MBL Falmouth Forum Announces New Season

Contact: Susan Joslin
508-289-7281; sjoslin@mbl.edu

Woods Hole, MA–The MBL (Marine Biological Laboratory) Associates are pleased to announce the schedule for the 23rd season of the MBL Falmouth Forum. Established to bring a variety of lectures, performances, and presentations to the Cape Cod community during the winter months, the MBL Falmouth Forum provides audiences with a wide range of intellectual and artistic experiences. All six MBL Falmouth Forum presentations will be held on Friday evenings at 7:30 PM in the MBL’s Lillie Auditorium, 7 MBL Street, Woods Hole.

Sponsored by the MBL Associates, the Falmouth Forum series is free and open to the public. The 2013 series is also supported by a generous donation from The Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod.

The 2013-2014 season lineup includes the following presentations. Visit mbl.edu/falmouthforum for detailed information.

December 6, 2013
The Essence of Good Medicine: from The House of God to Bill W. and Dr. Bob
Samuel Shem (pen-name of Stephen Bergman, M.D., Ph.D.) psychiatrist, novelist, playwright, and activist

January 17, 2014
Why Historical Truth and Accuracy Are So Important: The JFK Assassination Revisited
Peter Janney, author, psychologist, and consultant

February 14, 2014        
A Poetry Reading
Stephen Dunn, Pulitzer-prize winning poet

March 7, 2014 
Revisiting Louis Agassiz: Creator of American Science
Christoph Irmscher, author and Provost Professor of English, Indiana University

March 21, 2014  
Guano and Opening of the Pacific World: A Global Ecological History
Gregory Cushman, Associate Professor of International Environmental History, The University of Kansas

April 4, 2014Herman T. Epstein Endowed Memorial Lectureship
The Accidental Universe
Alan Lightman, physicist, writer, social entrepreneur, and professor of humanities at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

An optional buffet dinner will precede each lecture at 6:00 PM at the MBL’s Swope Center, 5 North Street, Woods Hole. Tickets are $30 (meal includes salad, pasta or potatoes, two entrees, wine, dessert, tax, and gratuity) and must be purchased in advance at Eight Cousins Children’s Books, Main Street, Falmouth or at the MBL Communications Office, 127 Water Street, Woods Hole. (between 1:00 PM and 5:00 PM, Monday-Friday only). Dinner tickets are available until they sell out or until 5:00 PM on the Tuesday before each talk. For more information, contact the MBL Communications Office at (508) 289-7423 or comm@mbl.edu.


The Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) is dedicated to scientific discovery and improving the human condition through research and education in biology, biomedicine, and environmental science. Founded in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, in 1888, the MBL is a private, nonprofit institution and an affiliate of the University of Chicago.

The MBL Associates are a group of individuals and businesses that support the scientific mission of the MBL through their gifts to the Annual Fund. The Associates sponsor educational and research programs for the MBL and raise funds for special projects. In addition, they operate the MBL Gift Shop, located on Water Street in Woods Hole, the profits from which support scientific fellowships.