Rainbow Lifelong Learning Institute Boston offers lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender seniors and friends the opportunity to build and strengthen community through educational programs and social activities. Our free Speaker Series Begins on Tuesdays 12:15-1:15 p.m. No reservations required. Bring your lunch if you wish. All are welcome!
Tuesday, September 25
Details of the Death with Dignity Act
A representative from Dignity 2012 will explain the details of the Death with Dignity Act ballot question that voters in Massachusetts will likely consider on November 6. The Death with Dignity Act would give terminally ill patients with less than six months to live the ability to make voluntary and informed decisions about their end-of-life care.
Dignity is a coalition of concerned citizens supporting the proposed Massachusetts Death with Dignity Act.
Tuesday, October 9
Cutting Sugar Cane in a Cuban Work Camp in 1970
Presenter Marsha Gerstein will discuss her experiences spending 8 weeks in Cuba in 1970... 6 weeks working cutting sugar cane in a work camp and 2 weeks traveling around the island. She will discuss travel conditions, working/living conditions, conflicts that occurred in the camp, what the work itself was like, and some of the positive and negative impressions of spending time in a Communist country so different from the United States.The talk will be about Marsha’s experience, not a propaganda pitch for any particular political viewpoint. Friendly folks of all political persuasions are welcome.
Marsha was an anti-war radical in the 1960’s and 70’s, and traveled to Cuba in 1970 to cut sugar cane as part of a group called The Venceremos Brigade. She has continued her progressive politics after she settled into a more traditional adult life, is one of the founders of Rainbow LLI Boston, and co-taught its Bridge for Beginners class in the Fall of 2011.
Tuesday, October 16
A Decade of Reflections on the West Bank
Dr. Renae Grant has visited and followed Palestinians living in the West Bank over the course of the last decade. She will share her thoughts on how the people and conditions in the region have evolved over these years. In doing so, she hopes to give voice to a people she has come to know and care deeply about.
Renae earned her PHD in Counseling Psychology in 1979 from the University of Utah. Currently, she has a full time private clinical practice located in Arlington, MA and Nashua, NH. Her work and social activism reflect a strong commitment to social justice and human rights.
Tuesday, October 30
Animal Research: Is it Good for Your Health?
This presentation and Q&A discussion will allow participants to consider the pros and cons of animal research. We will examine the biomedical research industry practice of using animals to study and find preventions, treatments and cures for human health. Most Americans agree to use animals because they believe “it is necessary” as long as “the animals do not suffer.” Is it? And do they?
Presenter Theodora Capaldo, Ed.D, is a Massachusetts’ licensed psychologist, and president and executive director of the New England Anti-Vivisection Society. NEAVS, located in Boston, is one of the oldest animal protection organizations in the country.