Our Friday Morning Lecture series now has a new title to honor Library benefactor Marjorie B. Scoboria.
Spring Semester 2013
March 29, 2013:"U.S. and Iran Relations" by Rustin Zarkar-
April 12, 2013: "Egypt" by
May 10, 2013: "Gardens
by Design: in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden" by
June 14, 2013: "The
Master Class: Living Longer, Stronger and Happier" presented
by Peter Spiers
Fall semester 2012:
September 2012: "Syria:
What is Really Going On?" by Dr.
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
here for a (pdf) brochure for the fall lectures
Many of these lectures have been videotaped by Chelmsford Telemedia;
DVDs of these programs are available in the library's collection to
2012 The Science Behind Natural Disasters presented by Professor Chuck
13, 2012: "Before GPS: the Early Days of Navigation" presented
by J. Leon Poirier
In a fascinating and enlightening presentation J. Leon Poirier, a senior
navigator in the U.S. Power Squadron, will demonstrate many of the instruments
that early sailors used to guide them in the discovery of the new world.
13, 2012: "Making Sense of the American Civil War"
by Richard Howe
Mr. Howe will take a long-term view of the coming of the war as it played
out in Lowell and vicinity. Because the city's economy was so dependent
on cotton, there was a great deal of sympathy for the south and a hands-off
attitude when it came to slavery. But simultaneously in Lowell, there
was a very strong Abolitionist movement and the city served as a stop
on the Underground Railroad. The presence of these two very different
attitudes towards slavery within the same community created friction
that manifested itself in a number of incidents. This "big picture"
view allows an examination of the causes of the war through these incidents
in a single community.
This lecture is part of a project by the University of Mass/Lowell
and is funded by a grant from the American
Library Association (ALA: http://www.ala.org/) and the National
Endowment for the Humanities (NEH: http://www.neh.gov/)
14, 2011: "American National Security Since 9/11" with James
J.F. Forest, Ph.D
Dr. James Forest, associate
professor at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, teaches undergraduate
and graduate courses on terrorism, weapons of mass destruction and security
studies. He is also a senior fellow with the Joint Special Operations
(No lecture in November because
of the Veterans Day holiday)
9, 2011: "Nuclear
Abolition in a Dangerous Age" with Paul Joseph, Ph.D.
Dr. Joseph's research specialty is the politics surrounding
foreign and defense policy, and especially the impact of public opinion
and peace movements on policy outcomes. His books include a decision-making
study on the Vietnam War, the debate over nuclear policy, and the security
implications of the end of the Cold War. His latest book is titled,
“Are Americans Becoming More Peaceful?”
Spring 2011 semester
here to print off a brochure (in pdf format) of the spring series)
13, 2011: Geopolitics and The Caucasus with Robyn Angley
The countries and regions of the Caucasus, with their strong
national identities, are located at a geopolitical crossroads. What
role does the Caucasus play in global geopolitics? How do Russia, Turkey,
and the United States influence developments in this small but intriguing
part of the world? For information on this program and speaker please
8, 2011: Haiti One Year Later -A First-Hand Report with Dr. Dennis Rosen
Dr. Rosen, a pediatric lung and sleep
specialist at Children´s Hospital Boston, participated in two
medical missions in May and November 2010, in cooperation with Partners
in Health and Project Medishare. He highlighted areas in which progress
was seen alongside others which remained unchanged, and discuss some
of the problems Haiti faces as it struggles with the aftermath of the
devastation wrought by the earthquake.
Click here for more information
here to view the powerpoint presentation (in a pdf format) by Dr. Rosen
11, 2011: Egypt 2.0: the New Version with Dr. Deina Abdelkader
Dr. Deina Abdelkader
presented some historical background
about Egypt and then discussed what happened during the revolution.
11, 2011: The Shakespeare-Marlowe Connection with
Dr. Samuel L. Blumenfeld
Dr. Blumenfeld will be addressing the long-standing debate over the
Shakespeare authorship problem. He offers a daring solution: that the
true author of the works attributed to Shakespeare was in fact poet
and playwright Christopher Marlowe. Click
here for more information on this lecture.
Fall 2010 semester
to print off a brochure (in pdf format) of the fall 2010 series
On Friday December 10, at 10 a.m. A talk on
Iran, Persian Culture and the Persian/Arabian
Gulf presented by
Beran, Director, Outreach Center, Center for Middle Eastern Studies,
Harvard University.. For more information on this program please
On Friday, November 12th- program cancelled
Our speaker was to be Colonel James Brown,
a Civil Affairs Officer with the U.S. Army on Building
Peace - the Military's Role. Col. Brown is currently attending
the U.S. Army Fellows program at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
at Tufts University. For more information on this program please visit
Cold Peace: Bosnia on the 15th anniversary of the Dayton Peace Agreement"
presented by R.
Bruce Hitchner, director of the Peace and Justice Studies Program
at Tufts University. Dr. Hitchner spoke on the topic of Peacebuilding
on Friday, October 8, 2010, at 10 a.m. in the Library's McCarthy Meeting
Room. For information on this program please visit
Friday, September 17, 2010,
Nancy Merz Nordstrom presented "Learning Later Living Greater:
the Secret for Making the Most of your After-50 Years."
More on that at http://www.chelmsfordlibrary.org/programs/programs/learning_later.html
Remember to reserve the 2nd Friday of each month
from October through May and join us for light refreshments and weighty