March 2: Adventures in the Arctic and Antarctic, with Ellery Schempp.Ellery had wonderful adventures in the Arctic and Antarctic, when he was at Tufts. His talk and extraordinary slides from his 1960's adventures document earlier times and present fears about climate change, based on his experiences in Thule, Greenland; Alert, NWT (Northwest Territories); (Perry’s Cairn), Canada; McMurdo Sound and Mt. Gran Dry Valley, Antarctica. Come hear Ellery’s commentary along with pretty and unique pictures, taken from about 400 miles from the North Pole and 700 miles from the South Pole. He will talk about his favorite glaciers, and will describe what it is like to live on 4000 calories/day, the mystery of the crater crunchy, and how to pee at minus 40 F/C?!
March 9: “My Kingdom for a Horse!” with Dennis Ahern. Shakespeare portrayed Richard III as a humpbacked villain who murdered his way to the throne only to be killed in battle at Bosworth Field by Henry VII, grandfather of Elizabeth I. Dennis will address the recent discovery of Richard's remains and what they reveal of the man behind the myth.
(As an aside, an interesting novel (mystery) to read is THE DAUGHTER OF TIME by Josephine Tey, which uses fiction to explore the nature of Richard III, though written in 1951 long before the current information about Richard III.)
March 16: “Why Goat Milk and More,” with Ann Kiessling. Ann’s Bedford Blueberry Goat Farm is located right outside of Bedford Center and is the only licensed pasteurized goat milk producing farm in Massachusetts. (More info coming soon on for this interesting and entertaining Lyceum.
March 23: A TBD Lyceum. While we don’t have this slot filled quite yet, we have a couple of options in the works. More info will be available soon, but not in time for this issue of the newsletter.
NOTE: SPECIAL AFTERNOON LYCEUM, held in the Sanctuary
March 30 from 12:30-2:00pm (with reception following): “A Conversation with Rabbi Arik Ascherman, a founder of Rabbis for Human Rights and now President and Senior Rabbi of that organization.”
This special Lyceum event is sponsored by the First Parish Peace and Justice Committee and co-sponsored by American Jews for a Just Peace, Boston (AJJP-Boston), dedicated to furthering a just and peaceful resolution to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, co-chaired by Dr. Alice Rothchild.