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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
Wednesday, March 3 Harry Litman, former U.S. Attorney and Deputy Assistant Attorney General "Restoring the Rule of Law Post-Trump"
Friday, March 5 Stephane Acel-Green, Deputy Vice President Regional Development, New Israel Fund and Dr. Amal Elsana Alh'jooj, Executive Director of the International Community Action Network at McGill University "Building a Truly Shared Society in Israel"
Wednesday, March 10 Sharon Rivo, Co-Founder and Executive Director of the National Center for Jewish Film; Adjunct Professor, Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, Brandeis University "Treasure Hunting! Preserving Cultures Through Yiddish Films, Nazi Propaganda, and Family Movies"
Friday, March 12

Frank Phillips, Former State House Bureau Chief, The Boston Globe

"Fidel Castro and the Pursuit of Hemingway’s Papers: A Personal Odyssey"
Wednesday, March 17

John Carroll, Media Analyst NPR’s “Here and Now; Senior News Analyst, WBUR

"Media, Politics and the Cliffs of Moher: Ask me Anything"
Friday, March 19 Sean Murphy, Consumer Columnist, The Boston Globe "Standing Up for the Little Guy: Using the Power of the Press to Protect Consumers"
Wednesday, March 24

Steven Lipsitt, Former Musical Director, Boston Classical Orchestra

"Music, Emotion, & Community"
Friday, March 26 Stuart Altman, Sol C. Chaikin Professor of National Health Policy, The Heller School, Brandeis University "The Healthcare Priorities of the Biden Administration"
                                                   Spring Break March 29 - April 2
Wednesday, April 7

Kenneth Greenberg, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History, Suffolk University

"How Could Men who Enslaved Others Think of Themselves as Honorable Gentlemen?"
Friday, April 9 Carole Charnow, President and Chief Executive Officer, Boston Children’s Museum "Boston Children’s Museum – How a Museum Founded in 1913 Addresses the Challenges of Today"
Wednesday, April 14

Joseph Nye, Distinguished Service  Professor Emeritus, Harvard University's Kennedy School

"Do Morals Matter? Presidents and Foreign Policy from FDR to Trump"
Friday, April 16 Karen Haas, Lane Senior Curator of Photographs at the Museum of Fine Arts "An Enduring Vision: The MFA Lane Collection of Fine Art"
Wednesday, April 21 Christine Schuster, President and Chief Executive Officer at Emerson Hospital "Lessons from the Frontline: Emerson Hospital's COVID-19 Journey"
Friday, April 23

Rachel Kadish, National Jewish Book Award-Winning Author

"The Weight of Ink: Writing and Researching A Work of Historical Fiction"
Wednesday, April 28 Drew Sullivan, Publisher and Editor of the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Program "Investigating Organized Crime And Corruption: Follow the Money"
Friday, April 30 James H. Barron, Journalist and Attorney **This is a change in the schedule**
"The Greek Connection: Tales of a Whistleblower who Changed History"
Wednesday, May 5 Eric Giesser, Regional Director, American Israel Public Affairs Committee "The Israel-U.S. Relationship: Built for Good"
Friday, May 7

Tanisha Sullivan, President of the Boston Chapter NAACP

"Delivering on the Promise of Equality After COVID-19"
Wednesday, May 12 Jorge Quiroga, Award-Winning Broadcast Journalist, WCVB Channel 5 "From Bogotá to Boston’s WCVB Channel 5: the News Story Right at Warp Speed"
Friday, May 14 Paula Apsell, Senior Executive Producer Emerita, NOVA "Science, History and Truth: Becoming a Citizen Scientist"

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View our events calendar for the latest list of upcoming learning opportunities.

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