Area briefs: Polish Constitution Day, Forbes public forum, former Smith College president to be honored

Published: 05-01-2017 3:12 PM

Polish committee to observe constitution day with screening

NORTHAMPTON — The Northampton Polish Heritage Committee will observe Polish Constitution Day on Wednesday with a film screening of “Europe’s First Constitution,” by professor Richard Pawlikowski.

The screening begins at 6:30 p.m. in the community room at St. Valentine’s Polish National Catholic Church, 127 King St.

The holiday celebrates the anniversary of the adoption of a constitution for reform in 1791. Free elections, the first in Europe, were part of the document.

The community is invited to attend the free event.

Forbes to hold forum on strategic plan

NORTHAMPTON — Forbes Library will hold a public forum Wednesday to gather feedback on a new strategic plan to identify priorities for services and programs for the next five years.

The forum will be facilitated by Kristi Chadwick, a consultant with the Massachusetts library system.

The library is located at 20 West St.

Smith College to honor former

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NORTHAMPTON — Smith College will host an event honoring the life and legacy of former President Emerita Mary Maples Dunn, who died March 19 at the age of 85.

The celebration of Dunn’s life will take place May 28 at 2 pm in Helen Hills Chapel on the Smith College campus, and will feature family, friends and former colleagues offering their memories of Dunn. Members of the public are invited to attend.

During Dunn’s administration, the college added five new majors, drew record numbers of applications and instituted policies recognizing issues of race and sexuality on campus.

In addition to her work as a historian, scholar and president of the university from 1985 to 1995, Dunn and her husband Richard were active supporters of many Pioneer Valley institutions, including the Academy of Music, United Way and Cooley Dickinson Hospital.