a weekly discussion series conceived and moderated by Diana Barrett, Ph.D., and Jake H. Davis, Ph.D.

Join us as we take the conversation in a new direction. We will start with a meaningful topic and then turn inwards to explore the emotions that motivate speech and action. Sometimes we will take a break from talking altogether and really be quiet for a moment.

This week’s topic is POWER, exploring how inequality impacts lives, communities, and relationships.


About our guests: Carole Vandal is an enrolled member of the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head-Aquinnah, a retired teacher, principal, biologist, water protector, and a Native American flute player and singer. Ismail Samad, as a chef and advocate for closed-loop food systems and resilient communities, is co-founder of the Gleanery in Putney, Vermont, a director at Common Wealth Kitchen Incubator, and played a pivotal role in Daily Table, a food market in Dorchester, Mass. Barney Frank is a distinguished former politician of 40 years, first in the Massachusetts and then in the U.S. House of Representatives. Considered one of the most progressive and powerful members of Congress, he is also a civil and LGBTQ rights pioneer, an author, and frequent public speaker and commentator.

Pre-registration is required. Limited to a maximum of 40 participants. Coffee and tea will be provided.

Thursday, July 25, 10 AM–12 PM, The Hayloft at Beach Plum Inn, Chilmark