February 22, 2019

Event: Book and Author Luncheon – April 25th

Please join us for our book and author luncheon on Wednesday, April 25, 2018! This event will feature two authors as well as boutiques at 10 a.m. and a luncheon at 12 p.m. at the beautiful Wellesley Country Club.

ELINOR LIPMAN, a Massachusetts native, began her writing career after taking an adult education class in creative writing at Brandeis University. She is the author of novels including The View from Penthouse B, The Inn at Lake Devine, and Then She Found Me. Then She Found Me is now a major motion picture starring Helen Hunt, Bette Midler, Colin Firth, and Matthew Broderick.

Her featured book for this event, On Turpentine Lane, is a feel-good jaunt into the world of homeownership, mystery, and the exasperations of family and relationships. When Faith Frankel buys a house a Turpentine Lane and finally feels like her life is coming together, she finds artifacts in the house that make her question other aspects of her life. Punctuated with witty dialogue, quirky characters, and twists, On Turpentine Lane earns its recommendation by the Oprah Book Club as “The Novel You Must Read Over Spring Break”.

EILEEN MCNAMARA is a Pulitzer Prize winner, Director of the Journalism Program at Brandeis, and a Professor in the Journalism and American Studies departments at Brandeis. She previously was a reporter and columnist for the Boston Globe, in addition to contributing to the coverage of the clergy sex abuse scandal in the Archdiocese of Boston.

In Eunice, McNamara brings Eunice Kennedy Shriver out from her brothers’ shadow to show an officious, cigar-smoking, indefatigable woman of unladylike determination and deep compassion born of rage: at the medical establishment that had no answers for her sister; at the revered but dismissive father whose vision for his family did not extend beyond his sons; and at the government that failed to deliver on America’s promise of equality.

Granted access to never-before-seen private papers, McNamara paints a vivid portrait of a woman both ahead of
her time and out of step with it: a formidable woman whose impact on American society was longer lasting than that of any of the Kennedy men.

Event: Downtown Lunch with Kerry Chase – April 10th

The Alumni Association is very excited to invite BNC Boston to join us for an informative day in Boston. Our presenter, Kerry Chase, will be discussing the role of US international relations and commitments in the current administration. We are in a particularly interesting time of international politics with an administration that has rebuked or backed out of international agreements and institutions. In his talk, Kerry Chase will examine why they are making these choices and how this will affect the US, its global reputation, and the landscape of global cooperation.

Kerry Chase in an Associate Professor in Brandeis’ politics department as well as the director of the graduate politics program. He teaches and researches international relations with a special focus on the international political economy, international organizations, and US foreign economic policy.

This event takes place over a lunch at One Financial Center, Boston. Please feel free to bring your own lunch or pre-order a bagged lunch. Complimentary drinks will be provided by the hosts.

Lunch pre-orders must be placed by April 3rd. 

RSVP by April 5. On the day of the event building security requires both a reservation and ID. 

Click here for further information and to RSVP.

Event at Brandeis: Looted Art for Sale – March 21st


We invite you to this interdisciplinary conference that will provide an international perspective on the last twenty years of art recovery. Our invited guests include former Ambassador Stuart Eizenstat, a primary leader in the creation of U. S. restitution policies, Hector Feliciano ‘74, Nicholas O’Donnell, Professor Meike Hoffmann, Victoria Reed, Inge Reist, and Lucian Simmons. The filmmaker, John Friedman, will screen excerpts from his forthcoming documentary on Tuesday evening, March 20th (6:30pm), in Edie & Lew Wasserman Cinematheque, “Restitution: Art and Memory.”

RSVP for Film Screening

RSVP for Looted Art for Sale Conference

Katy Graddy and Nancy Scott

Looted Art for Sale will be sponsored by the Brandeis Center for German and European Studies, the Rosenberg Institute of Global Finance at Brandeis International Business School, the Mandel Center for the Humanities and the Department of Fine Arts.

For more information visit http://www.brandeis.edu/looted-art-for-sale/index.html

Event: Brandeis WGS Reads Book Group – March 12th or March 14th

The Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program of Brandeis University invites BNC Boston to participate in its inaugural WGS Reads Book Group. These events are in honor of Women’s History Month. The group is to read, discuss, and debate current feminist events while making new connections  and engaging intellectually. The book we will discuss is Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay. It is a collection of essays spanning a variety of topics. It is alright if you do not have time to read the entire book, just choose a few appealing essays and come ready to discuss!

Please RSVP on the WGS event website which also contains further details.

WGS Reads RSVP and Details

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2018 Winter Bulletin

The Winter 2018 Bulletin is here! We have lots of exciting events and learning opportunities arranged for our members this season. As ever, we make an effort to include a variety of topics to ensure there is something of interest for everyone. Topics include the ever anticipated spring Book and Author Luncheon, museum tours, art appreciation, film, history, literature discussion groups, and Brandeis campus events. The bulletin also includes important contact information and forms. Check it out below!

2018 Winter Bulletin

Special Event: 18th Annual Holiday Reception – December 10th

The Alumni Club of Greater Boston would like to invite BNC members to join Brandeis Alumni at their 18th Annual Holiday Reception at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. This is a unique chance to learn about JFK and his family from Brandeis experts while exploring the library and museum after hours.

Our featured speakers will be Karen Adler Abramson ’85, the director of archives at the library and museum, and Brandeis Professor Eileen McNamara.

Heavy hors d’oeuvres and a drink will be served.

RSVP by Monday December 4th. 

See more details here.


Event: Lunch with Hallie – December 1

Join us on December 1st in welcoming award-winning author Hallie Ephron. Ephron’s suspenseful works have been reviewed as “deliciously creepy”, while grounded in a realistic world. Her newest book, You’ll Never Know, Dear, tells the story of a child’s disappearance and her doll that could reveal her fate. Ephron is a four-time Mary Higgins Clark Award finalist, in addition to a Edgar Award finalist for her how-to-write book.

Help us welcome Ephron to the chapter at SKY Restaurant as she enlightens us about the world of suspenseful writing.

Fall Bulletin

The BNC Boston Fall Bulletin is here! If you haven’t checked it out yet we highly recommend you do. This bulletin is jam-packed with exciting activities for our members this season including:

  • An Author Luncheon
  • Art Adventures
  • Potpourri
  • Study Groups
  • BNC leadership contact information
  • Community involvement information

Check out the Bulletin here!

Event: Opening Meeting – September 11

We are so excited to announce BNC Boston’s Opening Meeting to kick off the year! The Opening Meeting is a great way to reconnect with fellow members and a chance for new members to learn more about BNC and the chapter. We can’t wait to see everyone and enjoy a potluck brunch with all our members.

Our featured speaker for this event is Jessica Liebowitz, wife of Brandeis University President Ron Liebowitz, who will be speaking on “First Year Impressions”. This year we will also be holding a “Bring Yours, Buy Theirs” Jewelry sale with all proceeds going towards the BNC Book Fund.

Please RSVP to Abby Raelin with which food you will be bringing at raelin@rcn.com or (781) 444-9258

Further details can be found in the Bulletin.

To Be Or Not To Be

As nervy as it is hilarious, this screwball masterpiece from Ernst Lubitsch stars the incomparable Jack Benny and Carole Lombard as husband-and-wife thespians caught up in a dangerous spy plot in Nazi-occupied Warsaw. A 1942 Hollywood film of the boldest black humor, it went into production soon after the U.S. entered World War II. Lubitsch brilliantly balances political satire, romance, slapstick, and urgent wartime suspense in a comic high-wire act that has never been equaled. Featuring a Q&A w/ Thomas Doherty, Brandeis Professor & author of “Hollywood and Hitler”.

75TH ANNIVERSARY EVENT on Tuesday, May 16, 7:00 pm at Coolidge Corner Theatre.

“One of the most perfectly structured and audacious of screen comedies.” –Time Out London

“Lubitsch’s finest achievement, certainly one of the most profound, emotionally complex comedies ever made.” –Chicago Reader

For additional information regarding prices and to RSVP, please contact Leslie Pearlstein (lkpearl@gmail.com)

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