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Fall/Winter 2020 Lunchtime Programs

Including BOLLI's Virtual 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 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 11, 2020
Ron Della Chiesa, Broadcast icon; Voice of WCRB’s Boston Symphony Orchestra
“Radio My Way: Stories from the Borscht Belt to Jazz to the Met and BSO”
Friday, September 18, 2020
Alan Khazei, Founder, Democracy Entrepreneurs

“Why We Need a 21st Century New Deal to Tackle our Four Major Crises: COVID-19, the Economy, Racial Injustice and Climate Change” 

Friday, September 25, 2020
Phil Radoff, BOLLI member and SGL
"Seville's Favorite Barber Snips A Path to True Love"

**Updated 9/14/20**

Friday, October 2, 2020
Barbara Berenson, Author of Massachusetts in the Women’s Suffrage Movement
“Votes for Women: Massachusetts: A Leader in the Women’ Suffrage Movement”
Friday, October 9, 2020
Hon. Michael Capuano, Former Congressman-7th District and former Mayor of Somerville, MA
“Making Sense of the Race for President
Friday, October 16, 2020
Joe Boskin, Professor Emeritus, Boston University
"Quirky America: History and Humor Entwined"
Friday, October 23, 2020
Nariman Behravesh, Chief Economist, IHS Markit  
"The Impact of the Pandemic On the Economy has been Horrific: How Will This Affect the November Election?"
Friday, October 30, 2020 
Ty Burr, Film Critic and Columnist, The Boston Globe
“The Impact of the Pandemic on Movies: What Will be the New Normal?”
Friday, November 6, 2020 Michael Goldman, Political Consultant and President, Goldman Associates “Election 2020: What Happened?”
Friday, November 13, 2020

Dr. Peter Braun, Infectious Disease Specialist

“A COVID-19 Primer: What We Need to Know”
Friday, November 20, 2020 Dr. Tony Schwartz, Emeritus Associate Dean, Tufts School of Veterinary Medicine “Mountain Gorillas v. The Pygmies in Uganda”
                                                Thanksgiving Break November 24-27
Friday, December 4, 2020 Aline Kaplan, Blogger & Boston City Walks Tour Guide "Boston Burning: How the Cocoanut Grove Fire Changed Fire Laws and Medical Procedures"
Friday, December 11, 2020  Susan Solomont, Author “Lost & Found in Spain: The Story of an Ambassador’s Wife During the Obama Administration”
                                          Winter Break December 14 - January 1
Friday, January 8, 2021 Julie Scolnik, Founder and Artistic Director of Mistral Music “Unstuffy, Unpredictable and Unmatched: Why I Founded my Own Music Ensemble”
Friday, January 15, 2021 Neil Kutzen, Trainer & Consultant, MemorizeBest “Never Forget A Name”
Friday, January 22, 2021 Bicky Corman, Environmental and Energy Attorney; Former Deputy General Counsel for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency “Massachusetts: Clean Energy Leader or Follower?”
Friday, January 29, 2021 Michael Bobbitt, Artistic Director, New Repertory Theatre “The New Rep and the Future of Theater”

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