Our Friday Morning Lecture series now has a new title to honor Library benefactor Marjorie B. Scoboria.

The Marjorie B. Scoboria Friday Morning Lecture Series
Ms Scoboria was a strong advocate and supporter of the library, and the a generous bequest through her estate enables us to offer programs that are consistent with her vision for the library and community. The Chelmsford Library and the Learning in Retirement Association (LIRA) present this series of Friday morning lectures on the 2nd Friday of each month at 10 a.m. Lecture topics are related to LIRA's classroom discussions on topics such as the Foreign Policy Association's Great Decisions series, Science and Literature.

Spring Semester 2014:

March 14, 2014: -"All About Sundials" by J.Leon Poirier
April 11, 2014: "Ratman: The Trial and Conviction of Whitey Bulger" by Howie Carr
May 9, 2014: "Chinese Foreign Policy" by Shehong Chen
June 13, 2014: to be announced
July 11, 2014: to be announced

Fall Semester 2013:

Sept. 13, 2013: "The Future of the EU" by Vivien A. Schmidt

Oct.11, 2013: “Boston Bronze & Stone Speak To Us” by Joseph Gallo

Nov.8, 2013: The World of International Art Crime" by Anthony Amore

Dec. 13, 2013: "New England Authors in the Making of the Modern World" by Roger Kolb


Spring Semester 2013

March 29, 2013:"U.S. and Iran Relations" by Rustin Zarkar

April 12, 2013: "Egypt" by Sarah Moawad

May 10, 2013: "Gardens by Design: in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden" by Oliver Chamberlain

June 14, 2013: Sorry, this speaker, Peter Spiers, cancelled, Click here for books on his topic

Fall semester 2012 - click here for a (pdf) brochure for the fall lectures

September 2012: "Syria: What is Really Going On?" by Dr. Deina Abdelkader

October 12, 2012: "Media Literacy and Democracy in a Hypermedia Age" by Paul Mihailidis, Ph.D.

November 9, 2012: "The State of the Oceans" by Tracy Rogers

Past Programs:
Many of these lectures have been videotaped by Chelmsford Telemedia; DVDs of these programs are available in the library's collection to check out.

Spring semester 2012

May 11- The Science Behind Natural Disasters presented by Professor Chuck Fidler

April 13 - "Before GPS: the Early Days of Navigation" presented by J. Leon Poirier

Jan. 13 - "Making Sense of the American Civil War" presented by Richard Howe

Fall 2011 semester

Oct. 14 - "American National Security Since 9/11" with James J.F. Forest, Ph.D

(No lecture in November because of the Veterans Day holiday)

Dec. 9 - "Nuclear Abolition in a Dangerous Age" with Paul Joseph, Ph.D.

Spring 2011 semester (Click here to print off a brochure (in pdf format) of the spring series)

May 13, 2011: Geopolitics and The Caucasus with Robyn Angley
April 8, 2011: Haiti One Year Later -A First-Hand Report with Dr. Dennis Rosen
March 11, 2011: Egypt 2.0: the New Version with Dr. Deina Abdelkader
February 11, 2011: The Shakespeare-Marlowe Connection with Dr. Samuel L. Blumenfeld

Fall 2010 semester Click here to print off a brochure (in pdf format) of the fall 2010 series

Dec. 10,-Iran, Persian Culture and the Persian/Arabian Gulf presented by Paul Beran,
Nov. 12- program cancelled
Oct. 8 - "A Cold Peace: Bosnia on the 15th anniversary of the Dayton Peace Agreement" by R. Bruce Hitchner,
Sept. 17 - "Learning Later Living Greater: Making the Most of your After-50 Years" by Nancy Merz Nordstrom

Click here to learn of other lectures and programs offered at the library