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    Adi Ophir: "Gentile Troubles: Saint Paul, the Rabbis, and Us"

    Presented by The Elie Wiesel Center for Judaic Studies

    April 28, 2015

    This paper will consider the history of the gentile or "goy," the Jew's "other." Although quite famous, among Jews and Christians at least, this figure has received little scholarly attention. Professor Ophir (Tel Aviv University) will speak about two moments in this history, the most ancient and the most recent. Exploring the origins of the concept of the gentile, he will ask what makes ...more


    Daniel Boyarin: "What Jews Talk About When They Don't Talk About Judaism"

    Presented by The Elie Wiesel Center for Judaic Studies

    April 30, 2015

    Daniel Boyarin (Taubman Professor of Talmudic Culture, Departments of Near Eastern Studies and Rhetoric, University of California, Berkeley) is a historian of religion and Talmudic culture whose...more

    An Evening with Patrick Deville

    Presented by The French Cultural Center at The French Library Alliance Francaise of Boston (FAB), Boston

    April 30, 2015

    Coming to the French Cultural Center from Paris, French author Patrick Deville will speak about his bestselling novel Plague and Cholera. A multiple award winner in France, this...more

    Whitman's Civil War Revisited: 'Drum-Taps' at 150

    Presented by Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard at Paine Hall at Harvard Univ., Cambridge

    April 30, 2015

    In October 1865, only months after Lincoln’s assassination and the final battle of the American Civil War, Walt Whitman published the completed version...more

    Wilson Lecture with Michael Ondaatje In conversation with Pico Iyer

    Presented by The Arts at Wellesley at Houghton Chapel at Wellesley College, Wellesley

    May 1, 2015

     Michael Ondaatje is the best-selling and award-winning Canadian author of The English Patient, his classic novel, Running in the Family, a childhood memoir, and There’s a Trick With a...more

    Authors in the House

    Presented by GrubStreet at Boston Park Plaza Hotel, Boston

    May 1, 2015

    Readers, writers and those who want creative, interactive entertainment are invited to join GrubStreet’s Muse and the Marketplace Conference attendees at Authors in the House, Friday,...more

    House and Home Conference: Theories, Texts, Metaphors

    Presented by The Arts at Wellesley at Newhouse Center for the Humanities, Green Hall 237, Wellesley College, Wellesley

    May 1 - May 2, 2015

    The conference will bring an interdisciplinary group of scholars together to explore the many ways that the related notions of house and home are constructed both literally and figuratively in...more

    Artists’ Talk with music by the Farewells

    Presented by Fountain Street Fine Art

    May 2, 2015

    Hear the stories behind the creation of the art in ‘Common Thread’, an exhibition of mixed media paintings and giant sculpture by local artists Brenda Cirioni and Leslie Zelamsky....more

    Author James Wood Talk & Book Signing for His Latest Book 'The Nearest Thing to Life'

    Presented by Harvard Book Store

    May 2, 2015

    James Wood, noted contributor to the New Yorker, will speak on his latest work, The Nearest Thing to Life, an insightful discussion on the connections between fiction and life. In the book, Wood...more

    Artist Talk: Jennifer Goldfinger

    Presented by Danforth Museum of Art at Danforth Museum of Art, Framingham

    May 3, 2015

    Mixed-media artist and children’s book illustrator Jennifer Goldfinger will discuss her playful and expressive mixed media encaustic works as well as children’s book illustrations that...more

    Focus on Autism Spectrum Disorder: Annual Symposium and Art Show

    Presented by Lesley University

    May 3, 2015

    To commemorate Autism Awareness month, Lesley University presents its annual Autism Symposium. The symposium events are an acknowledgment of the effort to raise awareness about autism, and also...more

    Author James Wood Talk & Book Signing for His Latest Book 'The Nearest Thing to Life'

    Presented by Concord Bookshop

    May 3, 2015

    James Wood, noted contributor to the New Yorker, will speak on his latest work, The Nearest Thing to Life, an insightful discussion on the connections between fiction and life. In...more

    A Taste of Don Giovanni

    Presented by Boston Center for Adult Education and Boston Lyric Opera at Boston Center for Adult Education, Boston

    May 4, 2015

    Boston Lyric Opera (BLO) and the Boston Center for Adult Education (BCAE) team up to lead a lively armchair tour through Mozart’s Don Giovanni – the latest BLO production....more

    Teeth and Human Evolution

    Presented by Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology at Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, Cambridge

    May 5, 2015

    Modern humans and our closest-living ape relatives differ in developmental and reproductive biology, as well as in lifespans, but evolutionary anthropologists do not know when these distinctive...more

    "John Brown Song!" An Artist's Talk by Laylah Ali

    Presented by Harvard University Black History/Art History Lecture & Performance Series at Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Cambridge

    May 6, 2015

    As the final event in Harvard University's Black History/Art History Lecture and Performance Series, contemporary artist Laylah Ali will discuss John Brown...more

    Downtown Lowell First Thursdays

    Presented by Cultural Organization of Lowell at Downtown Lowell, Lowell

    May 7, 2015

    Downtown Lowell First Thursdays - Your invitation to fun, art, museums and music in lively Lowell!  On the first Thursday of every month, visit our galleries, museums, businesses and...more

    In Pursuit of the Old Masters: American Artists and the Grand Tour

    Presented by Addison Gallery of American Art

    May 7, 2015

    In Pursuit of the Old Masters: American Artists and the Grand Tour with Kelley Tialiou, Charles H. Sawyer Curatorial Assistant | Librarian | Archivist is part one of our three-part spring lecture...more

    First Thursdays at The Umbrella

    Presented by The Umbrella Community Arts Center at The Umbrella Community Arts Center, Concord

    May 7, 2015

    The Umbrella Community Arts Center invites visitors to explore artist’s studios and preview its annual Artrageous auction during the May installment of First Thursdays.

    The...more

    Jad Abumrad

    Presented by Celebrity Series of Boston

    May 9, 2015

    TCo-host of Radiolab, one of the most popular public radio programs around, Jad Abumrad is also trained in creative writing and music composition and a 2011 MacArthur Fellow (the “Genius...more

    In Conversation

    Presented by New Art Center at New Art Center, Newton

    May 9, 2015

    Join us for a disscussion between Excavations artists, August Ventimiglia and Ken Landauer.


    Watch City Steampunk Festival

    Presented by Downtown Waltham Partnership

    May 9, 2015

    A festival to celebrate all things Steampunk! Steampunk is a literary, artistic, and lifestyle movement melding elements of Victorian-era history and fashion with retro-futuristic...more

    A Nordic Spring Sojourn with Stambandet

    Presented by Lexington Community Education at Follen Community Church, Lexington

    May 9, 2015

    If you live in the land of the midnight sun, you can be forgiven an obsession with summer. Precious months of nearly constant day call forth a delight that borders on cult-like devotion. The...more

    Historic Walking Tour of Monument Square, JP

    Presented by Jamaica Plain Historical Society at Loring-Greenough House, Boston

    May 9, 2015

    Join the Jamaica Plain Historical Society on the inaugural tour of our 20th season, to tour a residential area that includes a National Historic District. View architecture that spans...more

    Historic Middle Street Walking Tour

    Presented by Cape Ann Museum at Cape Ann Museum, Gloucester

    May 9, 2015

    Discover Gloucester's historic Middle Street—an ever-evolving neighborhood packed with four centuries of social, economic, and architectural history.

    Did you know that a...more

    ArtWeek Boston

    Presented by Citi Performing Arts Center

    May 1 - May 10, 2015

    ArtWeek is an award-winning, bi-annual, 10-day celebration of community creativity that features unexpected and creative experiences that are interactive or offer behind-the-scenes access to...more

    Celebrate the Remarkable Jewish Women of Boston! Annual Mother’s Day Celebration and Brunch

    Presented by Vilna Shul. Boston's Center for Jewish Culture. Inc

    May 10, 2015

    This year we will honor the women who brought life to the Yiddish theater and Entertainment in Boston in the early 1900s, including some of the most famous names in...more

    Belmont World Film's 14th Annual International Film Series

    Presented by Belmont World Film at West Newton Cinema, Newton

    March 22 - May 11, 2015

    Belmont World Film moves to the West Newton Cinema for its 14th Annual international Film Series titled “Secrets and Lies.” The series features eight internationally-acclaimed films,...more

    New Center LIVE! Presents... "Drawing Laughs: A Life in Cartoons"

    Presented by New Center For Arts & Culture

    May 11, 2015

    The New Center for Arts & Culture presents ‘Drawing Laughs: A Life in Cartoons,” featuring cartoon editor of The New Yorker, Robert Mankoff.

    ...more

    The Search for Morality in Music

    Presented by Oberon at OBERON, Cambridge

    May 12, 2015

    Join Eric Nelson, Professor of Government at Harvard University, and the Project LENS team to explore the way that moral philosophers throughout history have looked to music in order to support...more

    Alfred Maurer: Seventeen Years as a Parisian

    Presented by Addison Gallery of American Art

    May 14, 2015

    Alfred Maurer: Seventeen Years as a Parisian with Susan Faxon, Associate Director and Curator of Art Before 1950 is part two of our three-part spring lecture series Crossing the Pond:...more

    Best-selling Author Jennifer Weiner at JCC in Newton

    Presented by Jewish Community Centers of Greater Boston at Leventhal-Sidman JCC, Newton

    May 14, 2015

    Best-selling author Jennifer Weiner will discuss her latest novel, All Fall Down, at the Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center (333 Nahanton Street) in Newton on Thursday, May 14 at 7:30pm. All...more

    Fitz Henry Lane’s Gloucester Walking Tour

    Presented by Cape Ann Museum at Cape Ann Museum, Gloucester

    May 16, 2015

    Take a stroll through this 19th century maritime artist’s Gloucester neighborhood.

    Fitz Henry Lane was a Cape Ann artist, printmaker and world-renowned American marine painter. With...more

    Preserving Jamaica Plain's History

    Presented by Jamaica Plain Historical Society

    May 17, 2015

    Join two JP organizations to celebrate National Preservation Month. This tour of Jamaica Plain will focus on ongoing efforts to preserve the neighborhood’s historical fabric. We will start...more

    Inspiration in the Face of Adversity

    Presented by Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA) at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston

    May 17, 2015

    Inspired by the exhibition “In the Wake: Japanese Photographers Respond to 3-11,” this afternoon program focuses on how humankind responds in remarkable ways in the face of adversity....more

    UX Design Workshop

    Presented by American Graphics Institute

    May 18 - May 19, 2015

    Discover the design principles that make the best websites, apps, and games beautiful, easy to use, and even fun in this UX design workshop. Learn to explore space, form, and function while...more

    The Role of Personal Values in Judicial Decisions

    Presented by Jewish Community Centers of Greater Boston at Leventhal-Sidman JCC, Newton

    May 19, 2015

    When ruling on cases, what role does a judge’s personal experience and perspective play in making decisions?  Could rulings that change lives or shift policy be affected by the personal...more

    Soul Fury: The Poetry of Rumi with Poet Coleman Barks

    Presented by Lexington Community Education at Follen Community Church, Lexington

    May 21, 2015

    The evocative, spiritual poetry of thirteenth century Sufi mystic Rumi has inspired people for centuries, and Coleman Barks’ stunning translations are...more

    The Allure of Europe in Post-War American Art

    Presented by Addison Gallery of American Art

    May 21, 2015

    The Allure of Europe in Post-War American Art with Kelley Tialiou, Charles H. Sawyer Curatorial Assistant | Librarian | Archivist is part three of our three-part spring lecture...more

    Celebrating the Great American Songbook with Lewis Porter and Lee Konitz

    Presented by Lexington Community Education at Follen Community Church, Lexington

    May 23, 2015

    Canonized by jazz musicians and music historians alike, The Great American Songbook ...more

    Reception for Haystack Jewelry Exhibition

    Presented by Fuller Craft Museum at Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton

    May 24, 2015

    Join us to celebrate this exhibition and meet some of the artists. Details t.b.a.


    Montserrat College of Art and Roger Martin

    Presented by Cape Ann Museum at Cape Ann Museum, Gloucester

    May 30, 2015

    A conversation with Montserrat Professor Ethan Berry and former students of Roger Martin's focusing on Martin's involvement with the school. This program is free for members, Montserrat...more

    Guided Tours for Historic Preservation Month

    Presented by Emerald Necklace Conservancy

    May 3 - May 31, 2015

    Guided Tours of The Emerald Necklace for Historic Preservation Month:

    Walking Tour: A Walk with Mr. Olmsted through the Historic Back Bay Fens

    Sunday, May...more

    Author James Wood Talk & Book Signing for His Latest Book 'The Nearest Thing to Life'

    Presented by Porter Square Books at Porter Square Books, Cambridge

    June 1, 2015

    James Wood, noted contributor to The New Yorker, will speak on his latest work, The Nearest Thing to Life, an insightful discussion on the connections between fiction and life. In...more

    Historic Walking Tour of Green Street, JP

    Presented by Jamaica Plain Historical Society at Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center, Boston

    June 6, 2015

    Join the Jamaica Plain Historical Society on our tour of Green Street. Laid out in 1836, the street played a key role in Jamaica Plain’s development, functioning as a residential,...more

    Celebrating the Work of Roger Martin

    Presented by Cape Ann Museum at Cape Ann Museum, Gloucester

    June 6, 2015

    A celebration of the life and work of Roger Martin. With John Ronan, producer and host of The Writer's Block. Additional guests to be announced.  This program is free for...more

    TOS Talks: Big Ideas. Great Thinkers

    Presented by Temple Ohabei Shalom

    April 7 - June 9, 2015

    Three Great Thinkers share their Big Ideas from the fields of art, culture, ethics, health, religion, science and politics, followed by provocative Q & A’s led by Temple Ohabei...more

    Rothko's Rooms

    Presented by Peterborough Players at Peterborough Players, Peterborough

    June 12, 2015

    Red by John Logan - Winner of 6 Tony Awards including Best Play. Starring Gus Kaikkonen as Mark Rothko, Lucas Van Engen as Ken and Directed by Keith Stevens....more

    Historic Walking Tour of Woodbourne, JP

    Presented by Jamaica Plain Historical Society at Bethel AME Church, Jamaica Plain, Boston (Jamaica Plain)

    June 13, 2015

    Join the Jamaica Plain Historical Society to explore one of the hidden gems of JP. This neighborhood developed from 19th-century summer estates into a model suburban enclave. It contains...more

    Subject: Classical Portraiture Workshop

    Presented by Montserrat College of Art and Montserrat College of Art Gallery at Montserrat College of Art Gallery, Beverly

    June 15 - June 19, 2015

    Montserrat College of Art's Summer 2015 Immersive Program is hosting a workshop on Classical Portraiture. The goal of this workshop is to teach you the...more

    Historic Walking Tour of Jamaica Pond

    Presented by Jamaica Plain Historical Society at Jamaica Pond Bandstand, Boston

    June 20, 2015

    Join the Jamaica Plain Historical Society on a walk around the Jamaica Pond. Once a district that only included the houses of Boston’s elite, the Pond later was put to industrial...more

    NorthEast Comic Con & Collectibles Extravaganza - A Pop Culture Expo

    Presented by IMAGE Meet And Greet Entertainment LLC

    June 20 - June 21, 2015

     NorthEast Comic Con & Collectibles Extravaganza, a Pop Culture Expo, is a family friendly event featuring all things that appeal to fans of comics, movies, television and Nerd culture....more

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