Speakers

  • Out of the Shadow of Mt. Rushmore

    Tuesday, September 24, 2019 | 12:30-1:30pm

    OUT OF RUSHMORE’S SHADOW Award winning storyteller Lou Del Bianco portrays his grandfather, Luigi Del Bianco, and tells the story of his unique contribution as chief carver on our nation’s greatest memorial. Lou uses authentic photos, maps and timelines to bring Luigi’s story to life! This is a unique program about history, ancestry, perseverance and advocating for human rights. Mr. Del Bianco will also have copies of his recently published book about his grandfatherfor purchase and signing. Generously sponsored by Samaritas Senior Living of Bloomfield Hills.

  • Constitution, Congress, The President & The Two Party System

    Thursday, September 26, 2019 | 6:00-7:00pm

    Robert Sedler, B.A., J.D., Professor - WSU This interactive presentation will discuss the constitutional structure of our government under our 18th century constitutional system and the powers of Congress and the President. Prof. Sedler will examine the impact of the two-party system and the Trump Presidency and divided Congress. Generously sponsored by Stuart Jeffares Max Broock Realtors.

  • Oh Deer!

    Thursday, October 3, 2019 | 6:00-7:00pm

    Laurel Zoet, Naturalist, Educator & Author, Whitetail deer are one of the largest and most easily recognized animals in Michigan! Considered majestic by some and a nuisance by others, this fascinating mammal is adapted to survive Michigan’s ever changing landscape and four seasons. Laurel Zoet will discuss the natural and seasonal cycles of Whitetail deer, how they communicate and how they survive!Generously sponsored by Stuart Jeffares Max Broock Realtors.

  • Guardians of Detroit: Architectural Sculpture in the Motor City

    Wednesday, October 9, 2019 | 1:30-2:30pm

    Local author Jeff Morrison, will share what has been called “an extended love letter to the historic architecture of a great Midwestern city, the driving force of America’s industrial power.” This book documents Detroit’s amazing collection of sculptures adorning the city’s buildings, some of which have been hidden from public view for over 100 years. Some of the book’s 770 up close photos will be shared. Generously sponsored by Pomeroy Living.

  • Leveraging Technology to Avoid the Tech Trap

    Thursday, October 10, 2019 | 6:00-7:00pm

    Dr. Julie Braciszewski, Psychologist, Monarch Behavioral Health How do we help developing minds learn to be tech savvy without being tech-obsessed? In our culture of screens, many parents and grandparents worry about the effect of smartphones,video games, tablets and televisions. When children rely on screens for entertainment, gratification, connecting and self-soothing, they can fall into a “Tech Trap”. Dr. Julie will discuss how screen time affects brain development and overall well being and strategies to use technology positively to help children grow and develop. Generously sponsored by Stuart Jeffares Max Broock Realtors.

  • The Gifts of Apollo: A Tour of the Solar System

    Thursday, October 17, 2019 | 6:00-7:00pm

    Cliff Marko, Attorney & Historian Using stunning NASA photographs from Apollo, Voyager, Magellan, Cassini, Galileo, New Horizons, Helios, Venera and more, Cliff Marko's tour looks at the history of solar system exploration and the latest discoveries from these remarkable robots. Generously sponsored by Stuart Jeffares Max Broock Realtors.

  • Understanding Iran

    Thursday, October 24, 2019 | 6:00-7:00pm

    Gus Mondalek, Middle East Expert & Religious Scholar Gus will present the significant role Iran plays in geopolitics in the Middle East. He will discuss the domestic economic and political pressures facing Iran’s theocratic government, and make sense of Iran’s impact on the regional and world stage. Will diplomacy, foreign policy or economic sanctions help bring the region into a more peaceful territory, or embolden Iran to continue creating dangerous inequities in the Middle East? Generously sponsored by Stuart Jeffares Max Broock Realtors.

  • Strange, Spooky, Wicked Michigan

    Thursday, October 31, 2019 | 1:00-2:00pm

    What a way to celebrate Halloween! This program covers a range of stories featuring mysteries, old legends, creepy creatures, ghosts, haunted locations and a dab of true crime from all over the mitten state. Amberrose Hammond, author and researcher, will have you on the edge of your seat! Kindly sponsored by Waltonwood Royal Oak.

  • Redistricting & Voter Rights

    Thursday, October 31, 2019 | 6:00-7:00pm

    Last year, Michigan voters passed two important initiatives for expanding democracy in Michigan. First, we will discuss the constitutional amendment adding the Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission, what the commissioners will be responsible for and how you can become a commissioner or be involved to have your voice heard. Next, we will cover the important changes to the Michigan voting rights such as same day registration (or address change) and no reason absentee ballots. These presentations are brought to you by volunteers from Voters Not Politicians and the ACLU. Generously sponsored by Stuart Jeffares Max Broock Realtors.