Middlesex Community College received a grant for $1,500 from Connecticut Humanities to fund the College’s Women’s History Month program. The celebration highlights Women of Character, Courage, and Commitment.

The grant will fund a series of free events that feature former MxCC student and best-selling author Beverly Donofrio, including book readings, a film discussion, and a writing workshop.  Donofrio is also the keynote speaker at the College’s Women Students Forum on April 4.

Called a “master memoirist” by The Daily Beast, Donofrio symbolizes what it means to heal through writing – a process she has gone through in three separate, highly acclaimed memoirs: “Riding in Cars with Boys,” “Looking for Mary,” and “Astonished.” During her visits to MxCC, Donofrio will discuss her books and writing, her philosophies on life and faith, and the importance of using grief and tragedy for inner growth.

“The grant is a significant contribution toward our Women’s History Month celebration,” said Christine Ruggiero, assistant professor of English. “I’m thrilled that Connecticut Humanities recognized the humanities and scholarship reflected in our diverse series of events, enabling us to bring Beverly Donofrio to our community.”

Connecticut Humanities (CTH) is a non-profit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities that funds, creates and collaborates on hundreds of cultural programs across Connecticut each year. These programs bring together people of all ages and backgrounds to express, share and explore ideas in thoughtful and productive ways. From local discussion groups to major exhibitions on important historical events, CTH programs engage, enlighten and educate. Learn more by visiting www.cthumanities.org.