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Dec 4 Richard E. Hyman, SCUBA Diver and author: “Journeys With Cousteau and the Crew of the Calypso”
Nov 27 John Hamilton, President & CEO, Liberation Programs, Norwalk CT: “How to Strengthen Resiliency in Families Facing Drug Issues”
Nov 20 Henry Alexander Dorochovich, Project Leader at the Climate Reality Project: “Climate Change and America’s National Security”
Nov 13 Annual RMA Banquet: No Speaker
Nov 6 Curtis Fisher, Regional Executive Director for the National Wildlife Federation’s Northeast Regional Center, Vermont:  “Offshore Wind Energy in Connecticut and Beyond”
Oct 30 Randall Atcheson, Pianist and Minister of Music, First Presbyterian Church, Greenwich: “Randall Atcheson at the Piano: Carnegie Hall Preview”
Oct 23 Captain Jesse Paluch, NY State Environmental Conservation Police, Bureau of Environmental Crimes Investigation: “Wildlife Crimes Scene Investigation Training in South Africa: On the Front Lines of the Poaching Crisis”
Oct 16 Ernie Fleischman, Educator, “Today’s Education Challenge – Separating Fact from Fiction in a Digital Age”  Panel discussion with two teachers and a student.  Greenwich Reads Together; Selected book is “Farenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury
Panel discussion at Greenwich Library following at 2:30 PM
Oct 9 William Tong, CT Attorney General: “Enforcement Actions Against Generic Drug Manufacturers and the Opioid Crisis”
Oct 2 Donna De Verona, Olympic medalist in swimming: Conversation with David Weisbrod: “Major Issues Surrounding the 2020 Tokyo Olympics”
Sept 25 Daryl Hawk, International documentary photographer: “Columbia: Light at the Edge of the World”
Sept 18 Philip McKnight, faculty of the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams, MA and adjunct professor at Williams College: “The Shakespeare Nobody Knows”
Sept 11 Asha Rangappa, Senior Lecturer at Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, “Information Warfare and Social Media: Preserving Democracy in the (Dis)Information Age”
Sept 4 Wes Haynes, Executive Director of the Merritt Parkway
Conservancy: “The Merritt Parkway: History and Future of a National Treasure”
Aug 28 Mark Albertson, Military Historian: “The Rise of Stalin”
Aug 21 Francis Morrone, Architectural Historian: “The Historic Buildings of Central Greenwich”
Aug 14 Aleksandr Y. Troyb, Esq, Stamford attorney with expertise in immigration and real estate: “Immigration Laws & Regulations: Separating Fact from Fiction and Discussing Past and Proposed Legislation”
Aug 7 Patricia Chadwick, Founder and President of Ravensgate, and Author of “Little Sister: A Memoir – From Life in a Cult to Life on Wall Street.”  Her rise from the sequestered Catholic community of her childhood to the highest echelons of the world of finance and investing.
July 31 George Ubogy, Pianist and Raconteur: “The Creative Genius of Oscar Hammerstein”
July 24 Veronica Bilenkin, Consumer Health Librarian at the Dr. Steven Mickley Community Health Library at Greenwich Hospital, “Researching Personal Health Issues”
July 17 Nelson Tebbe, Professor of Law at Cornell University: “The Supreme Court Decision in the Bladensburg Cross Case; Government Expression and Religious Equality”
Community Discussion Group at Greenwich Library with Nelson Tebbe, 2:00 to 3:30 on “The Supreme Court’s Legitimacy in an Era of Polarized Politics.”
July 10 Jennifer Pehr, Architect in urban planning and land use, Associate, City Design Practice at Skidmore, Owings and Merrill:  “Envisioning the Future American Aesthetic – A Strategic Plan for North America”
July 3 Gary Rossi, VP- Security at Fidelity Global Security: “Practical Tips to Ensure Personal Security and Avoid Cyber Crime”
June 26 Larry Kantor, Economist, former Managing Director and Head of Research at Barclays Capital: “The Economy, Financial Markets and the Fed – Where Do We Go From Here?”
June 19 Stephen Meskers, CT House of Representatives, District 150,  “State of the State: Connecticut Crossroads to Growth”
June 12 Granville Burgess on his new novel: “The Last At-Bat of Shoeless Joe – Black Sox Scandal”
June 5 Robert S. Wylie, World War II Veteran: “D-Day, Operation Overlord, June 6, 1944, Witness”
May 29 Professor David Blight, Professor of History at Yale University and author: “Frederick Douglass, Prophet of Freedom”
May 22 The Melody Men, RMA’s Own Outreach Singing Group
May 15 Dr. Cynthia MacKay, Clinical Professor of Opthalmology, Columbia University College of Surgeons and Physicians (Emeritus): “Age-related Macular Degeneration – The Largest Cause of Blindness for Seniors”
May 8 Robin Bell, Ph.D., Geophysicist, Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory, “Changing Ice, Changing Coastlines”
May 1 Saul Rothenberg, Ph.D., Psychology, “Insomnia: Sleep Disorders & Sleep Medicine”
April 24 Laura Grego, Ph.D., Physicist, Global Security Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists, “Space-based Missile Defense: Back to the Future?”
April 17 Jane Condon, Comedienne, “Jane Condon on Life in Greenwich and Beyond”
April 10 Julie Jason, Financial expert & columnist. “Managing Retirement Wealth in Good Times and Bad”
April 3 Ambassador Tom Niles, formerly ambassador to Canada, the European Union and Greece, and Assistant Secretary of State for Europe and Canada, “My Perspective on Foreign Affairs Today”
Mar 27 Mark Pruner, Greenwich Realtor and columnist, “The Greenwich Real Estate Market and the Trends Affecting Prices”
Mar 20 Dr. Kevin Gutzman, author, Constitutional Scholar and Professor at Western Connecticut State University, “Thomas Jefferson, Revolutionary; A Radical’s Struggle to Remake America”
Mar 13 Sylvia Reiss, Collector and recorder of 18th & 19th-century New England stone walls, “The Stone Walls of Connecticut.”
March 6 Clarinda Higgins with William G. Armstrong, Jr., authors, “Against the Current: How Albert Schweitzer Inspired a Young Man’s Journey”
Feb 27 Theresa Kelleher, Ph.D., “The Silk Road….A Case of Multiculturalism in Pre-modern Times”
Feb 20 US Congressman Jim Himes, Reporting from Washington, DC
Feb 13 Moritz von Steulpnagel, “The Road to Broadway: How Hit Shows Come to Life”
Feb 6 “How School is Different in the 21st Century,” Peter Bernstein, Chairman of the Board of Education of Greenwich Public Schools, and Ralph Mayo, Interim Superintendent of Greenwich Public Schools, “How School is Different in the 21st Century”.  Joined by Principals Marc D’Amico (Glenville School, Jill Flood (North Street School) and Jason Goldstein (Eastern Middle School) to further discuss return on investment and students owning their own learning.
Jan 30 Benoit and Victor Ansart, Father-and-son sailing duo who took first-place as part of the crew in the 2017-18 race, “Winning the Clipper Sailing Race Around the World.”
Jan 23 Betsy McCaughey, “Beware of Health Policies That Will Shorten Your Life”
Jan 16 William Baker, American Broadcaster and Executive, former president of WNET in NYC, “The Future of Public Media”
Jan 9 Lori Contadino, Director, Commission on Aging, Town of Greenwich, and Steven Katz, Vice-Chairman: “Age Friendly Greenwich – A Community for All Ages”
Jan 2 David Hudson, Ph.D. Chief Research Scientist at the Maritime Aquarium, Norwalk, CT: “Long Island Sound and Beyond: Ecosystem and Resilience”