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Northampton Neighbors launched its Speaker Series in October 2018.  Pre-COVID, we scheduled talks monthly between September and May; they were held at -- and co-sponsored by -- the Northampton Senior Center. Currently, we offer talks via ZOOM every other week. All speaker events were – and still are – free and open to anyone who would like to attend. 

Our in-person series included well attended presentations on sex and ice cream, sleep and balloons, birds and Northampton history, memory and filing systems, to name but a few. The ZOOM Speakers series has included an eclectic and entertaining mix of well-known authors talking about their books, an athlete talking about the law and celebrity, photographers and visionaries wowing us with beautiful images, an economist and hospital administrator talking about COVID's medical and financial fallouts, and those who specialize in the health of older people teaching us about how to care for others and ourselves. We are guided by a commitment to including topics of particular interest to older people and those intended for a broader audience.

We hope you’ll join us for future events in the Speaker Series. We have a great series planned through Spring 2021 and intend to continue offering lively, informative and entertaining talks remotely until we can return to in-person talks.

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Read on for our next speaker, as well as a list of past speakers.
Visit our NN YouTube Channel for recordings of the NN Speaker Series since May 2020

Northampton Neighbors seeks to provide information and resources that help all our neighbors age well, in place, and with dignity.
NN does not endorse nor recommend any commercial products, processes, or services.

The primary purpose of the Speaker Series is to educate, inform, and entertain.
The views, information, or opinions expressed are those of the presenter and not necessarily those of Northampton Neighbors.

Northampton Neighbors Speaker Series Presents

Movement Voter Project: Grassroots Organizing and Electoral Power 

Friday, May 7, 2021, 3pm



Meeting ID: 979 2752 0819
Passcode: 220109

Call 929 436 2866 to listen by phone without video

Movement Voter Project (MVP) was founded in 2016 by Northampton resident Billy Wimsatt. The intent was to support local, grassroots groups in key states to build an electoral movement toward social, racial, gender, and economic justice. In the last election cycle, MVP raised $120 million; grassroots organizing was crucial to winning the presidential election, the Georgia senate runoff election, and scores of state and local races. As exciting as these victories were, we’re now facing the 2022 midterms alongside a massive and unprecedented effort to suppress voting, particularly by people of color, and to undermine our democracy. MVP is committed to fighting back, raising more money, expanding its support for grassroots groups, and building momentum for what it is calling the Progressive Decade. 

Jane Lerner will give an overview of MVP’s strategies and offer ways to support a progressive movement for decades to come. Michael Kane will talk about the work of the Western MA team, how it raised close to $1 million for MVP, and how people in the Pioneer Valley can play a role in this movement.

Jane Lerner is a writer, editor and political organizer who lives in Brooklyn, New York. She currently works with Movement Voter Project as a donor advisor and regional donor organizer. Jane joined the team at Movement Voter Project in early 2019, after becoming a member of the philanthropic network Solidaire. The 2016 election galvanized her to not only be more generous in her own giving, but inspired her to motivate others to do the same. For MVP, Jane works to fundraise major donors across the country and coordinates closely with the amazing local MVP team in Western Massachusetts, helping donor-volunteers across the Pioneer Valley stay engaged and involved with MVP’s mission.

Michael Kane has 30 years of experience in economic and workforce development as a practitioner and consultant on the national, state, and neighborhood level. He was involved in creating strategic economic development plans for the Millennium Report for Greater Hartford, an economic diversification plan for Santa Fe, Los Alamos, and Rio Arriba counties in New Mexico, and a plan to enhance the effectiveness of the Pittsburgh Community Development system, among others. He is an active member of the Western MA Movement Voter Project (MVP) team, which has organized nearly 100 in-person and virtual house parties, and overall raised close to $1million to support to the work of MVP’s grassroots partners.

On ZOOM since May 2020

Jennifer Taub-
Big Dirty Money:Making White Collar Criminals Pay, April 23, 2021

Howie Bryant-
The House Divided:Sports in a Polarized America April 9, 2021

Jeff Zesiger, MD-
What the Heck is Palliative Care? March 26, 2021

Marshall Karpel-
mRNA, Proteins, and Lipids, Oh My! Making Sense of COVID and the Vaccines March 12, 2021

Douglas Amy-America:The Country that Democracy Left Behind February 26, 2021

Carrie Baker-
What Should We Do About the Supreme Court? February 12, 2021

Mark Peterson-
Taking Charge of Your End of Life Planning January 21, 2021
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Clare Higgins
-Family in the Time of COVID January 8, 2021

Linda Desmond and Kathy Service-A Compassionate Care Approach for People Living with Dementia December 4, 2020

Tracy Kidder
-What I Try to Do as a Writer: Strength in What Remains November 13, 2020

Joe Gannon
-Red and Blue: Why Voting for Trump Is Not Always Hating Equality October 23, 2020

Mark Karpe
l-Like Nothing Else on Earth:Backyard Visionaries and Handmade Worlds October 9, 2020

Judy Dixon
-Facing Challenges: Racquet in Hand September 25, 2020

Katharine Baker
-My Journey: How One Woman Survived Stalin’s Gulag” by Olga Sliozberg
Translated by Katharine Baker September 11, 2020

Paul Shoul
-Photos from Here and There August 28, 2020
Dr. Rebecca Starr, Geriatrician-What I do and Why I do it August 14, 2020

Dr. Mary Young
-Aging on Your Own July 31, 2020

Judy Cockerton
-Intergenerational Living/The Treehouse Community July 17, 2020

Gerald Epstein
-The Good, the Bad and the Ugly June 19, 2020

Ellen Meeropol
-Her Sister's Tattoo June 5, 2020

Joan Marqusee
-Q&A with the CDHC CEO May 1, 2020

Visit our NN YouTube Channel for recordings of the NN Speaker Series since May 2020

Live at the Northampton Senior Center: 2018-February, 2020 

Cheri Cross
-Getting it Together

Tom Reney
-Why Duke Ellington Matters

Jonah Keane
-5 Years of Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary: A Natural Gem is Our Own Back Yard

Lu Stone
-Over or Under? What Would Downtown Northampton Look Like Today if the City had Lost its Five-Year Battle with the Railroads in the 1890's

Wendy Sinton & Diane E. Liebert
-Sojourner Truth in 19th Century Florence

Jane Fleishman
-I’ll Have What They’re Having: Sexuality and Aging

Mirabai Bus
h-Walking Each Other Home; Conversations on Loving and Dying

John Sinton
-A Walk and A Talk: Mill River and its role in the formation of Northampton

Rebecca Spencer
-Sleep on It! Why We Sleep and How to Get More of It

Greg Saulmon & Mark Karpel-
Up in the Air: Adventures in Urban Bird-Watching and Cluster Ballooning

Nina Kleinberg
-The Making of Casablanca: Film School in 90 Minutes

Brad Crenshaw
-Aging and Memory

Steve Herrell
-Ice Cream and Me