Events Calendar / Lifelong Learning Lecture Series

Lifelong Learning Lecture: The President and the Press: From Teddy Roosevelt to Donald Trump thumbnail Photo

Lifelong Learning Lecture: The President and the Press: From Teddy Roosevelt to Donald Trump

Presented by Dr. David Smailes, Associate Professor, Political Science, Framingham State University

Presidents have always had a complicated relationship with the press. We will explore that relationship, beginning with Theodore Roosevelt’s skillful use of the press and ending with current debates surrounding the fairness of political coverage and whether truly “objective” political reporting can take place.

Lifelong Learning Lecture: SGT Pepper At 50: How the Beatles Transformed Pop thumbnail Photo

Lifelong Learning Lecture: SGT Pepper At 50: How the Beatles Transformed Pop

Presented by Tim Riley, Associate Professor, Emerson College, NPR, and New York Times Music Critic

This talk will focus on the intricacies of the iconic 1967 rock album SGT Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band which legitimized the Beatles and rock music itself. How does its message still inform rock mythology?

Lifelong Learning Lecture: In the Beginning: The Art of Openers in the Novels of Charles Dickens thumbnail Photo

Lifelong Learning Lecture: In the Beginning: The Art of Openers in the Novels of Charles Dickens

GUEST SPEAKER: Dr. Helen Heineman, President Emerita, Framingham State University

Creating a good opening scene is an important launching operation on the part of a novelist. Dickens was a master at it, and this talk will look at how he created unforgettable ‘‘openers’’ in several of his 15 novels. We’ll look at his most famous–and best–in Bleak House as well as openers in Dombey and Son, Great Expectations and Edwin Drood.

Please Note: This lecture will be at the McAuliffe Branch Library.