This week's calls to action include the following events and activities. All are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.
The Friends and Foundation of the Rochester Public Library will tackle the subject of photonics during its January Tuesday Topics, starting on Tuesday, January 12, with "the science of photonics." Paul Ballentine, executive director of the Center for Emerging and Innovative Sciences at the University of Rochester, will demystify the word and explain how photonics will impact our lives. Tuesday, January 19, is "the politics of photonics" with Democrat and Chronicle reporters David Riley and Khristopher Brooks. And on Tuesday, January 26, "the future" will be presented by Kent Gardner, principal and chief economist at the Center for Governmental Research. Gardner will talk about the economic impact of locating the American Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics in Rochester. All of the Tuesday Topics meetings are held in the Kate Gleason Auditorium in the Central Library, 115 South Avenue, from 12:12 p.m. to 12:52 p.m. The events are free and open to the public and participants are welcome to bring their lunch.
The Rochester City School District will hold a school choice expo from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, January 9. It's an opportunity for students and parents to explore different programs and academic options. The event will be held at Monroe Community College's Damon Campus (the Sibley Building).
Rochester Indymedia will host a showing of the documentary film "Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media" at 7 p.m. on Monday, January 4. The 1993 film was written and directed by Canadian filmmakers Mark Achbar and Peter Wintonick, and it examines Chomsky's cynical view of corporate media as profit-driven businesses that serves the interests of the rich and powerful; the agendas of the elite outweigh critical journalism even in organizations like the New York Times. The event will be held at the Flying Squirrel Community Space, 285 Clarissa Street.