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 or visit the website. Register early as seating is limited.

A History of Supreme Court with Gary Hylander

Wednesdays, 9/27, 10/18, 10/25 at 1:30pm, Gleason Public Library, Hollis Room

Almost every problem in American history has found its way to the Supreme Court. The Court always makes news and on occasion it makes big news. Join us as we investigate how Supreme Court Justices in their effort over the years to secure “the blessings of liberty” for Americans have interpreted the broadly worded language of the Constitution.

  • Session 1 (September 27) - The Heroic Courts
  • In this first session, we will trace the Court's early years under Chief Justice John Marshall, with justices living together in a clapboard boardinghouse and holding sessions in a "potato hole of a place." We will review the important decisions of the Marshall, Taney and Chase Courts. These heroic courts defined the role of the Supreme Court and the meaning of the Constitution.

  • Session 2 (October 18) - The Classic Courts
  • Our second examination of the Court will analyze the thinking of the Court from the Gilded Age through to the Progressive Era and close with the end of the New Deal. These were the years of conflict between labor and capital, the rise of corporate America and the expanding roles for government under FDR's New Deal.

  • Session 3 (October 25) - The Modern Courts
  • In the final session, we will explore the history of the Court from the end of WWII to the present. Special attention will be given the McCarthy years, the Warren Court and the selection of the current Chief Justice, John Roberts. Throughout this series, we will explore the relationship between constitutional law and history, the tension between original intent and judicial activism and the evolving definitions of democracy, equality and individual freedom.

    Refreshments generously provided by Life Center of Acton.

Buddhism and Zen with Dr. Jason Giannetti

Wednesday, October 4 at 1:30 at the Gleason Public Library

Is Buddhism a religion or a philosophy? Zen Buddhism has been described as the most universal of all religions. What is it and what does it say? Through a series of short stories, we will examine what Buddhism teaches and how Zen Buddhism is a special denomination of Buddhism. Also we will see how Zen Buddhism compares with western religion and philosophy.

Bach, Beethoven and Brahms with Richard Travers

November 1, 8 and 15, 1:30pm, Gleason Public Library, Hollis Room

We will take a close look at the important music composed by the 3 B’s (Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms) in the Baroque, Classical and Romantic periods. Symphonies, chamber music and choral works will be discussed as well as their influence on the history of music. Music Director Richard Travers earned a master’s degree in Choral Conducting from the Boston Conservatory as a student of Allen Lannom and a degree in Music Education from Berklee College of Music.

Art Matters with Jane Blair

Jane Blair, artist and educator and owner of ArtMatters will be presenting at St. Irene’s Church in Carlisle on Wednesdays March 7, 14 and 23, 2018 at 1:30 pm. (Snow Date April 4, 2018)
  • March 7 - WOMEN ARTISTS UNTIL the 20th CENTURY

  • Women artists, capable of the art of creation as well as the creation of art, have historically proved threatening to the male establishment. There are many examples of how they have flourished and failed, been celebrated or crushed, but in almost every instance, needed to be better than their male competitors to be taken seriously. Join us for a look and a discussion about the women who have defied convention to make art from the Renaissance through the 19th century.

  • March 14 - WOMEN ARTISTS 2 of the 20th Century

  • Following up on the discussion of women artists Ms. Blair will examine modern times when our ability to create art was less openly inhibited, but new, modern obstacles arose. Join us for a new look and a discussion about the women and their struggle to make art in the 20th Century.

  • March 23 - PORTRAITS IN ART

  • A portrait is much more than a picture of what someone looks like. A portrait can document the history of a whole family, or a single individual’s journey. It can be about an era of time, a culture, an event, or the experience of youth or age. It can tell stories, be self-revealing or serve as a commentary of social values or political institutions. Join us for a look at the many possibilities of the Portrait in art and share your own point of view.

Spring Health Talks 2018

Both the Memory and the Eye Talks are held at 1:30 p.m. in the Hollis Room at the Gleason Public Library, 22 Bedford Road, Carlisle, MA.

Please register for each talk separately at 978-369-4898 or

Sponsored by Friends of Carlisle Council on Aging and Friends of Gleason Public Library.
  • April 10 - Seven Steps to Managing Your Memory: What's Normal, What's Not, And What to Do About It

  • With ANDREW BUDSON, M.D., Associate Director & Education Core Director, Boston University Alzheimer’s Disease Center, Professor of Neurology, Boston University; Lecturer in Neurology, Harvard Medical School; Chief of Cognitive & Behavioral Neurology at the Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare System, and co-author of five books.

  • April 18 - Your Eyes and How to Care for Them as You Age

  • With DR. ANN BURNHAM. Dr. Burnham, a Carlisle resident, has practiced at Lexington Eye Associates for over 20 years, is on staff at Emerson Hospital, and is Board Certified in Ophthalmology. She attended Columbia University and did her post graduate training at New England Medical Center.