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Printable program:  Spring 2018 [pdf]

Spring 2018

Exploring ...

Every Thursday from 22nd March to 10th May
expert speakers offer their insights into the subjects considered this series.

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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 2018


Democracy Center

45 Mt Auburn St.

Cambridge, MA 02138


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]

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Fall 2017

Learning from Surprising Places

Focus lecture: George Swanson

Spiritual Teachers: We Love 'Em and Leave 'Em

Robert Weber

assistant professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School, former Jesuit, co-author of The Spirituality of Age.


Focus lecture: MaryMargaret Halsey

Exploring Gender Fluidity

Panel Discussion

The panel will delve into the intruiging topic of gender fluidity from various viewpoints.

Facilitator: Sheehan Scarborough

director of Harvard’s Office of BLGTQ Student Life, co-founder of the Faith and Sexuality Initiative while a student at Harvard Divinity School


Focus lecture: A WomenExplore participant

The Roots of Prejudice

Tracey Hurd

developmental and licensed clinical psychologist, writer, community mental health clinician, college faculty member, and mother, whose anti-racist work is grounded in spiritual and humanistic faith, author of Nurturig Children and Youth: A Developmental Guidebook


Focus lecture: Marcia Miller Boehlke

What We Learn from Alternative Health Care

Janice Anderson

holistic health practioner and thermographer, founder of InsideOut Wholistic Welleness and Thermography, advocate of mind body medicine


Focus lecture: Chris Farrow-Noble

Wisdom from the Earth: Deepening Connection with the Web of Life

Katy Allen

eco-rabbi, founder of Ma'yan Tikvah, co-convener of the Boston-area Jewish Climate Action Network


Focus lecture: Paula Chandoha

Listening to Animals

Catharine Grace

animal intuitive and communicator, interpreting messages and stories animals want to share with their humans


Focus lecture: Lindsa Vallee

Art is My Teacher

Joy Seidler

a seeker who for more than four decades has employed the teaching of art as one possible path into the mysteries. When we really know how to listen EVERYTHING is our teacher.


Focus lecture: Martha Nielsen

Free Play: Learning, Creativity and a Meaningful Life

Susan Linn

creative play expert, psychiatry lecturer at Harvard Medical School, research associate, Boston Children's Hospital


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My Teachers: Creating a Story Quilt

Moderator: Lindsa Vallee

Women present brief stories of learning from surprising places.
Come, add yours to the Story Quilt!


Printable program:   Fall 2017 [pdf]