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Mid-day Event Series - Fall 2014

A downloadable file of lunchtime events is attached at the bottom of this page. Click on the filename (Lunch Event Table) to view or print, click on the down-arrow to download.

1:00 - 2:00

Dave Harmon, an International Traveler, will speak about his travels to the Crimea and the Middle East.


Candy O'Terry on the topic of Exceptional Women

Candy O'Terry, also known as Candy O, is an American radio personality, singer/songwriter, television and film actress and spokesperson. A broadcaster since 1991, she is 2012 recipient of the Communicator Award of Excellence for Major Market Radio Personality and is the President and co-founder of Boston Women in Media & Entertainment. O'Terry is the creator and co-host of WMJX, Magic 106.7/Boston's Exceptional Women radio show, and the recipient of 35 local and national awards for excellence in women's programming. She is profiled in the book: Boston Inspirational Women by Bill and Kerry Brett.


Peter Roby, Athletic Director at Northeastern University, will speak about College Athletics
including the possible unionization of college athletes.

Before taking over as the head of Northeastern athletics in 2007, Roby was the director of the school's Center for the Study of Sport in Society, looking at college athletics through the lens of social justice. Roby has spoken out strongly on the importance of keeping collegiate athletics amateur, in contrast to many who would like to "professionalize" college sports, by introducing unions, for example.

As reported in The Boston Globe (click here to read the story) Roby challenged the NCAA to live up to the values it professes. The talk promises to be provocative and thought-provoking.


TED Talk  Inspiring, courageous, funny, persuasive, and of course informative. Just a few of the adjectives describing TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) talks, those remarkable 15-minute "ideas worth sharing" that have captured our collective fancy.

Mary Mansfield will play the TED talk entitled "Doctors make mistakes. Can we talk about that?" then open the floor to discussion. If you'd like you can preview the video here.  Take advantage of this opportunity to talk back to TED! The program will begin at 12:45 sharp, with the discussion following at 1:00. It promises to be provocative, lively, possibly ingenious, and of course, informative.


Feedback Forum  We are a collaborative organization and we want to hear your thoughts and ideas on how we can make this the best possible program in the area.


Jenna Russell  Boston Globe writer and author of Long Mile Home (about the Marathon bombing) and co-author of The New York Times' best seller Last Lion: The Fall and Rise of Ted Kennedy. Jenna won a Dart Award, for excellence in coverage of trauma, from Columbia Journalism School for a series of stories about childhood bullying. 


Noah Feldman, is a noted lawyer at the Harvard Law School, author of many best selling books, and 
a contributor to Bloomberg News.

Noah Feldman is currently Bemis Professor of International Law at Harvard University. Esquire named him among 75 influential figures for the 21st century and New York magazine designated him as one of three top "influentials in ideas." In 2003, he served as senior constitutional advisor to the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq and subsequently advised members of the Iraqi Governing Council on the drafting of an interim constitution. Feldman is the author of four previous books: The Fall and Rise of the Islamic State (2008); Divided By God (2005); What We Owe Iraq (2004); and After Jihad (2003); as well as numerous articles for The New York Times Magazine.


Dr. Burt Jaffe retired physician, speaker on renewable energy and small energy conservation business owner, will give a talk on "Climate Change-Its Impact and Seniors Acting to Combat Climate Change". To preview the video of his talk to the Center for Global Justice on "The U.S. Federal Government's Response to Climate Change" click on   


Alexander Woodle will give a talk entitled "Family History Research can have Unintended Outcomes". Alex is a member of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston and former Director of the New England Historic Genealogical Society's (NEHGS) Circulating Library. He is a freelance genealogical researcher, a published author for NEHGS, Avotaynu and Mass-Pocha and speaker  at local, regional and international genealogical conferences.


Feedback Forum: We are a collaborative organization and we want to hear your thoughts and ideas on how we can make this the best possible program in the area.


Sue Katz, author, will discuss her book titled Lillian's Last Affair. From
“If I’m going to go after one more affair of the heart at 84, I’d better get my ass in gear,” says Lillian, speaking for all the characters in these six stories. Sue Katz’s hilarious, tender, and impeccably written stories confirm that age fails to erode our eccentricities or dull our ardor.

Lincoln Trad Jazz Jammers performance.  A seven man band, led by Manson Solomon on piano,
and including
Bob MacInnes - cornet
Dave Rich - tenor sax
Santo Pullara - clarinet
Jack Martin - trombone
Rob Saunders - U-bass
Tim Eskey - drums

Events are in the planning stages and will be posted as soon as they are finalized.

We are deliberately leaving dates open to have time for socializing and for pursuing other extra-curricular activities such as a short fiction discussion group, or a  current events round table discussion.
Your unique ideas are eagerly solicited and welcomed.

Updated December 18, 2014
Peter Schmidt,
Feb 5, 2015, 5:06 PM