“Directory of Special Interest Groups and Committees: ‘Study Group Support Committee'”

June 14th, 2021

In a previous posting, the Banner began publication of segments from an upcoming directory of Special Interest Groups (SIGs) and committees in which many members will have the opportunity to participate. Additional information on this new initiative will be coming soon, but here’s another sample of what’s to come: profiles of five members of BOLLI’s Study Group Support Committee (SGSC) that works to enhance the educational experience in the BOLLI classroom. In service of this mission, the SGSC supports Study Group Leaders (SGLs) in multiple ways as they transition from the proposal process with the Curriculum Committee to the preparation and presentation of their courses. The ultimate goal is to enhance the teaching and learning experience for both SGLs and class participants. If you have any questions, or want to receive emails and a link to upcoming meetings, contact group co-chair Marsha Semuels at mhsemuels@gmail.com.

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“The Lydians Redux – An Interview with Violist Mark Berger,” by Phil Radoff and Jack Curley

May 18th, 2021

Mark Berger

As many BOLLI members are aware, Brandeis is one of the few private liberal arts universities that have a music ensemble in residence, the Lydian String Quartet. The University provides a permanent venue for the ensemble’s rehearsals and performances, and Brandeis music students profit from the presence of renowned performing musicians on the faculty. For BOLLI members who miss attending the Lydians’ live, on-campus performances, be aware that the members of the ensemble miss you, too – a message that came across loud and clear during a recent Zoom visit with violist Mark Berger, a Lydian since 2014. Read the rest of this entry »


“CAST Troupe Returns to ZOOM,” by Mark Seliber

May 10th, 2021

The BOLLI CAST (Creative Acting, Storytelling and Theater) troupe will present its second end-of-semester live Zoom performance at 1 PM EDT on Friday, May 21. This time around they will perform scenes from six different twentieth century plays, which range in perspective from serious drama to pure comedy. The plays, in order of performance, are: Read the rest of this entry »


“Directory of Special Interest Groups and Committees: ‘Make a Difference'”

May 5th, 2021

In a previous posting, the Banner began publication of segments from an upcoming directory of Special Interest Groups and committees in which many members will have the opportunity to participate. Additional information on this new initiative will be coming soon, but here’s another sample of what’s to come: profiles of BOLLI’s Make A Difference Special Interest Group that transforms political knowledge and passion into meaningful action. The group investigates important current issues and organizes activities such as letter/postcard writing and text and phone-banking to influence local, state, and national policies. Their strategic work seeks to improve the treatment of immigrant families, both in Massachusetts and at the Mexican border, and influence local, state, and national policies. Make A Difference members were active in the 2020 presidential election and the Georgia senatorial run-offs. Their 2021-2022 agenda focuses on voting rights, climate change, the economy, and systemic racism. All BOLLI members are welcome to join. If you have any questions, or want to receive emails and a link to upcoming meetings, contact group leader Rosalie Fink at RosaliePFink@gmail.com or 617-699-1833.

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“Cartoons by Sam Ansell”

April 29th, 2021

Sam Ansell

We can all use a laugh, and who better to provide one than the Banner’s own in-house cartoonist, Sam Ansell? We hope readers enjoy this second look at some of Sam’s best.

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“A Virtual Visit to the Rose Art Museum,” by Ellen Moskowitz

April 12th, 2021

Although the Rose Art Museum galleries are closed to the public (only Brandeis students, faculty, and staff can currently visit in-person) you can explore a large selection of its holdings by paying a virtual visit. Click on the Roy Lichtenstein painting to the right to get started. Occasionally, special virtual programs are held. Subscribing to the Rose’s newsletter is the best way to find out what’s going on and, more importantly, receive updates on when the Rose will again open to the public.


“BOLLI Welcomes Nicole Grant,” by Joyce Lazarus

March 31st, 2021

Nicole Grant

The newest member of our BOLLI team is program coordinator, Nicole Grant, who along with senior program coordinator, Carolyn Cross, will assist SGLs and students with numerous aspects of program development and delivery, including the use of virtual technology. I visited with Nicole by Zoom at her home in New Jersey, where she has been working remotely. On April 1 she plans to move to her new residence in Arlington.

“I’m super-excited to be working at BOLLI,” said Nicole, who is clearly a “people” person. She spent her freshman year at Susquehanna University, a liberal arts university in a quiet area of central Pennsylvania, but soon realized she missed the more stimulating environment of the east coast. She enrolled in New Jersey’s Rowan University, from which she graduated in May 2020 with a degree in psychology. Sadly, last spring’s campus closure meant that Nicole and her classmates were denied the chance to say their goodbyes and walk in a traditional graduation ceremony. Read the rest of this entry »


“Directory of Special Interest Groups and Committees: Member Liaisons”

March 29th, 2021

In a previous posting, the Banner began publication of segments from an upcoming directory of Special Interest Groups and committees in which many members will have the opportunity to participate. Additional information on this new initiative will be coming soon, but here’s another sample of what’s to come: profiles of BOLLI member liaisons, who offer members the opportunity to voice their questions and concerns. The member liaisons encourage you to communicate with them, and welcome your input on all matters concerning BOLLI.  As appropriate, they will be happy to convey member ideas and initiatives to the advisory council and director.
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“Seoul Music: The Adventures of Jared Redmond” by Phil Radoff and Jack Curley

March 18th, 2021

Jared Redmond

It was Thursday morning in Boston and late Friday night in Korea when the Banner paid a virtual visit to pianist/composer and popular BOLLI SGL Jared Redmond. Last year Jared and his artist wife, Mallo, took up residence in Seoul where he is currently a Lecturer in Music Composition and Theory at Seoul National University, after two years teaching as Visiting Professor at Hanyang University.

Jared was born in California in the 1980s and comes from a background he says was “neither artistic nor educated.” Punk and Funk were the music of his early teen years, with The Ramones a favorite band. He credits the beginnings of his interest in classical music in part to time spent experimenting with an electronic piano and, more importantly, to the early training he received under the tutelage of a remarkable piano teacher (“a crazy Israeli, full of fire and brimstone”), who remains an important person in his life. Read the rest of this entry »


“Megan Curtis Joins BOLLI Staff,” by Alorie Parkhill (from the Banner Archives – March 2013)

March 9th, 2021

“I am a people person,” reflects Megan Curtis cheerfully, flashing her winning smile. Her warmth, intelligence, and organizational skills will serve her well in taking over a demanding role as BOLLI Program Administrator. With Ilana’s* helpful guidance initially, Megan looks forward to beginning at Turner Street on March 5th. We are delighted to welcome her.

The job description for this position includes seeking, organizing, and supervising volunteers, empowering people to create their environment and quality of life. She will also take charge of organizing and improving the physical space at Turner and the volunteer office at the Rabb School on Old South St. Megan will be maintaining and upgrading BOLLI A/V and Web capacity. Part of that role will be to support members’ ability to use our equipment. Megan will be promoting events, including classes, speakers, and groups. She will, of course, be coordinating regularly with both Avi and Ilana. Read the rest of this entry »


“Directory of Special Interest Groups and Committees,” by Jack Curley

March 2nd, 2021

I was pleasantly surprised to learn recently that since the onset of the pandemic BOLLI has added about 200 new members, a remarkable achievement during difficult times. The good news is dampered a bit when taking into account the fact that members of this group have had little or no opportunity to engage with fellow members in a classroom setting.* For this, and many other reasons, we are all looking forward to our return to 60 Turner Street. But perhaps there’s a small step we can take right now to get to know more about the people with whom we gather in virtual meeting spaces.

The BOLLI Banner, your community newsletter, will soon begin publishing a directory of Special Interest Groups and committees. Many active members will have the opportunity to participate in the creation of the directory, which we hope will be of considerable interest to the entire BOLLI community. Additional information on this new initiative will be coming soon, but to get things started the Banner team and I are pleased to offer our profiles as examples of what’s to come.

* Early joiners participated in two weeks of in-person learning prior to the March 2020 closing of 60 Turner Street.
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