Nazareth College and the Friends of Ganondagan host the lecture "Lost Identity: the Painful Legacy of the Native American Boarding Schools," at 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 25. Michael Martin, executive director of Native American Community Services of Erie and Niagara Counties, talks about how thousands of Native American children were taken from their homes and sent to government-run boarding schools. The film "Unseen Tears: the Impact of Native American Residential Boarding Schools in Western New York," will be screened at the event, which is at the Shults Center. Tickets: students, $5; Friends of Ganondagan members, $10; non-members, $15.
The Downtown Presbyterian Church presents the talk "Education and Poverty" at 9:50 a.m. on Sunday, October 21, by Dan Drmacich, former principal of School Without Walls, and Gerald Coles, former UR professor. They will discuss the impact poverty has on educating children, and the corporate and government attempts to reform schools. The event is at 121 North Fitzhugh Street.
The Commission on Christian Muslim Relations and the Muslim Catholic Alliance hold the final two discussions in their "Christianity and Islam" series. The first, "Allah and God" is at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, October 17. The second is a presentation on "Islamophobia in America," at 6 p.m. on Sunday, October 21. The latter includes a pot luck dinner and attendees are asked to bring a dish to pass, keeping in mind the Halal and Kosher meal requirements. Both meetings are at the Islamic Center of Rochester, 727 Westfall Road.
Friends of the Rochester Public Library presents "The Fine Print: How Big Companies Use Plain English to Rob You Blind," a talk by former New York Times columnist David Cay Johnston at 12:12 p.m. on Tuesday, October 30. The talk is at Central Library, 115 South Avenue.