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Spring 2019 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 BOLLI Member Liaisons 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 2019 Lunchtime Schedule.







March 4

Aline Kaplan

Blogger, Writer and Tour Guide of History and Architecture of Boston

“Boston’s Back Bay: From Mudflats to Millionaire’s Row”

March 5

Tara Sullivan

Boston Globe Sports Columnist

“From NJ to Boston: An Insider’s Look at Covering Big-Time Sports in Rival  Metro Areas”

March 6

Dan Breen

Senior Lecturer, Legal Studies, Brandeis University

"Their Last Full Measure of Devotion: Lincoln at Gettysburg, November 1863"

March 7

Andrea Segar

Lydian String Quartet, First Violinist

"The Lydian String Quartet at 40: Past, Present, Future"

March 11

Peter Drummey

Librarian of MA. Historical Society

“1791-2018: Our State’s Unique Historical Artifacts

March 12

Rev. Brandon Crowley

Sr. Pastor, Myrtle Baptist Church of W. Newton

"The History and Evolution of Black Churches in America"

March 13

Dr. Richard D.  Scott

Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Emeritus, Harvard Medical School

“Adventures in Developing the Reliable Artificial Knee”

March 14

David Alward

Canadian Consul General to New England

“U.S./Canada Trade and Investment”

March 18

Arnold Offner

American Historian, Professor Emeritus, Lafayette College

Hubert Humphrey: The Conscience of the Country”

March 19

Lunch Together


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

March 20

Margie Yamamoto

Co-Pres. MA Chapter of Japanese American Citizens League

"Justice Denied: A Personal Perspective/The Story of Japanese Internment During WWII"

March 21

Dr. Aubrey Milunsky

Adjunct Prof. of Ob/Gyn/Reproductive Science at Tufts U

"I Didn’t Know, I Didn’t Know: Avoidable Deaths and Harm due to Medical Negligence"

March 25

Eileen McNamara

Prof. of Journalism at Brandeis U.

“Eunice: The Kennedy Who Changed the World”

March 26

Senator Cynthia Creem

MA. State Senate, 1st Middlesex and Norfolk Districts

“View from the Massachusetts Senate”

March 27

Lunch Together


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

March 28

Phil Radoff

BOLLI Member and SGL

“Wagner’s Die Walkure or Whatever Happened to Siegmund and Sieglinde?”

April 1

Maura Farrelly

Prof. of American Studies at Brandeis U.

“Protestantism and American Freedom”

April 2

Ron Goodman

Writer, Photographer, Historian

“Boston’s Downtown Movie Palaces: The History & Revival of Boston’s Movie Houses”

April 3

Andrea Cabral

CEO, Ascend Cannabis; former Sheriff of Suffolk County

“Legalizing Marijuana in MA: From Criminal Justice to Cannabis"

April 4

Lunch Together

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

Spring Break April 8-12

April 15

Patriot's Day

No lunchtime program

April 16

James  Roosevelt

Chair, DNC Rules & Bylaws Committee

“Where Do Democrats Go From Here?”

April 17

Walter Bender

Founder, MIT Media Lab; Founder, “One Laptop, One Child”

“Music Blocks: A Collection of Tools for Exploring Musical Concepts for Children”

April 18

Susan Quinn

Award-winning Journalist; Best- selling author

“Eleanor and Hick: The Love Affair That Shaped a First Lady”

April 22

Deborah Goldberg

MA State Treasurer

“The State Lottery, Economic Health and Individual Impact in Massachusetts”

April 23

Colleen Hitchcock

Assistant Professor of Ecology, Brandeis University

“Boston's City Nature Challenge: Biodiversity, a Warming Planet, and You”


April 24

Dr. Joseph Boskin

Professor of History at Boston University (ret.)

“Denial & Jubilance: The Centrality of Humor in American Culture”

April 25

Dr. Martin Hirsch

Professor of Medicine, Harvard University

“Influenza Then & Now"

April 29

Lunch Together

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

April 30

Tracy Heather Strain

Documentary Filmmaker

“Looking for Lorraine Hansberry, Author of A Raisin in the Sun: My Quest 


May 1

Jytte Klausen

Prof. of International Cooperation Brandeis

“How People Become Terrorists: An Evidence-Based Approach to Understanding Extremist Radicalization”

May 2

Joe Battenfeld

Political Columnist and Multimedia Reporter, Boston Herald

“Political Journalism in the Age of Trump and Twitter”


May 6

John Linehan

President & CEO, Franklin Park Zoo

“The Mission of Zoos in the 21st Century”

May 7

B.A. (Barbara) Shapiro

NY Times Best Selling Author of The Art Forger

Writing and Researching Art Mysteries”

May 8

Dr. Marcia Angell

Senior Lecturer, Harvard Medical School; former Editor-in-Chief of New England Journal of Medicine

“Dying in America”

May 9

Stephen Whitfield

Max Richter Professor of American Civilization, Brandeis University

"Half a Century Later: Brandeis's Campus Crisis and the Fate of

American Liberalism"

May 13

New England Conservatory String Quartet

“A Classical Music Performance” 

May 14

Dr. Robert Brooks

Clinical Psychologist, Harvard Medical School (pt)

“Strategies to Nurture a Resilient Mindset and Lifestyle”

May 15

Thomas M. Shapiro

David R. Pokross Professor of Law and Social Policy, Brandeis University

"Toxic Inequality: How America's Wealth Gap Destroys Mobility, Deepens the Racial Divide, and Threatens Our Future"

May 16

Sceniors Performance

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