Geschke Lecture Series

Each summer, the Atheneum presents a diverse roster of speakers who address the issues of the day as part of our Geschke Lecture Series.

2014 Geschke Lecture Series

Dr. Walter Willett
July 14    8 p.m.
Great Harbor Yacht Club
Admission: $25

Dr. Walter Willett, is Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition and Chairman of the Department of Nutrition at Harvard School of Public Health and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. His tlk is titled, “Demystifying the Diet: A Progress Report on the Science of Healthy Eating.”

Dr. Willett has focused much of his work over the last 25 years on the effects of diet on the occurrence of major diseases. Dr. Willett has published over 1,500 articles, focusing primarily on lifestyle risk factors for heart disease and cancer. He is the author of several books on the link between diet and health, most recently Thinfluence (May 2014).

Esther Dyson
July 20    8 p.m.
Great Harbor Yacht Club
Admission: $25

Esther Dyson is chairman of EDventure Holdings and recently founded HICcup, which stands for Health Initiative Coordinating Council. The goal is to coordinate five or six communities that will compete in a contest to be the most improved health community over five or 10 years.
Dyson  was the founding chairman of ICANN from 1998 to 2000, has trained  as a backup Russian cosmonaut and is widely regarded as a digital visionary. Dyson served as chairwomen of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. She is on the board of the Sunlight Foundation, who uses cutting-edge technology and ideas to make government transparent and accountable.

Joe Klein
July 30    8 p.m.
Unitarian Meeting House
Admission: $25

Joe Klein’s column “In the Arena,” covers national and international affairs for TIME magazine.  Klein has served as Washington correspondent for The New Yorker and as a political reporter for Newsweek. He has also been a political columnist at New York magazine. Klein is the author of articles and book reviews for The New Republic, the New York Times, the Washington Post, LIFE as well as other publications.

He has been a consultant for CBS News and provided commentary on American politics for various broadcasts and appears frequently on ‘Meet the Press’ and ‘The Chris Matthews Show.’

Peter Baker
Aug. 4    8 p.m.
Unitarian Meeting House
Admission: $25

Peter Baker is the White House correspondent for The New York Times and a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine. His most recent book Days of Fire: Bush and Cheney in the White House is a compelling and thoroughly researched portrait of Bush’s eight years in office.

Before joining the Times he worked for The Washington Post for nearly 20 years covering President George W. Bush, Supreme Court nominations, the Iraq War and Hurricane Katrina.

The series was established in 2005 with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Geschke Foundation and generous library donors. Proceeds from Geschke Lecture ticket sales pay for free programs at the Atheneum all year long.

Previous Geschke Lecture Series have included:

  • 2013: David Owen, a New Yorker author ; John Donoghue, a Brown University neuroscientist (view lecture); Harvard University astronomer Dr. Robert Kirshner (view lecture); Maureen Orth, Vanity Fair special correspondent, and Chuck Todd, Chief White House Correspondent for NBC News; and United Nations prosecutor Richard Goldstone.
  • 2012: Jill Abramson, Executive Editor of the New York Times; Lawrence Lessig, Harvard University Ethics professor and author of Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress; Panel Discussion on the Economy, moderated by David Gregory, NBC News with Jack Welch, General Electric, Louis V Gerstner, Jr., IBM and Bob Wright, NBC; And, Louis Susman, United States Ambassador to the Court of St. James.
  • 2011:Ian Frazier, author and New Yorker staff writer; David Gregory NBC moderator of “Meet The Press”; Richard N. Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations and author of 11 books; And, Joseph Nye, Jr., Dean Emeritus of the Kennedy School, Harvard University
  • 2010: Computer technology innovators Chuck Geschke (Adobe) and Bob Metcalfe (3Com); New York Times Columnist and Author Thomas Friedman; Washington Post Columnist and MSNBC Commentator Eugene Robinson; and President of Pew Research Center Andrew Kohut
  • 2009: Pulitzer-Prize-winning biographer Doris Kearns Goodwin; Presidential Advisor David Gergen; CBS News journalist Lesley Stahl; and Carnegie Corporation President Vartan Gregorian.
  • 2008: Print and television journalist Mike Barnicle; former Delaware Governor Pete du Pont; NPR journalist Mara Liasson; Washington Post journalist Robin Wright; PBS journalist Gwen Ifill.
  • 2007: Committee for Economic Development, Charles Kolb; MIT President Dr. Susan Hockfield; Natural Resources Defense Council, Frances Beinecke; Presidential Advisor David Gergen; Project HOPE Dr. John Howe III; Business Week columnists Jack and Suzy Welch.
  • 2006: National Review journalist Jay Nordlinger; NPR President Kevin Klose; New York Times editor Jill Abramson; Jay Rosen of New York University; CBS News journalist Katie Couric; CBS News anchor Lesley Stahl; NBC News anchor Tim Russert; PBS television host David Brancaccio; Wall Street Journal journalist Daniel Henninger; Concord Monitor photographer Daniel Habib.
  • 2005: Authors Patricia Ebrey, Nancy Berliner, Jerome Silbergeld, Andrea and Lynde McCormick, Neil Baldwin, David McCullough, Joseph S. Nye, Jr., Father Robert Drinan, and U.S. Senator Bill Frist.