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
Click on the day/time just below to go to information for 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 - 1:55  Current Events discussions

Thursdays, 1:10 - 2:10   Speaker Series

Tuesdays, 1:10 - 2:10

Sept. 10
Start of Classes: Welcome Program

Date TBD
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.

Wednesdays, 1:10 - 1:55

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, and How To

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.

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Mid-day Event Archive: To view mid-day events of past semesters, click here.

Updated Aug. 11, 2019