CANCELLED: Understanding the Americans With Disabilities Act

Dr. Madeline L. Peters

Trainer: Dr. Madeline L. Peters has worked in higher education for  the past 38 years. For 30 of these she has served as the Director of Disability Services at UMass Amherst. Dr. Peters is a veteran, author, educator, and consultant. She has experience in successfully navigating and complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA), and in operating as an Accommodation Specialist/Advocate.

Class Description: The Americans with Disabilities Act is a complicated Civil Rights law that most people do not understand. Listening to the laws can be boring and hard to understand. This workshop will provide participants with an introductory overview of the Act and help them come to a greater understanding of Disability Law. Learn the definition of disability; understand the rights of people with disabilities and the responsibilities of institutions and organizations towards people with disabilities. Learn to be an ally to people with disabilities. Come to this interactive workshop and become aware of the responsibilities of society to people with disabilities.

CANCELLED: Sacred Music: A Journey to Freedom

Dr. Ruth Bass Green

Trainer: Dr. Ruth Bass Green, educator, piano and voice teacher, and church musician, is the founder and president of the Hazelle Catherine Bass Institute for the Arts ( For over 50 years, Ruth has served underprivileged and privileged students and adults across diverse fields of age, race, and gender. As a music educator, Ruth is a spokeswoman for the legacy of Negro Spirituals and the priceless contributions they bring to the genre of music in the Americas. Ruth’s teachings and travels abroad, in Europe and Africa, fueled her determination to cultivate a deeper passion for the transformative personal and social power of the arts. She is unerring in her devotion to the idea that “music is a healing, cross‐cultural gift and bridge” that can grow connections at profound levels of heart, mind, and spirit. Ruth received a BA in Music Education from California State University, a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education, and a doctorate in Educational Studies from UMass Amherst.

Class Description: This workshop is designed for participants to hear and enjoy the musically gifted pianist Dr. Ruth Bass Green play selections of sacred songs and Negro spirituals that inspired and motivated the enslaved people and later Civil Rights activists to work for social justice and freedom for all. Ruth will describe the differences in the genres of spirituals, gospel, and secular songs and the role that the technique “call and response” provides to blend the spoken word with choral style music. The workshop will provide participants with the opportunity to delve deeply into the authentic sound and message of the music, and to see how the experience of listening and singing helps them open their hearts and minds to become advocates who will embrace diversity and inclusion in their communities.