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.

  • Birmingham City Commission Candidate Forum

    Tuesday, September 21, 2021 | 6:00-7:30pm

    All politics are local! This November, Birmingham residents will be asked to elect three commissioners to the city council. Please join us, along with the seven candidates vying for the three open seats, for an informative evening. Come with your questions and learn firsthand about each candidate and their vision for Birmingham’s future. Community Welcome!

  • Beyond the Paw Print

    Thursday, September 23, 2021 | 1:30-2:30pm


    So often people are left to grieve the loss of a beloved animal companion in silence and isolation. Dr. Micky Golden Moore created the pet loss support group, Beyond the Paw Print. She will share her story and how it inspired her to form this unique group and write Tails from Beyond the Paw Print, that will be available for purchase. She will also provide insights to help you cope with the grief that accompanies such a loss.

  • Getting Healthy & Staying Healthy

    Tuesday, September 28, 2021 | 12:00-1:00pm

    We live in a germ filled world. Our bodies are designed to heal themselves, when we give them the tools they need. Learn how to boost your immune system to better enable
    your body to naturally protect you from illness. This class will arm you with the knowledge you need to treat and prevent setbacks in your health. Presented by Aaron Wallace,
    CEO of Balance Your Fitness.

  • Social Justice

    Thursday, September 30, 2021 | 6:00-7:00pm

    Please note the date change from the published newsletter:  This presentation is now sceduled for Septemner 30th. 

    Autumn Campbell & Dawn Espy, Justice Leaders Collaborative Justice Leaders Collaborative believes it is our human responsibility to work toward social justice — the dismantling of systems of privilege and oppression — in all areas of our life. The peacock feather in the Justice Leaders Collaborative logo represents the “awakening” of a social justice consciousness,
    which is the first step of transformation in the creation of a more just society. Their goal is to do their part to contribute to a world free of injustice and committed to collective
    liberation. In this presentation, we will be introduced to the concepts of Microaggression and Implicit Bias, behaviors that are often automatic or unintentional and can occur on a daily basis.

  • My Mother's Voice

    Thursday, October 7, 2021 | 12:00-1:00pm

    Judy Sima shares the compelling story of her mother, Elsa Mosbach, when she encountered the Gestapo on Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass in Nazi Germany. She will share her
    mother’s harrowing escape and adjustment to America. Then, Judy will describe the research she did to chronicle her mother’s journey. Using “Conversation Starters” participants are free to
    reminisce and share stories about their parents. Participants are encouraged to take the “Conversation Starters” home to continue these conversations. After the presentation, everyone will leave with a warm feeling after hearing these stories and bringing their own special memories back to life!

  • The Origins of Football

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

    Jim Craft, B.A., M.A., Historian

    Let’s go watch a game of football! Yes, but which one — gridiron, soccer, rugby union, rugby league, Gaelic, Australian Rules, Canadian? We all know there are several types of football. What is less well known is that the games of football came from “folk football” that developed in the British “public schools” in mid-19th century — and that those “public school” games had themselves sprung from games that existed for a thousand years in Britain. Jim will discuss how the games evolved from “folk football,” a pastime almost devoid of rules that could have more
    than 100 participants and played on fields with goals several miles apart. And he will share the fascinating tale of how different approaches to improving the game lead to the modern games of soccer, rugby and American football by the first decade of the 20th Century.

  • Put Your Best Brain Forward

    Wednesday, October 13, 2021 | 1:30-2:30pm

    PUT YOUR BEST BRAIN FORWARD: How To Keep Our Brains Healthy As We Age

    Just like we make time to go to the gym to strengthen our muscles and keep our bodies as healthy and strong as possible, we also need to give our brains regular exercise to fight
    normal cognitive changes that come with aging in order to optimize our cognitive abilities. Join Lynn Breuer, LMSW, and Joely Lyons, LLMSW for a fun, informative and interactive presentation on the aging brain’s health and wellness, including a discussion of lifestyle factors that impact brain health as well as an update on the most recent non-pharmacological interventions. You’ll also have the opportunity to learn about and try evidence informed cognitive training exercises. And best of all — no workout clothes required!!

  • Haley Stevens @ Next!

    Thursday, October 14, 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.

  • City of Champions

    Wednesday, October 20, 2021 | 12:30-1:30pm

    CITY OF CHAMPIONS:
    A History of Triumph and Defeat in Detroit

    City of Champions explores the stories of the city's most gifted athletes and most celebrated teams. Soccernomics authors, Stefan Szymanski and Sile-Maria Weineck show how the fate
    of Detroit teams is echoed by the rise and fall of the car industry, political upheavals related to the Depression, WWII, the 1967 Uprising — and more recent bankruptcy and renewal. City of
    Champions demonstrates that sports mirror society and help defi ne a city’s sense of self. Please join us for this exciting program on Detroit through the lens of the city’s major sporting
    events!

  • Dana Nessel, B.A, J.D.

    Thursday, October 21, 2021 | 6:00-7:00pm

    Please note the date change from the published newsletter:  Dana Nessel will now present on October 21st at 6:00 pm 

     

    Dana Nessel has championed justice both before and after becoming Attorney General. A graduate of Wayne State University Law School, she served in the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office. Afterward, in private practice, she represented a lesbian couple in a groundbreaking adoption case that eventually led the U.S. Supreme Court legalizing gay marriage throughout the
    country. As attorney general, Nessel formed a Hate Crimes Unit and an Elder Abuse Task Force. She has worked to protect consumers and sued manufacturers of PFAS pollutants. 

  • Detoxing Your Body and Your Home

    Wednesday, October 27, 2021 | 1:30-2:30pm

    Aaron Wallace, CEO of Balance Your Fitness, returns to Next to share his expertise about how to live life at your highest potential. This talk centers around what you can do to clear your body
    and home of the toxins that prevent healthy living and recovery. You may be surprised how simple it is to achieve this goal!

  • American Country Music

    Thursday, October 28, 2021 | 6:00-7:00pm

    Henry Feinberg, Composer, Musician & Instructor - Oakland Community College

    Along with Jazz and Blues, Country Music has existed from the beginnings of recorded music. Unlike the first two, scholars, critics and the cultural elites haven’t fully embraced
    it. In this exciting lecture you will discover country’s folk background through vintage recordings. Via these recordings and classic photos, you will travel from the British Isles to the American South where musicians like The Carter Family, Jimmy Rodgers, Lefty Frizzell and Hank Williams created the form and style that influenced later country musicians such as Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson and Dolly Parton. You will also be listening to country-influenced rock musicians such as The Rolling Stones, The Grateful Dead, The Allman Brothers, Bob Dylan and others. Come hear why Country Music is one of the most listened styles of music in the US.