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LUNCH@LLAIC - Fall 2019

Lunchtime Presentations - Fall 2019: 
To enhance the LLAIC learning experience, a number of presentations by stimulating speakers, and lively current events discussions, will take place on during lunchtime
at our host site, Temple Shir Tikva (TST), 141 Boston Post Road, Wayland, MA 01778 (Route 20).  These will be given at 1:10 - 2:10 on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Your unique ideas are always eagerly solicited and welcomed.

Presentation days and times:  to view the dates and speakers, see the tables below

 9/10  LLAIC Start of Classes: Welcome
 9/17  Judy Palken Solving the Climate Challenge
 9/24  Bill Brisk Elder Law
 10/15  Carole Levy
A Virtual Malcolm Gladwell
 10/22  Jim Boyd
Introduction to Tai Chi

 10/29  Shulamit Reinhardt Women and Leadership
 11/5  Rabbi Robert Orkand The World's Oldest Hatred: Anti-Semitism and Its Dramatic Increase
 11/12  Erica Ferencik A Night in the Amazon
 Joe Mario
Hiking to the base camp of Mt. Everest - a pictorial presentation

 12/3  Jan Schreiber
 Poetry Reading
 9/12  LLAIC Start of Classes: Welcome
 9/19  Dr. Jordan Tishler Cannabis for What Ails You: Separating Fact from Fiction
 9/26  Phil Radoff Puccini's opera Turandot
 10/17  Carmela Abraham Genetic Treatment for Alzheimers
 10/24  Hal Miller-Jacobs Are You Prepared For Self-Driving Cars?
 10/31  Yuval Malinsky Brain software demo
 11/7  Maureen Sullivan Natick Veterans Oral History Project

 11/14  No speaker

 11/21  Dana Kaplan The Curious Convergence of conservation, eugenics racism:
A brief history of the man who saved the redwoods and wrote Hitler’s bible
 12/5  LILAC Players
 Two short plays

Detailed Information: Click on the day/time just below for information on presentations on each of the three days.

If there is no detailed description or short biography, then consult the Quill published on the Sunday preceding that week. For recommendations or questions, contact Carole Levy. Note that there may be occasional changes to the program.

Tuesdays, 1:10 - 2:10   Speaker Series
Wednesdays, 1:10 - 2:00  Current Events discussions
Thursdays, 1:10 - 2:10   Speaker Series

Tuesdays, 1:10 - 2:10

Sept. 10
Start of Classes: Welcome Program

Sept. 17
Judy Palken
"Solving the Climate Challenge"
Judy Palken, MNS, RD, LDN, will present the cause and effects of a changing climate,  and the benefits of a policy of carbon fee and dividend.  Solutions will be presented that are good for people and for the planet. Please come if you are concerned about what is happening to our planet, don’t know what course of action to take, and want to find out more.  There is cause for optimism if we act soon!   
Judy lives in Northborough, MA, and is a registered dietitian with a focus on how what we eat affects our health and well-being.  She teaches nutrition and health classes in the community, and loves to provide the information, guidance, and motivation to help people make simple, effective dietary changes.

Judy is also a volunteer with Citizens’ Climate Lobby, an advocacy organization focused on implementing a national policy to address climate change, and empowering citizens within our democracy.
Sept. 24
Bill Brisk
Elder Law

Bill Brisk graduated from Brown, NYU Law School, and obtained a PhD in Latin American politics from Johns Hopkis School of Advanced International Studies.  He worked in Chile, Costa Rica, Honduras, and Venezuela, taught in Ecuador and the Caribbean, as well as at the University of New Mexico, analyzed social and economic programs for the Inter-American Foundation in Washington, administered a program at Harvard, and then began a law career which focuses on elder law on which he has written a treatise used by attorneys.  He’s been named a SuperLawyer every year since the program came to Massachusetts in 2002.

Oct. 15
Discussion moderated by
Carole Levy
"A Virtual Malcolm Gladwell": The Story of David and Goliath (YouTube video)

Malcolm Gladwell examines the biblical story of David and Goliath and comes up with another explanation for David’s triumph over the giant.

Malcolm Gladwell, born September 3, 1963, is a Canadian journalist, author, and public speaker. He has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1996 and has published six books: The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference (2000); Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking (2005); Outliers: The Story of Success (2008); What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures (2009), a collection of his journalism;  David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants (2013). His first five books were on The New York Times Best Seller list.
His sixth book, Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don't Know, was released in September 2019. He is also the host of the podcast Revisionist History and co-founder of the podcast company Pushkin Industries.

Oct. 22
Jim Boyd
Introduction to Tai Chi

This talk will present an introduction to the history, philosophy, practice and benefits of TaiJi.  Beginning with its earliest formulations as passed down from the classics of chinese literature and history to the elusive master Zhang SanFeng of the Song dynasty.  From these seeds we will follow this story as the secret art is passed on to the Chinese people and the world to become known as TaiJiQuan. The talk will serve as an introduction to a course I will lead at LLAIC in the Spring.

Jim was the Dean of Faculty at Franklin Institute of Boston for 20 years and before that the Department Head for the Physics Department. In the early sixties hestudied Uechi Ryu Karate with George Mattson obtaining the rank of Shodan (1st degree black belt). In 1971 I began studying TaiJi with SiFu T. T. Liang a TaiJi master from Tai Wan who was also associated with Master Zheng ManQing. Because of injury he had to take some time away from the practice and some thirty years later after practicing meditation and yoga, resumed his study of TaiJi with SiFu Chu JinSoon and his two sons in Boston’s Chinatown. Some eighteen years later he feels as though he has gained some insight into this complex and wonderful philosophy. He has also studied the Chinese language and history for many years.

Oct. 29
Shulamit Reinhardt Women and Leadership.  See the October 27 Quill for details.

Nov. 5
Rabbi Robert Orkand "The World's Oldest Hatred: Anti-Semitism and Its Dramatic Increase"

A year ago, in October, 2018, eleven Jews were massacred during prayer at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh.  Suddenly, Americans were confronted with a question that we have long avoided:  Could it happen here?  American Jews have long believed that this country could escape the rising tide of anti-Semitism that has caused so much concern around the world. Now, the luckiest Jews in history are beginning to face a three-headed dragon known all too well to Jews of other times and places: the physical fear of violent assault, the moral fear of ideological vilification, and the political fear of resurgent fascism and populism. Rabbi Orkand will share with us his thoughts as to why this age-old hatred,until recently relatively taboo, seems to be migrating toward the mainstream.

Nov. 12
Erica Ferencik
 “A Night in the Amazon” is a fun trek through the Peruvian Amazon led by novelist Erica Ferencik. After a brief reading from the her new bestselling novel, Into the Jungle, Erica will show slides and tell stories from her month-long research trip to the rain forests of Peru. Dinner-plate sized spiders, limo-length anacondas - these are just a few of the stunning creatures that make the rain forest their home. We’ll discuss the amazing plants and animals of the Amazon, as well as its shocking history and the current threats to its very existence from the corporate predation of its natural resources to the devastating effects of climate change.

The New York Times Book Review called Into the Jungle, one woman's terrifying journey of survival in the Bolivian Amazon, one of the “Summer of 2019’s Best Thrillers.” Publishers Weekly gave it a starred review, calling it: “[A] ferocious fever dream of a thriller.” Oprah chose Erica Ferencik’s debut novel, The River at Night as a #1 Pick; Miramax has recently optioned the novel for film. Her work has appeared in Salon and The Boston Globe, as well as on National Public Radio.
 Nov. 19
Joe Mario
"Hiking to the base camp of Mt. Everest - a pictorial presentation of the hike and culture"

Joe Mario and his daughter Courtney hiked with a group to the base camp of Mt. Everest, just shy of 18,000 feet.  Joe will share some great slides of their hike, including the city of Kathmandu, the 39 mile hike through the small villages to base camp, and many great scenery shots.    This was a trip of a lifetime for Joe and Courtney.  Come and get a glimpse into this memorable experience.
Joe and his wife Karen live in Westford, Ma. where they raised two children, Courtney and Chris.  He is a software engineer by trade.  And still enjoys hiking and camping throughout the year, with winter camping in tents as one of his favorite experiences.
Dec. 3
Jan Schreiber
Poetry Reading

Jan will  read poems mainly from his forthcoming chapbook, Bay Leaves. He will also be glad to discuss the poems, and/or the writing of poems.

Jan Schreiber was Poet Laureate of Brookline, Massachusetts from 2015 to 2017. His books include Digressions (1970), Wily Apparitions (1992), Bell Buoys (1998), and Peccadilloes (2014), as well as two books of translations: A Stroke upon the Sea and Sketch of a Serpent. A cycle of his poems, Zeno’s Arrow, was set to music by Paul Alan Levi in 2001. His criticism has been widely published and was collected in his book Sparring with the Sun (2013). He teaches in the BOLLI program at Brandeis University and runs the annual Symposium on Poetry Criticism at Western Colorado University. His new chapbook, called Bay Leaves, is scheduled to appear in late summer 2019.

Wednesdays, 1:10 - 2:00

Sept. 11
Start of Classes: Welcome Program

Class days
Harriet Starrett
Discussion of Current Events

Thursdays, 1:10 - 2:10

Sept 12
Start of Classes: Welcome Program

Sept. 19
Dr. Jordan Tishler
Cannabis for What Ails You: Separating Fact from Fiction

Cannabis and CBD have been in the news a lot over the past few years. Physicians, such as myself, who have become knowledgeable about how cannabis works, have had tremendous success treating a wide array of patients.  Yet, there is also a great deal of hype about what these medicines can do, and separating the reality from the wishful thinking merits some discussion.  All medicines have benefits and risks and side effects.  Let’s talk about what cannabis can do for you, what it cannot, and how to use it for the best outcome.

Dr. Tishler is a Cannabis Specialist.  Through his training in Internal Medicine and years of practice as an Emergency Physician, Dr. Tishler brings his knowledge, reason, and caring to patients here at inhaleMD, and through his advocacy work at the local and national levels.

Dr. Tishler graduated from both Harvard College and Harvard Medical School, trained at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and is faculty at both the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School.  He has spent many years working with the underserved, particularly providing care for Veterans.  Having treated countless patients harmed by alcohol and drugs, his observation that he had never seen a cannabis overdose lead Dr. Tishler to delve deeply into the science of cannabis safety and treatment.

Dr. Tishler is a frequent speaker and author on a variety of topics related to the medical applications of cannabis. He is the President of the Association of Cannabis Specialists which aims to educate clinicians, lawmakers, and the industry about best practices and needed tools for proper patient care.

Sept. 26
Phil Radoff
A tour of Puccini's opera Turandot in preparation for the Met in HD broadcast on Saturday, Oct. 12

Phil Radoff is a retired lawyer with a lifelong interest in opera. He has led several opera courses, and has also given a number of talks on operas to be presented by the Met in HD Saturday broadcasts.

Oct. 17
Carmela Abraham
Genetic Treatment for Alzheimers  Can we slow down aging and Alzheimer’s disease?

Carmela R. Abraham, PhD, devoted her entire career to the study of aging and Alzheimer’s disease (AD). She obtained her B.Sc. in Biology at Tel Aviv University and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience at Harvard University. She is Professor of Biochemistry and Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics at Boston University School of Medicine. The basic research focuses on understanding the pathologic mechanisms leading to AD and to other neurodegenerative diseases. Dr. Abraham studies ways to protect the nerve cells that die in these diseases and, thus, prevent brain dysfunction.
Carmela has taught a course entitled Molecular Basis of Neurologic Diseases for over 25 years, and has mentored numerous undergraduate and graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Based on her findings of 39 years of studying normal aging and AD, she is now exclusively focused on finding drugs that would either prevent or alleviate the symptoms of AD.

Oct. 24
Hal Miller-Jacobs
Are You Prepared For Self-Driving Cars?

Self-Driving Cars will not only change our modes of transportation but will have wide-reaching implications for our life-style, communities and society.  The advent will have technological, psychological, economic, societal, legal & ethical implications, potentially as dramatic as the Industrial Revolution.  Are you ready for this revolution?  Come along and be an early explorer of this socio-techno-eco-legal revolution!
Hal Miller-Jacobs was an Engineering Psychologist, making technology usable by mere mortals. Self-Driving cars presents one of the biggest challenges. Hal has facilitated several courses in self-driving cars at Tufts University where he has taught Organizational Psychology for over 40 years and enjoys experimenting with the new technologies in his Tesla Model 3.

Oct. 31
Yuval Malinsky
Brain software demo.  See the October 27 Quill for details.

Nov. 7
Maureen Sullivan
"Natick Veterans Oral History Project"

The Natick Veterans Oral History Project has been collecting and preserving interviews since 1998. The collection of nearly 350 interviews includes two Medal of Honors recipients, as well as participants in almost every engagement from World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. There are also interviews from those who lived during the WWII Homefront years.

Maureen Sullivan has been coordinator of the Project since September 2010. She is also an editor and writer, including the "Sullivan's Travels" column that appears in the Bulletin & TAB of Natick and Framingham each Friday.

Although not a veteran herself, she is the daughter, niece, sister and aunt of veterans.

Nov. 14
No speaker

Nov. 21
Dana Kaplan
The Curious Convergence of conservation, eugenics and racism:  A brief history of the man who saved the redwoods and wrote Hitler’s bible
What do the American Bison and white supremacy have in common? They owe their mission, in part, to Madison Grant, a once-celebrated, now shadowy figure from the Progressive Era, whom the spotlight is finally illuminating—100 years later. Madison Grant was a big game hunter, a friend of Teddy Roosevelt, an ardent conservationist, and influential in passage of the Immigration Restriction Act of 1924. He was also the author of The Passing of the Great Race, the “bible” of scientific racism, a book beloved by Adolf Hitler and quoted by a defendant in the Nuremberg Trials.
Dana Kaplan had a varied career as a marketing and sales promotional writer and manager of creative teams for several large corporations in finance, high tech and energy services. With Sandy Grasfield, she has presented two successful courses in mystery fiction. They are currently presenting a course on the Gilded Age in American history.  

Dec. 5
LILAC Players
Two short plays:

Locked In by Phil Radoff - our own playwright

Cast: Joe Bongiardina, Ellen Gabriel, Barbara Mende, Sam Stern

Trifles by Susan Glaspell - first performed in 1916, and seen as an early example of feminist drama

Charleen Alderfer, Julie Barlas, Charlotte Chase, Mel Schnall, Sam Stern

Directed by Judie Strauss and Maryann Wyner

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Updated Nov. 23, 2019