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     Printable program:  Spring 2017 [pdf]

Spring 2017

From Monologue to Dialogue: Building Community

Every Thursday from 9th March to 11th May
expert speakers offer their insights into the subjects considered this spring.

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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 spring 2017

Location:

Democracy Center

45 Mt Auburn St.

Cambridge, MA 02138

Directions
Jimmy Tingle Photo

Focus lecture: Judith Cohen

Why is Communication so Difficult?

Jimmy Tingle

stand-up comedian, social and political commentator, actor, writer, practitioner of non-violence, activist, recipient of the Peace Abbey Courage of Conscience Award

MAR
9

Stephanie Leydon Photo

Focus lecture: Barbara Villandry

The Media: Informer or Manipulator?
The Public: Discerning or Naïve?

Stephanie Leydon

WGBH, Emmy-award winning radio & TV journalist, passionate about community engagement

MAR
16

Gail Carroll Photo

Focus lecture: Virginia Loftus

How Does NonViolent Communication (NVC) Facilitate Collaboration?

Gail Carroll

a certified NVC trainer, teaches NVC and has a private practice offering empathy and meditation

MAR
23

Linda Weltner Photo

Focus lecture: Paula Chandoha

Coversations Between Generations

Linda Weltner

activist, former Boston Globe columnist, author of Family Puzzles: A Private Life Made Public

MAR
30

Three couples Photo

Is There More? Inviting Deeper Dialogue

A group of three couples

who have been listening to one another for 22 years share the structure, tools and insights they have honed for deepening and transforming relationships through dialogue

APR
6

Elizabeth Englander

Focus lecture: Chris Farrow-Noble

Can Dialogue Change Violent Behavior?

Elizabeth Englander

psychology professor and director Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center at Bridgewater State University, author of Bullying and Cyberbullying and Understanding Violence

APR
13

John Fiske Photo

Focus lecture: Paula Chandoha

The Power of Civil Discourse to Build Community

John Fiske

award-winning family and work mediator and mediation trainer

APR
20

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What are the Inner and Outer Forces Driving Consumption?

11:30am: Barbara Villandry,

formerly chair of Communications at Hesser College, will discuss the outside influences that drive us to consume

12:15pm: Laura Ferrer

clinical psychologist and personal coach, instructor at Harvard Medical School/ McLean Hospital discusses the inner forces that drive us

APR
27

Richard Parker Photo

Political Correctness: Blessing or Curse?

Focus lecture: Michael Vallee

Building Community: Resistance School

Richard Parker

from the Harvard Kennedy School will inform us about Resistance School, a free online practical training program to mobilize and organize our communities and to sustain long-term action. Resistance School began with an impressive 15,000 participants at the first session and has grown to 175,000 by the fourth. It is now committed to going forward another semester.

MAY
4

Diane Grossman Photo

Focus lecture: Ruth Georges,

the City of Boston neighborhood liaison for Mattapan, North Dorchester and the Haitian community

Are Feminists Still Speaking the Same Language?

Diane Grossman

professor of philosophy, chair Women's & Gender Studies, Simmons College, author of Existentialism and the Philosophical Tradition and Looking at Gay and Lesbian Life

MAY
11

COMPLETE SPRING PROGRAM:   Spring 2017 [pdf]

 

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      Printable program:  Fall 2016 [pdf]

 

Fall 2016

Making a Difference: Exciting Women Changing the World

Every Thursday from September 15 to November 17
expert speakers offered their insights into the subjects considered in Fall 2016.

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 2016

Location:

Democracy Center

45 Mt Auburn St.

Cambridge, MA 02138

Directions
Norma Swenson Photo

Focus lecture: A WomenExplore participant

Cycles of Women's Lives: Learning from Each Other

Norma Swenson

Harvard School of Public Health, a founder of Our Bodies/Ourselves, continuing to be active in maternity care reform, sexual & reproductive health and rights, and global health.

SEP
15

Barbara Anthony Photo

Focus lecture: Mary Ann Serra

How Critical Election issues Impact Women

Barbara Anthony

senior fellow, Pioneer Institute & HKS, former undersecretary MA Consumer Affairs, former FTC regional director, teaches at Suffolk Law

SEP
22

Carter Heyward Photo

Focus lecture: Lydia Thayer and George Swanson

Beyond the Patriarchy: Women in Religion

Carter Heyward

theologian, Episcopal priest, one of the Philadelphia Eleven, author of Keep Your Courage

SEP
29

Diane Levin Photo

Focus lecture: Jan Rosenberg

Where’s the Hope?: Innovation in Education

Diane Levin

Wheelock College Professor of Early Childhood Education, author of Beyond Remote Control Childhood

OCT
6

Peg Lorenz Photo

Focus lecture: Lindsa Vallee

Empowering the Last Chapter

Peg Lorenz

educator, hospice carer, supporter of home funerals, Threshold Choir singer

OCT
13

Soraya Chemaly

Focus lecture: Barbara Villandry

The Online Resurgence of Patriarchy and Feminine Resistance

Soraya Chemaly

director of the Women's Media Center Speech Project and organizer of the Safety and Free Speech Coalition

OCT
20

Andrea Cabral Photo

Focus lecture: Laurie Markoff

Prisons: Change is Possible

Andrea Cabral

formerly sheriff of Suffolk County – the first woman to hold the post – and MA Secretary of Public Safety

OCT
27

Shoshana Meira Friedman Photo

Focus lecture: Ellen Mass

Climate Change: How Do We Take Action?

Shoshana Meira Friedman

rabbi, founder of ClergyClimateAction.org, a leader of the Massachusetts Interfaith Coalition for Climate Change

NOV
3

Mary Corthell Photo

Focus lecture: Martha Nielsen

Home and Homelessness: Using Creativity, Collaboration and Commitment to Make a Difference

Mary Corthell

senior VP Beacon Communities, engaged leader, & lecturer

NOV
10

Anne Ellinger Photo

Focus lecture: Dorianne Low

Women’s Gifts Change the World

Anne Ellinger

co-founder of Bolder Giving and True Story Theater, helping to launch Playback North America

NOV
17

COMPLETE FALL PROGRAM:   Fall 2016 [pdf]