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Fall 2017 Lunchtime Programs

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 Fall 2017 Lunchtime Schedule.







September 25

Peter Slavin

President and CEO, Mass General Hospital

“Operating a Major Hospital in a Dynamic, Highly Competitive Environment”

September 26

Matthew R. Segal

Legal Director, ACLU Foundation of MA

 "Civil Rights in the Trump Era"

September 27

Kim Noltemy

COO, Boston Symphony Orchestra

“Building the Future of Classical Music Audiences” 


September 28

Suzanne Hodes

BOLLI Member and Artist

“Studio Days: A Memoir of my Creative Life”

October 2

Phil Radoff

BOLLI Member

"Norma, a bel canto tragic opera set in Roman-occupied Gaul, by Vincenzo Bellini"

October 3

Andrew Loewenstein

International Lawyer, Advocate at the International Court of Justice

“The South China Sea Arbitration: A Perspective of Counsel for the Philippines”


October 4

Matthew Siegal

Chair, Conservation and Collections Management, MFA Boston

"A Case Study: Relocating and Conserving a Goddess"

October 5

Brendan Quigley

Puzzle Maker for the New York Times

"Creating Crossword Puzzles"

October 9 

Columbus Day - No Classes

October 10

Lunch Together

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

October 11

Harriet Cross

British Consul General, Boston

"The United Kingdom's Vision for the Future Post-Brexit"


October 12

Helen Horowitz

Professor of American Studies and History, Emerita at Smith College

“A Taste For Provence: A new Eden for American Travelers”" 

October 16

Robert P. Franks

President and Chief Executive Office, Judge Baker Children's Center

"Children’s Mental Health: What we have learned the hard way"

October 17

Alex Morrow

Distinguished Research Scientist, Olin College

“Remarks on the Olin Blind Sailor Project”

October 18

Lunch Together

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

October 19 

Jenny Allen

Comic Monologuist; Essayist for New Yorker and others

"What's so Funny?  Why we Laugh"

October 23

Carmen Ortiz

Former US Attorney, MA

“Reflections on my Role as a US Attorney”

October 24

Mike Krol

Supervisory Special Agent, US Department of Homeland Security

"Human Trafficking, Drugs and Gangs, a Vicious and Dangerous Cycle"

October 25

BOLLI Museum Outing

Caitlin Rubin, Asst. Curator

Immortal City by Kurak Mourad

Sponsored by the Membership Committee

October 26

Lunch Together


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

October 30

Paul Chernoff

Former Associate Justice on the Massachusetts Superior Court 

"Bench Notes: My Reflections on 25 years on the Massachusetts Bench"

October 31

Ellen Clegg

Editor, Editorial Page, Boston Globe

"Journalism in the Time of Trump"


November 1
"A Taste of the Lexington Symphony"

with Jonathan McPhee, Musical Director, and Symphony Members

November 2

Jordan Berg Powers

Deputy Director, Mass Alliance

"Activism and What We Can Do"

November 6

Peter Koutoujian

30th Sheriff of Middlesex County

 “Reducing Recidivism through Smart Justice Initiatives.”


November 7

Burton Jaffe, MD

Twice winner of Boston Mayor’s Green Award

"Has the U.S. lost its fight against climate change?” 

November 8

Alan Sager

Professor of  Health Law, Policy, and Management, BU School of Public Health

“Health Care: An Easy Problem to Fix?”

November 9

Kate Larson

New York Times Bestselling Author

 “The Real Underground Railroad”

 November 13

Lunch Together

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

November 14

Tom Putnam

Special Assistant, Presidential Library System

“Ernest Hemingway:  Life and Literature”

November 15

James Jabbour

Faculty, Forensic Science, Mount Ida College

"The Real Story Behind Forensic Science: How the TV Shows Measure Up" 

November 16

Anthony Green

Associate Artistic Director, Castle of our Skins

Castle of our Skins:  The Lives and Music of Black Composers throughout History

**Info updated as of 11/15**

No Class November 20-23 - Thanksgiving Break
November 27

Howard Sumka

USAID Senior Foreign Service, Minister Counselor (ret.)

“Prospects for Ending the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict”

November 28

Susan Cohen

Founder and Chair of Mintz Levin’s Immigration Practice

“Immigration in the Trump Era: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly”

November 29

Songjun Ohm

Consul General, Republic of Korea

"The Crisis on the Korean Peninsula: Is There a Way Out?

**Info updated as of 11/15**

November 30

Eran Ben-Joseph

Dept Head, Urban Studies and Planning, MIT

"ReThinking a Lot: The Design and Culture of Parking"

December 4

Martha Bebinger

Healthcare Reporter, WBUR

“The Opioid Epidemic: A Crisis of Epic Proportions”

December 5

Marie Danziger, Harvard Kennedy School and Avi Bernstein, BOLLI Director

“One BOLLI, One BOOK: Exit West by Mohsin Hamid”

Sponsored by the Social Change Working Group

December 6

Georgia Luikens

Brandeis Instructor, Music Department

Losing John F. Kennedy:  Leonard Bernstein’s Musical Farewell”


December 7

CAST (Creative Acting, Storytelling and Theater) Performance 


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