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.

August 14, 2015: Shehong Chen on "Daughter of Good Fortune: A Twentieth-Century Chinese Peasant Memoir"

Coming in the Fall of 2015:

September 11, 2015: tbd
October 9th: The Syrian Refugee Crisis by Anaïde L. Nahikian


April 10, 2015: Professor Ethel Schuster on "Brazil in Metamorphosis"

May 8, 2015: Alex Marthews, President, Digital Fourth will speak on "Privacy in the Digital Age"

June 12, 2015: Professor Emeritus Jack Apfelbaum on "The Life of Emily Warren Roebling"

July 10: Dr. Leon Poirier on "Stonehenge Mysteries Revealed"

Past Programs:
Many of these lectures have been videotaped by Chelmsford TeleMedia (CTM); DVDs of some programs are available in the library's collection to check out. Some videos are available on CTM's website.

October 10, 2014: "Turkey's Role in the Middle East " by Dr. Deina Abdelkader
November 14, 2014: "Vital Conversations: Improving Communication between Doctors and Patients" by Dr. Dennis Rosen
December 12, 2014: "Genetically modified (GM) Food" by Noemi Custodia-Lora

January 9, 2015: "The Case of the Forgotten Genocide of the Armenians" presented by Dr. Ara Jeknavorian and Tom Vartabedian
March 13, 2015: Keith West on "Russia and the Near Abroad"

Spring Semester 2014:
June 27, 2014:"The Ukraine" by Nadiya Kravets
May 9, 2014: "Chinese Foreign Policy" by Shehong Chen
April 11, 2014: "Ratman: The Trial and Conviction of Whitey Bulger" by Howie Carr
March 14, 2014: "All About Sundials" by J.Leon Poirier

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


Fall semester 2012

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

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

Spring 2011 semester

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

Dec. 10,-Iran, Persian Culture and the Persian/Arabian Gulf presented by Paul Beran,
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

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