Evening and Weekend Events

Check our our evening programs!

The Council on Aging offers evening lecture series and other events throughout the year that are available to participants. Program topics include presentations by local authors and experts and discussions on issues, current affairs and other topics of interest. 

In the Beginning: Glaciers, Agriculture, and the Origins of Civilization
Wednesday, May 18th
6:30 p.m.
Paolo DiGregorio, Historian and Archaeologist

We are all products and participants in civilization, but what does that word actually mean? How was civilization created? This talk will examine our distant past to look for the beginnings of our modern way of life. Mr. DiGregorio is a Visiting Lecturer in the History Department at Bridgewater State University and an Instructor in the Anthropology Department at Wheaton College. Additionally, he has several years of experience as a Park Range with the National Park Service and as a professional archaeologist.


Author Talk: A Furious Sky/America’s Hurricanes
Wednesday, June 8th
7:00 p.m.
Eric Jay Dolin, Author of American History & Environment

From the moment European colonists laid violent claim to this land, hurricanes have had a profound and visceral impact on American history. In this author talk, Eric Jay Dolin presents the five-hundred-year story of American hurricanes, from the nameless storms that threatened Columbus’ New World voyages, to the devastation wrought by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and the escalation of hurricane season as a result of global warming. Populating his narrative with unlikely heroes such as Benito Viñes, the nineteenth-century Jesuit priest whose revelatory methods for predicting hurricanes saved countless lives, and journalist Dan Rather, whose coverage of a 1961 hurricane would change broadcasting history. The environmental and cultural history detailed in A Furious Sky will change the way we understand the storms on the horizon of America’s future.

These evening lectures are made possible by a generous grant from The Wellesley Hills Junior Women’s Club.

Call us at 781-235-3961 to register and receive the Zoom link! Please note registration opens up for Wellesley residents at 9:00 AM on Tuesday, April 26th and 9:00 AM ON Wednesday, April 27th for non-residents.