NEW TIME! Wednesdays at 1pm in the Spiegel Auditorium, 56 Brattle Street. $5 Admission. Please register in advance to reserve your seat.

Stimulate your mind mid-day with $5 lunchtime lectures—with complimentary coffee and tea—on topics in everything from history and current events, to culture and personal wellness.

Fall Schedule:

October 3rd, 1pm

OUR HISTORY WITH HONEYBEES | REGISTER
Mark Lewis | Apiculturist
When did our history with honeybees begin? 10,000 years ago? One hundred times that, or more? It is probably most accurate to say our relationship with honeybees was always there and some recent anthropological studies suggest that honeybees may have played a crucial role in some key aspects of human evolution. This talk will endeavor to begin at the beginning and move forward to the present in an effort to understand how it could be that, despite so many advances in both science and beekeeping, we have arrived at a place where honeybees are struggling.

 

October 17, 1pm

THE LIFE OF GIUSEPPE GARIBALDI | REGISTER
Albert Muggia, MD
Giuseppe Garibaldi was a fascinating Italian general, politician and nationalist who played a large role in the history of Italy. A great general and one of Italy’s "fathers of the fatherland,” Garibaldi was a hero of the 19th Century, both as a liberator of Italy, Uruguay and Southern Brazil, and as a sailor for the US. Though he remains unknown to many, Al will discuss the many ways in which Garibaldi was a major influence on the history of Italy and the New World.

 

October 24th, 1pm

THE TINY HOUSES TRENDREGISTER
Miranda Aisling | Artist & Founder, Miranda’s Hearth, mirandashearth.com
The past decade has seen the emergence of the tiny house movement. People are shedding their larger homes for simple living in less than 500-square-feet in both DIY and prefabricated tiny homes. Some cite affordability, ecological impacts, and anti-consumerism as the reasoning behind their tiny house. Miranda Aisling has been immersed in this movement since 2013. She built her own tiny house, Aubergine, as a public art project in June 2015, worked for the Tumbleweed Tiny House Company for two years, and hosts the annual BIG Tiny House Festival in Massachusetts. Join Miranda as she discusses the timely emergence of this movement, how it is growing, and what it means.


October 31st, 1pm

BACK FROM THE BRINK: A CALL TO PREVENT NUCLEAR WARREGISTER
Dr. Peter Moyer | Emergency Medicine Physician; Greater Boston Physicians for Social Responsibility
There are 15,000 nuclear weapons around the world. An armed conflict that used even 100 nuclear weapons could crash civilization and kill hundreds of millions. Experts say we are closer to accidental or intentional nuclear war than at any time since the 1950s – and yet, at the same time, also closer than ever to an international ban to dismantle all of these immoral weapons. Come hear about the race for human survival, and what citizens can do to help.

 

November 7th, 1pm

CANNABIS AND OPIOIDS: PREVENTION OR TREATMENT?REGISTER
Marion McNabbMPH, DrPH; CEO, Cannabis Community Care and Research Network
While cannabis has been recreationally legal in Massachusetts for some time, researchers and public health officials have long been researching and developing medicinal uses of the substance. With opiod addiction reaching crisis levels, many continue to investigate marijuana’s effect on such addiction. Join Marion McNabb, CEO of Cannabis community Care and Research Network (C3RN), as they discuss how researchers and health professionals are addressing the opioid epidemic using cannabis as a tool locally in Massachusetts.

Do you have interesting expertise that you'd like to share? Submit your lecture idea via ccae.org/courseproposals.