In collaboration with the Office of Equity and Diversity and the Unity Wing, the J. Eugene Smith Library is currently organizing a Human Library event for students during the fall semester. Before the rapid outbreak of the Coronavirus in Connecticut and the subsequent cancellation of all campus events by the university, this event was slated to occur on Tuesday, Apr. 7, but is now being prepared for a fall occurrence at a currently unknown specific date and time.
As many of us know, the illness known as COVID-19, (more commonly referred to as the “Coronavirus”), has made a lasting impact on societies all around the globe. The virus that originated in Wuhan, China has been a major concern for many over the past few weeks, and has continued to spread to 144 countries worldwide, according to President Trump.
On Mar. 2, from 6 p.m., to 8 p.m., Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society, and Eastern Aspiring Educators Club hosted an event that in the library, that celebrated Reading Across America Day. According to readacrossamerica.org, this day was “launched in 1998 by the National Education Association (NEA), Read Across America is the nation’s largest celebration of reading. This year-round program focuses on motivating children and teens to read through events, partnerships, and reading resources that are about everyone, for everyone.”
Amid the current unsteady political climate among Democrats and Republicans, there was one speaker that visited Eastern on Feb. 27, during an event called, “Being Out in Politics” who was able to give his own story on how he had become a politician and how coming out has affected him in politics.
Super Tuesday is the election day in the presidential primaries when the greatest number of states hold caucuses and primary elections. In the 2020 Presidential Election, Super Tuesday fell on Mar. 3. The date was one of the most consequential days in the Democratic Party, and yielded about one third of the total delegate allocation. These delegates come from the 14 participating states.
On Wednesday Feb. 26, at 7 p.m.., Governor Ned Lamont visited Eastern along with some of his cabinet members to host a town hall meeting to discuss workforce education. Roughly 100 people including students, teachers, state activities and journalists from all over the state gathered in the Student Center Theatre to ask the governor dire questions about the state’s future in education, alongside other concerns.
On Feb. 26, at 3 p.m., in the Johnson Room in the library, one faculty member, one student and a graduate of Howard University, were awarded with the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Distinguished Service Award. According to the Eastern website, this award, “remembers the altruistic efforts of Dr. King, whose spirit, philosophy and teachings continue to inspire countless individuals today.”
As February comes to a close in a week, there had been and still has been a lot going on for people who are thinking about black history and those who have been impacted by their own history. NBC Connecticut has a section on their website that addresses events or stories that have happened this month regarding black history. Here are the stories that NBC Connecticut has covered:
On Feb. 12, at 4 p.m., The Center for Internships and Career Development hosted an event called Ready Set Graduate! This event was to help seniors prepare for the Career Fair that will be occurring on Apr. 1. This event was also hosted to help seniors learn more about how to obtain a job for the future and learn about potential career opportunities from around this area. One student, Avery Smith, said that she attended this event for that reason; to see what options there are for seniors like her.
More than 2,000 people have died from coronavirus across the globe, according to the latest figures released Tuesday, Feb. 18. The virus has infected more than 75,000 people around the world, mostly in mainland China. The death toll stands exactly at 2,009, including five people outside mainland China with one death in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, the Philippines and France.