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 due to location, please note the format under each description.

  • Let's Travel to Turkey

    Thursday, June 24, 2021 | 6:00-7:00pm

    Jim and Py Wolfe, Educators and Citizens Diplomats– Global Ties Detroit

    Join Jim and Py for a tour of mysterious Istanbul that includes the mosques, harems, museums and hotels. We will see photographs of The Blue Mosque, the Haggia Sophia and Topkapi museums and The Para Hotel, which was the setting for Agatha Christie’s “Murder on the Orient Express.” We will also visit the Greek and Roman ruins of Ephesus, Purge and Aspendos. Then we will sail the Aegean and Mediterranean coasts in a “gullet,” a two-masted schooner and finally take a hot air balloon ride to the “Fairy Chimneys” of Cappadoccia. History and mystery meet at this beautiful juncture representing many cultures and religions.

    Part of the Jeffares Speaker Series presented by Stuart Jeffares of max Brook Realtors 

    Format: at Next 

  • Haley Stevens @ Next!

    Thursday, July 8, 2021 | 6:00-7:00pm

    Representative Stevens comes to share updates and highlights from her fi rst term in Congress. She has been passionate about serving Michigan families with a reputation of getting problems solved when no one else could. Representative Stevens will share her goal of strengthening the regional economy and her passion as co-founder of the first-ever Congressional Women in STEM Caucus — and as Chairwoman of the Research & Technology Subcommittee of the House Science, Space & Technology Committee. She will also discuss other important issues she is working on including the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Enhancement Act, the Child Care Stabilization Fund, plastics recycling and efficient mobility options for Michiganders.

  • Chosin - A Documentary Film with Professor Zellars

    Wednesday, July 14, 2021 | 5:00-7:00pm

    Professor Bruce Zellers, Oakland University, introduced us to the valor of American soldiers in his presentation, “Smashing the Trap at the Chosin Reservoir” at Next in May. Learn more about one of the greatest feats in military history as we present Chosin, a film not to be missed — where you can watch veterans describe their intensely emotional first hand experiences. Attendance at the May presentation is not necessary — this movie will tell the whole story. Professor Zellers will be on hand after the film to share his comments, welcome perspectives and field questions.

  • Birmingham's City Wide Master Plan

    Thursday, July 15, 2021 | 1:30-2:30pm

    Residents of Birmingham have recognized the value of planning since 1929, when Birmingham was still a village. In 2020, as we engage in comprehensive planning for Birmingham, input
    from the residents is essential to success. Join Jana Ecker, Birmingham Planning Director for a thoughtful and timely presentation of the Citywide Master Plan’s fi rst draft. If you would like
    to download the first draft of the Master Plan, it is available on their website at www.thebirminghamplan.com. The site includes relevant data, surveys and documents and an email communication option. Please make sure your voice is heard.

  • Abraham Lincoln

    Wednesday, July 21, 2021 | 1:30-2:30pm

    Spend an afternoon at the Franklin Village Hall with our 16th President, played by Ron Carley who bears a remarkable resemblance to Lincoln. Abraham Lincoln will share details about his youth in Kentucky, his formative years in Southern Indiana and his personal and professional struggles in Illinois when he was on his own, preparing for his political career.