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Printable program:  Fall 2018 [pdf]

Fall 2018

Struggles, Strengths and Strategies

Every Thursday from 13th September to 15th November
expert speakers offer their insights into the some of the struggles we experience, the strengths we can draw on and a variety of strategies we can use.

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Focus talk:

To set the issue a WomenExplore participant gives a short talk describing how the day's topic has intersected her life and affected her thinking.

Schedule of Events:

11:30 am

Focus talk

12 noon

Main Lecture and questions

1:00 pm

Participatory discussion

See program for Fall 2018


Democracy Center

45 Mt Auburn St.

Cambridge, MA 02138


11.30 am: Necessary Losses

Janet Cooper Nelson

chaplain, Brown University, on board of Hope Hospice and Palliative Care of Rhode Island

Followed by a Letting Go ritual, facilitated by Lindsa Vallee


Focus lecture: Elaine Fisher

The Impact of Women in Politics

Bridgette Bruno

communications associate with the Barbara Lee Family Foundation, working to advance women’s representation in American politics


Focus lecture: Erica Kenny

Strengthen Your Body, Strengthen Your Mind

Cheryl Suchors

author of fiction, poetry, essays and 48 Peaks: Hiking and Healing in the White Mountains; surviving injuries, grief and cancer to become a writer


Focus lecture: Barbara Villandry

Reaching out: Support Around Suicide and Depression

Daniel Jackson

MIT, author of Portraits of Resilience, a photo essay with stories of how people have coped, overcome challenges and found meaning in their lives


Focus lecture: A WomenExplore community sharing

Nipping Sexual Harassment in the Bud

Nan Stein

Wellesley Centers for Women, who directs several national research projects on sexual harassment, gender violence, and teen dating violence in K-12


The Temptation to be Unethical: Luis Ramirez

Civil and Uncivil Disobedience

Candice Delmas

associate professor of philosophy and political science, Northeastern University, author of A Duty to Resist: When Disobedience Should Be Uncivil


Focus lecture: Marcia Miller Boehlke

Domestic Violence: Changing Cultural Norms

Lee Clasper-Torch

Men's Engagement Coordinator for the RI Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Ten Men facilitator


Focus lecture: Ly Thai

Art to Effect Social Change

Ival Stratford Kovner

MS MFA National Arts Advocate and NEA Grant Recipient. Recent 2nd Place Professional Artist Category, National Parks Exhibition


Focus lecture: Laurie Markoff

Voluntary Simplicity: One Community’s Choice

Sue Donaldson

Cornerstone Cohousing in Cambridge


Focus lecture: Paula Chandoha

How to Sustain Momentum Working for Change

Tim McCarthy

director of the Culture
 Change & Social Justice Initiative at Harvard Kennedy School's
 Carr Center, faculty convener of the Emerging Human Rights Leaders Program


Printable program:   Fall 2018 [pdf]

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Spring 2018

Exploring ...

Focus lecture: Shannon Mackey

Racism: Addressing the White Problem

Barbara Beckwith

who is a white racial justice activist, co-facilitator of White People Challenging Racism: Moving From Talk to Action workshops, and author of What Was I Thinking?, an essay series on everyday racism, will lead an interactive discussion. See


Focus lecture: Barbara Villandry

The Millennials: New Approaches to Old Problems

Panel Discussion:

Harvard Kennedy School of Government students form a panel to discuss issues facing emerging leaders.

Moderator: Tim McCarthy

director Culture Change & Social Justice Initiative at the Carr Center of the HKS, and faculty convener of the Emerging Human Rights Leaders Program


Focus lecture: Tracey Hurd

The Craving Mind

Patti Holland

Center for Mindfulness at UMass Medical School, certified MBSR teacher, works in the field of psychiatric rehabilitation, applies ancient wisdom traditions to modern daily life.


Focus lecture: Lindsa Vallee and Paula Chandoha

Constellation Work

Samvedam Randles

Dipl. Psych. LMHC. When an issue, depression or other life pattern can't be shaken it might be a trans-generational pass-down. Constellation Work can help discover the origin and aid in resolution.


Focus lecture: Carol Goldman

Aging in Place: The Village Movement

Barbara Selwyn

executive director of Cambridge Neighbors (formerly Cambridge at Home), which supports people aging in their communities.


Focus lecture: Elaine Fisher

Genomics Will Change Your Life

Robert C Green

medical geneticist, physician, public health researcher, assoc prof medicine at Harvard Medical School, director of the Genomes2People Research Program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.


Focus lecture: Muna Killingback

Working While Female

Sarah Green Carmichael

executive editor at the Harvard Business Review, host of their weekly podcast, the HBR IdeaCast and co-host of their new podcast, Women at Work.


Focus lecture: Chris Farrow-Noble

The Inner Journey: Cultivating Resilience, Deepening Wisdom

Olivia Ames Hoblitzelle

writer, therapist and teacher, helped bring meditation, yoga, and cognitive therapy into the medical domain, now focuses on elder issues, spirituality and conscious aging, author of Aging with Wisdom.


Printable program:   Spring 2018 [pdf]