Noredin Morgan: Retrospective
Showing at the BATV Gallery
September 28 – October 21, 2015
Saturday, October 10, 2015, 2 – 4 pm
The Social & Political History of American Music
~ Lecture Series #2 of 7 ~
With Kevin Comtois
Please join us at Billerica Access Television on Thursday, October 8, 2015 for Kevin Comtois’ presentation Slaves, Soldiers & Abolitionists: The Music of the Civil War Era. Kevin’s October 8th presentation is the second in a lecture series of seven titled The Social & Political History of American Music. Each presentation is ninety-minutes and includes a plethora of recorded music, film clips and still images and followed by a question and answer session.
Comtois’ presentation Slaves, Soldiers & Abolitionists: The Music of the Civil War Era offers his unique insight while reviewing the racism, ideology, politics and social conditions of antebellum America with the various songs and music of the Civil War Era. Comtois emphasizes the struggle for freedom as expressed in the songs of Slaves, the ideological songs of Abolitionists and the music of singing soldiers from both the north and south.
Comtois is currently teaching history and government at Notre Dame Academy in Tyngsboro. Kevin has been teaching history and government at Northern Essex Community College (NECC) since 1999. He has also taught at Merrimack College, Quincy College and various secondary schools. Kevin designed a course on the history of American music while serving as a Social Studies Department Chairman.
Comtois earned his B.A. in Political Science from Westfield State College and his M.A. in American Civilization from the University of MA, Boston. Kevin was a recipient of two National Endowment for the Humanities grants; one in 2005 to study the history of jazz at Washington University in St. Louis, MO and the second in 2008 to study the Industrial Revolution in Lowell, MA.
In 2011, Comtois taught an Honors Colloquium he designed at NECC titled the Social and Political History of American Music and continues to be a member of the NECC Speakers Bureau. In 2014, Kevin published his first book titled Troubadours & Troublemakers: The Evolution of American Protest Music.
Comtois’ presentation, Slaves, Soldiers & Abolitionists: The Music of the Civil War Era begins at 7 pm on Thursday, October 8, 2015 at Billerica Access Television, 430 Boston Road. If you would like to attend this event, please call Billerica Access Television at 978.663.2284 to reserve your seat(s) as seating will be limited.
Attention BATV Members
An Open Hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, September 9, 2015, 7:00 pm at BATV to consider proposed amendments to BATV’s By-Laws; all are welcome to attend. The following are the current and proposed By-Laws for consideration.
Alysha Palumbo, NECN Reporter Surprises Youth Studio Production Workshop
While in Billerica covering a news story, NECN general assignment reporter and fill-in anchor Alysha Palumbo stopped by BATV and conversed with children participating in a Summer Studio Production Workshop. After fielding questions, Alysha invited participants to watch as she did a live report on Andover Road. Following her live update, she encouraged participants to tour the NECN satellite truck.
Thanks Alysha for visiting BATV!
Bob Mallock, our good neighbor and owner of Mangia Mangia Italian Kitchen is a runner; a marathon runner. The 2013 Boston Marathon was the fourth time Bob ran the Marathon and it will likely remain his most memorable. Bob had almost completed 26 miles of the 2013 Boston Marathon when chaos broke loose near the finish line. After hearing of the bombing and following an hour of confusion, Bob was reunited with his wife and daughter.
Two marathons later, Bob ran the 2015 Boston Marathon with team MR8 honoring Martin W. Richard, the 2013 Boston Marathon’s youngest victim. On June 4, 2015, Bob held a post-marathon fundraiser event at BATV for the Richard family and The Martin W. Richard Charitable Foundation, Inc. The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization formed by the parents of eight-year-old Martin Richard, who was killed in the Boston Marathon bombings on April 15, 2013.
Event planners Meghan O’Donnell and Ashley Shultz, owners of Beautifully I Do, worked closely with Bob to coordinate the event. Attendees enjoyed food and beverages provided by Mangia Mangia Italian Kitchen and were given opportunities to engage in a silent auction and raffles. Joining Mallock to raise funds for the Foundation were celebrities WHDH Reporter Steve Cooper, Boston Marathon Race Director David McGillivray and Miss Massachusetts Polikseni Manxhari.
We highly praise and support our good neighbor Bob Mallock for his heartfelt and philanthropic actions for the Martin W. Richard Charitable Foundation honoring Martin’s message and the Foundation’s mission of “No more hurting people. Peace” by investing in education, athletics and community. Martin Richard’s “view of peace went well beyond simply wanting to prevent violence. To Martin, peace meant things like togetherness, teamwork, fairness, sportsmanship, inclusion, and simple acts of kindness.” Bob Mallock’s recent actions certainly exemplify Martin’s view.
For more information about The Martin W. Richard Charitable Foundation, please visit teammr8.org.
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