This week on Urban Update, Host Byron Barnett will be joined by MIT Sloan School of Management professor Evan Apfelbaum who recently concluded a study which shows that when a group of people watch an event simultaneously, stronger emotional reactions are produced. Professor Apfelbaum’s research is particularly relevant in lieu of the World Cup, the world’s most-watched sporting event which concluded with Germany winning its 4th World Cup by defeating Argentina.
Next, Host Byron Barnett will discuss the Massachusetts Association of Hispanic Attorneys (MAHA), the leading Hispanic legal organization in the Commonwealth as it continually strives to enhance the professional stature of its members. The association also works to increase the participation of Hispanic leaders in the civic arena. Byron will be joined by MAHA president Jessica Massey, and former MAHA presidents Danilo Avalon and Robert W. Harnais to discuss the Hispanic National Bar Association’s Annual Convention here in Boston in September 2015. This will be the first time the national convention comes to Massachusetts in its 40 year history.
Next, Host Byron Barnett will talk about Roxbury Multi-Service, Inc., an organization that is committed to providing families with the tools to live stronger, more productive lives. Founded in 1964, it has provided behavioral health, education programs and even housing as it has been guided by the belief that fostering resilience in young people can enrich our communities. Byron will be joined by special guests to explain how Roxbury Multi-Service Center, Inc is looking to enhance and extend services while remaining affordable and accessible.
Closing out the week, Host Byron Barnett will highlight FIGMENT, which was founded in 2007 in New York and began with a few thousand art enthusiasts who came together to enjoy a handful of art projects. The event has recently ballooned into a multi-day, multi-city event that draws over 30,000 participants in New York, Boston, Jackson, Mississippi, and Detroit, Michigan. FIGMENT Boston, as it has become known, is a free, annual celebration of participatory art and culture where everything is possible. It offers free and inclusive art to entire communities while removing the barriers of museum and gallery walls. The event is also free. Byron will be joined by FIGMENT Boston producer Anne Lodick, Communications Director Claire Daivies, and outreach communications specialist Peter Duran. For two days this summer, FIGMENT Boston will transform the Rose Kennedy Greenway into large-scale, collaborative artwork.
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