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FIFTHTEENTH ANNUAL CARLISLE LECTURE SERIES (2018-2019)


Welcome to a new season of opportunities for entertainment, enrichment and reflection. The following programs are co-sponsored by the Friends of the Carlisle Council on Aging and the Friends of the Gleason Public Library.



Spring Art Series


Jane Blair, artist, educator and owner of Art/Matters, will present the following lectures. These lectures are co-sponsored by the Friends of the Carlisle Council on Aging and the Friends of the Gleason Public Library.

Wednesdays at St. Irene’s Church at 1:30 pm.
Registration at Gleason Library (978-369-4898) or visit the website gleasonlibrary.org.
  • March 13 - IMPRESSIONISM
    The Impressionists were painters of light, painters of nature, and painters of human nature. Having little in common, except a common enemy, the Academy, artists like Monet, Renoir and Degas defied convention and changed the way the whole world looked at art. Like a stone dropped into a still pond, the ripples from this revolutionary style of painting spread out, influencing a whole new generation of artists.

    Join us for a close look at many of the paintings that moved the world into the modern era.

  • March 20 - POST IMPRESSIONISM
    Like a stone dropped into a calm pond, the ripples from the revolutionary Impressionist style of painting spread out, influencing a whole new generation of artists. Artists like Van Gogh, Gauguin, Rousseau and Cezanne, among others, took a small step away from Impressionism and influenced whole new movements of art.

    Join us for a look at how other artists interpreted this new, personally expressive way of painting, and in turn influenced the course of art in the 20th century.

  • March 27 - ALEXANDER CALDER
    Born in Pennsylvania, he was the third generation of successful sculptors. From when he was a small boy, he was always making “stuff”; toys, utensils, and objects out of bits of string, wire, buttons, cloth, wood and tin. He always had a sense of whimsy about his objects and invented the “Mobile”, a way to compose colorful shapes, and fine lines moving in a constantly changing arrangement. He is also known for creating and performing his own circus.

    Join us for a whimsical look into his world.

  • Snow date - April 3rd, 2019





Spring Health Programs

  • April 5 - Think positively and live longer and healthier! Presented by Dr. Beverly Dolinsky
    Dr. Dolinsky holds a Ph.D. in Social Psychology and is a Professor of Psychology at Endicott College. Dr. Dolinsky has also acted as Vice President of Student Affairs, and the Dean of Arts and Sciences at Endicott.

    Wednesday, April 5, 2019 at 1:30 pm
    Gleason Public Library, Hollis Room, 22 Bedford Rd, Carlisle

    Using evidence-based practice advocated within the field of positive psychology, participants will engage in exercises to build awe, compassion, connection, empathy, forgiveness and gratitude. The benefits of practicing positive psychology which include increased feelings of resilience, social connectedness and motivation to maintain physical and social well-being will be discussed.

  • Another program to be announced




  • America by the Book
    With Dr. Gary Hylander
    Presidential Historian and pedagogical specialist for
    the National Endowment for the Humanities

    • Wed. 9/26, 1:30 p.m. - Uncle Tom's Cabin


    • Wed. 10/3, 1:30 p.m. - The Grapes of Wrath


    Dr. Hylander will use these books to examine the cultural, political, and historical issues that link imaginative literature to the texture of their times. Reading the book is NOT REQUIRED. Synopses are available at gleasonlibrary.org

    Registration required beginning August 1 at gleasonlibrary.org/calendar or at 978-369-4898.



    Eastern Religions
    With Prof. Jason Giannetti
    Masters of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School and
    Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University,
    JD from Boston College

    • Wed. 10/24, 1:30 p.m. - Hinduism and the beginnings of Buddhism


    • Wed. 10/31, 1:30 p.m. - The Spread of Buddhism to China where it met Confucianism and Taoism


    Registration required beginning Sept 4 at gleasonlibrary.org/calendar or at 978-369-4898



    American Music
    With Richard Travers
    Music educator, choral conductor,
    graduate degrees from Boston Conservatory and Berklee College of Music

    • Wed. 11/10, 1:30 p.m. - The Great American Songbook


    • Wed. 11/17, 1:30 p.m. - Leonard Bernstein


    Registration required beginning Sept 4 at gleasonlibrary.org/calendar or at 978-369-4898






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