The Worcester Institute for Senior Education (WISE) at Assumption College marks its 25th year with a series of special programs and events throughout the year. The November event is a lecture by Stephen Kurkjian, which is free and open to the public. It will take place on Thursday, November 2nd, at 4 pm, in the new Tsotsis Family Academic Center on Assumption College campus.  Kurkjian spent nearly 40 years as an editor and reporter for The Boston Globe before retiring in 2007. During his career, he shared in three Pulitzer Prizes and won more than 20 regional and national reporting awards.

Kurkjian was a member of The Globe’s investigative Spotlight Team, and its editor for 1979-1986. He completed numerous investigative projects for The Globe newsroom including the clergy abuse scandal inside the Boston Archdiocese; the devastating fire at a Rhode Island nightclub that took the lives of 100 people; and the recovery of a Cezanne still life that was stolen from a Berkshires home in 1978 and later auctioned for $29 million.

His 2005 article of the theft of 13 pieces of artwork from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is regarded as the most complete account of the still-unsolved crime. His book, MASTER THIEVES: The Boston Gangsters Who Pulled Off The World’s Greatest Art Heist, was published to critical acclaim in 2015.

WISE is a member-directed organization created as part of Assumption College’s Continuing Education program to provide lifelong learning opportunities for older adults.  The organization offers its members in the greater Worcester area intellectual stimulation, socialization, personal growth, and opportunities for service. Through the peer-learning concept, members share their knowledge and experience with each other by creating, coordinating, and participating in courses and other educational activities. Course instructors are retired college professors and other professionals who have expertise in their areas of interest.

For more information, see the WISE website, contact the WISE office at 508-767-7513, or email Susan Perschbacher, WISE Director, at