One of my favorite nights of the years is coming up soon – Newton Inspires.

If you’ve never been you should definitely give it a try.  Every year they assemble an amazing crew of Newton residents, experts in all sorts of wide ranging fields – sciences, arts, politics, business … to come and speak.   It’s like going back to a really interesting school for a night.   The whole thing is free if you’re a Newton resident.

This year’s event on Nov 13 is filling up fast so sign up today at

Federal Judge, Red Sox Executive, PBS/NOVA Producer

Among Headliners at 2018 Newton Inspires

18 of Newton’s Own Will Speak at Free Community Event

Newton, MA (October 5, 2018) — Eighteen Newton luminaries will regale audiences at Newton Schools Foundation’s (NSF) 8th annual Newton Inspires: An Evening of Ideas and Community on Tuesday, November 13. Since 2011, Newton Inspires has gathered Newton residents for this showcase of Newton’s talent, creativity, and intellect.

This year’s program features headliners Kimberly Budd, associate justice, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court; David S. Friedman, senior vice president, legal & government affairs, Boston Red Sox; Sarah Holt, producer and director, PBS/NOVA; Richard Primack, professor of biology, Boston University; Peter Slavin, M.D., president, Massachusetts General Hospital; actress and writer Marianne Leone; and entrepreneur Sam Shames, along with many other talented Newton personalities.

“We’re thrilled to host this celebration of lifelong learning—a goal of the Newton Public Schools and a complement to Newton Schools Foundation’s mission to advance excellence and equity in our schools,” says NSF President Marcia Tabenken.

Rounding out the roster of speakers are:

  • Amy Cuddy, Ph.D., Social Psychologist
  • Giovanni G. Fazio, Ph.D., Senior Physicist, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
  • Rita E. Freed, Ph.D., John F. Cogan, Jr. and Mary L. Cornille Chair, Art of Ancient Egypt, Nubia and the Near East, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
  • Carol Goldenberg Rosen, Art Director and Children’s Book Designer
  • Mei Hong, Ph.D., Professor of Chemistry, M.I.T.
  • Janna Kaplan, M.S., Neuroscientist, Brandeis University
  • Louise Kennedy, Writer, Editor, Critic
  • David Montague, Founder and President, Montague Corporation
  • Hankus Netsky, Ph.D., Co-chair Contemporary Improvisation, New England Conservatory
  • Joseph Rosenbloom, Investigative Journalist
  • Clara Silverstein, Author

Newton Inspires will be held Tuesday, November 13, 7 to 9:30 p.m. at Newton South High School. Doors open at 6 p.m. to share community and conversation. The event is FREE to Newton residents and $15 for non-residents. Space is limited so register early. To register, go to

For the third consecutive year, Newton Schools Foundation welcomes The Village Bank as lead sponsor.  Newton Inspires is also supported by premium and major sponsors Mark Development, Chestnut Hill Realty, Susan Liberman-Compass Realty, The Street Chestnut Hill, and Historic Homes. Individuals and businesses wishing to support public education in Newton through a Newton Inspires sponsorship can go to

Limited samplings of various refreshments will be available at the beginning of the evening courtesy of the following food sponsors: Anna’s Taqueria, Baker’s Best Catering, Better Life Food, Blue Ribbon BBQ, L’Aroma Café & Bakery, Legal Sea Foods, Panera Bread, Peet’s Coffee & Tea, Rancatore’s Ice Cream and Yogurt, and Sweet Tomatoes.

Newton Schools Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to advance excellence and equity in the Newton Public Schools by funding promising initiatives, professional development, and programs that close gaps in achievement and opportunity.

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