Gonson Lecture Setting

Gonson Daytime Lecture Series

Wednesdays, 11am  |  Spiegel Auditorium, 56 Brattle Street  |  $5

Enliven your Wednesday mornings with stimulating presentations at the Cambridge Center!  Presenters will focus on a wide range of topics. Join these presenters to learn how you can make a positive change in the worlds around you

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January 17th | Tickets
ELEPHANTS AND SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE IN KENYA
Mary Rowe | Expedition Advisor, Earthwatch Institute
In sub-Saharan Africa, elephants frequently raid and damage crops. By partnering with local farmers in southeast Kenya, researchers will help to mitigate human-wildlife conflict while conserving the land and its resources using the latest methods in sustainable agriculture and forestry. Join us to discover how volunteers work to survey elephants’ behaviors, animal biodiversity, and the socio-economic status of local households in order to better create climate-smart agriculture.


January 24th | Tickets
PRACTICAL ECOLOGICAL ETHICS IN THE ANTHROPOCENE
Claire O’Neill | President, Earthwise Aware
We have an ecological impact on the environment. In the case of our species, the sheer number of us and how we relate to our environment –our worldviews – define that impact. Come explore with us main environmental worldviews and ethics. And help develop a human ecological narrative that is aware and inclusive so that we become better and thriving actors of changes.


January 31st | Tickets
PUTTING YOUR MONEY WHERE YOUR MOUTH IS: SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE INVESTING
Sonia Kowal | President, Zevin Asset Management, LLC
Now more than ever, your investments have a role in social change. How can you leverage them to affect issues from mass incarceration to climate change to money in politics? Learn about the tools investors have at their disposal and the impact of shareholder pressure on companies. We will focus on the basic elements of growing your investments while having them work towards building a more equitable and economically sound society.


February 7th | Tickets
MONEY WELL-SPENT: PHILANTHROPY FROM $100 TO $100,000
Marla Felcher | Ph.D., Co-founder, The Philanthropy Connection
Anyone can be a philanthropist; all it takes is a desire to give our time and/or money - no matter how much. But how do we know where our talents and money will be put to best use? This hands-on course will start with an overview of the local nonprofit landscape. Then, multiple frameworks for evaluating the effectiveness of nonprofit organizations will be presented. Each student will be given the opportunity to identify his/her personal philanthropic sweet-spot, and the tools to act upon this new-found knowledge.


February 14th | Tickets
LOVING A SPORT THAT DOESN'T LOVE YOU BACK: BASEBALL'S TUMULTUOUS RELATIONSHIP WITH WOMEN FANS
Britni de la Cretaz | Independent Journalist & Baseball Writer
The sport of baseball has a complicated history with the women in their stands. From fighting for their right just to be spectators to being pandered to with offensive and sexist promotions or forgotten altogether, baseball hasn't always done right by the women who love the sport. This lecture will trace the path of the female fan from the turn of the 20th century, when baseball was professionalized, to the current day, when the league is trying to do better but still comes up short. Women in the stands have a rich history and have been a major part of baseball's story, even if they're often left out of the telling.

 

February 28th | Tickets
WE'RE WOMEN AND WE TALK ABOUT MONEY
Arlene Holtzman | Holtzman & Menuck, LLC, Wealth Advisors for Women
For women in all stages of life, come spend an hour with us talking about common roadblocks to financial freedom. We’ll help you identify your personal barriers and outline the next steps toward taking control of financial matters. Ideally, each person in attendance will leave with insights and tactics directly applicable to their own lives.

 


Spring 2018:

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April 4 | Free! 
ARTIST TALK WITH DAN ELIAS
Dan Elias | Executive Director, New Art Center
Dan Elias is the guest juror for the Cambridge Center’s 3rd and final Berta Golahny Awards and Art Exhibit. Elias is currently the Executive Director at The New Art Center, in Newton, MA. Before that, he served as ECHO project director at the Peabody Essex Museum after working in and owning contemporary art galleries for 20 years. He was also the host of the US version of the Antiques Roadshow for three years. Join Dan Elias as he discusses his experience working with both contemporary art and antiques, and find out more about the Berta Golahny Awards at ccae.org/golahnyawards.

April 11 | Tickets
INTRODUCTION TO A PLANT-BASED LIFESTYLE
Adriana Gambino | Healthy Lifestyle Coach
Plant-based eating is on the rise, for both the health and environmental benefits. Join a licensed therapist and life coach in exploring the health benefits of plant-based nutrition. Adriana will discuss which foods to include in your plant-based diet, how to plan your meals and shop for them, alternatives to cheese, and how to order when you eat out. For those new to or considering a plant-based lifestyle, this lecture will give tips on how to successfully transition from your current eating habits.

April 18 | Tickets 
GET ORGANIZED AND GO GREEN
Kristine Acevedo | Founder, Neat-N-Green
Green organizing means working to minimize the environmental impact of your organizing projects; Kristine works with you to discard unwanted items in an environmentally- friendly way. She’ll help you donate or sell used clothing and other belongings you no longer want and show you how to properly recycle unwanted electronics that contain toxic materials, such as televisions, computers and monitors. In addition to being good for the environment, donations may qualify as tax deductions. She will suggest environmentally-friendly items when it’s time to buy something new.

May 2 | Tickets
HOW BOSTON'S FOOD SCENE HIT THE BIG TIME
Louisa Kasdon | Founder, Let's Talk About Food
Ilene Bezahler | Publisher, Edible Boston
The Boston food scene has shifted from being a poor relation to New York and California's vibrancy to becoming one of the best food regions in the world. With great chefs, great restaurants, there has been a major shift to top-quality local food and artisanship. What and who sparked Boston's food vigor? Join The Food Voice co-founders Ilene Bezahler of Edible Boston and Louisa Kasdon of Let's Talk About Food for a delicious discussion.

May 9 | Tickets
THE PROCRASTINATION SOLUTION
Barry Kesselman | Psychotherapist
Most people procrastinate in one way or another. This talk is for people who want to begin to explore the purposefulness of their procrastination and the possibility of more directly and easily accomplishing those things they need to and want to do. The program will include lecture, a guided imagery and writing exercise, and time for participants to ask questions.

May 16 | Tickets 
THE LAND BEYOND THE VEIL: 19TH CENTURY AMERICAN SPIRITUALISM
Maggi Smith-Dalton | Musician, Author, Public Historian
Join Maggi as we explore the popularity of
Spiritualism in 19th century America and how it renewed interest in the occult. Spiritualism originally blossomed out of an attempt to find an intellectual and emotional balance between science and religion. Some places, like Salem, Mass., feared fueling this fire. The history behind the religion of Spiritualism and the social movement that took root in restless America, a land of new beginnings and endless opportunity, was also a history of women’s empowerment, and, perhaps, of endless hope and optimism.