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The Monadnock Summer Lyceum committee is pleased to announce its speakers for the 2024 season, our 55th since the Lyceum series was reconstituted in 1970. Explore the information provided below for descriptions of the presentations and brief biographies of the speakers. All presentations will take place in the historic Peterborough Unitarian Universalist Church where the first Lyceums were held in 1828. Live music begins at 10:30 a.m. on Lyceum Sundays and the speaker will be introduced at 11 a.m.  The church is wheelchair accessible.

If you can’t come to the church in person, you can still participate from afar by watching the live stream we will provide of each talk and the music that precedes it. During the summer, come back to this page and click on the current speaker’s picture to join the broadcast. You can submit questions to the speaker through YouTube’s chat feature and they will be conveyed to the podium via the moderator. 

Click on the speaker’s picture below to join the live stream or view the recording of the presentation.

If you missed a presentation, click on the speaker to view a recording. We have video recordings of all speakers back to the 2020 season and audio recordings dating to 2012. Click on “Past Speakers” in the Speakers menu at the top of this page to view the full set of recordings.

This year, each lyceum will be rebroadcast on radio the next morning at 6 a.m. and the following Sunday at 10 a.m. on WSMN 1590AM and 95.3FM, as well as at 11 a.m. the following Wednesday on WUML 91.5FM.

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We look forward to seeing you this summer and hope you will enjoy the varied offerings of the Monadnock Summer Lyceum.


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2024 Speakers

What Makes a Writer?
Sponsor: RiverMead
“The Vow from Hiroshima”: Advocacy for Nuclear Disarmament
Sponsor: Putnam Foundation
How Beavers Made America and Now Fight Climate Change
Sponsor: Peterborough Renewable Energy Project (PREP)
No Lyceum
Angry White Men: Masculinity on the Extreme Right
Sponsor: Belletetes Inc.
The Deaf Community: Re-paving the Road of Good Intentions
ASL interpretation provided
Sponsor: Microspec Corporation
How My Life Went to the Dogs
Sponsor: Monadnock Humane Society
How Can We Keep from Singing?
Sponsor: Peterborough Folk Music
Yoga for Today: The Science Behind How It Works
Sponsor: Monadnock Community Hospital