The following Lecture/Discussion programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Carlisle Council on Aging and the Friends of the Gleason Library. All events will be held in the Hollis Room in the Gleason Library unless otherwise indicated. These programs are free and open to the public. Please call the library to register at 978-369-4898. Call early as seating is limited.

America in the Middle East: Talks by Dr. Gary Hylander -
Wednesdays at 7:00 pm

  • September 23 - Part 1
  • September 30 - Part 2
  • October 7 - Part 3 (Rescheduled for October 21)

Be Your Own Healer with Liza MacDonnell -
Tuesday at 7:00 pm

  • October 13: - Optimize Your Brain Function and Prepare For Surgery Holistically
Lisa MacDonnell is a licensed body and energy worker.

Listening to Opera with Richard Travers
Wednesdays at 1:30

  • October 28:
    The lecture will present the beginnings of Opera and its development. Seria, buffa and verismo opera will be discussed as well as the growth of the orchestra, the harmonic innovations of Wagner, and the development of the Bel Canto style. This lecture will feature selections from such composers as Monteverdi, Verdi, Puccini, Wagner, Bizet, Donizetti and Adams as well as listening and viewing selections of some of operas greatest performers.
  • November 4: Verdi
    Verdi was an Italian Romantic composer who is considered, with Wagner, the preeminent opera composer of the 19th century.  He dominated the Italian opera scene after the eras of Bellini, Donizetti and Rossini. This lecture includes scenes from Aida, Macbeth, Rigoletto, La Traviata and Nabucco.

  • November 18: Puccini
    Giacomo Puccini was an Italian composer whose operas are among the important operas played as standards. He has been called the greatest composer of Italian opera after Verdi and the operas of Puccini hold a special place in the hearts of many fans of opera. This lecture includes scenes opera. This lecture includes scenes from Madame Butterfly, Tosca, Turandot and La Boheme (snow date November 23).

Music Director and educator Richard Travers earned a master's degree in Choral Conducting from the Boston Conservatory and a degree in Music Education from Berklee College of Music. A recently retired music educator at the Newton Public Schools, he directed four choirs at Newton North H.S., and was Assistant Music Director of the Masterworks Chorale, Choral Director of Fitchburg State College, and Director of the New England Conservatory Youth Chorale. He has been the Music Director of the Newton Community Chorus from 1998 to the present and has completed his tenure as Music Director of the Rosie's Place Jazz Choir.

Jane Blair, artist, educator and owner of ARTMatters will return on Wednesdays at 1:30 pm at St. Irene's Church.

  • March 2 - The Great American West
  • March 9 - Winslow Homer
  • March 23 - New York, New York
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.

Health series on Wednesdays, 7:00 pm (location TBD)

  • April 6 - Getting the Most Out of Your Visit With Your Doctor Dennis Rosen, MD MGH. Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School, Author
  • April 20 - What You Should Know About Concussions Especially in Our Youth Robert Cantu clinical Professor, Department of Neurosurgery at BU School of Medicine. Director of Sports Medicine at the Dr. Robert Cantu Concussion Center at Emerson Hospital.

Robert Cantu, MD, Clinical Professor Dept. of Neurosurgery at BU School of Medicine; Director of Sports Medicine and the Dr. Robert C. Cantu Concussion Center at Emerson Hospital.

Coming this fall: Islam Talks with Jason Giannetti

  • Session 1 (September 21) - Muhammad's historical and cultural milieu and the birth of a new religion.
  • Session 2 (September 28) - The Golden Age of Islam.
  • Session 3 (October 5) - Islam in the modern world.

This fall, popular speaker Jason Giannetti returns to Carlisle for a three-part series on the history and context of Islam, from its origins to the modern world. This course will focus upon the principles underlying the Muslim faith. We will examine the historical and cultural precursors of Islam, the vision of its prophet, Muhammad, the rise of Islam to its Golden Age, and its place in the world today. We will also discuss comparative philosophical and theological approaches between the three Abrahamic religions - Judaism, Christianity, and Islam - as well as the social and political interactions these three great world religions have had in the past and the way this history has shaped the current geopolitical situation.

Professor Jason Giannetti received his B.A. degree from Binghamton University, a Master's of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School, and a Master's of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University. He has a Juris Doctor degree from Boston College Law School. He has over 20 years of teaching experience in religious studies and philosophy and has taught at several Boston-area colleges and universities. Sponsored by the Friends of Carlisle Council on Aging and Friends of Gleason Public Library.

This program is offered in partnership with Sage Educational Services. Talks will be held at the Gleason Public Library Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m., 9/21, 9/28, and 10/5. Space is limited; please register at 978-369-4898 or