The New England Center for Civic Life

River of Words: Stream of Consciousness

River of Words: Stream of Consciousness is a Franklin Pierce University community project exploring significant social and environmental ideas through the power of words. Students will have the opportunity to share their thoughts on a topic through spoken and written words, images, sounds, and/or movement. The purpose of this project is to inspire dialogue and provide a creative space for civic engagement. Local artist Christine Destrempes will provide consultation for students throughout the semester and help construct the final compilation of work. Learn more about the project.


Two Rivers

Two Rivers

Tuesday, September 14 from 6:30-8 PM in Pierce Hall.

'Two Rivers documents the true story of a Native American Reconciliation group that began in a couple’s home in Northern Washington State. Within five years many more had joined, and together they launched social and political reconciliation initiatives that changed their community, and race relations across the Northwest." -- Excerpt from

A River of Waste  

A River of Waste

Tuesday, September 28 from 6:30-8 PM in Pierce Hall.

"A heart-stopping new documentary, A River Of Waste: The Hazardous Truth about Factory Farming exposes a huge health and environmental scandal in our modern industrial system of meat and poultry production. The damage documented in today's factory farms far exceeds the damage that was depicted in Upton Sinclair's novel, The Jungle, a book written over 100 years ago. Some scientists have gone so far as to call the condemned current factory farm practices as 'mini Chernobyls'." - Excerpt from

Franklin Pierce University campus aerial shot  

Too Much Food: Geese, Lawns, and Pearly Pond

Tuesday, October 19 from 6:30-7 PM in Marcucella Hall Room 102.

Presentation by Professor Catherine Owen Konig, Professor of Environmental Studies

Slam nation  


"SlamNation is an exciting look at the latest in literary blood sport: Slam Poetry. This nonfiction narrative illuminates the competitive spoken word movement as it fire-spreads across America. New York City’s Slam Team journeys to Portland, Oregon to compete in the National Poetry Slam, engaging in battle poetic with 120 performance poets on 27 city teams for 4 days of incongruous elimination bouts. Along the way they encounter Machiavellian strategizing, personal animosities, fulfilling triumphs and some truly electrifying language". --Excerpt from