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Speaker 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 heard from well-known novelists and storytellers, photographers and visionaries, an economist and political scientist, a physician, nurse and hospital administrator, among many others. We’ve enjoyed an eclectic and entertaining mix of presentations: Sex and jazz, crime and ice cream, sleep and sports, voting and Northampton history, memory and home modification are but a few 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. We hope you’ll join us in the Fall.

Members will be notified of upcoming talks. Not a member? Join our mailing list or check out our Calendar. Visit NN Speaker Series YouTube for recordings of past NN Speaker Series. 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

My Journey: How One Woman Survived Stalin’s Gulag

Katharine Baker discussed her experience translating Sliozberg’s powerful memoir, the best account of the daily life of women in Soviet prison camps and one of the best known of all Gulag memoirs. She read passages from the memoir, and presented photographs of Sliozberg and her family.

Walking Each Other Home: Conversations on Loving and Dying

Dr. Mirabai Bush talked about her experience writing “Walking Each Other Home: Conversations on Loving and Dying” with Ram Dass. She followed her talk with short meditative practices, discussions, and reflections based on the interests and experiences of the participants.

I’ll Have What They’re Having!

Jane Fleishma, PhD, a certified sexuality educator, researcher and writer delved into the uncharted waters of sex and aging with humor and an interactive approach. She has received numerous awards for her work and has recently produced a TED talk called “Is it OK for Grandma to Have Sex?”