Calendar of Events

The following are women related events in the area including ones not sponsored by WWHP.  WWHP sponsored events are indicated by our logo.

Ongoing Events

Rediscovering an American Community of Color: The Photographs of William Bullard
Saturday, 10/14/2017 - Sunday, 2/25/2018
Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury Street, Worcester, MA - Free with Museum admission
Itinerant photographer William Bullard left behind a trove of over 5,400 glass negatives at the time of his death in 1918. Among these negatives are over 230 portraits of African Americans and Native Americans mostly from the Beaver Brook community in Worcester, Massachusetts. Rediscovering an American Community of Color features eighty of these unprinted and heretofore unpublished photographs that otherwise may have been lost to history. Bullard identified over 80% of his sitters in his logbook, making this collection especially rare among extant photographic collections of people of color taken before World War I and enables this exhibition to tell specific stories about individuals and recreate a more accurate historical context. Moreover, Bullards portraits examine the role of photography as the vehicle for a new Black identity during the nascent years of the New Negro movement. Offering a photographic narrative of migration and resettlement in the aftermath of Emancipation and Reconstruction, Bullards portraits address larger themes involving race in American history, many of which remain relevant today, notably, the story of people of color claiming their rightful place in society as well as the fundamentally American story of migration, immigration, and the creation of a community in new surroundings.

Opening Reception
Thursday, October 19, 5:30 to 8pm; Free with Museum admission.

Rediscovering an American Community of Color: The Photographs of William Bullard, 1897-1917 has been organized at the Worcester Art Museum by Associate Curator of Prints, Drawings and Photographs, Nancy Kathryn Burns and Janette Thomas Greenwood, Professor of History at Clark University, working together with Frank Morrill, collector, researcher, and steward of William Bullard's remarkable negatives. A partnership with Clark University has made an accompanying illustrated catalogue, website, and interactive map possible.

This exhibition is generously supported in part by grants from the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities and the McMillan-Stewart Foundation. Additional funds provided by the Worcester Educational Development Foundation will facilitate high school visits to the exhibition from students throughout the city of Worcester.

Image: William Bullard, James & Jennie Johnson Family, 1894-1918; printed 2016, E.132.16.10

For more information, e-mail or call 508-799-4406.

October 2017

Encore Film Showing: Ida
Wednesday, 10/18/2017 2:00 PM-4:00 PM
Worcester JCC, Auditorium, 633 Salisbury Street, Worcester, MA - Free
Eighteen year old Anna, a sheltered orphan raised in a convent, in 1960s Poland, is on the brink of taking her vows when the Mother Superior insists that she first visit her only living relative. Naïve, innocent Anna soon finds herself in the presence of her Aunt Wanda, a worldly and cynical Communist Party insider, who shocks her with the declaration that her real name is Ida and her Jewish parents were murdered during the Nazi occupation. This revelation triggers a heart-wrenching journey into the Polish countryside, to the family house, and into the secrets of the repressed past, evoking the haunting legacy of the Holocaust and the realities of postwar Communism.

Director: Pawel Pawlikowski, Poland, 2013, 80 minutes Polish with English subtitles

For details, please contact Nancy Greenberg at (508) 756-7109 x232 or at
Sponsored by: Jewish Federation of Central Massachusetts, Central Mass International Jewish Film Festival
For more information, e-mail or call 508-756-7109x232.

Wednesday, 10/18/2017 - Thursday, 10/19/2017 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Clark University: Higgins University Center, Grace Room, 950 Main Street, Worcester, MA - Free and Open to the Public
Sponsored by: Co-sponsored by the Friends of the Goddard Library, the Gregory Stockmal Fund and the Worcester County Poetry Association
For more information, e-mail or call 508-793-7573.

Fall Forum: Taking a Hard Look at Feminism Through a Racial Lens
Thursday, 10/19/2017 5:30 PM-7:30 PM
YWCA of Central Massachusetts, Board Room, 1 Salem Square, Worcester, MA
What does it mean to identify as a feminist? Are women of color and white women defining it differently? How have women of color and white women experienced the "women's movement" differently? What role does race play in advancing gender equity? What role does gender play in advancing racial equity?

Join us as a diverse group of local female academics, community organizers, public servants, and legal and media professionals reflect on these and other questions.

Moderated by Dr. Nicole Overstreet of Clark University

Dr. Cara Lisa Berg-Powers, Executive Director of Transformative Culture Project

Maritza Cruz, Director of Racial and Gender Equity at the YWCA Central Massachusetts

Susan Yi-Millette, Chair of BSW Program, Wheelock College

Tahirah Amatul Wadud, Attorney

Dr. Kristin Waters, Professor of Philosophy, Worcester State University

As always, this event is free and open to the public.

Event Details
Thursday, October 19, 2017
5:30-7:30 PM
YWCA Central Massachusetts
Worcester, MA
For more information, e-mail

2017 CWE Women Business Leaders Conference
Friday, 10/20/2017 8:00 AM-4:00 PM
Sheraton Framingham Hotel, 1657 Worcester Road, Framingham, MA - $175 early bird until September 8, then $250 general admission
CWEs 2017 Annual Women Business Leaders Conference on Friday, October 20 in Framingham, MA is New Englands premier educational and networking event for women business leaders and supplier diversity professionals.


This year's event will feature:

2 Keynote Speakers

Expert speakers on a variety of educational and motivating topics related to Personal & Professional Growth and Building & Expanding Your Business

Awards Luncheon

Ample opportunities to network & make new connections

For ticket pricing, registering, & more info:

Sponsored by: Center for Women & Enterprise
For more information, e-mail or call 617-532-0257.

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