Thursday Evening Speaker Series

  • The History of Hamas in Gaza

    Thursday, May 23, 2024 | 6:00-7:00pm

    Rabbi Mark Miller, Senior Rabbi, Temple Beth El

    The stories and images from Israel and Gaza since October 7 are horrific. In order to understand this current war, we will explore not only the founding of Hamas In the 1980s, but the root causes that created this conflict long before the State of Israel was born in 1948. 

  • Medicinal & Aromatic Plants

    Thursday, June 6, 2024 | 6:00-7:00pm

    Examining cultural use and isolation of essential components.

    Marilee Benore, Professor of Biology & Biochemistry and Chair of Behavioral and Biological Sciences Program – University of Michigan

    Aromatic and medicinal plants are critical components of medications, food and perfumes. The medicinal properties of plants have been utilized for millennia, and half of our current drugs were originally derived from plant extracts. Increasing use of alternative medications and natural products have driven interest and research on natural products. This presentation will include information on our program, in which students learn to isolate and characterize oils and other compounds and describe our visits to some medicinal gardens in Europe. All your senses will be used during this presentation!

  • A Polar Bear, A Hypnotist and a Ghost River: A Slightly Unconventional Look at the History or Woodward Avenue

    Thursday, June 13, 2024 | 6:00-7:00pm

    Carol Bacak-Egbo – Historian, Archaeologist, Educator – Oakland County Historical Commission

    Woodward Avenue is jam-packed with history! Even a short section of it can lead a historian to discover amazing stories about fascinating people. A perfect example of this is Woodward Avenue between 11 Mile and 13 Mile

  • Artificial Intelligence Understood

    Thursday, June 20, 2024 | 6:00-7:00pm

    Gus Mondalek, International Affairs Expert

    Join us for an enlightening presentation on Artificial Intelligence. Gus will explain how Artificial intelligence is a constellation of many different technologies working together to enable machines to sense, comprehend, act and learn with human-like levels of intelligence. He will explain that everyone’s definition of AI is different because Artificial Intelligence isn’t just one thing.

  • Concerns About Artificial Intelligence

    Thursday, June 27, 2024 | 6:00-7:00pm

    Fritz McDonald – Associate Professor of Philosophy – Oakland University

    Artificial Intelligence has existed since the 1950s yet there is a great deal of recent interest in AI due to the release of products like OpenAI’s, ChatGPT and Google’s Gemini. What is new about AI? What has not changed? Why, at all, should we be concerned about the use of AI. We will discuss this and also some potential risks of Artificial Intelligence.