“Ellen’s Picks for Virtual Art Tours Around the World,” By Ellen Moskowitz

November 10th, 2020

Royal Ontario Museum

Since we can’t travel outside the country let’s virtually tour some of the great museums located outside the United States. When the pandemic is over, you’ll have some great ideas for future travel. I’ll suggest my favorite at each site but, of course, there’s so much more to see.

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“The Impact of the Pandemic on Movies: What Will be the New Normal?” by Marilyn Brooks

November 5th, 2020

Ty Burr

“Do the movies have a future?” was the opening question in Ty Burr’s October 30th presentation for BOLLI’s Lunch and Learn program, and his answer was both yes and no. Ty, an area native who grew up in Brookline, has been the film critic at the Boston Globe since 2002.  Read the rest of this entry »


“A Time to Celebrate—BOLLI’s 5th Birthday Party,” by Naomi Schmidt (from the Banner archives, June 2005)

October 14th, 2020

The pastel-colored balloons in Sherman Hall mirrored the blossoms on the trees on this beautiful spring day, as over 200 BOLLI members gathered to celebrate the fifth birthday of what started as BALI and is now BOLLI. The organizing committee, chaired by Lenore Goldstein, offered not only lunch and birthday cake, but also a moving and entertaining program that made us all proud of our thriving enterprise. Read the rest of this entry »


“‘Black Lives Matter’ and Newton History” by Joyce Lazarus

October 6th, 2020

Jackson Homestead

The “Black Lives Matter” movement challenges us to acknowledge the systemic racial injustice in American society and inspires us to remedy inequities which have kept people of color from advancing and from realizing their full potential.

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“Bonjour, Cecilia. Bienvenue à BOLLI!” by Phil Radoff and Jack Curley

September 30th, 2020

Cecilia Dunoyer

Concert pianist and musical academician Cecilia Dunoyer is BOLLI’s newest Study Group Leader. Those members lucky enough to have found a place in her first BOLLI course, which debuted this fall, will be introduced to the Paris art scene in the 1920s, a period rich in artistic innovation in music, painting, dance, and literature.  Read the rest of this entry »


“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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