-born dancer Nic Gareiss has been described by the Irish Times as “the human epitome of the unbearable lightness of being,” and "the most inventive and expressive step dancer on the scene” by the Boston Herald. His work re-imagines movement as a musical practice, recasting dance as medium that appeals to both eyes and ears. Gareiss draws from many percussive dance traditions, weaving together a dance technique facilitating his love of improvisation, traditional dance footwork vocabulary, and musical collaboration. He has concertized internationally for over ten years with many of the luminaries of traditional music, including Frankie Gavin, Dervish, Bill Frisell, Darol Anger, Bruce Molsky, Phil Wiggins, Buille, Solas, Liz Carroll, Martin Hayes, The Gloaming and The Chieftains. Nic holds a degree in Anthropology from Central Michigan University and a MA in Ethnochoreology from the University of Limerick. Gareiss' essay, "An Buachaillín Bán: Reflections on One Queer's Performance within Traditional Irish Music & Dance" appears in the book Meanings and Makings of Queer Dance edited by Clare Croft on Oxford University Press. www.nicgareiss.com

When: Jan 21, 2018 3pm in Harvard, MA
Cost: Suggested donation is $20, $15 for seniors.

Passages Refugee Experience (UNHCR)

Passages Experience: an awareness activity putting participants through the ordeal of refugees. Passages is a role-playing experience developed by UNHCR in 1995 designed to put participants through the ordeal of being a refugee fleeing war or persecution. It is experienced in a large space, outside on a square or inside in a large room like a gymnasium, in groups of 15 to 67 people. Experience facilitators are designated and the group is subdivided in “families”. Each of these families will go through experience modules putting them through all aspects of being a refugee (fleeing a country, crossing borders, claiming asylum). The facilitators will brief and debrief the players afterwards. Some props and clothing are will be provided. This experience is designed to help create awareness, arouse emotions and encourage participants to take action on behalf of refugees. In this experience, participants will... ...discover the concrete problems which confront refugees ...feel the psychological anguish caused by separation and flight ...see what forces people into refugee situations and the events that bring them to refugee camps ...think about possible solutions to refugee problems ...adopt a more welcoming attitude towards refugees ...become motivated to undertake actions on behalf of refugees. This experience is recommended for middle schoolers and above.   FAQs   Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event? There are no ID requirements. The event is recommended for 6th graders and above.   What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event? There is parking for about 20 vehicles on and around the property.   What can I bring into the event? You can bring a small bag and bottled water or other drink. Please do not bring food.   How can I contact the organizer with any questions? You can contact Daniel at dre@uuharvard.org.   Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event? Yes.  

When: Feb 3, 2018 12pm in Harvard, MA

The Real & Present Dangers of Christian Theocracy in America

Most people are unaware or have never heard of the term "Dominion Theology." Though the existence of this term is not well-known, the political and social effects of the various dominionist movements have increased since the 1970s, and are alarmingly present in today's political landscape. The various religio-political movements under the larger dominionist umbrella work to undermine secular democracy in favor of biblical governance. The people involved in these movements seek to destroy the fundamental freedoms guaranteed in our Constitution, and replace them with biblical mandates governing all behavior. In short, they wish to overthrow our current government and establish a government based on biblical law, including the implementation of the death penalty for a wide variety of crimes. The primary danger to American democracy is not Islamic fundamentalism, but Christian fundamentalism.  This event will include a 90 minute lecture and a 30 minute question and answer period afterwards. It will focus on three primary and related topics: types of Dominion Theology & movements, Dominion Theology & the Christian Right, and  current infiltration by Dominionists. Presenter: Daniel Payne, Founder and President of Resist Theocracy * Donations willbe accepted at the door.

When: Apr 14, 2018 5:30PM in Harvard, MA

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About Harvard, MA
Harvard is a well preserved rural town. Residents enjoy Bare Hill Pond which is a 330 acre lake where you may swim and sail and canoe in the summer and cross country ski and skate in the winter. There are over 2,000 acres of conservation land throughout Harvard which interconnect with many walking trails.

The Harvard school system has the highest rating in Worcester County and is considered the main reason why many families choose to live in Harvard. Bromfield High School graduates are accepted at a wide variety of upscale colleges all across the country.