The Programming Committee helps conceive and execute well-rounded programming and events that are relevant to our membership and the Research community. Our goal is to offer geographically and topically diverse events of varying length and depth (Think Tanks, Workshops, Webinars, etc.) that cover both educational themes and networking opportunities. We do this through arranging all event logistics including deciding on topics/themes and arranging for speakers and host locations, and often rely on volunteers to offer meeting space and/or topic ideas.
The Programming Committee is co-chaired by Renana Kehoe of the Harvard Art Museum and Elana Pierkowksi from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Other Committee members include Valerie Anastasio from Boston Children's Hospital, Liz Donascimento from Northeastern University, Emily Donohue of Simmons College, Lisa Foster of Phillips Academy, Ruthie Giles from Westfield State University, Kate Hanson from Facing History and Ourselves, and Alex Post from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
The Programming Committee volunteers will help shape the course of NEDRA’s programming for the next year by joining conference call brainstorming sessions to discuss potential topics, speakers and locations. If interested, you can also assist us in arranging logistics for specific events including working with host locations, inviting speakers and/or drafting/editing advertising copy.
A volunteer’s specific time commitment is dependent on whether or not you are helping with one season’s programming, the entire year, or just a specific event. It is estimated that you will spend one to two hours per month. However, if you choose to take on larger responsibilities for one specific event you may spend more concentrated time on planning leading up to that event.