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The Northampton Neighbors Speaker’s Series is going on a break for the summer. In Fall, 2024, we will be back with talks in-person and on zoom from 2:00-3:00 at the Senior Center.

Our scheduled presentations include: Kim Park, Director of the Senior Center, who will talk on Sept. 13; Dr. Sarah Willie-LeBreton, President of Smith College, who will talk on Oct 4 about college politics; and Francisca Kan, from the Claims Conference Survivor’ Speakers Bureau, who will talk on Nov. 1 about the holocaust. All talks are free. All people are welcome. Hope to see you there.

--Naomi Gerstel, Chair, Northampton Neighbors Speakers Committee
Contact Naomi ( if you have questions or suggestions.

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.