The following Lecture/Discussion programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Carlisle COA and the Friends of the Gleason Library. All events will be held at the Hollis Room in the Gleason Library unless otherwise noted. These programs are free and open to the public; please call the Library to register at (978) 369-4898.

Cold War, Hot Peace 7:00 pm

  • September 25 "An Iron Curtain": the Cold war begins
  • October 2 "Better Red Than Dead": the Eisenhower through Nixon years
  • October 16 "The Evil Empire": the Reagan-Bush years and end of the Cold War
Gary Hylander earened his Ph.D at Boston College and is now an independent scholar who specializes as a Presidential Historian. He is also a pedagogical specialist for the National Endowment for the Humanities and a frequent lecturer at library forums and historical societies as well as a public commentator on local news and radio..

MUSIC FROM THE COLD WAR 1947-1991 - Wednesdays, 1:30 pm

  • January 28 - the beginning of the Cold War, McCarthyism, Protest Music, the Voice of America broadcasts and the Bomb Shelters.
  • February 11 - public understanding of the nuclear bomb and rock music of the 1950's-1970's; music from the Vietnam era.
  • February 25 - Reagan, Perestroika Glasnost, and the influence of Soviet classical music and perspectives.
Music Director Richard Travers earned a master's degree in Choral Conducting from the Boston Conservatory and in Music Education from Berklee College of Music. He has been a music educator and director at Newton High School, and has been Choral Director of Fitchburg State College, New England Conservatory Youth Chorale , Masterworks Chorale and Rosie's Place Jazz Choir.

ART SERIES - Wednesdays, 1:30 pm at St. Irene's Church

  • March 4 - The Northern Renaissance.
  • March 11 - Rembrandt and Vermeer.
  • March 18 - Francisco Goya (Goya exhibit at MFA through 1/19/15).
Jane Blair is an artist, educator and owner of ARTMatters who received a BFA at Boston University and a MFA at the University of Illinois. She has taught at the DeCordova Museum Art School, Charles River School, Cambridge School of Weston and presented art awareness programs in public schools, libraries and community groups in the Boston area.

CANCER CARE IN 2015: Past, Present and Future - Wednesday, April 8 at 7:00 pm

Dr. Jon DuBois, Director of Cancer Services at the Mass General Cancer Center at Emerson Hospital-Bethke.

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Cognitive Aging
(But Forgot to Ask) Wednesday, April 22 at 7:00 pm

Dr. Margie Lachman, Director of Lifespan Initiative on Healthy Aging and Lifespan Lab at Brandeis University.

Be Your Own Best Healer: Prepare for Surgery Holistically to Heal Faster and to Optimize Your Brain Functioning with NeurOptimal Neurofeedback Training - Wednesday, April 29 at 7:00 pm

Lisa MacDonnell, M.T. is a Reiki practitioner with hospital patients and staff at Emerson Hospital and at The Virginia Thurston Healing Garden