Brookline Adult & Community Education Launches Lecture Series

BROOKLINE, MA — Brookline Adult & Community Education, a department of Brookline Public Schools, is offering a special lecture series this winter.

The series will begin on Thursday, Jan. 20 with both in-person and virtual events. For more information or to register, visit

Here is a list of upcoming lectures:

January 20, 2022 at 7pm (Brookline High School)

Science-Backed Benefits of Cannabis and CBD Oil

Benjamin Caplan, MD, Instructor

Join Dr. Caplan of the CED Clinicfor an exciting and educational conversation. Dr. Caplan will be reviewing all aspects of the Massachusetts medical cannabis program; from the qualifying conditions and the telemedicine appointment process, to the exclusive products and legal protection available to patients. Learn about how the endocannabinoid system works and how you can put it to work for you. Dr. Caplan will address your questions as well as common misconceptions that people may have about cannabis, CBD oil, and the patients who utilize it.

January 27, 2022 at 7pm (Online)

The Pandemic, the Supply Chain, and Shopping: Will Things Return to Normal?

Dr. Arzum Akkas, Instructor

“In this intimate conversation with Dr. Arzum Akkas, you will advance your understanding of the supply chain we have come to rely on as consumers. Major disruptions in the global supply chain have made goods more expensive and harder to find. For example, this past holiday season, did you notice more empty shelves and backorders on popular items than in years past? Is this the result of the pandemic alone or is more at play? Will we see more shortages in the near future and if so, should we plan for them? This candid discussion on supply chains through an environmental sustainability lens, will provide you with easy-to-understand, real-world examples of what to expect and perhaps will offer you with some practical solutions on what you can do to make a difference as well. Dr. Akkas is an Assistant Professor in Operations and Technology Management at Boston University, Questrom School of Business.”

February 17, 2022 at 7pm (Online)

Modern Architecture in Classic Brookline Neighborhoods

Marcus Gleysteen, Instructor

“Brookline, sprinkled with historic colonial homes, may seem like an unlikely town in which to build modern architecture. There is a trend, however, in building bold and abstract designs now more than ever. In this class, we will discuss clean and sleek design that doesn’t overwhelm the landscape or stand out too much in more classical neighborhoods around Brookline. We’ll look at photos and share the benefits of modern design that is subtle, restrained, and yet respects its more classical neighboring homes on the outside. Marcus founded Marcus Gleysteen Architects (MGa) which is a full service architectural firm specializing in residential design.”

March 9, 2022 at 7pm (Brookline High School)

The Voice of The Patriots: Bob Socci

Bob Socci, Instructor

“What’s the inside play? Hear from Bob Socci, who serves as the radio play-by-play announcer for the New England Patriots on 98.5 The Sports Hub. Before joining the Patriots, Bob was the play-by-play voice of the Navy Midshipmen football team for 15 seasons, Navy basketball for 11 seasons, and has over two (2) decades of experience as a minor league baseball radio play-by-play announcer for the Pawtucket Red Sox, Norfolk Tides, Albuquerque Isotopes, Frederick Keys, Delmarva Shorebirds and Peoria Chiefs. Socci joined the 98.5 broadcasting team in 2013 and has been lucky enough to call three (3) Super Bowl Championships alongside his partner, former Patriots quarterback, Scott Zolak.”

March 10, 2022 at 7pm (Online)

Voter Suppression: It’s not a Southern Problem. It’s a Democracy Problem.

Pratt Wiley, Instructor

“In building a more perfect union, we must stand united against those who seek to employ unjust and undemocratic laws in order to divide us and thwart the will of the people. This is not a Democrat, Republican, or Independent problem. It is not a Southern problem. It is a Democracy problem. When it comes to protecting the rights of all Americans to vote, there can be no middle ground. Join Pratt Wiley, in a lively discussion on the history of voter suppression and more recent attempts at it. Learn what we need to do about voter suppression as American citizens, regardless of party affiliation. Pratt is the President & CEO of The Partnership, an organization dedicated to enhancing the competitiveness of the region by attracting, developing, retaining and convening multicultural professionals. During its 33 year history, The Partnership has collaborated with 500 corporations who have sponsored 4,668 multicultural executives and professionals in the organization’s innovative leadership development programming. Pratt is a leader and strategic planner in fields ranging from law, politics, non-profit management and business management. Previously, Pratt served as the National Director of Voter Expansion for the Democratic National Committee, where he was responsible for designing and executing the DNC’s program to ensure that every eligible voter was able to register and vote, and that every vote was accurately counted, from 2013 to 2017.”

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