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About the Series

Northampton Neighbors Speaker Series began in October 2018, featuring lively and engaging speakers on a wide range of topics. What began as monthly talks co-sponsored by the Senior Center pivoted to Zoom when COVID hit.

Since the series’ inception, we’ve enjoyed talks by  well-known novelists, photographers and visionaries, a library director and political scientist, a physician, nurse, and COVID researcher, among many others. We’ve enjoyed an eclectic and entertaining mix of presentations: Sex and jazz, white collar crime and incarceration, climate change and sports, memory and home modification are but a few of our topics.

We are guided by a commitment to present topics of particular interest to older people and those intended for a broader audience. All speaker events are free and open to anyone who would like to attend. NN also offers live transcription so you can read along with the spoken word during Zoom presentations. The series is popular and fun.

Members will be notified of upcoming talks. Not a member? Join our mailing list or check out our Calendar. View the NN Speaker Series archive on YouTube. Send your speaker suggestions to

Please note: The primary purpose of the Speaker Series is to educate, inform, and entertain. NN does not endorse nor recommend any commercial products, processes, or services. The views, information, or opinions expressed are those of the presenter and not necessarily those of Northampton Neighbors.

A Few Recent Examples

Home Sweet Home:
Keeping it Sweet as We Age

Jennifer Restucci, occupational therapist for Cooley Dickinson VNA and Hospice, discussed adaptive equipment options and environmental strategies to keep us safe and as independent as possible. She recommended adaptive equipment, shared how and where to acquire them, and provided recommendations regarding home modifications. 

 The House Divided:
Sports in a Polarized America

Whenever America has been in crisis, it has turned to sports. But, over much of the last decade, sports have come to illustrate a divided country. Author and sports correspondent, Howard Bryant, discussed what happens to games when they no longer can be counted on to bring us together and, instead, mostly amplify our differences.  

 Photos from Here and There:
Zoom in with Paul Shoul

Editorial, travel, and documentary photographer Paul Shoul presented a virtual journey around the world with images captured as a staff photographer for as well as images from Local Lockdown, the cover story for the fall 2020 issue of The Massachusetts Review. Paul also shared his photographic process, including tips for getting that perfect shot.