Lyceum Speakers Bureau

All Lyceum Speakers Bureau  lectures are are free and open to the public.

Harrington Hall, Room 201
95 Grove Street
Bridgewater, MA

All events are approximately one hour long with ample time for questions and answers. Venue is handicap accessible with direct access from the parking lot. RSVP is not required. For more information or for questions, please call Darlene Marks, Associate Director, College of Continuing Studies at (508) 531-2711 or email

September 27
2:30 – 4:30 pm
Andrew Holman, Ph.D.
History Department

The Concussion Crisis in Sport: How did we Get Here?

In the past decade, an increase has taken place in popular concern about head trauma suffered by those who play amateur and professional sports. Active athletes experience concussions at greater rates, and the later-life consequences of having suffered them have become more visible. Evidence from research scientists, physicians, trainers, athletes and their families point to a concussion “crisis.” But is it so new? Using the special example of ice hockey, this talk examines the phenomenon from the perspective of a sport historian—the long view—and draws connections between how we play and have played sport, the value of danger in athletics, and the price we pay for it.

October 18
2:30 – 4:30 pm
Calvin Mires, Ph.D.

Return to the Steamship Portland: New England’s Titanic

On November 26, 1898, SS Portland, a 280-foot side-paddlewheeler, sunk into the Atlantic Ocean with no survivors. In 2019, Dr. Calvin Mires collaborated with an interdisciplinary team of scientists, managers, cinematographers, and engineers numerous oceanographic agencies to understand the current condition of the historic vessel by documenting the shipwreck with state-of-the-art technology in underwater exploration and public outreach. Dr. Mires will discuss the team’s goals, findings, and results from the 2019 project as well as plans for future expeditions.

November 1
2:30 – 4:30 pm
Gary Hylander, Ph.D.

A Pilgrim Thanksgiving

When the Pilgrims celebrated their first Thanksgiving, it was with full knowledge of what it was to experience hunger.  In the months following their arrival, they came close at times to starving.  That they survived at all was greatly due to the help they received from the local Wampanoags.  The actual day the Plymouth Colony celebrated its first Thanksgiving is unknown.  What is known is that sometime in the early fall, the Pilgrims, along with Massasoit and ninety braves "entertained and feasted" together for three days.