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The Thought Leadership Series at Lesley University's guest presenter programs engages members of our community and the public in conversation with those who practice these arts, and through that exchange, encourage us all to act as catalysts for a more connected and just world.

These presentations are free and open to all. The Fall and Winter events will be virtual, and the format of the Spring 2022 events has not yet been decided.

This year's series kicked off with a thought-provoking presentation by Massachusetts Commission for the Blind Commissioner David D'Arcangelo on Oct. 21.

On Thursday, November 18, we welcomed New York-based theater maker and puppet artist Nick Lehane, the Fall 2021 Strauch-Mosse Visiting Artist, as the second special guest of the Thought Leadership Series for a virtual presentation entitled “Breathing Life: The Mysterious Power of Puppetry.”

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Oct. 21, 2021: Why Employment Matters for People with Disabilities

David D'Arcangelo, who leads the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind, spoke about "A Quest for Independence & Inclusion," focusing on the complex obstacles that people with disabilities face in finding fulfilling work. “I really believe that it’s time to start using disability as a qualification,” he said.

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Nov. 18, 2021: The Mysterious Power of Puppetry

Respected and multidimensional New York-based theater maker and puppet artist Nick Lehane reflected on the history of puppetry and its ability to cross the “liminal space” between worlds and, in so doing, to ignite imagination and empathy.

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Jan. 27: A Unique Look at Monticello's Problematic Past

Former print and TV journalist Gayle Jessup White is a descendant of Thomas Jefferson and two families enslaved on his estate. Today, she is the public relations and chief engagement officer at the historic Monticello, about which she has written extensively.

 

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Feb. 24: Sexual health and People With Disabilities

From the Netflix docuseries "Love on the Spectrum," Australian sexologist Jodi Rodgers delivers sexual health and other counseling services to People With Disabilities.

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March 24: Champion of community mental health services

As chief executive officer of the nonprofit Riverside Community Care, Marsha Medalie oversees a $100 million operation dedicated to providing mental health services to marginalized communities.

"The Thought Leadership Series engages members of the Lesley University community and the public in conversation with those who practice these arts, and through that exchange, encourage us all to act as catalysts for a more connected and just world."
Janet L. Steinmayer, Lesley University President

Past Presenters