“A more just and compassionate society can be built through generous conversation in community over time.”
At the Well, nationally and internationally respected leaders facilitate conversation, offer presentations, and lead those assembled in respectful, engaged, and deep discourse. Artists perform and dialogue with the audience. Scientists teach about new and exciting discoveries, and they disturb with challenging data. And still, the holy and sacred in our gatherings arise from those who show up with open ears, discerning hearts, probing minds, and compassionate tongues. Come, join the conversation!
The Well Happenings
SPRING FOCUS: FOOD, FAITH, AND PLANET
Beginning this spring, The Well will focus on food, faith, and planet for several months. All major faiths include care for creation, concern for the poor, and commitment to community. We will explore this theme in diverse ways, including workshop teach-ins on things like the farm bill, international aid, and public health as well as climate change, local ecological and political concerns, and creation care.
May 17, The Brilliance in concert, 7:00 PM, Tickets $12 through BPT and $15 at the door.
May 28, 2013 Political scientist Robert Paarlberg, 7 PM
Robert Paarlberg is professor of political science at Wellesley College, adjunct professor at the Harvard Kenney School, and associate at Harvard’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. His focus is on international development and international food policy with an emphasis on biotechnology and food policy. His ground breaking book “Food Politics: What Everyone Needs to Know” is about to be reissued.
Marion Nestle is the author of “Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health” and professor of public policy and nutrition at NYU. An expert on the Farm Bill, 85% of which goes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (what people used to know as Food Stamps), and on food deserts and nutrition, Marion Nestle understands the complexities of food policy, food politics, and how our most vulnerable populations are being fed (or not). For people in the faith communities, it is vital to understand these things.
On March 1, 2013, a new documentary called “A Place at the Table” opened nationwide. Narrated by Jeff Bridges, it turns to several experts, and Marion Nestle is one of them.Please go see the movie. Or come see it with us when we screen it later this spring. We hope you mark your calendars and join us for Marion Nestle on June 18.
June 26, 2013 Ron Finley, 7 PM
Guerilla gardener, activist, and TED presenter Ron Finley joins us on June 26 for a 7 PM presentation on food deserts, taking action, and how gardening can be an act of social change.
Fall 2013 – TBD Charles Montgomery
Can the shape of your city affect how happy you are? Yes, says Charles Montgomery, who explores the intersection of urban design and the new science of happiness. In psychology, neuroscience, and behavioral economics, and in cityscapes from Disneyland to Dubai, he finds the link between the ways we think about risk and reward and the ways we design our cities.
An award-winning author and urban experimentalist, Charles Montgomery is the author of Happy City, forthcoming from FSG in 2013. In his work, Montgomery has used insights in happiness science to drive high-profile experiments that help citizens transform their relationships with each other and their cities.
February 18, 2014 Brian McLaren More TBA
Past presenters at The Well include:
* Diana Butler Bass (February 21)
* Phyllis Tickle (March 16)
* Joel Salatin (March 23)
* John “Mike” Wallace (April 10)
* Bill McKibben (April 28)
* Wes Howard-Brook and Sue Ferguson Johnson (Thursdays in March)
* Robert V Taylor (April 18)
* Tavis Smiley and Cornel West (April 24)
* Carrie Newcomer (May 12)
* John Dominic Crossan (May 26-27)
* Kathleen Norris (June 6)
* Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove (June 10)
* Jennifer Knapp (June 18-19)
* Luis Rodriguez (July 19)
* Forum on marriage equality (August 30)
* Philip Gulley (September 4)
* Macky Alston and his film “Love Free or Die” (October 10)
* Alexander McCall Smith (October 20)
* Bill Mallonee and Muriah Rose (November 1)
* Tony Jones (November 8 )
* Anne Lamott (November 13)
* Jennifer Knapp and Margaret Becker (November 29)
* Dickens Carolers (December 23)