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Since non-course activities have been suspended for the Spring 2020 semester, the lunchtime presentations in the tables below were not given as scheduled.  Selected ones took place by Zoom video-conferencing - they were:
  • Friday, April 24, 1:00-2:00:  Dr. Don Goldman - Epidemiology of infectious diseases
  • Friday, May 1, 1:00- 2:00:  Phil Radoff - Puccini's Tosca
  • Wednesday, May 13, 1:00-2:00:  Annual Meeting, approval of slate for Board membership
  • The LILAC Players presented Arsenic and Old Lace in three Zoom sessions: May 27, 28, 29 (Wednesday, Thursday, Friday), all at 1:30 p.m. For more information, click here; for the program, click here.
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Lunchtime Presentations - Spring 2020:  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.

 3/3  LLAIC  Start of Classes: Welcome
 3/10  Joe Barkai
 The Internet of Things
 Judy Pinnolis
Life and Music of composer Miriam Gideon
 Seth Kaplan
 Gun Control
 Joanne Fisher
 Roots trip to Poland
 Barbara Beckwith
 White Privilege
 4/21    Game time
 4/28  Natalie Rudolf
Ethical and Legal Issues: Ancestry Testing
 5/5  Menachem Cohen
Behavioral Economics (YouTube)
 5/12  Kevin Hartigan
 Perkins School for the Blind
 3/5  LLAIC  Start of Classes: Welcome
 Dr. Don Goldmann
Rational action based on the epidemiology of infectious diseases
 Richard Rothstein
 Discrimination in Housing Law
 3/26  Michael Abend
 Staying One Step Ahead of Old Age
 4/2  Phil Radoff
 Puccini's Opera Tosca
 Susan Curan
 4/23  Ruth Baden
 Poetry Slam
 4/30  Jane Carol
 Therapeutic Riding
 5/7  David Mirsky
 Survey of History of  Psychiatry
 5/14  LILAC Players
 Arsenic and Old Lace (Zoom)

Wednesday lunchtimes will be devoted to discussions of Current Events.

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

March 3
Start of Classes: Welcome Program
 March 10
Joe Barkai
The Outcome Economy: How the Internet of Things is Transforming Every Business

We are at the beginning of a wave of technology innovation that is already having a profound effect on how organizations operate.  Indeed, pervasive connectivity and the Internet of Things promise to change not only commercial enterprises, but also how individuals work, live and play.

The Internet of Things also demands clear answers to concerns about cybersecurity, individual privacy, and, indeed, the ability of large organizations to undertake business process and cultural transformation.

In his talk, Joe will discuss both the business and technical motivations for organizations to exploit enterprise digitalization enabled by the Internet of Things. Using the Outcome Economy as a business model, the presentation will describe the impact of this inevitable transformation on commercial operations, transportation and the healthcare industry.

Joe Barkai is a recognized industry analyst, strategy adviser, blogger, and a published author of The Outcome Economy: How the Industrial Internet of Things is Changing Every Business.  With more than 30 years of experience helping organizations across diverse industries adopt new technologies, his focus is on researching, forecasting, and the strategic application of technology to drive innovation and competitiveness. His current research topics include the industrial Internet of Things, artificial intelligence and machine learning, autonomous driving, and mobility of the future.

Previously, as Vice President of Research at IDC, a leading global market research firm, Joe led global research across a broad spectrum of industries, including automotive, industrial equipment, aerospace, medical devices and high-tech.  As the Chairman of the Automotive IoT program at SAE, the world’s largest organization of automotive and aerospace engineers, Joe offers an informed outlook on emerging technologies and business models in connected cars, autonomous driving and mobility of the future.

Joe is a sought-after consultant and public speaker. He appeared on CNN Japan and quoted in The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times.

Wednesdays, 1:10 - 2:00

March 4
Start of Classes: Welcome Program

Class days
Harriet Starrett,
Jerry Jacobs
Discussion of Current Events

May 13
 Annual business meeting; approval of slate for Board membership

Thursdays, 1:10 - 2:10

March 5
Start of Classes: Welcome Program

 March 12
 Dr. Don Goldmann
Rational action based on the epidemiology of infectious diseases.

Dr Goldmann will speak about a rational response to the Covid-19 (coronavirus) that is much in the news.

Dr. Don Goldmann is an infectious disease specialist and epidemiologist at Boston Children’s Hospital and a graduate of the CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) program. He has decades of experience in understanding how infectious diseases spread and in developing infection prevention and control strategies.
He is Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School and Professor of Immunology and Infectious Diseases, and Epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

April 2
Phil Radoff
Tosca is one of Giacomo Puccini's most popular operas.  Against the background of Rome in the Napoleonic era, Puccini's tragic heroine courageously fights to rescue her lover and resist the sexual advances of a powerful and corrupt chief of police.  The action takes place in several of Rome's recognizable locations and features some of Puccini's best known melodies.  Phil will treat us to an hour-long preview of the opera in advance of the Metropolitan Opera's High Definition production, to be shown in many area theaters.

Phil Radoff is a retired lawyer with a lifelong interest in opera. He currently leads a course on Mozart's Don Giovanni.
 April 23
 Ruth Baden
 Ruth Baden, LLAIC’s Poet Laureate and course leader, will conduct a Poetry Slam. 

The LLAIC version of a poetry slam is one in which members are invited to read a poem or two that they have written – or in our case, one by another author that they love and whose work they wish to share.  What makes it special for LLAIC is that we will not have a judging.  You judge when you decide what to read or bring to the group. 

Ruth will start us off by reading one or two of her own.  Then members attending will be invited to come up and read.  Rules are simple:
  1. Up to two poems
  2. Maximum two pages each
Ruth will be reading from her book of poems, East of the Moon, plus some poems slated to be published in her next book on women and aging. She will have copies of her book for autographing and signing. She writes, and will read about love, death, and living; about growing up and growing old.  If we are lucky we will hear her Pavanne for a Dead Potato Latke. She has taught several poetry courses for LLAIC, featuring William Butler Yeats, Pablo Neruda, Wislawa Szymborska, and Stanley Kunitz among others.  This will be Ruth’s 5th LLAIC Lunch talk and third Poetry Slam..

She has been playing with words all her life, beginning with her first short story, “The Tale of the Lost Lollipop” when she was six. It was a very short story – one and a half pages. At 17 she won a national essay contest on the subject My Best Teacher,” sponsored by a radio program called “The Quiz Kids.”

She continued writing and publishing until she entered law school at 50.  At 70 Ruth kept her promise to herself to retire to just write poetry. Her first book, “East of the Moon,” had a long gestation. It was published by Ibbetson Street Press in 2010. The book won an award from the Massachusetts Center for the Book as a “Must Read” poetry book of the year. She is working on a new collection of poems about women and facing the issues of being eighty.

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Updated May 31, 2020