Speakers

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.

  • Election Meddling

    Thursday, October 22, 2020 | 6:00-7:00pm

    This event is at capacity to view in person due to social distancing guidelines.  Please register to participate via Zoom

     

    The Thursday Evening Speaker Series is Generously Presented by Stuart Jeffares - Max Broock Realtors, Thank you! 

     

    Gus Mondalek, Religious & Middle East Scholar

    We have all heard about foreign influence on democratic elections, the United States included. But exactly how is this accomplished and how much impact does meddling actually have on elections? Does meddling go beyond the use of social media and clandestine alliances? Join Gus Mondalek for a closer look at Russia, China and Iran, their strategy to disrupt elections and how their efforts can undermine democratic governments here in the United States and abroad. With the 2020 election right around the corner, this is an important and timely topic. 

  • Michigan Policy Issues with Chad Livengood, Senior Editor Crain's Detroit

    Thursday, October 29, 2020 | 6:00-7:00pm

    This event is at capacity to view in person due to social distancing guidelines.  Please register to participate via Zoom. 

     

    The Thursday Evening Speaker Series is Generously Presented by Stuart Jeffares - Max Broock Realtors, Thank you! 

    Chad Livengood writes about public policy issues affecting Michigan’s long-term economic future. He will talk about the state of Michigan’s roads and his reporting on the tough choices
    policy makers face to prevent the further deterioration of pavement conditions. Chad has covered politics and government in Michigan for the past 8 years. Chad has also covered how
    Detroit is back on the rise after decades of economic, social and political decline. He can answer questions about a wide variety of public policy issues, including education,
    the state budget, the financial health of Michigan cities and metro Detroit regional governance issues.

  • US Enters WWII

    Thursday, November 5, 2020 | 6:00-7:00pm

    US Enters WWI via the Underbelly of Europe - at Next and via Zoom. Frank Cardimen, Professor Oakland University 

     

    Follow the 45th Division from Africa to War’s end in Germany — 1943 to 1945! Professor Cardimen returns to lead us through America’s entrance into WWII via Africa, Sicily, Salerno, Naples, Anzio, Rome, Florence and Southern France all the way through the liberation of Dachau and the end of the war in Munich, presented through the eyes of our speaker’s uncle who served in the 45th Division 180th Infantry.

    The Thursday Eveing Speakers Series is generously presented by Stuart Jeffares - Max Brook Realtors 

  • Antarctica

    Tuesday, November 10, 2020 | 1:30-2:30pm

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    Get ready to learn about one of the most remote places on the globe, Antarctica! Join Reid Beyerlein as he describes his expedition with National Geographic through wonderful
    wildlife and amazing ice formations. Hear about the penguin colony found by a satellite in space with over 1.5 million penguins! Crossing the dreaded Drake Passage was unbelievable. This expedition was the journey of a lifetime!

  • The Butterfly Effect

    Thursday, November 12, 2020 | 6:00-7:00pm

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    Ron Campbell, Preservation Architect - Oakland County

    You make a difference and everything you do matters. Small, seemingly inconsequential acts have the power to change the world. From the work of MIT Professor Edward Lorenz and examples from Andy Andrew’s book of the same name comes stories of the spontaneous acts that have had profound effects in history. Translate that idea to historic preservation and trace the acts of a few individuals whose actions have made a difference for future generations.

     

    The Thursday Evening Speaker Series is generously presented by Stuart Jeffares - Max Brook Realtors 

  • DNA & The Criminal Justice System

    Thursday, November 12, 2020 | 6:00-7:00pm

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    Donald Shelton, JD, PhD - Director, Criminology & Criminal Justice Program - U of M - Dearborn

    DNA evidence can be a “double edged sword” of DNA with its tremendous powers to provide incriminating evidence and its concomitant power to provide exonerating evidence. With recent advances in DNA techniques (e.g. touch DNA, genetic genealogy, etc.) it has led to convictions in both new and cold cases. At the same time, it has revealed over 2,000 wrongful convictions, many of which were originally based on supposedly routine forensic science evidence.

    The Thursday Evening Speaker Series is generously presented by Stuart Jeffares - Max Brook Realtors 

  • Forgotten Harvest

    Wednesday, December 2, 2020 | 11:30-12:30pm

    For 30 years, Forgotten Harvest has fought two problems: hunger and food waste. Hank Wolf-Rodriguez, Community Engagement Coordinator, will share all that Forgotten Harvest, along with numerous partner agencies, does for the local community. Learn what you can do to be a part of this local organization.

  • Learn What Threatens Your Water

    Thursday, December 3, 2020 | 6:00-7:00pm

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    Jim Nash - Oakland Co. Water Resources Commissioner

    This presentation will explore per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, sometimes known as “the forever chemical” along with other well-known contaminants, like lead, copper and the infamous “green ooze” found on the sides of Interstate 696 last year.

    The Thursday Evening Speaker Series is generously presented by Stuart Jeffares - Max Brook Realtors 

  • The Erie Canal

    Thursday, December 10, 2020 | 12:00-1:00pm

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    Join Gary Rembisz, Historian as he shares his wealth of knowledge about this mammoth project connecting New York City and the Atlantic Ocean to the Great Lakes. There
    was much opposition and the project was ridiculed, nicknamed “Clinton’s folly” after then New York Governor Clinton. Clinton received $7 million for construction in 1817
    opening the door to the construction and ultimate success of the Erie Canal. Generously sponosred by TriFound. 

  • Building Walls: Immigration Restrictions in American History

    Thursday, December 10, 2020 | 6:00-7:00pm

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

    There are many paradoxical things about the United States, but chief among those is our attitude toward immigration. On one hand, we are a nation settled by immigrant exiles from Europe; on the other hand each new wave of immigrants provokes anxiety and fear. Politicians are quick to stir things up: Ben Franklin began his political career attaching Germans and the Federalists passed the Alien Acts to hinder French immigration. And so it goes. Thus, efforts by politicians today to build walls are part of a long tradition. The question is: why does this tradition exist?

    The Thursday Eveing Speaker Series is presented by Stuart Jeffares - Max Broock Realtors

  • Ordinary People by Extra- Ordinary Artists

    Thursday, December 17, 2020 | 6:00-7:00pm

    DEGAS, RENOIR & FRIENDS via Zoom only 
    Docent - Detroit Institute of Arts

    Some of the most important French artists of the 19th century resisted the elitist aesthetic of the academic art tradition by emphasizing the people around them and the human experience as subject matter during a transitioning moment in the modernist era. These are all works on paper by Degas, Renoir, Cezanne and other well-known painters.

    The Thursday Evening Speaker Series is Generously Presented by Stuart Jeffares - Max Broock Realtors, Thank you!