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Lunchtime Programs

Including BOLLI's Virtual Distinguished Speakers Series

The Distinguished Speakers Series 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 virtual lunchtime presentations take place from 1:00-2:00pm EST via Zoom and are open to all BOLLI members. Please see the BOLLI Bulletin to RSVP and receive the Zoom link. 


Date Speaker Title
Friday, September 24 Dr. Ed Hoffer, Cardiologist, MGH, Author of Prescription for Bankruptcy “Our Healthcare System is Ill”
Friday, October 1 Richard Green, Director,
University of Southern California Lusk Center for Real Estate and USC Professor
“The History of Race and Housing in America”
Friday, October 8 Diane Ravitch, Former Assistant U.S. Secretary of Education and Professor, NYU "Slaying Goliath: Privatization and the Threat to American Public Schools" 
Friday, October 15

Devra First, Restaurant Critic and Food Writer, The Boston Globe

“During a Time of Great Change: What’s on the Table for Restaurants Going Forward?”
Friday, October 22

Richard Bernstein, Former Foreign Correspondent, New York Times

"Why Taiwan:  The Stakes if China Takes it by Force"
Friday, October 29 Sandor Frankel, Author &
Trust Foundation Lawyer, Helmsley Charitable Trust’s Israel Program
“The Accidental Philanthropist: How I Came to Give Away a Fortune for the Public Good”
Friday, November 5

David Howse,
Vice President of Emerson College and Executive Director of ArtsEmerson

“Arts and Civic Transformation: The Power of Storytelling to Reshape a City’s Narrative”
Friday, November 12 Allen Sinai, Chief Global Economist, Strategist and President, Decision Economics “A ‘New’ New Deal for the New Economy: A New Moment in History?”
Friday, November 19

Nicole Mezenbach,
Consul General of Germany to New England

“Germany's Leadership Role in the European Union”
                         No Speakers during Thanksgiving Week
Friday, December 3

Lisa Davis, Executive Director, Medieval Academy of America

“The Voynich Manuscript: A Medieval Mystery”

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