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Gonson Daytime Lecture Series

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Gonson Daytime Lecture Series: Fall 2017
Wednesdays, 11am.

Enliven your Wednesday mornings with stimulating presentations at the Cambridge Center! Presenters will focus on a wide range of topics, from art history to technology.

Schedule (please see detailed descriptions below):

  • October 4: Clean Eating on a Budget - Jennifer Hanway
  • October 11: Preserving History: Public Media Archives at WGBH - Karen Cariani and Casey Davis Kaufman
  • October 18: Ending RACEISM: The Civic Role of Science and Scientists - Carlos Hoyt
  • October 25: What makes a movie “great”?: The example of Hitchcock’s Vertigo - Mike Frank
  • November 1: Great Emancipator or White Supremacist…or Both? : Abraham Lincoln as seen through His Speeches and Writings - Thomas A. Horrocks

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Lecture Descriptions:

October 4

Clean Eating on a Budget

Jennifer Hanway | Certified Holistic Nutritionist and Certified Personal Trainer

Jennifer Hanway’s ‘Clean Eating on a Budget’ workshop will teach you how to eat clean, healthy, delicious foods without breaking the bank. Together, you will look at how to buy organic, locally raised, meat and fresh produce, the nutritious pantry staples you can buy in bulk and the ‘superfoods’ that don't cost a super-fortune. Jennifer will hand out shopping lists for all the major grocery stores in the area, along with meal and snack suggestions, and money saving tips and tricks. Join her, as she discusses meal prepping ideas and recipes as well as the healthier and budget friendly options for eating out in your location.


October 11

Preserving History: Public Media Archives at WGBH

Karen Cariani | Senior Director, WGBH Media Library and Archives
Casey Davis Kaufman | Associate Director, WGBH Media Library and Archives

Public broadcasting has been on the front lines of history for nearly seven decades. At WGBH, archivists are actively digitizing, preserving, and providing access to this corpus of our recorded cultural heritage. Join two WGBH archivists in a discussion on the innovative preservation of nearly 1 million audio, video, film, and digital assets dating back to 1947. Find out how you can help in the effort to improve the searchability and accessibility of digitized, historic public media content with a game called FIX IT. History and public media enthusiasts, lifelong learners, and fellow librarians and archivists can work to identify errors and suggest changes to transcripts of archived content, and players’ corrections will be made available in public media’s largest digital archive.


October 18

Ending RACEISM: The Civic Role of Science and Scientists

Carlos Hoyt | Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Social Work at Wheelock College

The power and persuasiveness of science in the discourse on race has swung from infamous initial validation of racial differences to present day efforts to correct scientists’ racialized conceptualizations of human beings. While scientists are increasingly vocal about the harm that results from employing race as a proxy for meaningfully distinct human subgroups, their advocacy has not reached broader society. This talk will discuss how science should be thoroughgoing in its recognition of the illegitimacy of race by taking a leading role in shifting society away from the racial worldview.


October 25

What makes a movie “great”?: The example of Hitchcock’s Vertigo

Mike Frank | Ph.D., Cornell University; Professor of cinema studies

Every ten years the British journal Sight and Sound conducts a survey, asking an international cross-section of filmmakers, scholars, and critics to choose “the greatest films ever made.” For half a century Orson Welles’ Citizen Kane finished in first place. But in the most recent poll Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo, a movie not widely admired when first released in 1958, took over the top spot. This lecture will consider what exactly it means to call a movie “great,” and why Vertigo might reasonably qualify as a great film.


November 1

Great Emancipator or White Supremacist…or Both? : Abraham Lincoln as seen through His Speeches and Writings

Thomas A. Horrocks | Ph.D. in History, former director of the John Hay Library at Brown University

Abraham Lincoln is considered by many to be this nation’s greatest president. This judgment is based primarily on his Emancipation Proclamation freeing millions of enslaved blacks and his critical role in the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment abolishing slavery in the United States. On the issues of slavery and race, however, Lincoln has had his share of critics who have argued that his reputation as The Great Emancipator and as a proponent of black freedom is built upon falsehoods and cover-ups. Critics have claimed that Lincoln was at heart a white supremacist who would have preferred to rid the country of blacks through colonization, and a reluctant emancipator who was forced to free the enslaved by events beyond his control. Dr. Horrocks will review selections from Lincoln’s speeches and writings on slavery and race in an attempt to answer the question posed in the provocative title of his lecture.




Do you or someone you know have interesting skills, experiences, knowledge, or passions that you’d like to share? To propose a lecture, please send a brief (3-5 sentence) description to info@ccae.org with the subject line "Gonson Lecture Proposal."

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