Creating public squares
The Community Design Center of Rochester will present "Creating Places We Care About," a lecture by former Birmingham, Michigan, mayor Mark Nickita on Wednesday, January 31. Nickita co-founded Archive D.S., a studio that combines architecture, urban design, and graphic design to regenerate pedestrian-oriented urban environments. The event will be held at Gleason Works' Auditorium, 1000 University Avenue, at 7 p.m. Registration: www.rrcdc.org. Information: 271-0520. Suggested donation: $10.
When Indians became slaves
The Moving Beyond Racism Book Group will discuss "The Other Slavery" by Andrés Reséndez on Tuesday, February 5. The book uncovers Europeans' enslavement of native people in North America and the Caribbean to in the 1800's to perform hard labor. The event will be held at Barnes and Noble, Pittsford Plaza, at 7 p.m.
Fighting for land in Mexico
The Rochester Committee on Latin America will show "Maya Faces in a Smoking Mirror" on Wednesday, February 7. The documentary film by Bill Jungels and Christine Eber explores how young Mayan people from Chiapas, Mexico, are resisting exploitation of indigenous people, their land, and way of life. The film will be shown at Downtown United Presbyterian Church, 121 North Fitzhugh Street, at 7 p.m, followed by a question and answer session with Jungels.
Forum features Dems hoping to oppose Collins
The Turn 27 Blue Coalition and SUNY-Geneseo College Democrats will host a public forum on Thursday, February 1, to hear five candidates seeking the Democratic nomination to run against Republican Representative Chris Collins. The candidates are Sean Bunny, Tom Casey, Nate McMurray, Joan Elizabeth Seamans, and Nicholas Stankevich. Collins is one of President Trump's most ardent GOP supporters. He represents New York's 27 th District, which covers Livingston, Wyoming, Genesee, and Orleans Counties, as well as parts of Niagara, Erie, Monroe, and Ontario Counties. The event will be held at SUNY Geneseo, MacVittie College Union ballroom, at 6:30 p.m.
Social media and politics
The Friends and Foundation of the Rochester Public Library will present "What Is a Trusted News Source?" on Tuesday, February 6. Tom Proietti, resident media scholar at St. John Fisher College, will discuss how traditional journalism and newer social media are intersecting, and the impact on US politics, business, and social worlds. The event will be held at the Central Library, Kate Gleason Auditorium, 115 South Avenue, from 12:12 p.m. to 12:52 p.m.