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Fall 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 Fall 2019 Lunchtime Schedule.







September 9

Richard Johnson

Curator New England Sports Museum

"Discover New England's Love of Sports"

September 10

Dave Andelman

The Phantom Gourmet, WSBK-TV

"The Story Behind the Phantom Gourmet"

September 11

Jeff Jacoby

Columnist, Boston Globe

"I'm Pro Immigration and I'm Conservative"

September 12
Sheida Soleimani
Assistant Professor of Fine Arts, Brandeis University


"Exploring Global Politics through Art: OPEC, Militarism, and Human Rights"
September 16

Robert Allison

Professor of History, Suffolk University

"The American Revolution's 250th Birthday: Its Significance Today"

September 17

Aline Kaplan

Blogger, Writer and Tour Guide of Boston History and Architecture

"Boston's Back Bay: From Mudflats to Millionaire's Row"

September 18

David Ropeik

Author, Award-Winning Television Reporter

"The Limits of Reason: Why We're Not as Smart as We Like to Think"

September 19

Robert Mnookin

Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

"The Jewish American Paradox: Embracing Choice in a Changing World"

September 23

Mark Hopkins

Award-winning Photographer

"Making a Difference in Rural Honduras"

**Note the speaker change as of 9/18**

September 24

Lunch Together


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

September 25

James Stergios

Executive Director, Pioneer Institute for Public Policy

"What Will it Take to Bring Greater Equality of Opportunity to Massachusetts?"

September 26

Thomas Doherty

Professor of American Studies, Brandeis University

"Show Trial: Hollywood, HUAC, and the Birth of the Blacklist"

Closed for Break September 30 - October 3
October 7

Dr. Michael Rosenblatt

Director of Trauma & Acute Care Surgery, Lahey Hospital

"Wartime Lessons That Have Informed Civilian Medicine: Korea Through Iraq/Afghanistan"

October 8

Kerry Emanuel

Professor of Atmospheric Science, MIT

"The Impact of Climate Change on You and Your Grandchildren"

October 9

Closed for Yom Kippur

October 10

Phil Radoff

BOLLI Member and SGL

"Puccini's Turandot, or Can a Vengeful Princess Find Happiness with an Unknown Prince?"

October 14

Closed for Columbus Day

October 15

Dr. Mitch Rabkin

Former CEO, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

"Improving Hospitals and Other Organizations: A Next Step"

October 16

Harriet Cross

British Consul General

"US/UK Relations: What's in Store for 2020"

October 17

Lunch Together

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

October 21

Dr. Donald Berwick

President Emeritus and Senior Fellow, Institute for Healthcare Improvement

"What's Happening with Health care Reform"

October 22

Lisa Krinsky

Director of the LGBT Aging Project, The Fenway Institute

"Out of the Closet and Never to Return: What LGBTQ Older Adults Need From Their Communities"

**Note the speaker change as of 10/15**

October 23

Mike Festa

State director, AARP of MA

"How AARP fights for you"


**Note the speaker change as of 10/15**

October 24

Joseph S. Freeman

Founder and Publisher, Racemaker Press

“The Early History of the American Automobile Industry (1895 to 1950)

October 28

Judge Phillip Weiner

Chief of Staff, Investigative Unit /U.N. Tribunal on Khmer Rouge

"Investigating War Crimes in Cambodia"

October 29

Michael Brown

CEO & Co-Founder, City Year

"1+1=Infinity: Lessons Learned from 30 Years of Entrepreneurship"


October 30

Lunch Together

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

October 31

Dr. Thomas Treadwell

Program Director, Infectious Disease Clininc, Metrowest Medical Center

“Tick-borne Illnesses in New England"

November 4

Lunch Together

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

November 5

Joel Paul

Cape & Islands Chapter Leader, Voter Choice Massachusetts

"Can Ranked Choice Voting Bring Sanity to American Politics?" 


November 6

William Martin

New York Times Bestselling Author

"The 1849 California Gold Rush: Creating and Researching the Novel Bound for Gold"

November 7

Jon Keller

Political Analyst, WBZ TV and Radio

"Making Sense of Politics When the World Has Gone Crazy"
November 11

Teresa Neff

Christopher Hogwood Historically Informed Performance Fellow, Handel and Haydn Society

"The Handel & Haydn Society and 'Historically Informed Performance': What it Means to be HIP"

November 12

Matthew Gilbert

TV Critic, Boston Globe

"TV Today: From Vast Wasteland to Vast Selection"

November 13

Sabine von Mering

Professor of German and Women's Studies, Brandeis University

"The Good News About Climate Change - Lessons from Germany and Brandeis Climate Activism"

**Note the speaker change as of 10/15**

November 14

One BOLLI, One Book

Jan Hilley and Ralph Freidin, BOLLI Members, featuring White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo

November 18

Chris Muther

Travel Writer, Boston Globe

"The Problems and Perks of Being a Travel Writer"

November 19

Niki Tsongas

Former Congresswoman

"Reflections on a Life in Politics: From Volunteer to Congresswoman"

November 20

Quinn Slobodian

Associate Professor of History, Wellesley College

"What is Neo-Liberalism?"

November 21

Celebrate BOLLI Writers

Hear BOLLI writers read their original pieces; fiction, non-fiction and poetry

Learn More

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