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Newton Inspires

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Newton Inspires 2017

Monday, November 13th
Newton South
7 – 9:30 pm
Doors open at 6 pm, come hungry!

On November 13th 2017, people from across Newton's 13 villages once again will gather at Newton South High School for NSF’s 7th annual Newton Inspires: An Evening of Ideas and Community. Newtonians representing a variety of fields and interest areas will share their insights, ideas and impressions.  


*If you haven't preregistered, you can still participate in the following sessions: Boston Globe film critic and cultural columnist Ty Burr, Carbonite General Counsel Danielle Sheer, and chef/restaurateur David Punch in conversation with food writer Andrea Pyenson. See you there!


  • Ty Burr, Film critic and cultural columnist, Boston Globe – DO MOVIES HAVE A FUTURE?
  • Alice T. Shaw, MD PhD, Director, Center for Thoracic Cancers, Massachusetts General HospitalPRECISION MEDICINE FUELS CANCER BREAKTHROUGHS
  • Mark Williams, Columnist, financial author, finance professor, Boston University – BLOCKCHAIN: WHY YOU SHOULD CARE


  • Arese Carrington, MD MPH, Medical doctor, international public health consultant and human rights activist - DEFEND THE DEFENSELESS
  • Jay Civetti Jr., Head football coach, Tufts University - THE POWER OF AN ELITE CULTURE
  • Emily Corbató, Photographer - LIGHT AND AIR
  • The Honorable Judith A. Cowin, Justice (Ret.), Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts - MASSACHUSETTS MAKES HISTORY WITH THE SAME-SEX MARRIAGE CASE
  • Giovanni G. Fazio, PhD, Senior physicist, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics - THE BIG BANG THEORY OF THE UNIVERSE:  WHERE DID WE COME FROM?
  • Felix Fu & Loren Sklar, Illustrator/calligrapher, co-owners, Felix Doolittle - PENMANSHIP, CRAFTSMANSHIP & ART—AN INTERSECTION OF VALUES
  • Nathan G. Phillips, Professor, Earth & Environment, Boston University - COOKING THE PLANET, ONE MEAL AT A TIME
  • Danielle Sheer, General counsel, Carbonite Inc. - YOU ARE BEING WATCHED AND RECORDED


  • David Punch, Chef/restaurateur, 3 Newton restaurants & Andrea Pyenson, Food writer and editor RESTAURANTS’ RECIPE FOR SUCCESS
  • Nancy Schön, Artist/sculptor & Jared Bowen, WGBH executive arts editor & Open Studio hostMAKE WAY FOR NANCY -- A LIFE IN PUBLIC ART

You can download, view or print the speaker info by clicking Newton inspires 2017 Speakers PDF.

For more information, call 617.559.6120.

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Here’s what community members said they enjoyed most about the evening:

Stimulating talks Feeling of belonging to an amazing community…

Very proud to be a Newtonian Speakers were great—terrific topics—a thoroughly fun evening.

It’s interesting to hear about interesting peopled doing surprising work in our town. Especially like hearing the “behind the scenes” experiences.

The superb caliber of the speakers; the delicious repast when you walk in! The “bite-size” sessions leave you with food for thought.

The overall quality and intelligence of the speakers as well as the generally open collegial spirit among fellow audience members.

Went with t a group of friends—made for a great evening of discussion afterwards!

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