Thursday Evening Speaker Series

Thank you to Anthology of Farmington Hills for their generous sponsorship of the Thursday Evening Speaker Series. Speaker presentations will be at Next with seating dictated by room size for social distancing. A few speakers will still be held on Zoom, indicated in the topic description.

  • The Political Crisis of the Golden Age

    Thursday, December 1, 2022 | 6:00-7:00pm

    Professor Bruce Zellers, B.A., M.A. Oakland University

    The political crisis of the gilded age leads to an important question: Was political life reformed during this time when our nation was changing? At the end of the 19th century American politics were paradoxical: They were both popular and corrupt. Dirty tricks and outright violence were common. Votes were literally bought and sold. However, reform came and American elections were transformed. Join us as Professor Zellers explains this important time in our country’s history.

  • Salt March: Then & Now

    Thursday, December 8, 2022 | 6:00-7:00pm

    Professor Presbey will present a photographic overview of the religious diversity of contemporary India, based on her travels. Then she will lead us back in time, to 1930, to Gandhi’s Salt March, describing his march, the path, the goals he had in mind, the participants. She will share how a key goal was to unify the people of different religions of India as well as goals of religious reform and social justice. She will look at recent commemorations of the Salt March, asking questions of how the lessons of the Salt March are appropriated today. She will share her own experience on the 75th anniversary of the Salt March, marching with others along the original route. She will refer to recent commemorative marches and museums at Dandi, asking the question, would Gandhi approve of the millions of dollars (rupees) being spent on these commemorative activities? Generously sponsored by Anthology of Farmington Hills.

  • India's Role in the World

    Thursday, December 15, 2022 | 6:00-7:00pm

    Gus Mondalek - Religious & International Scholar

    India is one of the world’s fastest growing economies — and is now the world’s second-most populous country with over one billion people. India is also a nuclear power and has a large military force, using its economic and political clout to expand its influence around the world. Yet India still struggles with poverty and other challenges of a developing economy. India is also the largest and most diverse democracy, yet hesitates to promote these values abroad. In this presentation, we will look at the geopolitical position of India to better understand their ambitions and their role in the IndoPacific, and on the world stage, ambitions that are still debated among India’s own leaders. We will also examine the India-American bilateral cooperation and assess the future of India-American relations. Join us for this far-reaching presentation focused on this complex nation filled with contradictions. Kindly sponsored by Anthology of Farmington Hills.