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Freedom fighter to speak at Northern Essex in Lawrence

Artists interested in participating in Salem’s Mural Slam in June can apply by May 7. Deborah Greel/Deborah Greel/file photo
Lydia X. Z. Brown with copies of “All the Weight of Our Dreams,” the first-ever anthology of writings and artwork by autistic people of color. Lydia X. Z. Brown

JUSTICE FOR ALL Lydia X. Z. Brown was identified as autistic in eighth grade and, since she was 16, has been advocating for disability rights.

In partnership with Northern Essex Community College’s White Fund lecture, Brown will present “They Must Not Stamp Us Out: Why We Need Disability Justice” on Thursday, April 12, in Lawrence.

“Disability oppression is deeply connected with all forms of violence,” said Brown, a former Melrose resident who attended schools in Malden and Lexington and now resides in Roxbury. “We are constantly erased and forgotten, but this is not the way things have to be.”

Currently a public interest law student at Northeastern University School of Law, a visiting lecturer at Tufts University, author of the blog, “Austistic Hoya,” and lead editor of the book, “All the Weight of Our Dreams,” the first-ever anthology of writings and artwork by autistic people of color, published last June by the Autism Women’s Network.

Brown has been honored by several government and nonprofit organizations, including The White House and the Washington Peace Center.


The free lecture is open to the public. It will take place in Lawrence from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the college’s White Fund Room, 78 Amesbury St.

Call 978-738-7423 or visit

NEVER STOP LEARNING “Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it,” Albert Einstein, the famed physicist and Nobel Laureate, once said.

School opens for adult-only students eager to learn when “One Day University” arrives in Hamilton. The program will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. April 28 at the Pingree School, 537 Highland St.

Founded in 2006 by Tufts grad Steven Schragis, the pop-up university hosts about 100 live events with professors in over 45 locations across the country.


Wenham native Dr. Thomas F. Burke.Mass General

Wenham native Dr. Thomas F. Burke will present “Medical innovations: Can America Save the World?” A Pingree alum, Burke is chief of Global Health and Human Rights at Massachusetts General Hospital, a practicing emergency physician, and a faculty member at Harvard Medical School. He has established training programs for physicians and midwives in Africa.

“We’re developing a sustainable model to deliver health care among the very poor,” said Dr. Burke, “one that works, is affordable, and can endure.”

Also presenting will be Dr. Catherine Sanderson, chair of the psychology department at Amherst College, on “Positive Psychology: The Science of Happiness” and Edward T. O’Donnell, professor of history at the Holy Cross, on “Three Turning Points that Changed American History.”

Tickets are $149, and $99 using the code “Pingree” for those associated — past or present — with the private school and Globe subscribers.

To register, visit or call 800-300-3438.

FISH TALES Sail up to Gloucester for a fun fund-raiser on Monday, April 9, featuring dinner and some live storytelling when the Cape Ann Farmers Market holds its 10th annual dinner and movie night at the Cape Ann Community Cinema, 21 Main St.

The annual event helps fund year-round community programs. Following dinner at 6:30 p.m., a special Gloucester Writers Center “Fish Tales” storytelling session at 7 p.m., organized by Maureen Aylward, will present a themed “Fish Tales of Zest” with local people telling real stories. The night continues with a showing at 7:45 p.m. of Martin Scorsese’s 1974 documentary film, “Italianamerican,” in which he interviewed his parents about their life in New York City and their Sicilian family history.


Doors open at 6 p.m. Purchase tickets ($40; $60 with membership to the farmers market) at or call 978-309-8448.

AL FRESCO PAINTING The City of Salem will be holding its 14th annual Mural Slam during the Salem Main Streets’ Salem Arts Festival June 1-3.

Eleven artists — individuals or small teams — will be selected to paint a series of brick walls at Artists’ Row in downtown Salem for two days during the festival. Applications must be submitted by Monday, May 7. Those chosen will receive a $200 stipend and be eligible for a People’s Choice Award (value $250).

Apply for free. For guidelines, visit:

Watch Martin Scorsese’s 1974 documentary, “Italianamerican,” in which he interviewed his parents, at the <b>Cape Ann Farmers Market’s </b>annual dinner and movie night.

Kathy Shiels Tully can be reached at