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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



October 2014


This summer we asked for all to do a “Virtual Lyceum” of favorite books for the summer. Instead of having a Lyceum on this topic, we’re having a “virtual” Lyceum. Send us ( the names, authors, and a short (30 words or less) recommendation. To date we’ve had very few submissions. IT’S NOT TOO LATE!!!! We’ll compile the list in mid-October for inclusion in the November newsletter (and we’ll post on the ANNO list). PLEASE participate. This is an excellent way to share “good reads” with others.
October 19, 12:30-2:00pm: “End the Occupation,” with Josh Reubner, National Advocacy Director of “End the Occupation” – a nationwide coalition that works to end U.S. support for Israel’s illegal military occupation and U.S. complicity in Israel’s apartheid policies toward Palestinians. “We work for a U.S. policy toward Palestine/Israel that supports a just and lasting peace based on human rights, international law, and equality. Beginning with a handful of member groups in 2001, today the US Campaign consists of 406 member organizations in 47 states and the District of Columbia.”
The organization is unabashedly supportive of Palestinians and critical of Israeli and U.S. policy and works toward creating a level playing field by organizing to end U.S. military aid to Israel, mobilizing the grassroots to influence policy, and changing the discourse about U.S. policy. It contends that discourse in the United States has changed dramatically over the past decade. It is becoming much more common to hear people from a variety of sectors articulating the need for U.S. policy to change to one that supports human rights, international law, and equality.
Josh has recently published a book, entitled “Shattered Hopes, Obama’s Failure to Broker Israeli-Palestinian Peace”. Copies will be available for purchase. This is guaranteed to be an arresting and controversial experience for many of us. Do come prepared to listen, discuss, and perhaps even challenge.  Sponsored by the Peace and Justice Committee of First Parish in Bedford.
October 26, 9:30-10:50am: "It’s Not What I Expected!" with Libby Hanna (our FP bookkeeper and former member of FP). “A frequent comment by visitors to our gerbil kennel is that it's not what they expected. That seems no surprise since what would one visualize about the home of a person (and family) who has placed over 1,000 small animals in new homes, travels hundreds of miles each year to judge gerbil shows and has devoted more than a decade to the needs of these busy social rodents?” Libby will reveal secrets of the little-known world of gerbil fancy. She will, of course, be accompanied by some furry friends. [Libby is also an NPR celebrity having been interviewed on Bill Littlefield's "It's Only A Game" - here's the link: ] 


November 2014

November 2, 9:30-10:50am: More Dispatches From Ireland with Andrea Cleghorn. Andrea will return to the Lyceum with stories and photos of her adventures in the wild West of the country and the sunny Southeast during this past summer of 2014. She recently found out through DNA testing on that she is 57 percent Irish, but according to her passports she is 50 percent Irish, 50 percent American. Andrea gets homesick in both countries. Don't miss her wonderful stories and fabulous photography.


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