May
31
Wed
Evolutionary Enigmas: Windows into How the World Works
May 31 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Many aspects of the natural world do not seem to make sense at first glance. Why are organisms so different from one another, yet have many points in common? How is it that there are innumerable examples of struggle and competition, but also cooperation and self-sacrifice? Why do organisms have remarkable adaptations, such as the human eye, as well as anomalies, including the fact that our windpipe and esophagus cross so that food sometimes “goes down the wrong pipe”? In this fun and participatory talk, Professor Morris will highlight these and other enigmas, and suggest ways that evolution makes sense of these seemingly contradictory aspects of the natural world.

 

James Morris is Professor of Biology at Brandeis University. He teaches a wide variety of courses, including introductory biology, evolution, genetics and genomics, epigenetics, comparative vertebrate anatomy, and a first-year seminar on Darwin’s On the Origin of Species. He is the recipient of numerous teaching awards from Brandeis and Harvard University. His research focuses on the rapidly growing field of epigenetics, making use of the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster as a model organism. Dr. Morris is a lead author of a college-level introductory biology textbook titled Biology: How Life Works. This textbook moves away from the traditional emphasis on terms and facts, and instead conveys concepts and ways of thinking that scientists use to understand the world around them and solve contemporary problems. He also writes short essays on science, medicine, and education at his Science Whys blog. Dr. Morris received a Ph.D. in genetics from Harvard University and an M.D. from Harvard Medical School. He was a Junior Fellow in the Society of Fellows at Harvard University and a National Academies Education Fellow and Mentor in the Life Sciences.

Jun
13
Tue
La Tertulia
Jun 13 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

La Tertulia is a group of members interested in keeping their Spanish speaking skills in practice. They meet on 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month.

Jun
23
Fri
Salon: The Secret Concentration Camp Diary of Odd Nansen
Jun 23 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Timothy Boyce, editor of From Day to Day, a World War II concentration camp diary, will present the first Summer Salon for 2017.

Hailed by The New Yorker as “among the most compelling documents to come out of the war,” From Day to Day is one of only a handful of such diaries ever translated into English.

Secretly written by Odd Nansen, a Norwegian political prisoner, the diary entries brilliantly illuminate Nansen’s daily struggle, not only to survive, but to preserve his sanity and maintain his humanity in a world engulfed by fear and hate.

Timothy Boyce practiced law, specializing in real estate finance, for many years, most recently serving as the Managing Partner of the Charlotte, NC office of Dechert LLP, a global law firm with offices in 14 countries. He retired in 2014 to devote full time to writing. He holds an MBA from The Wharton School of Finance, and a JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He received a BS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.
A resident of Tryon, North Carolina, Tim lives with his wife Tara, two horses, two barn cats, two dogs, and almost 5,000 books.

Jun
27
Tue
La Tertulia
Jun 27 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

La Tertulia is a group of members interested in keeping their Spanish speaking skills in practice. They meet on 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month.

Jul
11
Tue
La Tertulia
Jul 11 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

La Tertulia is a group of members interested in keeping their Spanish speaking skills in practice. They meet on 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month.

Jul
25
Tue
La Tertulia
Jul 25 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

La Tertulia is a group of members interested in keeping their Spanish speaking skills in practice. They meet on 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month.

Jul
28
Fri
Summer Salon: Hannah Tinti
Jul 28 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Salem native Hannah Tinti returns to delight us with a talk about her new book, The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley.

Books will be available for sale and signing.

Aug
8
Tue
La Tertulia
Aug 8 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

La Tertulia is a group of members interested in keeping their Spanish speaking skills in practice. They meet on 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month.

Aug
22
Tue
La Tertulia
Aug 22 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

La Tertulia is a group of members interested in keeping their Spanish speaking skills in practice. They meet on 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month.

Sep
12
Tue
La Tertulia
Sep 12 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

La Tertulia is a group of members interested in keeping their Spanish speaking skills in practice. They meet on 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month.