Speaker presentations will be via Zoom. Once registered, you will receive an email with login instructions.

  • The Foster Care System

    Thursday, July 16, 2020 | 6:00-7:00pm

    Presented by Stuart Jeffares at Max Broock Realtors via Zoom


    Brenda Baker-Mbacke, CARE House of Oakland County

    There are more than 400,000 children and teens in the Foster Care system throughout the nation and every single one deserves a chance at happiness, belonging, safety and love. Many of us have heard about foster care and much focuses on the negative aspects. The foster care system is a temporary arrangement where adults provide for the care of a child or children whose
    birth parents are unable to care for them. Foster care is where children go when their parents cannot, for a variety of reasons, care for them. Foster care can be informal or arranged through
    the courts or a social service agency and the goal is usually for the child to be reunited with their birth family but, may be changed to adoption when this is in the child’s best interest.

  • The Flint Water Crisis with Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha

    Thursday, July 23, 2020 | 6:00-7:00pm

    Presented by Stuart Jeffares at Max Broock Realtors via Zoom

    Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, Pediatrician, Professor
    & Public Health Advocate

    Dr. Mona’s research exposed the Flint water crisis. Her research revealed that children were exposed to dangerous levels of lead in Flint, Michigan. She is director of an initiative to mitigate
    the impact of the crisis and has written a book, What the Eyes Don’t See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance and Hope in an American City. Dr. Mona’s book has been selected as the 2020 Great
    Michigan Reads, a statewide effort to advocate education and reading. The fi rst 20 Next members who sign up will receive a complimentary copy of Dr. Mona’s publication.

  • Detroit: Photographs & Planning History

    Thursday, August 6, 2020 | 6:00-7:00pm

    Presented by Stuart Jeffares at Max Broock Realtors via Zoom

    Rod Arroyo, City Planner, Photographer and Adjunct Professor-WSU

    Rod Arroyo will discuss the planning history of Detroit and share some of his images of the city. Ever wonder where our mile roads come from? Where will you find the only art deco
    lighthouse in the United States? What impact did Chicago’s Columbian Exhibition of 1893 have on Detroit? You will learn the answers to these questions and much more during the
    presentation. He will also share some of his images of Birmingham.

  • Monarch Butterflies

    Thursday, August 13, 2020 | 6:00-7:00pm

    Presented by Stuart Jeffares at Max Broock Realtors via Zoom

    Christina Funk, Naturalist, Educator - Troy Stage Nature Center

    The monarch butterfl ies of North America travel up to 3,000 miles during their unique two-way migration every year. September is the time of year when many of Michigan’s monarchs
    are beginning their journey to Mexico. We will explore the habitat of the monarch butterfly and discover their natural history. You will also learn about the tagging and release of live
    monarchs to further research about this fascinating butterfly.

  • Challenges of the Middle East

    Thursday, August 27, 2020 | 6:00-7:00pm

    Presented by Stuart Jeffares at Max Broock Realtors via Zoom


    Dr. Frederic S. Pearson, Professor of Political Science, Director of Center for Peace & Confl ict Studies - WSU

    Persistent challenges confront world politics and US policy in both the Middle East and East Asia. Issues ranging from US-Iranian relations to Russian penetration, Syrian and Yemeni
    civil wars, Turkish and Saudi excesses and lack of a Palestinian agreement plague the region. The complicated future of US Chinese relations, ranging from military confrontation over the
    South China Sea to trade and technology policy — plus concerns about nuclear armed North Korea — similarly create Asian uncertainties. We will review both situations and their complexities, prospects and dangers.