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U of T marks International Women’s Day with lectures, a pitch competition and other events

U of T marks International Women's Day with lectures, a pitch competition and other events

The University of Toronto community is marking International Women’s Day on March 8 with a variety of events across the three campuses.

From lectures and workshops to a startup pitch competition and a fun trivia night, the events will highlight the cultural, political and socioeconomic achievements of women across the world.

Here’s a snapshot of what’s scheduled across the three U of T campuses this week:

Women in Hip-Hop: Erasure, Trailblazers and Place-makers

Co-hosted by Hart House and Fresh, Bold and So Def at the Universal Hip Hop Museum, this virtual event will showcase the historical and continuing contributions of women in hip-hop. The conversation will be led by moderator Francesca D’Amico-Cuthbert, a post-doctoral researcher at U of T’s Jackman Humanities Institute. She’ll be joined by Martha Diaz, curator, archivist, educator, media producer and social entrepreneur; DJ Lynnée Denise, artist, scholar and writer; and Kayja Edwards, a student at U of T Mississauga who is studying a double major in communications, culture, information and technology and women and gender studies. March 8, 4 – 5:30 p.m. ET 


Part of U of T’s Entrepreneurship Week, ICUBE – home of early-stage start-ups at U of T Mississauga – is hosting Pitch with a Twist, International Women’s Month Edition. The event provides an opportunity for women-identifying entrepreneurs to pitch early-stage ventures to a panel of women-identifying judges from a variety of sectors for cash prizes and support. March 8, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. ET


Faith on the Margins – International Women’s Day Event 

The Multi-Faith Centre at U of T is hosting a virtual conversation to explore how gender rights, justice and spirituality are connected. The participants include Maryam Khan, social work professor at Wilfrid Laurier University, Rev. Cheri DiNovo, minister and former MPP, and Rabbi Ariella Rosen, senior director and senior Jewish educator at Hillel U of T. March 8, 5:30 – 8 p.m. ET


International Women’s Day – Crowns of Change Head Wrap Workshop

Hosted at the Meeting Place at U of T Scarborough, the Crowns of Change is a workshop for women to learn how to protect their hair with a head wrap or head covering. Participants will get to leave with their own crown. March 8, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. ET


International Women’s Day Lecture with Tara Houska

The Women & Gender Studies Institute is hosting a virtual lecture – Defend the Sacred: Reconnection is Resistance – with tribal attorney, land defender and climate justice activist Tara Houska. She co-founded Not Your Mascots, an organization committed to educating the public about representation of Indigenous Peoples. March 9, 6 – 7:30 p.m. ET


International Women’s Day Trivia Night

Students, staff and faculty are invited to take part in a fun trivia night focused on women who are trailblazers in their respective fields. Hosted by the International Student Centre, there are prizes available. March 11, 5 – 6 p.m. ET

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Albacore opens, Kyle Carey performs, Black history lectures: Community events this week

Albacore opens, Kyle Carey performs, Black history lectures: Community events this week

Albacore Park opens for the season 

PORTSMOUTH – The Albacore Park Museum, 569 Submarine Way, will open for the season on Monday, Feb. 21. It will be open for tours Monday through Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with the last ticket sold at 4 p.m. 

Regular admission for tours is $9 per adult and $4 per students and children under 14 years of age. Group rates are also available for groups of 10 or more. Albacore Park will continue health and safety protocols to keep visitors and staff protected during the continuation of COVID-19 recommendations. Everyone must wear a mask at all times. 

For more information, the best place to view Albacore Park’s events is on its Facebook page. You can also call 603-436-3680 or visit

Greenland Women’s Alliance presents Chowder Luncheon

GREENLAND — The Women’s Alliance of Community Congregational Church in Greenland will be hosting a chowder luncheon on Tuesday, Feb. 22. Lunch will feature fish chowder or corn chowder served with bread and butter pickles, coffee or tea, and choice of homemade pie slice for dessert. The price is just $10 per person and take-out is available. There will also be a bake sale with other homemade goodies.

The luncheon is open to the public and held at the Greenland Parish House, 44 Post Road, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, contact Robin Weeks at 603-431-1823 or

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Active Retirement Association presents The Innocence Project

The Active Retirement Association of the Greater Seacoast will present a free Zoom presentation by UNH law professor Albert Scherr on The Innocence Project at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 23.

Founded in 1992, The Innocence Project seeks to exonerate the wrongly convicted through DNA testing and to reform the criminal justice system to prevent future injustice. Professor Scherr, currently Chair of the International Criminal Law and Justice Program at the Franklin Pierce School of Law at UNH, is a nationally recognized authority on forensic DNA evidence. To register for this free presentation, send email to Include your name, the program title, “The Innocence Project,” and the name of your city or town. For more information, please visit or email

Kyle Carey in concert at Dover library 

DOVER — Dover Public Library located at 73 Locust St. Dover, presents Kyle Carey in concert on Wednesday, Feb. 23 at 6:30 p.m.

Kyle Carey’s unique trans-Atlantic fusion of music includes influences of the American Folk Anthology, the Appalachian poetry of Louise McNeill, and the traditional music of Ireland, Cape Breton and Scotland. Having toured for five years on both sides of the Atlantic, Carey is a unique and innovative artist not to be missed. For more information about Carey, visit

The program is free and open to the public. For more information call the Library at 603-516-6050. 

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Rye library to present virtual ‘Difficult Conversations’

RYE — Want to engage on the topic of diversity but afraid you’ll stumble and offend?  Want to challenge discrimination but don’t know how? The program “Difficult Conversations”, Wednesday, Feb. 23 at 6:30 p.m. will help you gain an understanding of the reasons conversations can be difficult and learn tools to make them more productive. Presenter James McKim is Founder and Managing Partner of Organizational Ignition, a management consulting firm. 

Register for this virtual program at All programs are free of charge and open to the public. For more info, call 603-964-8401 or for more information.

Preserving Historic Homes lecture series begins

SOMERSWORTH – “Energy Conservation Retrofitting Old Homes;

 will take place Feb. 23 at 5:45 p.m. presented by Elizabeth Paglia. One of the most challenging issues facing homeowners is how to make older or historic homes more energy efficient without sacrificing character and charm. This lecture presents a historic preservation perspective on insulation, air sealing, mechanical upgrades, and other energy retrofit opportunities in your older home.

Event is free to the public, but you must register to attend. Registration can be found at  Event will take place in Council Chambers at Somersworth City Hall, 1 Government Way, Somersworth. The event will be recorded on the Government Channel and will be available on the City of Somersworth website as well.

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Learn about Dover’s renowned African American soprano

DOVER — Celebrate black history month by learning about one of Dover’s most celebrated operatic singers: Nellie Brown Mitchell.

The virtual program presented by the Dover Public Library will take place on Thursday, Feb. 24 at 6:30 p.m. and be presented by Dr. Dennis Britton, a trustee for the Black Heritage Trail in Portsmouth. Registration is required to receive a link to the online lecture and can be found by visiting or by calling the library at 603-516-6050. This program is free and open to the public.

Bob Greene to present ‘Maine’s Black History’

SOUTH BERWICK – Old Berwick Historical Society will present a lecture by journalist Bob Greene about Maine’s Black History on Thursday, Feb. 24, at 7:30 p.m. at Berwick Academy in the Dining Commons (not in the traditional theater space).

It is frequently said that Maine is the whitest state in America. Yet, Black people have a long history in the Pine Tree State. The first Black person that we know the name of was here some 12 years before the Pilgrims arrived at Plymouth Rock. A native of Portland, Greene is the eighth generation of his family to be born in Cumberland County.

Admission is free to members, with a $5 suggested donation for non-members. The lecture is open to the public, no registration is required. Masks are mandatory inside the building. The lecture will be recorded and posted to the society’s website.

More information is available by calling 207-384-0000 or at

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UNH Faculty Concert Series presents The New Hampshire Trio

DURHAM – The University of New Hampshire Department of Music presents the New Hampshire Trio; Karl Orvik, violin/viola; Jacques Lee Wood, cello;  Mathilde Handelsman, piano on Friday, Feb. 25 at 8 p.m., in Bratton Recital Hall of the Paul Creative Arts Center, on the Durham campus. The program will include the Rachmaninoff Trio Elegiaque in G Minor, and Beethoven’s Piano Trio Op. 97 “Archduke”. The concert is also available via livestream at Admission is free.

Comedy show at Strikers East in Raymond

RAYMOND — Comedy returns to the Striker’s East function room at 4 Essex Drive in Raymond, Saturday, Feb. 26 at 8 p.m., with a double headliner show starring Will Noonan and Jim Lauletta with regional star Kennedy Richard opening. Tickets are $20 and may be purchased at the door the night of the show.

Environmentalist Bill McKibben to speak at North Church Feb. 26

PORTSMOUTH – North Church is continuing to celebrate its 350th year with a series of lectures on important issues of our time. 

Noted environmentalist and grass roots activist Bill McKibben is one of the foremost voices on climate change and climate activism in the nation. He will be speaking on the topic “How do people of faith respond to a crisis this big? Global warming is the biggest thing people have ever done. We are threatening to run Genesis in reverse. How do we stop in time?” 

McKibben’s 1989 book, “The End of Nature” was the first wake-up call for the public on the subject of climate change. He subsequently founded, and more recently, to spur activism and rally support for progressive climate policy.

The lecture takes place at the North Church of Portsmouth in Market Square Portsmouth on Saturday, Feb. 26 at 4 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Donations will benefit Third Acti.

Black Heritage Trail presents fourth Tea Talk Feb. 27

PORTSMOUTH — “The Lingual Divide: ¿Y Tu Abuela Donde Esta?” is the subject of the fourth in the series of “Courageous Conversations” presented by the Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire as part of the 2022 Elinor Williams Hooker Tea Talks. This free virtual and in-person event will be held on Sunday, Feb. 27, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. The in-person program will take place in the Levenson Room at the Portsmouth Public Library. The public can also attend the program online.

Registration is required. All programs are free and open to the public. For more information on this program or to register go to, call 603-570-8469, or send an email to

PSO to perform “Respiro di colori” Feb. 27 at Jimmy’s

PORTSMOUTH – The Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra’s chamber music series at Jimmy’s Jazz & Blues Club continues Sunday, Feb. 27 at 5:30 p.m. with “Respiro di colori.” The concert is the fourth in a six-part series that explores the borderlands between jazz and classical music.

Experience a “Breath of Colors” in this special performance with the PSO principal musicians Aubrie Dionne on flute, Sarah Krebs on oboe, John Ferraro on clarinet and special guest pianist Tianhong Yang. 

Paired with fine food and libations, this series promises chamber music like audiences have never experienced before. Tickets are $75 per person and include the concert as well as appetizers, dinner and dessert from an a la carte menu that will change seasonally. For tickets, visit