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Spring 2020 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 2020 Lunchtime Schedule.






March 2

Tom Hynes

Co-Chairman, Colliers International

"The Creation of the Seaport District and the Future of Boston Development"

March 3

Nicco Mele

Managing Director, Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation

“Forecasting Politics, Media and Culture in a Fast-Moving Digital Age”

March 4

Emily Norton

Executive Director, Charles River Watershed Association

"Love that Dirty Water: The Journey of the Charles River from Dump to Jewel, and What is Left to Do"

March 5

David Weil 

Dean and Professor, Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University

“Bridging the Inequality Gap in the Workplace”

March 9

Joshua Rubenstein

Associate, Harvard University Davis Center for Russian & Eurasian Studies; Author

The Last Days of Stalin: How his Demise Changed History”

March 10

Michael Bobbitt

Artistic Director, New Repertory Theatre

The New Repertory and the Future of Theatre”

March 11

Nicole Menzenbach

Consul General of Germany to New England

The German Transatlantic Relationship in the Age of Populism”

March 12

Sharon Rivo

Director, National Center on Jewish Film

“Treasure Hunting: Preserving Lost Cultures through Yiddish Films, Nazi Propaganda & Family Movies”

March 16

Aline Kaplan

Blogger, Writer and Tour Guide of Boston History and Architecture

“Boston Burning: How the Cocoanut Grove Fire Changed Fire Laws and Medical Procedures”

March 17

Lunch Together


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

March 18

Ty Burr

Film Critic, The Boston Globe

The Best Films of the Decade”

March 19

Dr. Eli Newberger

Pediatrician, Musician & Teacher

“Masculine Power: Roots, Expressions & Contemporary Dilemmas”

March 23

Michael Botticelli

Executive Director, Grayken Center for Addiction at BMC

Attacking The Opioid Epidemic”

March 24

Dr. Ed Hoffer

Physician & Author

“Prescription for Bankruptcy: America’s Failing Healthcare System”

March 25

Ingrid Shorr

Director of Arts Engagement, Brandeis University

“Wide Awakeness: How the Arts Open Your World”

March 26

Reverend Richard McGowan

Boston College, Associate Professor

“Rolling the Dice on Casinos in Massachusetts”

March 30

John Carroll

Media Analyst, NPR ”Here & Now”; Senior News Analyst, WBUR

“Political Theater: The Selling of the President 2020”

March 31

Barbara Berenson

Author, Massachusetts in the Woman Suffrage Movement

Votes for Women: Massachusetts Leaders in the Woman Suffrage Movement”

April 1

Phil Radoff

Opera Buff, BOLLI SGL

“Puccini’s Tosca: Heroic ‘Me Too’ soprano strikes a blow for freedom and against sexual abuse in Napoleonic Era Rome”

April 2

Lunch Together

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

                                                Spring Break April 6-9, 2020
April 13

Joseph  Boskin

Professor Emeritus, Boston University

 "American History Through Humor”

April 14

Mike Capuano

Former Congressman 7th District; Mayor of Somerville

“Making Sense of the Race for President”

April 15

Jill Lepore

Professor, Harvard University, Best Selling Author

“The Rise and Fall of the Fact”

April 16

Tony Schwartz

Retired Associate Dean, Tufts Veterinary School; Wildlife Photographer

“Mountain Gorillas v. Pygmies in Uganda”

April 20
Patriot's Day
April 21

Sean Murphy,

Boston Globe reporter,  “The Fine Print”

“Standing Up For the Little Guy: Using the Power of the Press to Protect Consumers”


April 22

Lunch Together

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

April 23

Mike Lynch

Former Sports Anchor, WCVB-TV

“Games People Play and What They Tell us About the World in Which we Live”

April 27

Lunch Together

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

April 28

Gordon Edes

Boston Red Sox Historian

What it Means to be the Red Sox ‘Ghost Whisperer’ – Tales from the Team Historian


April 29

Frank Phillips

Former State House Bureau Chief, Boston Globe

“Fidel Castro and the Pursuit of Hemingway’s Papers: A Personal Odyssey”

April 30

Lora Brody and Amelia LeClair

Scholars, Women’s Studies Research Center, Brandeis University

“John Lennon’s ‘Imagine:’ An Anthem for the Boomer Generation”

Participants will be invited to sing!

May 4

Eric Giesser

Regional Director, The American Israel Public Affairs Committee

The U.S. – Israel Relationship: Built for Good”

May 5

Nariman Behravesh

Chief Economist, IHS Markit Consultants

“Will Politics Prevent the Longest Lasting Economic Recovery?”

May 6

Monika Mitra  


Sandy Ho

Research Associate

Lurie Institute for Disability Policy, Heller School, Brandeis University

"The Fight for Disability Rights:  30 Years after the American with Disabilities Act"  
May 7

Susan Solomont


“Lost & Found in Spain: The Story of an Ambassador’s Wife During the Obama Administration”

May 11

New England Conservatory


“A String Instrument Concert”

May 12

Brian Mandell,

Senior Lecturer,
Kennedy School of Public Policy

“The Future of U.S.-Israeli Relations: Sunshine or Storm Clouds?”

May 13

Vision 2020: Celebrating the Past, Envisioning the Future

A Community Discussion moderated by Avi Bernstein, BOLLI Director with Remarks by Billy Flesch, Professor of English

May 14

CAST Performance

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