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 - 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.
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
Oct. 29
Shulamit Reinhardt Women and Leadership
Nov. 5
Rabbi Robert Orkand TBD
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.

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
Autonomous Vehicles
Oct. 31
Yuval Malinsky
Brain software demo
Nov. 14
Joe Mario
Photography of trip to Everest
Nov. 21
Dana Kaplan
The Curious Convergence of conservation, racism and eugenics
Dec. 5
LILAC Players
One-act Plays: Your friends and colleagues read their parts and perform theatrical pieces while in costume.

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

Updated Oct. 6, 2019