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The Bedford Lyceum

A Forum on the Arts, Spirituality, Science and Justice

chaired by Ginny Packer

Sunday mornings from 9:30 - 10:50 (unless otherwise noted) 

in Room 202 at First Parish



April 2015

April 5: NO LYCEUM – Easter
April 12, from 9:30-10:50am: “Truth Be Told” with Hank Phillippi Ryan. Hank will be joining us to talk about her books and the synergy between investigative reporting and mystery writing. She is the on-air investigative reporter for Boston's NBC affiliate (WHDH, Channel 7), where she’s won 32 EMMYs, 12 Edward R. Murrow awards and dozens of other honors for her ground-breaking journalism. But she is also the nationally known bestselling author of seven mystery novels, She has won multiple prestigious awards for her crime fiction: three Agathas, the Anthony, Daphne, Macavity, and, the coveted Mary Higgins Clark Award. National reviews have called her a "master at crafting suspenseful mysteries" and "a superb and gifted storyteller." Her 2013 novel, THE WRONG GIRL, had the extraordinary honor of winning the Agatha Award for Best Contemporary Novel and the Daphne Award for Mainstream Mystery/Suspense. Her newest hardcover, TRUTH BE TOLD, has now been nominated for an Agatha Award—a landmark back-to-back-to-back nomination! It's also a Library Journal BEST BOOK OF 2014, Library Journal Editor's Pick, and has starred reviews from Booklist and from Library Journal, which raves, "Drop everything and binge read!" She is also nominated for the Agatha Award for Best Nonfiction as editor of the anthology of essays by mystery authors, WRITES OF PASSAGE. Ryan's next novel, WHAT YOU SEE, will debut in Fall 2015. She's a founding teacher at Mystery Writers of America University and 2013 president of national Sisters in Crime.

April 19, from 9:00-9:50am: “Cultivating Community Food Security in Greater Boston: How World PEAS Connects Limited-Resource Farmers and Eaters” with Mary Alice Reilly, Food Hub & Food Access Coordinator, New Entry Sustainable Farming Project The World PEAS Food Hub is an innovative local foods program that is strengthening community food security in eastern MA. World PEAS and New Entry programming aim to train the next generation of farmers while expanding access of healthy and locally grown produce in diverse communities. With new capital improvements and community partnerships, World PEAS was able to triple local fruit and vegetable sales to low-income markets between 2013 and 2014. As local food retail markets become increasingly competitive, World PEAS continues to increase farm incomes for our cohort of beginning, immigrant and refugee farmers by making local, healthy fruits and vegetables accessible to under-served families, seniors and school age children. Join us to learn more about our food access initiatives, and how you can get involved in a more just local food system! (This Lyceum had been planned for February but was cancelled because of snow.)


April 26, from 9:00-9:50am: “The Nature Connection: Bringing Nature, Animals & The Arts to People.” After a long, difficult winter we will celebrate spring by enhancing the current First Parish Gallery Exhibit of pictures of Jeannie Balfour’s garden with a speaker from The Nature Connection, a Concord based organization that supports the human spirit by building connections between people and the natural world. Look for more information about this Lyceum in the coming weeks.


May 2015

May 3 from 9:00-9:50am: “The Synergy Between Music and Poetry” with Phil Vitiello. Since May 3 is Music Sunday, Phil will discuss the synergy between music and poetry. He will bring some poems that have been set to music, and you are encouraged to sing, speak, read and share a favorite poem or two.



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