Speakers

Speaker presentations will be at Next with limited seating and via Zoom. Please register the the format you prefer. Once registered, if you choose to view via Zoom, you will receive an email with login instructions a day or two prior to the presentation.

  • Forgotten Harvest

    Wednesday, December 2, 2020 | 11:30-12:30pm

    For 30 years, Forgotten Harvest has fought two problems: hunger and food waste. Hank Wolf-Rodriguez, Community Engagement Coordinator, will share all that Forgotten Harvest, along with numerous partner agencies, does for the local community. Learn what you can do to be a part of this local organization.

  • Learn What Threatens Your Water

    Thursday, December 3, 2020 | 6:00-7:00pm

    At Next and via Zoom 

    Jim Nash - Oakland Co. Water Resources Commissioner

    This presentation will explore per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, sometimes known as “the forever chemical” along with other well-known contaminants, like lead, copper and the infamous “green ooze” found on the sides of Interstate 696 last year.

    The Thursday Evening Speaker Series is generously presented by Stuart Jeffares - Max Brook Realtors 

  • The Erie Canal

    Thursday, December 10, 2020 | 12:00-1:00pm

    At Next- This offering is currently at capcity, please register to be added to the wait list. 

    Join Gary Rembisz, Historian as he shares his wealth of knowledge about this mammoth project connecting New York City and the Atlantic Ocean to the Great Lakes. There
    was much opposition and the project was ridiculed, nicknamed “Clinton’s folly” after then New York Governor Clinton. Clinton received $7 million for construction in 1817
    opening the door to the construction and ultimate success of the Erie Canal. Generously sponosred by TriFound. 

  • Building Walls: Immigration Restrictions in American History

    Thursday, December 10, 2020 | 6:00-7:00pm

    At Next and via Zoom

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

    There are many paradoxical things about the United States, but chief among those is our attitude toward immigration. On one hand, we are a nation settled by immigrant exiles from Europe; on the other hand each new wave of immigrants provokes anxiety and fear. Politicians are quick to stir things up: Ben Franklin began his political career attaching Germans and the Federalists passed the Alien Acts to hinder French immigration. And so it goes. Thus, efforts by politicians today to build walls are part of a long tradition. The question is: why does this tradition exist?

    The Thursday Eveing Speaker Series is presented by Stuart Jeffares - Max Broock Realtors

  • Ordinary People by Extra- Ordinary Artists

    Thursday, December 17, 2020 | 6:00-7:00pm

    DEGAS, RENOIR & FRIENDS via Zoom only 
    Docent - Detroit Institute of Arts

    Some of the most important French artists of the 19th century resisted the elitist aesthetic of the academic art tradition by emphasizing the people around them and the human experience as subject matter during a transitioning moment in the modernist era. These are all works on paper by Degas, Renoir, Cezanne and other well-known painters.

    The Thursday Evening Speaker Series is Generously Presented by Stuart Jeffares - Max Broock Realtors, Thank you!