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.

  • In the Garden

    Thursday, April 22, 2021 | 6:00-7:00pm

    The Stuart Jeffares Speaker Series presents: 

    Let the Detroit Institute of Arts come to you as you enjoy these beautiful works of art in the comfort of your home. With a goal of providing free access to the DIA’s world-renowned collection, In the Garden is provided with opportunities for reflection, connection, expression and delight while you stay at home. In honor of Earth Day, this talk explores the hidden meanings
    behind the images of flowers and plants

    Format: via Zoom 

  • Live Your Life in Balance

    Wednesday, April 28, 2021 | 11:30-12:30pm

    Aaron Wallace, CEO of Balance Your Fitness, will share his expertise about how to live life at your highest potential. Whether you are looking to lose weight, decrease your pain or improve your golf game, Aaron will highlight how very achievable your goals can be when you take a holistic, whole body approach to your journey. Aaron has a BS in Exercise and Health Science and is a C.H.E.K. Health Practitioner, Holistic Lifestyle Coach and Golf Performance Specialist. He can’t wait to help you live a life in balance.

    Generously sponsored by Waltonwood of Royal Oak 

    Format: At Next 

  • Exiled to Motown: Japanese Americans of Detroit

    Thursday, April 29, 2021 | 1:00-2:00pm

    After World War II’s Japanese-American incarceration, Detroit served as one of the resettlement program’s major destinations. Learn how Japanese Americans were able to preserve their culture in various forms throughout the area. This session will also cover the history of Japenese Americans within the broader industrial and racial history of Detroit. Mika Kennedy, Ph.D., University of Michigan, who created the exhibition, Exiled to Motown, presents this eye opening experience. Generously sponsored by Samaritas Senior Living.

    Format: via Zoom 

  • Rural Roots of Oakland County Parks

    Thursday, April 29, 2021 | 6:00-7:00pm

    The Stuart Jeffares Speaker Series presents:

    Carol Bacak-Egbo, Oakland County Parks Historian

    Our Oakland County Parks are filled with waterways, hiking trails, camping grounds and fishing spots. They are also filled with history. All 14 of our County Parks were once farms, most going back to the 1830s. All those farms, and the people who lived on them, have stories of their own. Some are tragic, some are humorous — all are part of the rich rural heritage of our Parks. Come join Parks historian Carol Bacak-Egbo as she shares some of those wonderful stories.

    Format: At Next and via Zoom

  • Smashing the Trap at the Chosin Reservoir

    Thursday, May 6, 2021 | 6:00-7:00pm

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

    Known as “The Greatest Escape in Modern History,” this battle in 1950 demonstrated American grit and professionalism. General MacArthur felt we couldn't escape when Chinese soldiers
    surrounded 40,000 Americans in the mountains of North Korea near the Chosin Reservoir. The Americans broke the Chinese grip and fought for 70 miles to safe harbor.


    Format: At Next only