Faculty Seminar: “The Great Gatsby,” by Marjorie Arons-Barron

June 29th, 2020

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby is so much more than the wild parties, sexually heated jazz clubs, and booze-soaked excesses of the Roaring Twenties. Under the leadership of BOLLI Faculty Seminar favorite and Brandeis English Professor Billy Flesch, we explored the characters, plot twists, and exquisite craft of the legendary author.

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“Keeping Connected and Stimulated: Two Friends Share BOLLI Memories,” by Sue Wurster

June 24th, 2020

“Twenty years ago, my friend Miriam Landau told me she was going to a meeting about a new program for seniors that was getting started at Brandeis,” Arlene Weintraub recounted when asked about how she got involved in BOLLI.

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“Armenian Museum of America,” by Na’ama Ansell

June 17th, 2020

In a grey, window clad, building anchoring one corner of Watertown Square, is the four-story home of the Armenian Museum of America. My telephone tour guide in the year of COVID-19 was Berj Chekijian, Director of Finance and Building Operations of the museum.

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“The Play’s the Thing”- BOLLI’s Scene-iors Acting Troupe, by Sue Wurster

June 16th, 2020



Eileen Mitchell and Becky Meyers
in Matinee

“Eileen got me into this,” Becky Meyers announced during a recent Zoom conversation in which Scene-iors past and present gathered to reminisce about the troupe’s history at BOLLI.

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Member Suggestions: Virtual Cultural Offerings

June 10th, 2020






From the editor: Here are the first of what we hope will be a number of member recommendations of virtual cultural offerings. To join the conversation, send your suggestions to the editor at jjc1791@outlook.com. (Italics indicate contributors’ own words.)

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“Cellist Audrey Chen Performs for BOLLI,” by Phil Radoff

May 28th, 2020

Audrey Chen

On Friday, May 15, a large group of BOLLI members was treated to a lunchtime cello recital performed by Audrey Chen, who holds degrees from Harvard and New England Conservatory (NEC) and has performed with some of the world’s most prestigious orchestras and chamber groups.  Read the rest of this entry »

From the Banner Archives: “Meet Our New Director”

May 26th, 2020

(BOLLI Banner, September 2012)

Avi Bernstein

Avi Bernstein, our new director, was attracted to BOLLI for many of the same reasons our members are: the quality of the participants, the depth and breadth of the curriculum, and the connection to Brandeis. Read the rest of this entry »

“What it Means to be the Red Sox ‘Ghost Whisperer’ – Tales from the Team Historian” by Jack Curley

May 20th, 2020

Gordon Edes

Former baseball columnist and current Red Sox historian, Gordon Edes, recently paid BOLLI a virtual visit to share memories and offer his thoughts on the current state of the game. Edes’s long career as a journalist began in central Massachusetts, where as a high school student he covered sports for local newspapers. Read the rest of this entry »

“Highlights of 20 Years at BOLLI: How One Thing Leads to Another” by Tamara Chernow

April 29th, 2020

Tamara Chernow

This is one in a series of 20th anniversary reminiscences by long-time BOLLI members on experiences that have been particularly meaningful to them. 

In my first year at BOLLI I took a memoir writing course, not because I really wanted to write anything, but it was one of the few courses available when I registered. I wrote several pieces about my life and family. Now I have a second generation of readers as my grandchildren have become interested in learning about their ancestors.

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“Billy’s Best: Billy Flesch’s Suggestions for Stay-at-Home Reading and Viewing”

April 23rd, 2020
The Banner asked BOLLI favorite Billy Flesch to provide its readers with recommendations for easy-to-access books, television shows, and movies to read or view while at home. Here’s his response. (Billy’s comments are in Italics.)

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“The New Danforth Museum is a Jewel,” by Joyce Lazarus

April 21st, 2020

Is the quarantine giving you cabin fever? Why not explore the new Danforth Museum online or take a Zoom art course and then make plans to visit this museum after the pandemic has passed?

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