The Legacy Project at County College of Morris (CCM) announces its Fall schedule focusing on the theme of “War, Peace & Healing.” The series includes lectures, panel discussions, film and book discussions.  All events are free and open to the public and reservations are required by emailing or by calling 973-328-5469.

On Tuesday, October 1, retired Lt. William Keegan, Night Operations Commander of the World Trade Center Rescue/Recovery Teams during September 11, 2001, will give a lecture on “A Survivors Mission.”  Keegan will discuss his time working at Ground Zero and his founding of Healing Emergency Aid Response Team (HEART 9/11).  The event will be held on the CCM Campus, 214 Center Grove Road, Randolph, in Sheffield Hall Room 100 (SH-100) at 12:30 p.m. and is co-sponsored by the Criminal Justice Club at CCM.

The documentary film “Playing for Change: Peace Through Music” will be shown on Tuesday, October 15, at 12:30 p.m. in SH – 100. The film documents the Playing For Change initiative, which unites musicians from diverse parts of the world. World renowned musician and composer David Rimelis, who will introduce the film, is an artist-in-residence for the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. His music has been performed by orchestras internationally, including the Boston Pops, National Symphony and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. Co-Sponsoring the film is Music, Performing Arts and Music Technologies Department at CCM.

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“Karl Marx City” documentary.

The Bickford Theatre at Morris Museum will host the Friday, November 1, Legacy Project event called the “Legacy of Surveillance” from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. The award-winning filmmaker Petra Epperlein will present her acclaimed documentary “Karl Marx City” and will then lead a question-and-answer session about her family’s life behind the Iron Curtain.  The Morris Museum is located at 6 Normandy Heights Road in Morristown.  The event is co-sponsored by the Communications Department at CCM.

CCM’s English and Philosophy Department will be sponsoring the Tuesday, November 12, lecture, featuring the departments own Dr. Geoff Peck, who will offer a one-hour lecture on “War, Peace and Literature.” The event will be held at the Rockaway Township Free Public Library, located at 61 Mount Hope Road, Rockaway at 6 p.m.

Iraqi-born artist Wafaa Bilal, an arts professor at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, will lead a discussion “Performing Change” about how art can touch upon international politics and internal dynamics. The lecture will be held on Thursday, November 14, at 12:30 p.m. in SH-100 at CCM.

Rounding out the Legacy Project’s Fall schedule will be a book discussion of Tim O’Brien’s acclaimed novel, “The Things They Carried” on Thursday, December 5, at 3:30 p.m. Attendees are asked to please read the book prior to the event. Light refreshments will be served. The Legacy read book talk will be held on CCM’s campus in the Learning Resource Center, Room 121.

The Legacy Project at CCM will have an equally engaging and dynamic Spring schedule focusing on topics such as Refugees and Conflict, featuring artist and architect Mohamad Hafez; Veterans and Their Experiences Coming Home; War Photography; Surviving Genocide; War, Peace and Memoir; and Oral History Remembrance Week.

Over its seven years of existence, the Legacy Project at CCM has presented lectures and programming on a variety of important issues that impact the lives of students, faculty, staff, community members in Morris County and others. The Legacy Project is led by a team of professors and staff members at CCM.

This year of programming was made possible by a grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.


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Photo: Petra Epperlein directed “Karl Marx City,” a movie about her family in the GDR. Photo courtesy of Pepper & Bones / Provided with permission. The Legacy Project at CCM will be showing the film at the Bickford Theatre at Morris Museum on 11/1, 7:30 p.m.