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. Tickets will be on sale beginning July and are available at the library or on the website.

2017 Geschke Lecture Series

Jerrold Rosenbaum, Understanding Depression:
How And Why We Treat it

July 12    8 p.m.
Great Harbor Yacht Club
Admission: $25, $20 for students

Dr. Rosenbaum will give an overview of  the syndrome doctors call ‘Major Depressive Disorder” or what many just refer to as Depression, how it can manifest, what determines who is at risk, how it affects the mind and body, approaches to treatment and our understanding of how treatment works.  Also he will also address the prospects for improved  treatments or, better yet, prevention in the future.

At Massachusetts General Hospitals, Dr. Rosenbaum directs a department ranked by U.S. News and World Report as the #1 Department of Psychiatry in the United States in 2016-17, where he specializes in mood and anxiety disorders.

The recipient of numerous awards, Dr Rosenbaum co-founded Psy Therapeutics to advance the discovery of novel drugs and diagnostics for psychiatric disorders. He has authored more than 400 original articles and reviews and has published 20 books.

Tickets will be available July 1 online or in the Great Hall of the library.

Robert Traver, Sustainable Green Stormwater Infrastructure:
Protecting Our Waters – Lessons Learned From Research

August 9   8 p.m.
Great Harbor Yacht Club
Admission: $25, $20 for students

Stormwater Management has changed dramatically in the last several years, as it has moved away from a flood control perspective toward sustainability of our rivers and watersheds.  The tools that we use from rain gardens to pervious pavements and green roofs (Stormwater Control Measures- SCM) are relatively new, and we are rapidly learning more on how they work, their capabilities, and how to build to protect our waters.  This discussion will focus on first what is Green Stormwater Infrastructure, and then how these tools work.

Tickets will be available July 1 online or in the Great Hall of the library.

Peter Baker & Susan Glasser, Current Events & Washington Politics
August 16   8 p.m.
Unitarian Church
Admission: $25, $20 for students

Husband and wife journalists Peter Baker and Susan Glasser sit down for a conversation about the current political landscape.

Baker is the chief White House correspondent for The New York Times covering President Donald J. Trump. Glasser is POLITICO’s chief international affairs columnist and host of its new weekly podcast, The Global Politico.

Glasser, was also founding editor of the award-winning POLITICO Magazine and went on to become editor of POLITICO throughout the 2016 election cycle. Baker previously covered the presidencies of Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton for The Times and The Washington Post. He is the author of three books and including  Obama: The Call of History in 2017.

Followed by a book signing.

Tickets will be available July 1 online or in the Great Hall of the library.

Richard Haass, A World In Disarray
Aug. 21    8 p.m.
Unitarian Church
Admission: $25, $20 for students

Dr. Haass is president of the Council on Foreign Relations, an independent, nonpartisan membership organization, think tank, publisher, and educational institution dedicated to being a resource to help people better understand the world and the foreign policy choices facing the United States and other countries. His talk will be based on his 2017 book, A World in Disarray: American Foreign Policy and the Crisis of the Old Order.

Book signing to follow lecture.

Tickets will be available July 1 online or in the Great Hall of the library.

Panel Discussion:  Making A Difference In Africa
With: Pam Allyn, Dianne Calvi, and Vanessa Kerry
Aug. 23    8 p.m.
Great Harbor Yacht Club
Admission: $25, $20 for students

Three dynamic leaders share their experiences with nonprofit organizations which impact literacy, health care and economic innovation in Africa.

Pam Allyn is an American literacy expert, author and the founding director of LitWorld, a global literacy initiative serving American children across the United States and in more than 60 countries. She is also the Executive Director and founder of LitLife, which works with schools to enrich best practice teaching methods and building curriculum for reading and writing.

Dianne Calvi is President and CEO of Village Enterprise. Working in rural Sub Saharan Africa, Village Enterprise’s mission is to end extreme poverty through entrepreneurship and innovation. Village Enterprise has started over 36,000 businesses, trained over 145,000 new small business owners and lifted over 780,000 people out of extreme poverty in Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania.

Dr. Vanessa Kerry is the co-founder and the CEO of Seed Global Health. Its flagship program, Seed helped establish the Global Health Service Partnership (GHSP), a novel public-private partnership with the Peace Corps, the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the countries where GHSP physicians and nurses serve as medical and nursing educators.She is a physician at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Tickets will be available July 1 online or in the Great Hall of the library.

Previous Geschke Lecture Series have included:

  • 2016: David Mindell, Our Robots Our Selves;  Jay Famiglietti, Water Security; Robin Wright, Foreign Policy; Dr. Wayne Shreffler, Food Allergies.
  • 2015: Susan Glasser, POLITICO Editor; Ajay Royan, Mithril Capital Management co-founder; Roz Chast, New Yorker cartoonist; Dr. Rudolph Tanzi, Alzheimer’s disease research.
  • 2014: Dr. Walter Willett, Harvard University nutritionist; Esther Dyson,chairman of EDventure Holdings andfounder of HICcup; Joe Klein, author and TIME Magazine columnist; And, Peter Baker, New York Times White House correspondent. (view 2014 lectures)
  • 2013: David Owen, a New Yorker author ; John Donoghue, a Brown University neuroscientist ); Harvard University astronomer Dr. Robert Kirshner ; Maureen Orth, Vanity Fair special correspondent, and Chuck Todd, Chief White House Correspondent for NBC News; and United Nations prosecutor Richard Goldstone. (view 2013 lectures)
  • 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.