Chapel Hill - Chauncy Hall School occasionally partners with the greater Waltham community to bring writers, performers and civic leaders to our city for lectures, recitals and presentations.

Former Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky Visits CH-CH

Past Events

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  • May 7, 2014 - Rick Weissbourd, Child and Family Psychologist, Author

    Rick Weissbourd, Child and Family Psychologist, Author

    "Preparing young people for mature, ethical
     romantic relationships"

    May 7, 2014
    7:00 - 8:00 p.m. 
    Commons at CH-CH

    Richard Weissbourd is a lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where he directs the Human Development and Psychology Program, and a lecturer at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. His work focuses on moral development, vulnerability and resilience in childhood and effective schools and services for children.  With Stephanie Jones, he directs the Making Caring Common Project, a national effort to make moral and social development priorities in child-raising and to provide strategies to schools and parents for promoting in children caring, a commitment to justice and other key moral and social capacities.  He is currently conducting research on how older adults can better mentor young adults and teenagers in developing ethical, mature romantic relationships.  He is a founder of several interventions for at-risk children, including ReadBoston and WriteBoston, city-wide literacy initiatives led by Mayor Menino. With Robert Selman, he founded Project ASPIRE, a social and ethical development intervention in schools. He is also a founder of a pilot school in Boston, the Lee Academy, that begins with children at 3 years old. He has advised on the city, state and federal levels on family policy and school reform and has written for numerous scholarly and popular publications and blogs, including The New York TimesThe Huffington Post, CNN, The New RepublicThe American Prospect,  NPR and Psychology Today. He is the author of The Vulnerable Child: What Really Hurts America’s Children and What We Can Do About It (Addison-Wesley, 1996), named by the American School Board Journal as one of the top 10 education books of all time.  His most recent book, The Parents We Mean to Be: How Well-Intentioned Adults Undermine Children's Moral and Emotional Development (Houghton Mifflin 2009), was named by The New Yorker as one of the top 24 books of 2009.

    The Commons at Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall School 
    The assembly hall and facility is located at:
    375 Lexington Street, Waltham, MA 02452 

    For more information, please contact Cory Olcott, Director of Student Events at
  • April 9, 2014 - Cognitive Scientist Joe Moran

    Decoding Thoughts with Congnitive Scientist Joe Moran
    April 9, 2014
    7:00 - 8:00 p.m. 
    Commons at CH-CH

    Joe Moran is a cognitive scientist with the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development, and Engineering Center in Natick, MA. His work investigates social cognition - how do we know what other people are thinking without being able to see those thoughts? How does our knowledge of what other people are thinking affect the way we make decisions and actually perceive the world around us? Joe completed a Ph.D. in psychology at Dartmouth College, then undertook postdoctoral work at Harvard and MIT before taking his position with the U.S. Army. Joe continues an appointment at Harvard, where he also collaborates with members of its Center for Brain Science on research about the brain processes that allow us to think about our own and others' minds.
  • March 5, 2014 - Gaming Forum with Clinical Psychologist Dr. Mark Kline

    Today’s video games get lots of bad press, but studies show 91-97% of all teens play them. These games can be tremendous time drains, creating tension and alienation in families. They can also be extraordinarily compelling and imaginative, providing alternative universes where players can make unique connections and feel accomplished and valued. How can you tell if your teen’s gaming is problematic or simply normal?  What benefits do some players get out of playing these games?  Can some games become habitual, even addictive and how do we identify signs of this?  Do video games make players prone to violence or aggression?  Is the gamer community a toxic environment or does it actually have something positive to offer some players?  Mark Kline, PsyD, Clinical Director of HRS, Inc will take us on a journey through this fascinating world, leading us to a better understanding of video gaming and how to deal with it. 

    Mark Kline PsyD is Clinical Director of the Human Relations Service, Inc, a non-profit community mental health center serving Wellesley, Wayland, and Weston, MA.  Dr. Kline has worked at HRS for 25 years and also maintains a private practice in the Wellesley area.  He consults frequently to area schools and speaks widely to parent and school groups about the impact of today’s technology on families, parenting, and child development. He has a special interest in video gaming which developed as a result of his work with gamer clients and his own experiences.  This has included articles for the online gaming portal, where he has also written a column called “AskDrMark,” in which he addresses a range of mental health issues as they relate to the video game world.  Dr. Kline is also Vice-Chair of, an online resource for the gaming community which offers support and guidance around mental health issues.  He is the father of three teenagers, one of whom is a CHCH student.

  • February 12, 2014 - Waltham Philharmonic Chamber Group

    Waltham Philharmonic Chamber Group

    On February 12th, Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall is excited to welcome the Waltham Philharmonic Chamber Group to perform for our 2nd Wednesday at the Commons series.  The CH-CH vocal ensemble will also perform. 

    The group will perform several pieces featuring different combinations of instruments: a trio of horn, oboe and piano, a sextet of piano, flute, clarinet, oboe, horn and bassoon and a quintet.

    After the event, there will be an instrument “petting zoo” where attendees can make music from the various instruments.

    More information about The Waltham Philharmonic Chamber Group is available on their website:
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  • January 15, 2014 - Raj Kapoor: Director, Citizen, Everyman by Samir Dayal

    January 15th, 7:00 p.m.
    Raj Kapoor: Director, Citizen, Everyman
    by Samir Dayal
    Join us on January 15th for a talk about the influential Indian director and actor Raj Kapoor, lead by Bentley University Professor Samir Dayal.
    Kapoor’s work has achieved him an enormous, and perhaps still unsurpassed, fame in India.  But he also gained a following and an emotional connection with people of many other countries, including in the former Soviet Union, where, in recognition of one of his best-known films, he was affectionately dubbed "Comrade Vagabond.”
    Kapoor’s contributions to Indian cinema are numerous and substantial, and Dayal will offer a glimpse into his craftsmanship and artistic achievement as film director, but also explore some of the key themes of his oeuvre, particularly his social and political concern with the figure of the Indian citizen. 
    Samir Dayal is associate professor of English and Media studies at Bentley University in Boston. He has served as the cultural studies series editor for all the Other Press in New York. He is the author of Resisting Modernity: Counternarratives of Nation and Modernity, and coeditor of Global Babel: Interdisciplinarity, Transnationalism and the Discourses of Globalization (with Margueritte Murphy). He is completing a book about Indian cinema as well as another book on global cinema.
    He has published widely on Postcolonial studies and cultural studies in edited collections such as Afro-Asian Encounters: Culture, History, Politics, ed. Heike Raphael-Hernandez, and journals such as Postmodern Culture, Angelaki: A Journal of the Theoretical Humanities, Cultural Critique, Positions: East Asia Cultures Critique, Socialist Review, and Twentieth-Century Literature, among others.  He received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

    For more information, please contact Cory Olcott, Director of Student Events at
  • May 8, 2013, Adolescent Brain: Under Construction, with Dr. Leah Somerville

    Adolescent Brain: Under Construction
    During adolescence, dramatic changes take place not only in the body, but also in the brain. Cutting-edge scientific research is just beginning to understand just how brain development relates to common changes in the way that adolescents think, act, and feel. This presentation by Professor Leah Somerville will showcase exciting new advances in our understanding of adolescent brain development and its relationship with adolescent emotions and decision-making. We will also discuss ways that this research can inform adolescents' everyday lives and well-being.

    Leah Somerville is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Harvard University and Director of the Affective Neuroscience and Development Laboratory. Leah's research lab studies the biological and psychological changes that take place in adolescence, and what these changes can tell us about how the brain processes and regulates our feelings and decisions. To do so, the group conducts studies of 'real live' child, adolescent, and adult volunteers with wide-ranging tools - from MRI scans to noninvasive physiological recordings to questions about decisions, feelings, and social scenarios. Leah received her PhD from Dartmouth College and completed a training fellowship at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City before joining the faculty at Harvard in 2012. In addition to the science, a primary goal of Leah's research group is to get parents and adolescents excited about the science of the teen brain, so we look forward to interacting with the CH-CH and greater Waltham community.
  • April 14, 2013, Boston Jazz Voices

    We are a group of 18 who sing well known jazz, pop and swing pieces in 6-part harmonies. Our arrangements for these pieces are complex, both rhythmically and tonally and all we have is our voices; no instruments! The concert begins at 3pm and will last a little over an hour.
    Adults: $15, Students and Seniors: $12.  [All CH-CH Faculty, Staff and Students are welcome for FREE!]

    For those of you who love to sing, love to hear a cappella groups, love jazz and swing or just want to check it out, it’ll be a great way to spend an hour or so on a Sunday afternoon!
  • April 10, 2013, Rebirth and Renewal: An Interfaith Forum

    On April 10th, Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall’s 2nd Wednesday at the Commons series will host a panel on Rebirth and Renewal. Join us for this discussion with members from a wide range of faiths, which aims to deliver a greater appreciation of faiths by embracing the similarities and respecting the differences.

    Spring is the time of year in which many faith traditions celebrate holidays of rebirth and renewal, which makes for a perfect time to discuss this important aspect of human life. The Rebirth and Renewal panel will consist of:
    • Pastor Richard Rhodes of Grace Chapel in Lexington
    • Rabbi Howard Jaffe of Temple Isaiah in Lexington 
    • Singh Sahib (Minister) Ek Ong Kar Singh Khalsa of Guru Ram Das Gurdwara in Millis
    • Shareda Hosein, Founding Member and Treasurer of the Association of Muslim Chaplains
    • Others to be announced

    The panel will be moderated by Dr. Siri Akal Khalsa, who is both an educator and a Minister of Sikh Drarma. Dr. Khalsa will ask each member of the panel to speak about Rebirth and Renewal in their respective traditions, while asking questions that encourage identifying the points of similarity and note the areas of difference among the traditions. We'll also take questions from the audience.

    Given all the religious strife in the world right now, we hope you will join this important event that will promote greater understanding of the different faith traditions.
  • October 6, 2013 - Robert Pinsky, Poet Laureate

    Sunday, October 6 at 3 p.m.

    An Afternoon of Classic Poetry
    Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky
    with Waltham poets Ben Berman, Elisabeth Carter, and Gregory Lawless

    An afternoon of classic poetry with the ninth Poet Laureate of the United States, Robert Pinsky. Pinsky will lead a reading from his new book Singing School with Waltham poets Ben Berman, Elisabeth Carter, and Gregory Lawless.

    A bold, imaginative new work, Singing School is a meditation on how reading our favorite poems can help us create great poetry of our own.
  • March 6, 2013, Reginald Dwayne Betts

    On March 6th, Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall is excited to welcome poet and essayist Reginald Dwayne Betts to our 2nd Wednesday at the Commons series. He will read poems from both of his collections and discuss the intersections of art and society and why some public art, poetry in particular, tends to be considered more of a niche market.  The series is open to the public and admission is free.

    Reginald Dwayne Betts is a husband and father of two sons. As a poet, essayist and national spokesperson for the Campaign for Youth Justice, Betts writes and lectures about the impact of mass incarceration on American society. In 2012, President Barack Obama appointed Mr. Betts to the Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

    In 2011 Betts was awarded a Radcliffe Fellowship to Harvard University’s Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Studies. The author of the memoir, A Question of Freedom (Avery/Penguin 2009) and the collection of poetry, Shahid Reads His Own Palm (Alice James Books, 2010), Betts’ work possesses a careful, complicated and often difficult-to-confront intimacy that challenges conventional ideas about crime, masculinity and redemption.

    In 2010 he was awarded an NAACP Image Award for A Question of Freedom, and a Soros Justice Fellowship to complete The Circumference of a Prison, a work of nonfiction exploring the criminal
    justice system's role in the everyday lives of Americans who have not committed crimes.

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  • February 13, 2013 - Waltham Philharmonic Chamber Group

    On February 13th, Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall is excited to welcome the Waltham Philharmonic Chamber Group to perform and lead a workshop for our 2nd Wednesday at the Commons series.  

    The instrumental chamber group will begin by leading a workshop with some of our CH-CH musicians to illustrate how a small group of players work together without a conductor.  Then the group will perform several pieces featuring different combinations of instruments:  a trio of horn, oboe and piano, a sextet of piano, flute, clarinet, oboe, horn and bassoon and a quintet.

    After the event, there will be an instrument “petting zoo” where attendees can make music from the various instruments.

    More information about The Waltham Philharmonic Chamber Group is available on their website:
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  • January 9, 2013 - Michael Connelly, author

    We are pleased to announce that world renowned mystery writer Michael Connelly will visit Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall School on Wednesday, January 9, 2013.

    One of the top crime noir novelists in the world, Connelly has had 23 consecutive New York Times best sellers, with the past several reaching #1. He has authored 18 books featuring L.A. crime detective Harry Bosch, his best known character. Last year a movie called The Lincoln Lawyer, based on his 2005 bestselling book of same title, was highly successful, critically acclaimed and starred Matthew McConaughey. In 2002, Clint Eastwood worked with Connelly on a movie entitled, Bloodwork, based on his 1998 fictional novel.

    Connelly will provide community members a wonderful opportunity to learn of his personal journey to become and be a prolific writer, one that weaves inspiration, the writing process, courage to take risks with your art, as well as other topics. As a young man, Connelly went off to college and came close to flunking out because he had no idea what he wanted to be. After taking a brief pause from college and discovering his love of the crime novel genre, he went back to school and became an honor student in journalism. He continued on to become a Pulitzer Prize runner-up for his news reporting. Connelly would soon re-tool and emerge as one of the most popular writers in the world. His description of how he became initially inspired and what still inspires him is something that fascinates audiences around the world.

    Over forty-two million copies of Connelly’s books have sold worldwide and he has been translated into thirty-nine foreign languages. He has won the Edgar Award, Anthony Award, Macavity Award, Los Angeles TimesBest Mystery/Thriller Award, Shamus Award, Dilys Award, Nero Award, Barry Award, Audie Award, Ridley Award, Maltese Falcon Award (Japan), .38 Caliber Award (France), Grand Prix Award (France), Premio Bancarella Award (Italy), and the Pepe Carvalho award (Spain).
  • November 14, 2012 - Daniel Palmer, author

    This is the second of seven events in the "2nd Wednesdays at the CH-CH Commons" series. Each second Wednesday of the month celebrated authors, artists, performers and civic leaders will be featured. The series is open to the public and admission is free. 

    Our second speaker is Daniel Palmer. 

    Helpless is the latest book from Daniel Palmer, published in January 2012. He is also the author of a novel, Deliriouspublished in January 2011. He is also an occasional short story writer, with The Dead Club in the ITW anthology, First Thrills, and Disfigured, found in Thriller: Stories to Keep You Up At Night.

    More information about Daniel is available on his website:

    The presentation will be followed by a reception and a book-signing.
  • October 10, 2012 - Michael Thompson, author

    Join Dr. Michael Thompson for a discussion of his new book Homesick and Happy: How Time Away From Parents Can Help a Child Grow. Thompson is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous books including the seminal classic Raising Cain. A world authority on child psychology and behavior, he is the staff psychologist for the Belmont Hill School and a frequent speaker and adviser to parents and educators.

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