Humanities Group Lecture Series

Keep your brain young with the benefits of lifelong learning with monthly lectures on diverse topics.

Free to members!

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Wednesday, March 28, 2018
9:30 a.m. – Massasoit Conference Center                            
Short of Glory: A Brief History of Presidential Scandals
The office of President is a position of great power and dignity. But sometimes, Presidents misbehave. When they do, it becomes a field day for the press and the public. This talk will examine some of the more colorful episodes of our presidential history.
Lecturer: Paolo Di Gregorio

Wednesday, April 18, 2018
9:30 a.m. – Massasoit Conference Center                            
The Roaring Twenties: America in the Age of Jazz and Prohibition
In the years immediately following the First World War, the United States experienced an unprecedented period of economic prosperity and cultural creativity. From the jazz clubs of Harlem to the Speakeasies of Chicago, America in the 1920s was pulsing with youthful energy and vitality. Yet, the period also gave rise to vast criminal enterprises and exposed the economic divisions in the country. This lecture will examine the color and chaos of Roaring 20s.
Lecturer: Paolo Di Gregorio

Wednesday, May 16, 2018
9:30 a.m. – Massasoit Conference Center                      
“OPERATION VITTLES”: THE BERLIN AIRLIFT 1948
This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Berlin Airlift, the first battle of the Cold War.  At the end of World War II, Germany, along with Berlin, was divided into four zones of occupation by the Allied Powers.  Berlin was more than 100 miles inside the Soviet zone.  In June of 1948, Stalin blocked all Allied road, railway and canal access to the sections of Berlin under allied control.  His goal was to communize all of Berlin.  President Truman refused to abandon West Berlin; “we are staying”, he said, “period .”
Lecturer: Gary Highlander

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

9:30 a.m. – Massasoit Conference Center                      
"The Great Loot": Imperialism, Nationalism and the Creation of the Modern Middle East
As the old Ottoman Empire was decaying, Britain and France sought to bolster their own imperial interests in the Middle East. At the same time, a rising tide of Arab nationalism and Jewish Zionism led to an ever growing political complexity in the region. This talk will examine the period between 1913 and 1948 to look for the origins of the current instability in the area.
Lecturer: Paolo Di Gregorio


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