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Fall 2021

Inspiring Hope and Change: Making a Difference Now         ONLINE VIA ZOOM!

On Thursdays from 16th September to 18th November inspiring speakers tell us their stories of bringing about change and making a difference now, in this unprecedented time.

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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

Note:

On 28th October the panel discussion will go from 11.30 am to 1 pm, when the discussion will open to include the audience. There is no focus lecture.

See printable program for Fall 2021.

Location:

Now online using Zoom!
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Focus lecture: Lindsa Vallee

Change: The Pleasure and Horror of It

Ross Ellenhorn

sociologist, social worker, psychotherapist, author of How We Change (and Ten Reasons Why We Don’t)

SEPT
16

 

Focus lecture: Martha Nielsen

Recreating the Performing Arts: Transcending the Pandemic

A small panel discussion with

Josh Short

Artistic Director, The Wilbury Theatre Group, Providence, RI

 

and with

Patrick Aiken

Organist and Choir Director, Central Congregational Church, Providence, RI

SEPT
23

 

Focus lecture: Susan Nulsen

The Battle for Our Digital Rights

Josephine Wolff

associate professor of cybersecurity policy at Tufts University School of Engineering and the Fletcher School

SEPT
30

 

Focus lecture: Paula Chandoha

Fighting Fake News: Teaching Critical Thinking

Erin McNeill

founder of "Media Literacy Now", blogger Marketing Media & Childhood, journalist, mother

OCT
7

 

Focus lecture: A WomenExplore participant

Extending the Safety Net

Dinanyili Paulino

Chief Operating Officer of La Colaborativa which works on social change initiatives through coalition-building and community organizing

OCT
14

 

Focus lecture: A WomenExplore participant

Corporate Money Making a Difference

An expert invited speaker

will address how corporate entities support their communities

OCT
21

     

Bridging the Wealth Chasm

Jessica Bergeron

leader of Operation HOPE’s 1 Million Black Businesses initiative



Kristie Blevins

America’s Financial Wellbeing Program, from Hope Inside First Horizon Bank, Knoxville



Sue White

Financial Wellbeing Coach, from Hope Inside First Horizon Bank, Knoxville

OCT
28

 

Focus lecture: MaryMargaret Halsey

Farm to Table: Climate, Food Waste & Strategy

Emily Broad Leib

cofounder and director of Harvard Law School’s Food Law and Policy Clinic

NOV
4

 

Focus lecture: Mary Rose Muti

Reflections of a Street Doctor

Jim O'Connell

founding physician of Boston Health Care for the Homeless, author of Stories from the Shadows: Reflections of a Street Doctor

NOV
11

 

Focus lecture: Dorianne Low

Interfaith Collaboration for the Common Good

Marcia Hams

representative to Greater Boston Interfaith Organization, and Board President of Health Care for All

NOV
18


      Printable program:   Fall 2021 [pdf]


     Printable program:   Spring 2021 [pdf]

 

Spring 2021

Facing a World in Upheaval: Personal and Cultural Resilience

 

Focus lecture: Marcia Miller Boehlke

Exploring Personal and Cultural Resilience

Janet Cooper Nelson

chaplain at Brown University, supervising a ministry serving a multi-faith, multi-ethnic community

MAR
18

 

Focus lecture: Virginia Loftus

Life Review: Testing Our Values

Andrea DeSharone

Nationally Certified Counselor, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in MA

MAR
25

 

Focus lecture: Linda Legge

Grappling with Opposing Views

David S Ball

Massachusetts State Coordinator for Braver Angels, a bipartisan citizen’s movement to unify our divided nation

APR
1

 

Focus lecture: Penny Dunning

Taking Responsibility for Changing Systemic Racism

Ken Wagner

UU Allies for Racial Equity, and a founding member of GRACE, the New England Region’s Antiracism/Anti-oppression/Multicultural Transformation team

APR
8

 

Climate Emergency: Truth and Action

11:30 am: A panel of representatives from:

Extinction Rebellion

Citizens’ Climate Lobby

and Mothers Out Front

APR
15

 

Focus lecture: Lindsa Vallee

The Environmental Cost of Getting Dressed

Maria Valentino

New York-based fashion photojournalist, co-founder of MintModa.com a fashion trend forecasting service

APR
22

 

Focus lecture: Paula Chandoha

The Circular Economy

Mahek Modi

Partners Coordinator at the Circular Economy Institute which supports designing out waste. In a world with finite resources and a limited capacity to absorb our waste products, it is imperative that we develop a circular economy.

APR
29

 

Focus lecture: Karen Sheahan

From Crisis to Creating a New Normal

Timothy Patrick McCarthy

historian, educator, social activist at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government

MAY
6

 

Focus lecture: Barbara Villandry

Facing the Loss of Home

Introduced by Michael Oliver

Stories from Rosie’s Place, the first women's shelter in the US, founded in 1974 to provide a safe, nurturing environment for poor and homeless women.

MAY
13

 

Pandemic: Our Stories of Resilience and Healing

11.30 am: Open discussion facilitated by Lindsa Vallee

A ritual creating a Story Quilt from the personal reflections of audience members. Input is welcome from all participants. Share your story in a warm and welcoming environment!

MAY
20


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