The Gonson Society Lecture Series

Brighten up your spring daytimes with stimulating presentations at CCAE! On Tuesdays at 10:30 am presenters will focus on topics of health and well being. On Thursdays, at 10:30 am and again at noon, the world of arts, history, and ideas will be the focus. All lectures take place at 56 Brattle Street.

Suggested donation: $4 (no one will be turned away if they are unable to pay).

Besides attending the lectures, you can also sign up to become a member of the Gonson Society;

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We will then be sure to invite you to all Gonson Society programs, and share early notice of any new offerings. If you do not have e–mail or access to a computer, call us or stop by the Registration Office — we will add you to the list of people who will receive notification by regular mail.

ALL LECTURES TAKE PLACE AT 56 BRATTLE STREET.

Tuesday, April 16: To Your Health
10:30 AM

SEA EDUCATION'S WORK ON PLASTIC MARINE DEBRIS
Erik Zettler, Sea Education Association

Learn about the health impact of plastics pollution from this report on a recent voyage from San Diego to Honolulu to track plastics in the Pacific Ocean.

Thursday, April 18
10:30 AM

WRITING FICTION WITH HUMOR
Katia Kapovich, Writer, and Julie Kleyman, Translator

Hear from an award-winning poet and fiction writer about how she finds humor in writing. After a reading in English, the author's translator will answer questions about what gets lost in translation.

Thursday, April 18
12:00 PM

MARKETS OF PARIS
Marjorie R. Williams, Writer and Traveler

Come travel vicariously - immersing yourself in the culture of Paris, indulging in local foods, finding treasures for your home, and exploring different neighborhoods via your lecture hall seat.

Tuesday, April 23: To Your Health
10:30 AM

FEARS AND PHOBIAS - CONTINUED
Doreen Mennelly of the Cambridge Health Alliance

Join a discussion on how phobias are created, how they can make our lives stressful, and the coping techniques we can use to correct the behavior that creates phobias.

Thursday, April 25
10:30 AM

JULES ENGEL: EXPERIMENTAL ANIMATOR
Janeann Dill, Filmmaker and Artist

Take a look at the animation of Jules Engel, a pioneer in the experimental film genre and learn more about the lecturer's own production project in progress.

Thursday, April 25
12:00 PM

THE FLOWER SHOW

Artists participating in "The Flower Show" will talk about their work using flowers to create figure/ground studies with color, light and shadow, composition and atmosphere. A related exhibition will feature some of those studies in all their glory.

Tuesday, April 30: To Your Health
10:30 AM

DREAM ON
Dr. Jason Straus of Cambridge Health Alliance

Learn about insomnia and sleep disorders and discover some strategies to help you get your rest.

Thursday, May 2
10:30 AM

LIVING LINES
Missy Carter, Author

The lecturer discusses her book, which asks the reader three core questions and offers perspectives on the meaning of life; setting priorities; coping with challenges; and strengthening relationships, connections between body and mind, and spirituality.

Thursday, May 2
12:00 PM

OPUS FOR PIANO
Emily Corbato, Concert Pianist

Enjoy a performance of pieces by Ernst Bacon, Ernest Bloch, Clara Schumann, Vivian Fine, Franz Schubert, and Modest Mussorgsky.

Tuesday, May 7: To Your Health
10:30 AM

POSTIVE THINKING
Roberta Robinson of the Cambridge Health Alliance

Positive thinking is a mental attitude that admits into the mind, thoughts, words, and images that are conducive to growth, expansion, and success. Come learn some tricks to keep you on the positive path.

Thursday, May 9
10:30 AM

TOULOUSE-LAUTREC: PORTRAIT OF A BOHEMIAN ARTIST
Judy Schurgin, Museum Educator

Discover the life and works of this Post-Impressionist artist known for his portrayals of the performers and patrons in Montmartre's theaters, circuses, cafes, racetracks, and brothels.

Thursday, May 9
12:00 PM

FRAMING MEMORIES
Daniel Gewertz, Memoir Writing Teacher

Learn more about some of the life stories a teacher has come across while teaching memoir writing here at the Center - and hear him read from his own funny, poignant prose.

Tuesday, May 14: To Your Health
10:30 AM

MANAGING MEDICATIONS
Monica Akus of the Cambridge Health Alliance

Get tips on managing your medications, from understanding the way multiple drugs interact to learning how to deal with side effects.

Thursday, May 16
10:30 AM

IN THE LAND OF ISRAEL: MY FAMILY 1809-1949
Nitza Rosovsky, Author

Join us for a reading and discussion of this new book, a remarkable combination of social history and personal reminiscence.

Thursday, May 16
12:00 PM

THE LANGUAGE OF FILM
Brett Michel, Film Critic

Every good movie starts with a script, but in this lecture - featuring clips from recent and classic films - we'll explore visual storytelling and the ways directors transform words on a page into cinematic images.

Tuesday, May 21: To Your Health
10:30 AM

CONSIDER THE CONVERSATION
Rachel Broudy of Cambridge Health Alliance

Join us to view and discuss this award-winning documentary about end-of-life communication and living and dying.

Thursday, May 23
10:30 AM

AN INTRODUCTION TO MOBY DICK
Susan Glassman, Writing Teacher

Whether you have always wanted to read Moby Dick or have already read this great American novel, come learn important background information about its amazing characters and universal themes.

Thursday, May 23
12:00 PM

STRUMMING THE GUITAR
Chris Brenne, Music Teacher

Hear a little guitar music from a teacher at the Center, as well as about what it takes to teach beginning guitar students.

Tuesday, May 28: To Your Health
10:30 AM

MEDICATIONS AND FOOD
Paige Katzenstein of Cambridge Health Alliance

Although we are often warned not to mix medications with alcohol, we don't often hear about the interactions of medications with food. A nutritionist discusses medications and food.

Thursday, May 30
10:30 AM

SHAKESPEARE'S BLOODY STAGES
Hesse Phillips, Elizabethan Scholar

Early modern theater is often thought of as synonymous with Shakespeare, but the reality was much grittier than the plays and poems you know from English class. Journey to a complex and dangerous world populated with playwrights, actors, prostitutes, prizefighters, and bears!

Thursday, May 30
12:00 PM

BOSTON ON FILM
Brett Michel, Film Critic

An exploration of films shot in Boston once tax incentives (and unique locales) made Massachusetts attractive to filmmakers once again; we'll examine and discuss clips from a wide range of movies made over the past decade.

Tuesday, June 4: To Your Health
10:30 AM

STRESS MANAGEMENT WITH MEDITATION
Roberta Robinson of Cambridge Health Alliance

Come try some simple meditation techniques for increasing physical relaxation, mental calmness, and psychological balance.

Thursday, June 6
10:30 AM

TEACHING PAINTERS
David Wenstrom, Art Teacher

A teacher at the Center talks about polishing the skills of practicing aritsts in a supportive learning environment.

Thursday, June 6
12:00 PM

THE BIRTH OF THE MODERN MOVIE BLOCKBUSTER
Brett Michel, Film Critic

Explore how Steven Spielberg and George Lucas inadvertently destroyed Hollywood. We'll view clips of films from the '70s through the present to examine how the movie industry transformed from an artistic-driven business into a CGI and 3-D toy box for teenagers.

Tuesday, June 11: To Your Health
10:30 AM

COMMUNITY RESOURCES FOR ELDERS
Roberta Robinson of Cambridge Health Alliance

Learn about the variety of programs for "older adults" in the community, as well as programs for aging in place in a community setting.

Thursday, June 13
10:30 AM

WRESTLING WITH RACISM
Susan Naimark, Parent and Boston School Board Member

Join us for a lively and provocative discussion, starting with the lecturer's own story, The Education of a White Parent: Wrestling with Race and Opportunity in the Boston Public Schools. Come prepared to reflect on the ways we can support racial equality when it comes to educating our children.

Thursday, June 13
12:00 PM

THE PROCESS OF PRINTMAKING
Selma Bromberg, Printmaking Instructor

A longtime teacher at the Center talks about the printmaking process in conjunction with a gallery exhibit featuring works by her students.