Daytime Speakers

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.

  • A Visit to Eastern Europe- WWII Holocaust Sites and Issues

    Tuesday, June 25, 2024 | 11:00-12:00pm

    Robert E. Sullivan, Jr., Attorney and a former adjunct professor of history at Macomb Community College Tuesday, June 25 at 11:00 am Cost: Complimentary members/ $5 guests Over the past year and a half, Mr. Sullivan has delivered 16 lectures at NEXT on the History of Detroit. Last September, he visited Eastern Europe. In this presentation, he will discuss and show pictures from his visit to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi death camp in Poland. This is where the Anne Frank Family, St. Maximilian Kolbe, and St. Edith Stein once resided. During World War II, the Nazis murdered an estimated 12-17 million Jews, Roman Catholics, Romanis (Gypsies), POWs, physically and mentally handicapped individuals, political opponents, Jehovah’s Witnesses, gays, trade unionists, and other groups. Mr. Sullivan will also highlight other places he visited, including the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising site, and Dohany Street Synagogue, in Budapest, site of a mass grave of more than 2,000 Jews who died from Nazi abuse. Also discussed will be the heroic roles of Raoul Wallenberg, a University of Michigan graduate, who helped save the lives of thousands of Jews, and of Polish diplomat, Jan Karski, who told the disbelieving world of the then ongoing Holocaust. He will also discuss the animosity between Hitler and Pope Pius XII, and the competing plots to assassinate each of them.  

  • Hamtramck Then & Now

    Tuesday, July 9, 2024 | 1:00-2:00pm

    Greg Kowalski, Executive Director, Hamtramck Historical Museum

    What was it like to live in Hamtramck in 1890? In 1900? 1910? 1922? 1933? 1945? 1959? This program takes an in-depth look at how Hamtramck transformed from a farming village to an industrial city in the space of 10 years and became the fastest growing town in the nation in 1915. Greg Kowalski was born in Hamtramck in 1950 and has lived there ever since. A graduate of Wayne State University, he spent more than 40 years as a journalist writing for and editing newspapers and magazines, including the Birmingham Eccentric. Since 2013, he has been the executive director of the Hamtramck Historical Museum. He is author of 13 books, including 11 on Hamtramck and two on Detroit

  • Member Coffee: Learn & Connect

    Wednesday, July 10, 2024 | 1:00-2:00pm

    Whether you are new to Next or you have been with us for a while, join us for the opportunity to meet other Next members, get an overview of all Next offers and hear updates on our new facility project. We will start with light treats in the lobby followed by a brief presentation, and plenty of time for questions. We look forward to seeing you!

  • Cardiovascular Health

    Thursday, July 11, 2024 | 12:00-1:00pm

    Dr. Raed Alnajjar, Associate Medical Director, Heart & Vascular Service Line

    According to the American Heart Association, cardiovascular disease has been the leading cause of death in the U.S. for the past 100 years, yet most Americans don’t know it. Join Dr. Raed Alnajjar as he discusses prevention and management of heart and vascular-related conditions including coronary artery disease, valvular heart disease, and aortic aneurysms and disease. Additionally, Dr. Alnajjar will talk about lung cancer screening, prevention and management. Light lunch provided.

    Thank you to Henry Ford Health, Our Health & Wellness Partner!

  • Sweetwater Journey through Michigan

    Tuesday, July 16, 2024 | 1:00-2:00pm

    Donn Paul Werling presents: Take a Sweetwater Journey into Two Great Stories that tell Michigan’s Story – a custommade mix of interactive folk songs, storytelling, historical role plays and music making that teach the origins of the State of Michigan’s historical strengths, achievements and tragedies. Professor Werling taught heritage interpretation for 20 years and is a graduate of MSU and the University of Michigan. This project is also funded in part by Michigan Humanities, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Michigan Arts and Culture Council..

  • Calling all Animal Lovers

    Thursday, July 18, 2024 | 1:00-2:00pm

    Judy Hoste, Event Manager, Michigan Animal Rescue League

    The Michigan Animal Rescue League (MARL) has been serving Oakland County and beyond since 1953. As “A Different Breed of Shelter,” MARL challenges the stereotypes of traditional shelters. Join us as a representative from MARL talks about animal welfare, adoption, volunteering and the many ways to get involved in support of the animals

  • Aging - Are We Old Yet?

    Tuesday, July 23, 2024 | 1:00-2:00pm

    Ready for a casual conversation about aging? Join us as Garry Cole, author of the book, Are We Old Yet?, shares an optimistic outlook on getting older. He’ll talk about healthy and happy aging, the blue zones, the fountain of youth and more. Garry Cole does not profess to be a doctor, scientist, psychiatrist, nutritionist or gerontologist. He’s just a guy on the aging journey like the rest of us! 

  • Birmingham- Sustainability & Historical Preservation

    Tuesday, July 30, 2024 | 1:00-2:00pm


    Nick Dupuis, Planning Director for the City of Birmingham will update us and seek input on two important plans which will impact Birmingham residents. 

    Sustainability & Cliate Action Plan:The City of Birmingham’s resident-led Ad Hoc Environmental Sustainability Committee ("ESC") has begun/made progress on drafting the City's first Sustainability and Climate Action Plan. The Committee members feel it is crucial to get feedback from the entire community on the set of goals that the City should aspire to over the next 10 years. These goals are being drafted based on a combination of feedback received from earlier public engagement, a formal climate risk and vulnerability analysis, results of a greenhouse gas inventory, and significant research about what other communities across Michigan and the U.S. are doing. 

    Historic Preservation Master Plan: As a part of the City of Birmingham’s Historic District Commission’s (“HDC”) larger preservation goals, the HDC will be embarking on a process to create an organized, holistic, and long-range approach to historic preservation and develop a Historic Preservation Master Plan. According to the National Parks Service, preservation planning is "the rational, systematic process by which a community develops a vision, goals, and priorities for the preservation of its historic and cultural resources. The community seeks to achieve its vision through its own actions and through influencing the actions of others. Goals and priorities are based on analyses of resource data and community values." The City will be presenting a vision and its overall goals of the plan and is seeking feedback on historic preservation and the challenges of preserving and aging in place.

  • Secrets of the Soil

    Tuesday, August 6, 2024 | 11:00-12:00pm

    Lillian Dean, Coordinator, Healthy Gardens Project, SOCWA

    Join workshop leader, Lillian Dean, as she helps answer some very important questions related to healthy soil: What comprises “healthy soil”? What is the “soil food web”? What can be done with “hard-packed” clay soil or…porous sandy soils? Lillian Dean has 30 years of experience teaching environmental gardening and composting. The SOCWA demonstration gardens are located in Royal Oak and open to the public.

  • Hot Wheels on Midvale!

    Tuesday, August 13, 2024 | 11:30-2:00pm

    With special guest, John McElroy, president of Blue Sky Productions, host of Autoline and WWJ’s Automotive Insight

    Join us as we transform Next’s parking lot into a showcase for classic cars, muscle cars and other unique vehicles, including the Book Bike from The Baldwin Public Library. Mingle with the owners and swap stories with John McELroy about your first set of wheels or your favorite car from the past. Enjoy a little lunch while you “cruise” the parking lot. Just be sure not to spill anything on those classic gems! If you have a vehicle you or someone you know would like to display at the show, contact Pam Hall at 248-203-5280 or 

  • Vein Health Seminar

    Thursday, August 22, 2024 | 12:00-1:00pm

    Presented by Miller Vein 

    Do you have the following leg symptoms? Varicose veins. Swelling. Itching. Pain. Restless legs. Ulcers. Spider veins. If so, join us and find out if you have a medical condition that is covered by your insurance. This program will include a vein health presentation, free vein screening and a complimentary lunch.