Gonson Daytime Lecture & Discussion Series

Stimulate your mind mid-day with these lunchtime lectures on Wednesdays at 1pm.

About The Gonson Daytime Lecture & Discussion Series

Stimulate your mind mid-day with these lunchtime lectures on topics in everything from history and current events, to culture and personal wellness. We strive to spark our community's curiosity and create conversation around these important topics and alongside distinguished speakers. Lectures take place online on Zoom on Wednesdays at 1pm. Tuition is $15. Please register in advance.

September 30

Unique Needs Of Solo Agers: Building Health, Community, and Emotional Support

Ailene Gerhardt | Board Certified Patient Advocate at Beacon Patient Solutions LLC

Ailene Gerhardt, Board Certified Patient Advocate at Beacon Patient Solutions LLC, will explore the unique considerations and needs of solo agers. This program is sponsored by Cambridge Neighbors, a membership-based nonprofit that provides a variety of practical, educational, and social services and supports for older adults who wish to remain in their homes and communities as they age.

Whether you are a ‘solo’ ager (an adult who, because of choice or circumstance, is without the “traditional” family support structure of adult children or close family members) now or may be in the future or simply know others who are, this program is for you. We will explore the needs and unique considerations of solo agers and will review specific needs related to healthcare and community, strategies and tips for avoiding loneliness and isolation, and tools for creating and identifying support systems. This presentation is particularly relevant as we navigate a world in which we are all feeling isolated and uncertain. Attendees will leave this class with useful resources and questions answered.

$15 | Register

October 7

School Policing: An American Function

Cindy Ok | MEd; Truman Capote Fellow, Iowa Writers’ Workshop; former Educational Leadership Alumni Fellow, UCLA

Rising evidence of abuse by police officers in U.S. schools and new data analyses of school arrests indicate disparities across racist and ableist lines. A bipartisan movement placing police in schools since the 1990s has exacerbated structural biases in schools, not only reflecting the school-to-prison pipeline but contributing to it. Tracing the development of these officers’ roles in policy, law, and practice will reveal a microcosm of federal systems, anti-Blackness, and American blame and punishment.

$15 | Register

October 14

Civil War Monuments of Augustus Saint-Gaudens

Jack Curtis | Writer and Editor

Augustus Saint-Gaudens (1848-1907) secured his place in the pantheon of American artists with his dynamic portrayals of Civil War heroes. This survey of the life and work of the influential sculptor focuses on his heroic yet compassionate "Abe Lincoln: The Man" as representative of Saint-Gaudens’s method, art, and time. By discussing other works, including the General Sherman monument and "The Shaw Memorial/54th Massachusetts Regiment" on the Boston Common, students will gain an appreciation of Saint-Gaudens’s pioneering integration of architecture, landscape design, and monumental sculpture.

$15 | Register