The BOLLI Bulletin - February 26, 2021

Remember the good old days?
BOLLI Back-to-School Brunch - February 28, 2020
Announcements
Distinguished Speaker Series Survey

The weekly Distinguished Speaker Series has been an integral part of BOLLI for years. Like all programs we are constantly looking to improve it. Please take two minutes to respond to the survey which seeks your input as to future speakers. Click here for the survey.
Zoom Best Practices and Help

We encourage you to look at the Zoom best practices that we have collected by clicking here before attending BOLLI virtual events and classes.

If you ever need help with Zoom, please don't hesitate to reach out to Carolyn Cross, Program Coordinator at 781-736-2992 and/or ccross@brandeis.edu . Please give her as much information as possible about the issue you are experiencing. Either Carolyn or another staff person or volunteer will be back in touch with you promptly.
Distinguished Speaker Series - 1:00 to 2:00 on Wednesdays and Fridays
Click here for the full schedule.
Wednesday, March 3, 1:00
Harry Litman, former U.S. Attorney and Deputy Assistant Attorney General

"Restoring the Rule of Law Post-Trump"

Harry Litman will explore the process for restoring the rule of law that was flouted during the "Trump Era of Chaos." He is a former U.S. Attorney and Deputy Attorney General, who now runs a highly rated podcast called, “Talking Feds.”

For more information about the speaker, click here

All BOLLI Members are invited to attend. There is no need to RSVP. All current members will receive a reminder email with the lunchtime speaker link on the morning of the talk.
Friday, March 5, 1:00
Stephane Acel-Green, Deputy Vice President Regional Development, New Israel Fund and Dr. Amal Elsana Alh'jooj, Executive Director of the International Community Action Network at McGill University

"Building a Truly Shared Society in Israel"

Two speakers for the price of one.

For more information about the speakers, click here

All BOLLI Members are invited to attend. There is no need to RSVP. All current members will receive a reminder email with the lunchtime speaker link on the morning of the talk.
BOLLI Virtual Meetings in Upcoming Weeks
Writers Guild
Friday, February 26 from 9:30 to noon

February 26 prompt: Piece of Cake

March 5 prompt: No Pain no Gain

Due to time constraints, writing should be limited to 500 words max. If you're not a writer but want to share a photograph with a lighthearted caption, please do so. 
 
A Zoom link will be sent to those on the Writers Guild mailing list prior to the meeting. If you are not already on the mailing list, please contact Larry Schwirian to be added to it.
New Yorker Fiction Salon
Wednesday, March 3 at 9:30am
(Note the time change for spring term)

A Zoom link will be sent to those on the New Yorker mailing list prior to the meeting. If you are not already on the mailing list, please contact  Aaron Goldberg  to be added to it.

For details of story please scroll down to the NEW YORKER FICTION SALON section below.
BOLLI Play Reading Group
Thursday, March 4 from 12:30 to 2:00

If you'd like to be added to our mailing list, please contact Sue Wurster at susanlwurster@gmail.com in order to receive our weekly Zoom link.
BOLLI Book Group
Friday, March 5 from 9:30 to 11:00

The book that we will discuss is The Transit of Venus by Shirley Hazzard. This novel about two Australian sisters in post-war England is elegantly written and brilliantly constructed. Its genteel ambiance belies the depth of its author's ideas about innocence, power, and gender, and the revelation of its secrets will leave you dazzled and shaken.

For more information contact Charlie Marz. (cmarz@rcn.com) or Abby Pinard (apinard@snet.net). If you haven't previously attended a BOLLI Book Group meeting and would like to receive the Zoom link, contact Abby Pinard and she will add you to the mailing list.
Aging with Resilience and Enthusiasm
Friday, March 5 at 10:00

You will receive a link a few days before in an email. We are continuing our theme of HAPPINESS. This time we'll look at momentary and long-lasting happiness and ways we can increase our happiness.

If you wish to be added to the list (or removed from it) just let us know. We're happy to have you join us.

Facilitators: Sandy Miller-Jacobs (sandymj@gmail.com), Bonnie Seider, and Linda Wolfson  
BOLLI CAST: Creative Acting, Storytelling and Theater
Friday, March 5 at 10:30

This group is open to BOLLI members who are interested in dramatic performance. During the spring session, we will work on scripted scenes adapted from a variety of plays. CAST meets on Fridays from 10:30-noon. For more information contact Richard Averbuch
BOLLI Publications
The Spring 2020 BOLLI Journal

You can view the Spring 2020 BOLLI Journal by clicking here . It is a volume that we know you will enjoy! Wonderful work from the contributors--and by the editors as well! Stay tuned for more information about print copies.
BOLLI Banner: February Posts 

  • “‘The Dining Room’ – on ZOOM!'” by Mark Seliber
  • BOLLI Lecture Series: “Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents,” by Joyce Lazarus
  • "James Heazlewood-Dale's Journey," by Marilyn Brooks 

Click here  to read the  BOLLI Banner, the source for news about BOLLI and Brandeis people and activities, as well as places and events in the surrounding communities that are likely to be of interest to members.

To subscribe,  look for the SUBSCRIBE box on the  BOLLI Banner  page.
BOLLI Matters: A Blog with new articles each week.

Click here to read BOLLI Matters, a blog devoted to BOLLI members and Special Interest Groups, showcasing their talents and activities. 

Click here to subscribe. Or, you can look for the SUBSCRIBE button on the BOLLI Matters page itself.
New Yorker Fiction Salon and BOLLI Book Group Selections
New Yorker Fiction Salon
Wednesday, March 3 at 9:30am
(Note the time change for spring term)

The story we will discuss on Wednesday, March 3 at 9:30am is “A Wrinkle in the Realm” by Ben Okri. It appears in the February 8, 2021 issue of the New Yorker magazine.

To read the story, please click here. To read an interview with the author, click here.

For further information, please contact Sandy Traiger at hltraiger@gmail.com or Aaron Goldberg at aaron_goldberg@alum.mit.edu.
BOLLI Book Group
 
We love to read! And we love to talk about the books that entertain, inspire, and inform us! 

We meet once a month for a lively discussion of a work of contemporary literary fiction. We are a “drop-in” group: All BOLLI members are invited to join us every month or once in a while, no registration required.

All meetings are via Zoom.
Friday, March 5 at 9:30am
The Transit of Venus by Shirley Hazzard: This novel about two Australian sisters in post-war England is elegantly written and brilliantly constructed.Its genteel ambiance belies the depth of its author's ideas about innocence, power, and gender, and the revelation of its secrets will leave you dazzled and shaken.
Friday, April 2 at 9:30am
Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell breathes life into the little-known story of the loss of Shakespeare's eleven-year-old son, Hamnet. Four years after Hamnet's death, Shakespeare wrote Hamlet. On these few known facts, O'Farrell has created a brilliant, fictionalized portrait of a marriage stretched to its limit by unspeakable grief.
Friday, May 7 at 9:30am
What Are You Going Through by Sigrid Nunez: A writer describes a series of encounters as a listener to other peoples' stories until one makes a startling request that draws her into an intense experience of her own. This novel brings humor, wisdom, and insight to an exploration of human connection and companionship.
For more information contact Charlie Marz. (cmarz@rcn.com) or Abby Pinard (apinard@snet.net). If you haven't previously attended a BOLLI Book Group meeting and would like to receive the Zoom link, contact Abby Pinard and she will add you to the mailing list.
Virtual Brandeis Campus Events
Women's Studies Research Center.

The Women's Studies Research Center at Brandeis University is a hub of interdisciplinary exchange between scholars and artists, faculty and students, who conduct innovative research and create art with a focus on gender issues and women's lives. Their Spring 2021 Lectures, Events and Exhibitions are going virtual. Please click here  for a complete schedule of their events and links to register on Zoom.
Science Journalism and the Pandemic:
A Forum of the Brandeis Journalism Program featuring Dr. Anthony Fauci, Dr. Atul Gawande, and Dr. Elisabeth Rosenthal
Wednesday, March 3 at 3pm

Click here to register for this Zoom event..
Mandel Lectures in the Humanities
Yale University Professor Daphne Brooks
April 5, April 7, and April 8

The goal of the Mandel Lectures in the Humanities is to promote the study of the humanities at Brandeis University.

Each year, prominent scholars deliver a series of three lectures and conduct an informal seminar during their stay on campus. The series is unique in its rotation of disciplines or fields within the humanities and humanistic social sciences. Click here for information on this year's lecture series, titled "We the People": Protest Music in America & the Black Freedom Struggle.
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