Lecture Videos

Pam Allyn & Dr. Vanessa Kerry

Making A Difference in Africa


Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Two 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.

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.

Dr. Richard Haass

A World In Disarray


Monday, August 21, 2017

Dr. Richard 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.

Peter Baker & Susan Glasser

Washington Politics


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

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.

Robert Traver

Sustainable Green Stormwater Infrastructure: Protecting our Waters – Lessons Learned from Research


Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Storm water entering the harbor, and other water sources, from drains often presents some of the toughest water quality challenges. But, 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 used 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 focuses on first what is Green Stormwater Infrastructure, and then how these tools work.

Dr. Jerrold Rosenbaum

Understanding Depression And Why We Treat It


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Dr. Rosenbaum gives 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.


2016 Geschke Lectures

Dr. Wayne Shreffler

Was It Something I Ate? An Overview of Food Allergies


Monday, August 8, 2016

Dr. Wayne G. Shreffler is the Director of the Food Allergy Center at Massachusetts General Hospital and an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Shreffler received his MD and PhD degrees from New York University and his Pediatrics training at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

In 2009, he joined MGH as the Director of the Food Allergy Center and in 2011 became the Section Chief of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology.

David Mindell

Our Robots, Our Selves


Thursday, July 14, 2016

Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor and author, David Mindell received engineering and literature degrees from Yale University and a Ph.D. from MIT. His 2015 book Our Robots, Ourselves, offers a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the cutting edge of robotics today, debunking commonly held myths and exploring the rapidly changing relationships between humans and machines.


2015 Geschke Lectures

Roz Chast


Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Roz Chast ‘s cartoons have been published in The New Yorker, Scientific American, the Harvard Business Review, Redbook, and Mother Jones. Her books include is a comprehensive compilation of her favorite cartoons called Theories of Everything: Selected, Collected, and Health-Inspected Cartoons of Roz Chast, 1978-2006 and the award winning 2014 book Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?

Ajay Royan


Monday, August 3, 2015

Lecture title: Building to Last. What’s the best way to grow a durable company?

Ajay Royan, Co-Founder and Managing General Partner of Mithril, which backs category-leading companies like Adimab and Lookout, will discuss how technology can reshape almost every industry, and how to predict the winner in each space.

Royan frequently speaks on technology investing at conferences, as well as public forums such as Bloomberg, CNBC, the Financial Times, and The Wall Street Journal.

Susan Glasser


Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Lecture title: Bush & Clinton, Trump & Sanders: Field Notes From the 2016 Presidential Race

Susan Glasser, the editor of POLITICO, offers a behind the scenes look at the unfolding campaign, navigating us through a field that is already the largest ever.
Glasser is also the founding editor of POLITICO Magazine, the award-winning publication featuring both long-form reporting and opinion journalism. She has also served as editor-in-chief of Foreign Policy magazine and was a foreign correspondent, editor and political reporter for the Washington Post.


2014 Geschke Lectures

Peter Baker


Wednesday, August 4, 2014

Peter Baker is White House correspondent for the New York Times. Prior to joining the Times , he worked for The Washington Post for nearly 20 years. Baker was also the Post’s Moscow Bureau Chief alongside his wife journalist Susan B. Glasser. Together they wrote the book Kremlin Rising: Vladimir Putin’s Russia and the End of Revolution. In 2014 Baker wrote Bush and Cheney in the White House, a compelling portrait of Bush’s eight years in office.

Joe Klein


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Joe Klein is a columnist for TIME magazine and author. His column In the Arena covers national and international affairs for TIME. Klein has served as Washington correspondent for The New Yorker and as a political reporter for Newsweek.

He has been a consultant for television news programs and the author of six books  including the critically acclaimed roman à clef novel Primary Colors. He began his journalism career in 1969 as a reporter with the Essex County Newspapers in Massachusetts.

Esther Dyson

The Way To Wellville


Sunday, July 20, 2014
Esther Dyson wrote a best-seller about the impact of the Internet on individuals and society  Release 2.0: A design for living in the digital age, published by Broadway Books in multiple languages. She sits on the board of the Sunlight Foundation, which uses cutting-edge technology and ideas to push government to be transparent and accountable.

Dr. Walter Willett


Monday, July 14, 2014

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.  Dr. Willett has focused much of his work over the last 25 years on the effects of diet on the occurrence of major diseases. He has applied these methods starting in 1980 in the Nurses’ Health Studies I and II and the Health Professionals Follow-up Study.  He is the author of several books on the link between diet and health most recently Thinfluence (May 2014).


2013 Geschke Lectures

Richard Goldstone

The Future of International Criminal Justice


Monday, Sept. 16, 2013
Former South African judge and UN human rights prosecutor, Richard J Goldstone, discusses the crucial role of the United States in the development of modern international criminal justice and its role in preventing impunity for war criminals. Goldstone was a judge in South Africa for 23 years, the last nine as a justice of the Constitutional Court. From 1994 to 1996, he was the chief prosecutor of the U.N. International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda. He was a member of the U.N. committee to investigate allegations regarding the Iraq Oil for Food Program.

Maureen Orth & Chuck Todd

Journalism Today


Monday, Aug. 12, 2013
Maureen Orth and Chuck Todd team up for a conversation on journalism and politics.

Orth, an award winning journalist, is a Special Correspondent for Vanity Fair Magazine, and the founder of the Marina Orth Foundation, which promotes advanced learning in technology and English for more than 1,200 students.

Todd is the Chief White House Correspondent for NBC News and host of ‘The Daily Rundown’ on MSNBC. Before becoming a journalist, Todd earned practical political experience on campaigns in Florida and national campaigns based in Washington, D.C.

Dr Robert Kirshner

The Accelerating Universe: A Nobel Surprise


Wednesday, August 7, 2013
In 1998, two teams of astronomers discovered that the expansion of the universe is not slowing down due to gravity, it is speeding up. Dr. Robert Kirshner’s graduate students shared in the 2011 Nobel Prize for this astonishing discovery. He is the Clowes Professor of Science at Harvard and this year is a Guggenheim Fellow. Dr. Kirshner served as President of the American Astronomical Society, and has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society.

Dr John Donoghue

Merging Mind and Machine to Restore the Brain


Monday, July 15, 2013
We are at the dawn of an age of neurotechnology where brain implants can be used to restore lost functions such as vision, hearing and movement.  Dr. Donoghue is Henry Merritt Wriston Professor in the Department of Neuroscience at Brown University, Director of the Brown Institute for Brain Science, VA Senior Career Research Scientist, and Director of the Center of Excellence for Neurorestoration and Neurotechnology, Rehabilitation R&D Service, Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Providence, RI.

David Owen

A Journalist’s reflections on Covering the Environment, Golf and Home Improvement


Monday, July 8, 2013
David Owen has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1991. He is also a contributing editor at Golf Digest. He is the author of 12 books on a wide range of topics, including golf, the environment and home improvement. His work is included in the ‘The 50 Funniest American Writers: An Anthology of Humor From Mark Twain to The Onion.’