12-1 PM @ Temple Beth-El (70 Orchard Ave, Providence)

Pack a brown bag lunch (kosher, please*) and join us for these exciting presentations!


CANCELLED - Tuesday, March 17, 2020

“The Human Genome Project”
Mark Guyer, PhD, Deputy Director, National Human Genome Research Institute

The Human Genome Project has been described as “one of the great feats of exploration in history.” Rather than an outward exploration of the planet, the HGP was an inward voyage of discovery led by an international team of researchers looking to sequence and map all of the genes – together known as the genome – of members of our species, Homo sapiens. Dr. Guyer will tell us what the HGP is and how our knowledge of the human DNA sequence has led to new approaches for diagnosing, treating, and maybe most importantly preventing disease, and the promise this holds for the future.

For the last 28 years of his career, Dr. Mark Guyer worked in the Extramural Program of the National Institute of Health (‘extramural’ is the grant-giving side of the NIH). All but two years of that was spent in the National Human Genome Research Institute, his final position there being the Deputy Director.

Media photo AIG

CANCELLED - Wednesday, April 1, 2020

“From Hope to Results: Reimagining Education in Rhode Island”
Angélica Infante-Green, Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education

The quality of our public education has a direct, significant impact on the economic strength and growth of our state. In order for businesses to open, expand, and thrive, we need a skilled workforce that can meet the demands of a 21st century economy. Improving education, then, is a moral and economic imperative. In this conversation, Commissioner Infante-Green will talk about how a culture of low expectations have held students back, and share her collaborative vision for how we can move forward, together, to improve opportunities for every student in Rhode Island. Please bring your questions.

Angélica M. Infante-Green is the Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education for the State of Rhode Island. In this role, she oversees the activities and staff of the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE), working to make the state’s schools the best in the nation. Prior to joining RIDE in April 2019, she served as the Deputy Commissioner of the New York State Education Department’s Office of Instructional Support.


CANCELLED - Wednesday, April 22, 2020

“The Doctor Broad: A Mafia Love Story”
Barbara Roberts, MD, Cardiologist and Author

Dr. Barbara Roberts says, “There are people in the know who will tell you that I caused the downfall of the New England Mafia. I managed this not by killing anyone or putting someone behind bars, but by keeping a man alive and out of jail for about a year too long.” Dr. Roberts will recount the story of how and why she wrote this memoir, The Doctor Broad: A Mafia Love Story.

Dr. Roberts was the first woman to practice adult cardiology in the state of Rhode Island. Other books include: How To Keep From Breaking Your Heart: What Every Woman Needs to Know About Cardiovascular Disease (2004); Treating and Beating Heart Disease: a consumer’s guide to cardiac medicines, (2009); The Truth About Statins: Risks and Alternatives to Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs (2012).


CANCELLED - Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Time for a Musical Treat!
A Discussion and Live Performance on Improvisation – “An Insider’s Guide”
Wendy Klein, Associate Professor, Berklee College of Music and Jazz Program Director, RI Philharmonic Music School

Join us for an interesting and informative discussion on Improvisation, “An Insider’s Guide,” and an uplifting live performance of the The Jazz Duo of Wendy Klein (flute) and Jim Bastian (guitar.) Discover what jazz players are doing while improvising a solo. What are they thinking about? How do they prepare to be a jazz musician, and hear how a musician approaches the blues form, the jazz standard and more contemporary styles.

Wendy Klein is an Associate Professor at Berklee College of Music and directs the Jazz Program at the RI Philharmonic Music School. Jim Bastian’s background includes: Assistant Professor College of Charleston (SC), 1994-2001; Masters in Music from Indiana University of PA, 1986.


DJ Foley


Nondas Hurst Voll


Patricia Moriarty

CANCELLED - Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Fourth Annual “Celebrate Ourselves"
Presenters and Members of LLC: DJ Foley, Nondas Hurst Voll and Patricia Moriarty

We at LLC are extraordinary! We are seniors, and here we are – still growing, still learning. Some of us do extraordinary things. We sing, we dance, we do fancy knitting or arts and crafts, and MANY of us generously volunteer our knowledge and time to give to the community. And that’s why we are celebrating the Fourth Annual “Celebrate Ourselves.” Here are just three of our LLC members who would like to tell you about the organization they are passionate about and why! Please join us to support our classmates.

DJ Foley – The Center for the Book, “Reading Across Rhode Island.” DJ has been involved with this group since its inception 18 years ago. She’s coordinated several short stories classes.

Nondas Hurst Voll – Nonviolence Institute. Nondas is the former chair and current longtime board member of the Nonviolence Institute. She has coordinated many LLC courses including the theatre course and short stories and has served on LLC’s board.

Patricia Moriarty – The Manton Avenue Project. Pat has been a coordinator for many different courses including “Made in Rhode Island,” “The Wonderful World of Marc Chagall,” and “50 Years of Gay Theater.”

All this and cookies, too.

*Please keep in mind the Temple’s kosher dietary restrictions: No pork or shellfish products (fish with fins and scales are permitted); meat and cheese should not be together in a meal.