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My name is Devon Keeley. I am currently a Senior at Lesley University studying English Literature, Art Therapy, and Gender Studies. My passion lies in transgender rights and local activism, so I plan to cover stories about those issues while interning with NeighborMedia.

 

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Bobtail squid still courtesy of liquidguru on Vimeo

CAMBRIDGE – The Harvard Museum of Natural History sponsored yet another engaging speaker, Margaret McFall-Ngai, as a part of the annual Cambridge Science Festival.

McFall-Ngai is a professor and director at the Pacific Biosciences Research Center at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa and has spent much of her career studying bioluminescence in animals.

This talk focused primarily on the “very cute and charismatic” Hawaiian bobtail squid.

photo courtesy Lesley University Office of Communications https://lesley.edu/news/christopher-jackson-on-hamilton-and-hollywood

CAMBRIDGE – Broadway and television star Christopher Jackson spoke at the Washburn Auditorium for the Lesley University Strauch-Mosse Spring 2018 Visiting Artist series.

Jackson made his Broadway debut in the original cast of ‘The Lion King’ in 1997 as an ensemble member at just 20 years old.

He went on to star in several more performances but derived the most pleasure and recognition from his roles as Benny from ‘In the Heights’ and George Washington from Broadway hit ‘Hamilton’.

CAMBRIDGE – Evolutionary biologist Dr. Athena Aktipis from Arizona State University came to the Harvard Museums of Science and Culture to give a talk on her research of trying to treat cancer by using a more evolutionary approach.

Aktipis’ presentation and models, despite them being untraditional has sparked “tremendous and fortunately on-going excitement about evolution and medicine,” said Dr. Barbara Natterson-Horowtiz, a professor of medicine at the University of California.

CAMBRIDGE – On Saturday, March 24, On the Rise hosted its fifth annual Empty Bowls Project at Puritan and Co., in Inman Square.

On the Rise is a day shelter in Cambridge that helps homeless and formerly-homeless women. They strive to create a community where women can feel safe, build a sense of community and get the resources they need to move out of homelessness.

CAMBRIDGE – Lesley University Bachelor of Fine Arts students were invited to create and showcase art pieces revolving around the theme of gender and to generate continued dialogue about gender.

The show’s name, Engendered, is a verb defined as giving rise to a feeling, situation or condition. The artists featured took this prompt and created a vast array of pieces from a variety of mediums including clay, photography, video and fabric.

Blu Tucker, a senior counseling major at Lesley University, showcased their series of four clay forms titled “Feeling Dysphoric.”

CAMBRIDGE – On Monday evening Dr. Barbara Natterson-Horowitz, co-director of the Evolutionary Medicine Program at the University of California Los Angeles and visiting professor in Harvard University’s Department of Human and Evolutionary Biology, hosted a compelling lecture on the importance of comparative perspectives to deepen scientific understanding of both physical and psychological illnesses in humans and animals.

CAMBRIDGE – The first floor of Lesley University’s Sherrill Library was buzzing with energy on Thursday evening as students, faculty and Cambridge locals alike came to celebrate the opening reception of Portraits and Power.
Lesley University College of Art and Design seniors Rocky Cotard and Mosheh Tucker curated an exhibition featuring their most recent portrait paintings.

CAMBRIDGE – In light of Black History Month, Lesley University BFA students and alumni came together on Thursday evening for the opening reception of a black artist showcase.

The exhibition was a revisit of the February 2016 showcase, Black History Matters 365 created and organized by Percy Fortini-Wright, which sought to “reflect on black history, empowerment and pride.”

CAMBRIDGE – The idea of female genital mutilation (FGM) may seem like a foreign concept to many Cambridge residents, however on Feb. 12 the screening of the 30-minute documentary, ‘A Pinch of Skin’ and the discussion that followed sought to spread awareness about FGM and begin a conversation about a topic that is often silenced.

While it might not get as much foot traffic as the neighboring Harvard Square, Porter Square is home to a variety of shops and restaurants and offers a great deal of promise for future revenue.

Now a part of Lesley University, University Hall at 1815 Massachusetts Ave., was once a Sears from 1985 to 1991 but now houses a variety of shops and dining opportunities. A Work Out World inhabited the lower level of the building until May 2014, and on Jan. 31 of this year Planet Fitness filled the vacant 15,000-foot-space.