Marc Abrahams hosted by Marcy Crary & Tim Hall and Richie & Peter Vanderwarker, West Newton
The Ig Nobel Prizes: The Fine Line Between Sound and Silly Science
Marc Abrahams is editor and co-founder of Annals of Improbable Research and originator and emcee of the annual Ig Nobel Prize celebration. A parody of the Nobel Prizes, the Ig Nobel Prizes are awarded each year for achievements that "first make people LAUGH, and then make them THINK." The prizes are handed out by genuine, bemused Nobel laureates in a gala event held every year at Harvard University, and broadcast on public radio. Join Marc to hear hilarious and thought-provoking stories behind some of the winners of the Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony, and enjoy a lively evening that celebrates the unusual, honors the imaginative, and spurs people's interest in science, medicine, and technology.
Robin Abrahams hosted by Sue & Chuck Ross, Brookline
“Miss Conduct” Shares All
Robin Abrahams, the popular Miss Conduct social advice columnist for the Boston Globe Magazine, is Boston’s go-to guide for navigating the minefield of today’s complex society. Abrahams is the author of Miss Conduct’s Mind Over Manners, a guide to social life in the 21st century. In addition, she is a researcher at Harvard Business School and has co-authored articles in the Harvard Business Review, Sloan Management Review, and The Wall Street Journal. Join Robin for a spirited conversation on mastering modern ethics and etiquette.
Anthony Amore hosted by Ivana & Lars Liebisch, Waban
Behind the Scenes of the Gardner Museum Art Heist
Anthony Amore, Director of Security and Chief investigator at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, continues to work tirelessly to recover the 13 works of art stolen from the Gardner Museum over 25 years ago. Amore is also the author of the best-selling true crime novels, Stealing Rembrandts and The Art of the Con. Come hear this true insider share his thoughts on what is considered to be the greatest art heist of all time.
Paula Apsell hosted by Meryl Kessler & Scott Oran, West Newton
NOVA: Holocaust Escape Tunnel - A Story of Hope and Bravery
Paula Apsell is Senior Executive Producer, NOVA and NOVA scienceNOW, and Director, WGBH Science Unit. Under Apsell's leadership, NOVA has won every major broadcasting award, some many times over. She has also been recognized with numerous individual awards for her work. In June of 2016, NOVA joined an international team of archeologists on an expedition to locate the last traces of a vanished people: the Jews of Vilnius, Lithuania. In the process, they made an extraordinary find — a hidden escape tunnel dug by Jewish prisoners. Join Paula to learn about the powerful new documentary film, Holocaust Escape Tunnel, in which NOVA reveals this remarkable discovery, and hear a first-hand account of the uncovering of this story of hope and bravery.
Tina Bennett hosted by Liz & Chris Hartnick, Newton Highlands
A Window Into the Publishing World
Tina Bennett is a literary agent to high-profile authors like Atul Gawande (Being Mortal), Malcolm Gladwell (Outliers; Tipping Point), Laura Hillenbrand (Unbroken; Seasbiscuit), Hope Jahren (Lab Girl), J. D. Vance (Hillbilly Elegy), Eric Schlosser (Command and Control; Fast Food Nation), and Timothy Snyder (On Tyranny). She is a partner at William Morris Endeavor in New York City, where she specializes in narrative nonfiction, idea books, politics, history, current affairs, memoir, and academic crossover titles. Tina is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a Fellow of the New York Institute for the Humanities, and serves on the board of the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation. Join Tina for an engaging discussion about the world of publishing.
Ty Burr hosted by Amy Hamill & Thaddeus Bouchard, Dover
The Reel Deal
Ty Burr is a film critic and columnist for the Boston Globe and author of the critically acclaimed books Gods Like Us: On Movie Stardom and Modern Fame and The Best Old Movies for Families. In 2017, he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Criticism. Burr has been at the Globe since 2002; prior to that, he worked for Entertainment Weekly and Home Box Office. In addition, he is an adjunct professor in the Film & TV department at Boston University and a Professor of the Practice in the Experimental College at Tufts University. He is a member of the National Society of Film Critics and the Boston Society of Film Critics. Come hear Ty's latest reviews of 2017 films and learn how he rates your favorites.
Susan Church hosted by Nirva & Paresh Patel, Weston
Halting the Travel Ban
Susan Church is a trial and appellate attorney focusing mainly on immigration law and criminal defense. In 2017 she successfully sued President Trump for his anti-immigrant travel and visa processing ban on Muslim immigrants from seven affected countries, obtaining a Temporary Restraining Order from the Federal District Court. Join Susan for an engaging discussion about the incredibly challenging issues representing immigrants in today's environment.
Dick Flavin hosted by Andrew Parvey, Boston
The Rhymes and Times of a Red Sox Fan
Dick Flavin is a multi-talented and multi-faceted Red Sox fan par excellence. He is a Poet Laureate as well as a Senior Ambassador of the Boston Red Sox and the voice of Fenway Park. Dick is the public address announcer for Red Sox day games, a playwright, an Emmy Award winning television commentator, a nationally known speaker and is in the Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame. He has written and performed scores of verses and ballads on the Red Sox, their iconic ballpark, and their storied players. He has recited Teddy at the Bat, his tribute to Ted Williams, all across the country, including at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and with the Boston Pops Orchestra. His commentaries during his years at WBZ-TV in Boston won seven New England Regional Emmy Awards. He is the author of, and has starred in, According to Tip, the acclaimed one-may play about legendary Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill. Share an evening with Dick, renowned and celebrated Red Sox enthusiast, as he salutes our team in “oh” so many ways.
Dr. Todd Golub hosted by Liane Clamen, Chestnut Hill
Dr. Todd Golub is a founding core member of the Broad Institute and serves as the institute's chief scientific officer and director of its Cancer Program. He is a world leader in understanding the basis of cancer by creating and applying tools of genomics. Dr. Golub has made fundamental discoveries in the molecular basis of childhood leukemia, and laid the foundation for the diagnosis and classification of human cancers using gene expression analysis. He is the recipient of multiple awards, including the Outstanding Achievement Award from the American Association for Cancer Research. Dr. Golub is currently the Charles A. Dana Investigator in Human Cancer Genetics at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator. Join Dr. Golub to learn how the Broad Institute is empowering a revolution in biomedicine to accelerate the pace at which the world conquers disease.
Suzanne Hamill hosted by Heidi Gardner & Ivan Matviak, Auburndale
Design Thinking: Creative Problem Solving in the Corporate World
Suzanne (Suzi) Hamill is the Head of Design Thinking at Fidelity Investments and has designed customer experiences there for more than 15 years. Her design-thinking approach is centered around a key goal in the financial community: improving people’s capacity for managing their money. Suzi’s team works in lean, start-up style incubators within the larger financial company to help bring new ideas forward more quickly. She formed an intercompany collaborative among design thinking teams from JetBlue, Nordstrom, Kaiser Permanente, and others. Suzi also teaches design thinking concepts to students around the country. She has lectured at Stanford, Boston College, Boston University, Harvard, Berkeley School of Music, and MIT. Her workshops have included: "Open Eyes, Open Minds: Visual Thinking Strategies" and "Project Joy: Designing Delight into the Workplace.” Join Suzi for an exciting discussion on human-centered design and innovation.
Jean Kilbourne hosted by Carol Reichert & Jerry Shereda, West Newton
Jean Kilbourne is an internationally recognized expert on gender issues and the media. Known for her wit and warmth, she has been described as a "superstar lecturer" by the Boston Globe and named by The New York Times Magazine as one of the three most popular speakers on college campuses. Her first film, "Killing Us Softly: Advertising's Image of Women" is among the most popular educational films of all time. She holds an honorary position at the Wellesley Centers for Women at Wellesley College, and was recently inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame. Join Jean for an engaging discussion on the image of women in advertising.
Stephen Kinzer hosted by Nancy Korman & Ken Elgart, Brookline
World Affairs & Contrarian Views
Stephen Kinzer is an award-winning foreign correspondent who has covered more than 50 countries on five continents. His articles and books have led the Washington Post to place him "among the best in popular foreign policy storytelling." He spent more than 20 years working for the New York Times, posted in Nicaragua, Berlin, and Istanbul. He writes a world affairs column for The Boston Globe and is a Senior Fellow at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs at Brown University. Come share his contrarian views on American history and foreign policy.
Victoria Reed hosted by Ellen Zarrow-Nissenbaum & Alan Nissenbaum, Newton Center
Looted Art: The Ethics of Ownership
Since 2003, Victoria Reed has been responsible for researching the provenance (ownership history) of the works of art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She has worked to resolve ownership claims for works of art looted during the Nazi period, stolen from homes and cultural institutions, and illegally removed from their countries of origin. She lectures and publishes extensively on the subjects of provenance research, due diligence, and how to collect responsibly. Join Torie for a conversation about issues of ownership and the ethics of collecting in the 21st century.
Dan Shaughnessy hosted by Cindy & Robert Laughrea, West Newton
The Inside Scoop on Boston Sports
Dan Shaughnessy has been a sports columnist for The Boston Globe since 1989. Last year, he was the recipient of the J.F. Taylor Spink Award for meritorious contributions to baseball writing, for which he was honored at Baseball’s Hall of Fame weekend in Cooperstown. Shaughnessy has been named Massachusetts Sportswriter of the Year eleven times, and has been voted nine times as one of America's top ten sports columnists by the Associated Press Sports Editors. He has written 12 books, including New York Times bestseller Francona, The Curse of the Bambino and Senior Year. He makes regular appearances on Boston radio. Enjoy an evening of sports talk, history, and insight on the teams that make Boston one of the greatest sports towns in the nation.
Sarah Wolman hosted by Rocky & Julius Levin, West Newton
The LEGO Idea
Sarah Wolman is Head of Partnerships, North America for the LEGO Foundation. Sarah holds a JD from Columbia Law School, where she began teaching Law in Harlem classrooms. Since then, she has worked in the education sector for more than 20 years – as a teacher, non-profit executive, curriculum writer, teacher-trainer, program director, and grantmaker. Prior to her work in education, Sarah worked in New York City government, including for the Office of the Mayor. Join Sarah for an engaging, hands-on exploration of "the LEGO Idea" and its connection to the future of education.
THANK YOU to our gracious HOSTS, who open up their homes and provide elegant meals for our guests, and to our generous SPEAKERS, who share their time, experiences, and personal stories to support the critical work of The Second Step.
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Marc Abrahams, editor and co-founder of Annals of Improbable Research, originator and emcee of the annual Ig Nobel Prize celebration, hosted by Marcy Crary & Tim Hall and Richie & Peter Vanderwarker
Robin Abrahams, popular social advice columnist, Boston Globe Sunday Magazine, hosted by Sue & Chuck Ross
Anthony Amore, Director of Security and Chief Investigator at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, hosted by Ivana & Lars Liebisch
Paula Apsell, Senior Executive Producer, NOVA and Director, WGBH Science Unit, hosted by Meryl Kessler & Scott Oran
Tina Bennett, Literary Agent to high-profile authors, including Atul Gawande and Laura Hilenbrand, hosted by Liz & Chris Hartnick
Ty Burr, Film Critic and Columnist for The Boston Globe, hosted by Amy Hamill & Thaddeus Bouchard
Susan Church, Trial and Appellate Attorney focusing on immigration law and criminal defense, hosted by Nirva & Paresh Patel
Dick Flavin, Poet Laureate and Senior Ambassador of the Boston Red Sox and the voice of Fenway Park, hosted by Andrew Parvey
Dr. Todd Golub, Founding Core Member of the Broad Institute and Chief Scientific Officer and Director of its Cancer Program, hosted by Liane Clamen
Suzanne Hamill, Head of Design Thinking at Fidelity Investments, hosted by Heidi Gardner & Ivan Matviak
Jean Kilbourne, Internationally recognized expert on gender issues and the media, hosted by Carol Reichert & Jerry Shereda
Stephen Kinzer, Award-winning Foreign Correspondent who has covered more than 50 countries on five continents, hosted by Nancy Korman & Ken Elgart
Victoria Reed, Monica S. Sadler Curator of Provenance at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, hosted by Ellen Zarrow-Nissenbaum & Alan Nissenbaum
Dan Shaughnessy, Sports Columnist for The Boston Globe, hosted by Cindy & Robert Laughrea
Sarah Wolman, Head of Partnerships, North America for the LEGO Foundation, hosted by Rocky & Julius Levin