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Bank of America Charitable Foundation Sponsors 2006-2007 Falmouth Forum Season at the MBL

Series brings free artistic performances, lectures to Cape Cod community

Dadoly and Laster
Gwen B. Dadoly (left), President of Bank of America Southeastern Massachusetts, presents a check to Ruth Ann Laster, past-president of the MBL Associates.
Photo credit: Elizabeth Armstrong

WOODS HOLE, MA—The MBL (Marine Biological Laboratory) is pleased to announce that the 2006-2007 Falmouth Forum season is being sponsored by the Bank of America Charitable Foundation. The Falmouth Forum, presented by the MBL Associates, offers artistic performances, lectures, debates, demonstrations, and thought-provoking discussion by nationally recognized figures. The series is free of charge to the Cape Cod community. Notable past Forum presenters include author David McCullough, actress Julie Harris, and presidential advisor David Gergen.

This year’s series kicks off October 13 with a lecture by Arthur A. Adelberg, Senior Counsel for the U.S. Senate’s special investigation of Hurricane Katrina. All presentations are held in the MBL’s Lillie Auditorium and are free and open to the public.

“The Falmouth Forum Series is a fantastic way for Cape Cod residents to hear from nationally-respected figures and Bank of America is pleased to help bring this to our community,” said Gwen B. Dadoly, President of Bank of America Southeastern Massachusetts. “We know this year’s series will stir thought-provoking conversation and hope as many of our neighbors in the community will attend as possible.”

Since 1989, financial support for the Forum has been provided by the MBL Associates, a group of individuals who support the scientific mission of the MBL through their gifts to the MBL Annual Fund. The Associates sponsor educational and research programs at the MBL and raise funds for special projects. In addition, they operate the MBL Associates Gift Shop, located on Water Street in Woods Hole, the profits from which support scientific fellowships.

Last spring, an anonymous donor generously pledged a challenge grant of $50,000 to establish an endowment for the Forum’s future support. The challenge grant will match each dollar raised two to one for every dollar pledged. A fund raising committee comprised of Falmouth residents Cynthia Eaton, Marilyn Sheprow, Prudence Reynolds, Barbara Woll Jones, Carlyn Ellms, Nina Whitney Hocker, and John Weyand are leading the effort to endow the program. Their goal is to complete the challenge by the end of 2007.

“Since its inception sixteen years ago the Falmouth Forum has grown and thrived through the ceaseless efforts of many people,” said MBL Director and CEO Gary Borisy. “We are grateful to the Bank of America Charitable Foundation for their investment in the intellectual stimulation of the Cape Cod community. Their efforts will allow the Forum to continue to be a treasured activity.”

The 2006-2007 Falmouth Forum season schedule is below. For more information and for full lecture descriptions, visit http://www.mbl.edu/events/falmouthforum


October 13 Hurricane Katrina: Wake-up Call and Lessons for Cape Cod
Arthur Adelberg, Senior Counsel for Special Investigation, U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs

November 17 “This I Believe” and the Power of Shared Story
Jay Allison, award-winning independent radio producer, founder of WCAI and WNAN public radios on the Cape and Vineyard

December 1 Health Information: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Donald Lindberg, M.D., Director, National Library of Medicine

January 19 Arab Women’s Dilemmas with Democratic Reform
Andrea Rugh, Adjunct Scholar with the Middle East Institute in Washington, D.C.

February 9 The Pathos of Bubonic Plague in Italy (1500-1800) Depicted Through Art
James Welu, Director, Worcester Art Museum, and Richard Glew, M.D., Professor of Medicine, Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, UMass Medical School

March 15 The Old Ship of Zion: African American Gospel Music
Horace Clarence Boyer, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Music at UMass Amherst ** Note Special Thursday Presentation **

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The MBL is an international, independent, nonprofit institution dedicated to improving the human condition through creative research and education in the biological, biomedical and environmental sciences. Founded in 1888 as the Marine Biological Laboratory, the MBL is the oldest private marine laboratory in the Western Hemisphere. For more information or to join the MBL Associates, visit www.MBL.edu

Bank of America Corporate Philanthropy
In 2005, the Bank of America Charitable Foundation embarked on an unprecedented $1.5 billion philanthropic goal over the next 10 years. The bank has announced it will donate $200 million in 2006, making Bank of America one of the most generous corporate donors in the country. The bank approaches giving through a national strategy called "neighborhood excellence" under which it works with local leaders to identify and meet the most pressing needs of communities. Through Team Bank of America, bank associate volunteers contribute more than 650,000 hours each year to improve the quality of life in their communities nationwide. For more information about Bank of America Corporate Philanthropy, visit www.bankofamerica.com/foundation.