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Fall 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 Fall 2018 Lunchtime Schedule.







September 24

Nancy Schon

Sculptor, Creator of "Make Way For Ducklings" in the Public Garden

"Make Way for Nancy: A Life in Public Art"

September 25

Allen Sinai

Chief Global Economist and President, Decision Economics

"Trumponomics and a Washington Transformation? Politics, Policies, Prospects"

September 26

Tim Johnson

Retired Senior Medical Editor of ABC News

Presidential Health: Privacy versus Public’s Right to Know"

September 27

Ben Railton

Professor of English Studies and Coordinator of American Studies at Fitchburg State University

"New and Emerging African American Writers in a Time of Crisis"

October 1

Eric Moskowitz

Reporter for the Boston Globe

"News Stories From the Past Brought to New Life"

October 2

Celia Couture

President, Eastern Massachusetts Association of Community Theatres; Vice President, Wellesley Players, Inc.

"Addressing Difficult Questions through Community Theater"

October 3

Wendy Murphy

Adjunct Professor, New England Law School

“Me-Too: A Moment or a Movement?”

October 4

Craig Smith

Assistant Professor of History, William Woods University

“American Honor: The Creation of the Nation's Ideals during the Revolutionary Era”

October 8

Columbus Day

No lunchtime program

October 9

Joshua Mendelsohn

Assistant Commissioner of the Community Living Division, Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC)

"The American Disabilities Act and the Independent Living Movement:  Historical Perspectives, Contemporary Challenges"

October 10

Steven Rothstein

Executive Director, John F. Kennedy Library Foundation

"The JFK Centennial and the Whys and Wherefores of Presidential Libraries"

October 11

Stephen J. Morse

Professor of Law, Psychology, and Law in Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania 

"Personal Responsibility in the Age of Genetics and Neuroscience"

October 15

Michael Ponsor

Author of mysteries; Federal Judge in Springfield

"A Judge's Transition to Author of Legal Thrillers" 

October 16

Angela Rowlings

Staff Photographer, Boston Herald

"The Challenges and Opportunities of News Photography and Multi-Media Reporting"

**Please note the speaker change**

October 17

Lunch Together


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

October 18

Emilio Rabasa Gamboa

Mexican Consul General in Boston


October 22

Rob Macedo

National Weather Service SKYWARN Program Coordinator

“Storms and Weather Models: How Do Meteorologists Forecast Storms and Interpret Model Data?"

October 23

Michael Goldman

Longtime political consultant; Adjunct Professor at Tufts and Suffolk Universities

"1968: The Year of the Century"

October 24

Marita Rivero

Executive Director, Boston Museum of African-American History

"The Status of African-Americans in Boston, Then and Now"
October 25

Lunch Together

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

October 29

James Cassetta

President and CEO, WORK Inc

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

October 30

Peter Diamond

MIT Department of Economics; Winner of the 2010 Nobel Prize in Economic Science

"The Future of Social Security"

October 31

Sam Thier

Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School.  Past President, Brandeis University (1991-1994) and Partners Health Care

"Biomedical Research and the Social Contract"

November 1

Joe Finder

New York Times Bestselling Author of fifteen novels

"From CIA to Hollywood: One Writer's Journey"

November 5

Charles Slack

Business writer and content strategist

"Liberty's First Crisis:  Jefferson, Adams, and the Sedition Act of 1798"

November 6

Lunch Together


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


November 7

Nariman Behravesh

Chief Economist, IHS Markit

"Will Politics Prevent the Longest Ever Economic Recovery?"

November 8

Jonathan Kaufman

Pulitzer Prize Winning Reporter, Author; Director of School of Journalism and Professor, Northeastern University

"Inside the Media and Politics 2018"

November 12

Lunch Together

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

November 13

Grace Zimmerman

Professor, The Practice of Marketing, Brandeis International Business School

"The Evolution of Social Media: China vs. the US"

November 14

Muriel Gillick

Professor, Harvard Medical School; Director, Program in Aging, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute

"American Health Care and You"

November 15

Margot Botsford

Retired Justice of the Mass. Superior Court

"Juvenile Justice and its Relationship to Brain Development"

Thanksgiving Break November 19-November 22 
November 26

Steve Kurkjian

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist and Author

"The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Heist: Will it Ever Be Solved?”"

**Please note the speaker change**

November 27

Dr. Kerri Greenidge, Lecturer on African-American History, Tufts University & UMass Boston

Dr. Maria Madison,
Associate Dean for Equity, Inclusion and Diversity, Heller School, Brandeis University

"Ellen Garrison Jackson, Citizen of Concord, Civil Rights Pioneer"

November 28

Pam Wilmot

Executive Director, Common Cause of Massachusetts

"Honest Government: Is it an Oxymoron?"

November 29

John Abbott

President and CEO, WGBH

“WGBH and the Changing Media Landscape”

December 3

Nestor Ramos

Columnist for the Boston Globe

“Post-Election Political Challenges in Greater Boston”

December 4

Jyl Lynn Felman

Playwright, Author, Performance Artist

"If Only I’d Been Born A Kosher Chicken:  A Daughter’s Search for the Mother"

December 5

David Weil

Dean of the Heller School, Brandeis University

“The Fissured Workplace: Growing Income Inequality and the Transformation of Work”

December 6

CAST Performance


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