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Socially Distanced Walking Lecture with Professor Gardinier

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Professor Gardinier and her students at Mt. Auburn Cemetery

Professor Lori Gardinier, Human Services Program Director, was determined to get students off of their screens and out of their rooms this semester. She developed a socially distanced walking lecture in an unsuspecting setting packed with both academic content and beautiful scenery. The result was an engaging tour of Mt. Auburn Cemetery on the Cambridge/Watertown line. She led walking lectures highlighting some of Boston’s earliest leaders.  This included Dorothea Dix, who spent decades advocating for the humane treatment of individuals living with mental health challenges and Clement G. Morgan, a founder of Boston’s NAACP and a member of the Niagara Movement. The cemetery is also an arboretum, and despite the chilly weather, side conversations about the trees and the birds being spotted demonstrated how much the students appreciated spending time outside in a natural space for a couple of hours. 

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