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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



January 2015



January 11 from 10:15-10:45am in the Sanctuary: “Exploring the Glass Harmonica” with Alisa Nakashian. The glass harmonica is a musical instrument in which the sound is made by a row of rotating, concentric glass bowls, kept moist and pressed with the fingers or with keys. Alisa is our guest musician for both services today. She has agreed to do a special Lyceum between the services to talk about and demonstrate this fascinating instrument.
January 18 from 9:00-9:50am: “Update on Stem Cell Hype and Hope” with Ann Kiessling. Ann will give a quick review of the stem cell research field in general – types of stem cells and potential of each, some stem cell therapies currently promising, and the specific stem cell research going on at the Bedford Research lab on South Road.
   Last year Ann delighted Lyceum participants with her talk about her farm, Blueberry Goat Farm on Concord Road here in Bedford. What some of you may not know is that Ann is also Dr. Ann Kiessling, Director of the Bedford Stem Cell Research Foundation and retired Associate Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School. She formed the Foundation in 1996 in response to a controversial clinical research need that was best undertaken by an independent public charity.
January 25 from 9:30-10:50am: “Mission to Israel by Local Law Enforcement Leaders” with Bedford Police Chief Robert Bongiorno and Middlesex County Sheriff Peter Koutoujian. Sheriff Koutoujian and Chief Bongiorno joined 12 other Massachusetts senior law enforcement professionals for a week in Israel studying counter terrorism strategies and tactics. The training mission provided participants with information, resources and contacts that enhanced their abilities to combat terrorism and to strengthen relationships among key law enforcement leaders and agencies, including for the first time, a meeting with Palestinian executive law enforcement officials. They will provide personal and professional insight into their training experience and how it relates to Bedford and other communities in Massachusetts.
February 2015


February 1: “Why Do We Call It the Bacon Room?” with Sharon McDonald. The Bacon family was there at the very founding of Bedford, and signed the covenant that established our church. They were pillars of the community – in more ways than one!! – right down to Abigail Bacon, who some of our older members still remember. Come and hear some great stories of shoemakers, inventors, benefactors, grand estates, pizza parlors, and more from Bedford Town Historian and First Parishioner (storyteller extraordinaire) Sharon McDonald. Sharon will also share some letters and photographs.


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