Spring 2021 Lectures    |     Fall 2020 Lectures    |    Past Series

     Printable program:  Spring 2021 [pdf]           Register for the lectures:  Register

Spring 2021

Facing a World in Upheaval: Personal and Cultural Resilience         ONLINE VIA ZOOM!

On Thursdays from 18th March to 20th May expert speakers offer their insights into the some of the issues facing us in this unprecedented time, and discusses the resilience we need personally and as a society.

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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 15th April the panel discussion will go from 11.30 am to 1 pm, when the discussion will open to include the audience.

The whole of 20th May is devoted to stories from the audience.

See printable program for Spring 2021.

Location:

Now online using Zoom!
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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


      Printable program:   Spring 2021 [pdf]           Register for the lectures:  Register


     Printable program:  Fall 2020 [pdf]

 

Fall 2020

Democracy in Crisis!

Focus lecture: Pat Morris

Invisibled and Excluded: What Can We Learn from the Suffragettes?

Fredie Kay

president of the Women's Suffrage Celebration Coalition of Massachusetts

SEPT
10

How Would Plants and Animals Vote?

11.30 am: Performances by

True Story Theater

bringing true stories from the audience to life through improvisatory drama. Share your story!

SEPT
17

Focus: Faciltated audience sharing

The State of Hate in Massachusetts

Melissa Kraus

associate regional director at the Anti-Defamation League which fights anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry, defends democratic ideals and protects civil rights for all

SEPT
24

Focus lecture: Facilitated audience sharing

When Do Women Buy In To Misogynist Ideologies?

Elizabeth Rucker

coordinator of the Democracy Center, a community space which works to foster more vibrant local and global democracy

OCT
1

Focus lecture: Mila Chadayammuri

The Death of Democracy

Jane Mansbridge

Charles F. Adams Professor of Political Leadership and Democratic Values, Harvard, author of Beyond Adversary Democracy and Why We Lost the ERA

OCT
8

Focus lecture: Dorianne Low

The Vital Role of the Media: Democracy and the Fourth Estate

Lylah M Alphonse

journalist and writer, editor, and blogger; regularly on WGBH radio and television

OCT
15

Focus lecture: Michael Vallee and Lindsa Vallee

The Perils and Pride of Patriotism

Timothy Patrick McCarthy

lecturer on History and Literature, adjunct lecturer in Public Policy, and director of the Sexuality, Gender and Human Rights Program at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy

OCT
22

Focus lecture: Susan Nulsen

Is Our Eectoral Integrity at Risk?

Eitan Hersh

associate professor of political science at Tufts University, author of Politics is for Power and Hacking the Electorate

OCT
29

Focus lecture: A panel of WomenExplore participants

Bioethics as if Race and Gender Matter

Charlene Galarneau

Harvard Medical School, Center for Bioethics, author of Communities of Health Care Justice

NOV
5

A Post-Election Conversation

11.30 am: Open discussion facilitated by Lindsa Vallee

By now we should know the outcome of the 2020 election. Input is welcome from all participants. Let us know what your thoughts are!

NOV
12

Focus lecture: Susan Kains

Social Justice: A Narragansett Perspective

Lorén Spears

Tomaquag Indian Memorial Museum, RI, educator, activist, author and indigenous artist

NOV
19


      Printable program:   Fall 2020 [pdf]