“A Supreme Court Justice Comes to Brandeis,” by Phil Radoff (from the Banner archives, March 2016)

September 23rd, 2020

Ruth Bader Ginsburg is not the first Jewish Justice of the Supreme Court (that would be Justice Brandeis), nor is she the first female Justice (that would be Justice O’Connor), but she is the first female Jewish Justice and, at nearly 83, the Court’s oldest.

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“Ron Della Chiesa – A Man for All Seasons,” by Marilyn Brooks

September 23rd, 2020

Ron Della Chiesa

BOLLI’s fall 2020 Distinguished Speakers Series opened on September 11 with an outstanding choice— Boston favorite Ron Della Chiesa.  Ron’s radio career is legendary—as host of Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO) performances,  BSO summer concerts from Tanglewood, Music America from the mid ‘70s to the early ‘80s, and his Sunday night Strictly Sinatra program on WPLM.

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“DAYS AT THE MUSEUM: RUTH EZRA’S SUMMER CHATS,” by Sue Wurster

September 17th, 2020

Metropolitan Museum, NYC

Private school spring break was one of my favorite times of year in New York City, and I took full advantage of the opportunities it always provided for museum talks at the Metropolitan.

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Welcome, New Members!

September 16th, 2020

We are pleased to welcome 58 new members to our BOLLI community. This term, we have a total of 519 members.

Lois Ambash
Elissa Arons
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“The Constitution in Times of Crisis: America’s Inflection Points,” by Steve Messinger

September 9th, 2020

We are a nation created out of war – a war where we believed we were being denied the inalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. While fighting this war, we created the first modern constitution, the Articles of Confederation.

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“An Introduction to Religious Existentialism” by Steven Ostrow

September 1st, 2020

“God is dead.” From that cheery premise (Friedrich Nietzsche’s declaration of 1882) the BOLLI summer lecture series on “Religious Existentialism” took its cue, and we grappled with the implications on seven consecutive Monday mornings.  We were expertly led by veteran (and future) SGL Will Grogan (Brandeis MA in Philosophy and currently grad student at Harvard Divinity School) and BOLLI Director Avi Bernstein.

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“Ellen’s Picks for Inside and Outside Art Viewing,” by Ellen Moskowitz

August 31st, 2020

    “Blubat,” deCordova Museum

Many museums are now open for in-person or outdoor viewing in the Boston area, several are open in the Berkshires, and a couple in the Hudson Valley area of New York. Many of the museums listed also have beautiful grounds for a stroll.

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“Fact and Fiction: Billy Flesch on ‘The Plot Against America,'” by Marjorie Roemer

August 25th, 2020

What do Amelia Earhart’s underwear, a “sick burn,” and Walter Benn Michaels have in common?  Well, of course, they show up within a few minutes of one another in Billy Flesch’s seminar on Roth’s The Plot Against America and the ensuing video series.

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“The Birth of the Musical Baroque and Music in the Theater,” by Marilyn Brooks

August 19th, 2020

Gil Harel

There are so many things that make music professor and Brandeis PhD Gil Harel’s seminars fascinating—not only his knowledge of music, which is to be expected, but the way he brings in art, architecture, religion, and history to help the classes understand the music under discussion.

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“Fridays with Friends,” by Tamara Chernow (BOLLI Banner, October 2011)

August 12th, 2020

From the BOLLI Banner, October 2011

The first week of classes in September ended with our first “Fridays with Friends” meeting, an event highlighting the social aspect of the BOLLI program.

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“Songs of Protest in Rock ‘n Roll History,” by Jack Curley

August 5th, 2020

Many of us have memories of the protest marches of the 1960s with their impassioned crowds, inspiring speakers and, often, electrifying music, performed on the national scene by artists such as Phil Ochs, Pete Seeger, and Joan Baez, and locally on the Boston and Cambridge Commons by a revolving troop of rock and folk singers.

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