Rwandan refugees

to speak at museum

The Fairfield Museum, 370 Beach Road, will host a “Museum After Dark” event on Thursday, Feb. 22, from 6 to 8 p.m. Daniel Trust (Ndamwizeye) and Evelyn Mukasonga, siblings and refugees from Rwanda, will share their experiences of hope and survival amid the brutal massacre of the Tutsi people in the 1990s and reflect on establishing new roots in Connecticut. Fairfield University professor Jocelyn Boryczka will moderate the conversation. Trust is an international speaker, social entrepreneur and youth advocate.

Mukasonga manages African Family Synergy in Bridgeport. Boryczka is an associate professor of politics at the university. Free. For information, go to

Opioid expert to speak

The Fairfield Library hosts a discussion of the nature of opioids and why they are so addictive on Thursday, Feb. 22, at 7 p.m. in the Memorial Room at the Main Library, 1080 Old Post Road. Pharmacist Robert Bepko will discuss common opioid pain medications, their short- and long-term effects, and why there is potential for their abuse. Registration is requested.

Bepko is the administrative director of pharmacy services for the Western Connecticut Health Network, comprising Norwalk, Danbury and New Milford hospitals.

Free. To register or for information, visit or call 203-256-3160.

Political extremism

focus of lecture

The ways in which the language of anti-Semitism in 1930s America replicated the language used by Nazi Germany will be explored in a lecture, “Star Spangled Fascism: The Past and Present of American Political Extremism,” on Feb. 26 at 7:30 p.m. in Fairfield University’s Dolan School of Business dining room.

Richard Steigmann-Gall, an associate professor of history and former director of Judaic Studies at Kent State University, will be the speaker. His research centers on the origins of American Fascism and how the Nazis were able to determine the racial makeup of people.

Seating is limited. For reservations, call the Bennett Center at 203-254-4000, ext. 2066, or email