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Spring 2018 Lunchtime Programs

Including BOLLI's Distinguished Speakers Series

The Lunch & Learn Committee invites distinguished figures in politics, the arts, journalism, and Brandeis’ own faculty to speak at BOLLI. Additional lunchtime presentations are organized by the Membership Committee and BOLLI Special Interest Groups.

All lunchtime presentations take place from 1:00-2:00pm at 60 Turner Street, Waltham and are open to all BOLLI members.

Click here to download a printable version of the Spring 2018 Lunchtime Schedule.







March 5

Stephen Whitfield

Max Richter Professor of American Civilization, Brandeis University

"Brandeis University Seventy Years Ago: A New Look at Its Birth"

March 6

Ira Jackson

Sr VP for Communications and External Relations, Brandeis University

 "Turnaround Town: Boston, City of the Future"

March 7

Joe Sciacca

Editor-in-Chief, Boston Herald

“Reinventing Journalism: Why Disruption is Good for the News Industry” 

March 8

Luis Croquer

Director, Rose Art Museum

“The Rose Art Museum as Critical Communal Space: A New Vision”

March 12

Mark Hopkins

Writer and Photographer

"The Health & Future of the Peruvian Rain Forest: A Pictorial Visit"

Sponsored by the Photography SIG

March 13

James Cassetta

President and CEO, WORK Inc

“Meaningful Work: Providing Job Opportunities for People with Disabilities”


March 14 - MC

Lunch Together 

Period 2 classes are invited to eat lunch together in their classroom at 12:35pm.

March 15

Andrew Budson

Prof Neurology at BU School of Medicine; Assoc Dir for Research, BU Azheimer's Disease Center

"Seven Steps to Managing Your Memory"

March 19

Alan Banks

Supervisory Park Ranger, Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site, Brookline

"Frederick Law Olmsted, Landscape Architect: the Massachusetts Legacy"

March 20

Lunch Together

Period 2 classes are invited to eat lunch together in their classroom at 12:35pm.

March 21

Nadeem Mazen

Cambridge City Councilor

"Making a Difference: Training the Underrepresented to Run for Office"


March 22

Robert Leach

Chosen Best Orthopedic Surgeon by Boston Medicine

Sports Medicine from Namath to Benoit to You 

March 26

Andreas Teuber

Prof of Philosophy, Brandeis

"Twenty-One Legal Puzzlers: Conundrums in the Criminal Law"

March 27

Jerome Kassirer, M.D.

Prof of Medicine, Tufts Medical School; Former Editor NE Journal of Medicine

“The Impact of Drug Company Money on Physician Care”

March 28 

Phil Radoff

BOLLI Member

"Cosi Fan Tutte, the Last of the Mozart-DaPonte Collaborations"

March 29

Susan Curnan 

President of the Brandeis Faculty; Heller School faculty

“Freedom, Curiosity and Determination: Stories from Eleanor Roosevelt’s Val-Kill”


No Class April 2 - April 5 -- Spring Break 

April 9

Vance Gilbert


"Facing the Audience: An Hour with Vance"

April 10

Jack Connors

Founder of Hill Holliday; Former Chairman Partners Healthcare; Cofounder Camp Harbor View

"Lifting up Underserved Kids: The Camp Harbor View Story"

April 11
Ty Burr

Film Critic, Boston Globe

"Do the Movies Have a Future?" 

April 12

Lunch Together

Period 2 classes are invited to eat lunch together in their classroom at 12:35pm.

April 16

Patriots' Day -- No study groups or lunchtime presentations


April 17

Rachel Bratt

Prof Emerita, Tufts; Sr Res Fellow, Joint Center for Housing Studies, Harvard

"What is Affordable Housing and Why is it Important?"

April 18

Robert Kuttner

Co-founder & co-editor, The American Prospect magazine

“Democracy and Capitalism: Allies or Adversaries"

April 19

Larry Duberstein

Novelist; Author of Five Bullets

 “Five Bullets: Escape from Auschwitz, a Never-ending Flight”

 April 23

Aron Bernstein

Physicist, MIT; Wrote The Concerned Citizens Guide to Nuclear Weapons 

"The Concerned Citizens Guide to Nuclear Weapons"

April 24

David Razor

Instructor, English Department, Brandeis University

“Emily Dickinson's I Cannot Dance Upon my Toes with My Life Had Stood- a Loaded Gun. A Celebration of National Poetry Month”

April 25

Ben Battat

VP of Business Development at Teledyne Technologies

"Being Jewish in Lebanon: A Personal Story" 

April 26

Julie Scolnik

Founder and Artistic Director of Mistral Music

Unstuffy, Unpredictable and Unmatched: Why I Founded my Own Music Ensemble


April 30 

Lunch Together

Period 2 classes are invited to eat lunch together in their classroom at 12:35pm.

May 1 

Mike Dukakis 

Former Governor of Massachusetts and Democratic candidate for President 

"Managing Today's Crises"

May 2

Steven J Hoffman 

Chairman, Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission 

"Cannabis in Massachusetts: What to Expect"

May 3

Emily Norton

Chapter Director, Sierra Club of Massachusetts

"Think Global, Act Local: Climate Change and Us in the Age of Trump"

May 7

Alex Speier

Boston Globe Sports Journalist

"The Red Sox and Baseball's Changing Landscape”

May 8 
Gene Fax

Author; Founder and COB, the Cadmus Group

"Practicing History Without a License: Writing General Pershing, the 79th Division, and the Battle for Montfaucon"

May 9
One BOLLI, One Book Celebration

Marie Danziger, Harvard Kennedy School and Avi Bernstein, BOLLI Director featuring Reading with Patrick: A Teacher, a Student, and a Life-Changing Friendship
by Michelle Kuo

Sponsored by the Social
Change Working Group

May 10

Barry Bluestone

Prof of Political Economy; Northeastern

"Will the Housing Crisis Ever be Solved? A 10-point Program"

May 14
IDAS String Quartet from New England Conservatory 

“Live Performance of Works by Mozart and Mendelssohn”


May 15

Eric Chasalow, Professor of Music, Brandeis and Barbara Cassidy, Lead Vocalist for Barbara Cassidy Band

"Ford Hill Road: A Lecture/Performance in the American Folk Tradition"

May 16

Journal Publishing Party

Join BOLLI authors, poets and artists for a celebration of Volume Nine.  

Dessert will be served.

May 17

Scene-iors Performance

“Picasso at the Lapin Agile” by Steve Martin

This performance will begin at 12:45pm


Learn More

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