April 4, 2018 – 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Kip Bordelon

Are There Really Two Americas? is a scholarly but very “real-talk” presentation that directly addresses how and why we often see national matters differently based on race. It is a very thought-provoking and eye-opening presentation that is certain to leave the audience with a new perspective and better understanding of the African-American experience. For many, being Black and being American are at times conflicting realities. Perspectives about the United States and prevailing national issues can be vastly different depending on one’s race. Are There Really Two Americas? takes a critical look at events that have separated us. Until we better understand the source of our differences, this social variance will persist, making acceptance and ultimately advancement much more dicult. The presentation explores these social realities and challenges our society’s behavior on these matters.

About Kip Bordelon

For more than a decade, Kip has worked at the United States GeneralServices Administration where he has awarded and managed contracts worth millions of dollars and written, implemented and enforced federal acquisition policy. Kip’s interest in policy affairs began at an early age. Although he is a life-long Chicagoan, he attended Lawrence Academy, a New England independent/boarding school, where he discovered his passion for American History, the law, and the importance of diversity. Kip graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) with a bachelor of arts degree in Political Science. He then earned a master’s degree in Public Policy from the same university- where he also won the prestigious Martin Luther King Jr. Award for leadership. While matriculating at UIC, he founded the student group Diversity in Demand. In 2012, Kip established The ASSI Group, now The Picardy Group, where he has provided recruiting and consulting services to federal agencies, New England independent schools, Chicago Public Schools, and local private schools and has been a guest participant on panels at conferences and similar events.

September 25, 2017 – 5:00pm – 7:00pm

Atul Gawande

Beacon Hill Village, the very first “virtual village” of the national aging in place movement, is 15! It is celebrating those 15 years by acknowledging the tremendous growth in the area of “purposeful aging,” the idea that as we get older we can stay involved in our community, stay safe in our own homes, and stay connected with each other through our area village. All of the more than 350 villages across the country, including our Coastal Neighbors Network, have been invited to access a livestreamed talk by Atul Gawande, a Boston surgeon, writer and public health researcher.

Atul Gawande’s talk will be followed by refreshments and discussion.

Atul Gawande is a physician and prizewinning author. His most recent book Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in The End offers us a different way of looking at how to grow older gracefully and to have more control and choice about how and where we want to spend our time. It is also a call to physicians to recognize that sometimes quality of life trumps harsh end of life “fixes”.

Atul Gawande, MDMPH, is a surgeon, writer, who practices general and endocrine surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He is Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard T.H.Chan School of Public Health and the Samuel O. Thier Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School. He is also Executive Director of Ariadne Labs, a joint center for health systems innovation, and Chairman of Lifebox, a nonprofit organization making surgery safer globally. Dr. Gawande has been a staff writer for The New Yorker magazine since 1998 and has written four New York Times bestsellers: Complications, Better, The Checklist Manifesto, and most recently, Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End. He is the winner of two National Magazine Awards, Academy Health’s Impact Award for highest research impact on healthcare, a MacArthur Fellowship, and the Lewis Thomas Award for writing about science.

Friends Academy hosts speakers on timely topics.  In the past few years, we have hosted Dr. John Ratey who co-wrote Driven to Distraction and Spark.  Dr. Paul Foxman, author of Dancing with Fear, addressed the anxiety epidemic in America.

Dr. Catherine Steiner-Adair spoke about the ways in which technology and media change how children learn and grow. Dr. Thomas Phelan, author of 1-2-3 Magic, gave ways in which parents can manage their children’s behaviors. Friends has also hosted timely movies: Screenagers gave tips to parents and adolescents about how to manage screens and screen time.

Please check back regularly for upcoming speakers.

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