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2021

Oct 13 George Ubogy, Pianist and Raconteur; “European Music: Distinctive Characteristics”
Oct 6 Jack Scully, author of book on poems “Mianus Village,” and Chris Davala, Radio Newscaster.  Program co-sponsored with Greenwich Library, focusing on village built for World War II veterans and childhood experiences in the 1950’s;  “Mianus Village in History and Literature”
Sep 29 Steve Holmes, PhD, High energy particle physicist, formerly with Fermilab, “What’s Out There and Where’s it Going: The 20th Century Revolution in Cosmology.”
To be followed by an afternoon Community Discussion Group at the Greenwich Library, “The World is Round, but the Universe is Flat – What’s going on here?”
Sep 22 Starting with Stuart Malina, a series of five discussions about music and the Greenwich Symphony Orchestra by candidates for the position of conductor: Other candidates on Nov 17, 2021, Jan 5, 2022, Feb 23, 2022 and Apr 6, 2022:
“Conductor’s Choice”
Sep 15 NO PROGRAM: RMA Picnic
Sep 8 Curtis Martin, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Political Science Department, Merrimack College, Lecturer on Whaling: “American Whaling in the Age of Sail”
Sep 1 David Richards, former New York City real estate lawyer; “Creation of the High Line: New York City’s Park in the Sky”
Aug 25 Page Knox, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor of Art History at Columbia University and Lecturer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; “Alice Neel: People Come First.”
Aug 18 Robert Gallucci, distinguished professor at Georgetown University, former Dean of the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University from 1996 to 2009, and president of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation from 2009 to 2015; “Major U.S. Foreign Policy Challenge”
Aug 11 Jim Knox, Zoologist and Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo’s Curator of Education; “Saving Animals from Extinction: Tales of Species Recovery in Connecticut and Beyond”
Aug 4 In-person meeting & speaker are both cancelled
Jul 28 Joseph Polisi, Former president of The Juilliard School; “Juilliard – Past, Present and Future”
Jul 21 William Tong, Attorney General, State of Connecticut
Jul 14 Dana Gunders, Executive Director, ReFED; “Rethinking Our Food System: How Wasting Less is Critical to Sustainability”
Jul 7 Mark Nunan, Ph.D., Retired as VP of COS, Inc., a private consulting firm providing business and economic development services to companies/governments in North America and Europe; “Fiorello La Guardia: Scourge of the Old Order, Inventor of the New”
Jun 30 Nabeel Abboud-Ashkar, Executive Director, Polyphony Education; “Musical Bridges: Bringing Together Arab and Jewish Communities in Israel”
Jun 23 Jim Campbell, Author, Radio Host of Business Talk with Jim Campbell, on his just published book; “Madoff Talks: Uncovering the Untold Story Behind the Most Notorious Ponzi Scheme in History”
Jun 16 John Hibbing, Ph.D., Foundation Regent University Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, on his book ;“The Securitarian Personality: What Really Motivates Trump’s Base and Why It Matters for the Post-Trump Era”
Jun 9 Rob MacKay, Director of Public Relations, Marketing & Tourism, Queens Economic Development Corporation, “The Historic Houses of Queens”
Jun 2 Laurence Kantor, Ph.D., Economist; “The Pandemic Recession and Recovery: Implications for the Economy and Financial Markets”
May 26 David Pogue, Technology and science writer and TV presenter; Emmy winning correspondent for CBS Sunday Morning; author of the Crowdwise column in the New York Times Smarter Living section; “How to Prepare for Climate Change”
May 19 Dr. Michael Parry, Head of Infectious Diseases at Stamford Hospital: “Covid-19 and Its Variants”
May 12 Carl Steinitz, Ph.D., Professor of Landscape Architecture and Planning, Emeritus, at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, author of Alternative Futures for Changing Landscapes; “GEODESIGN – Toward A Long Term Strategy for Local – to – Global Conservation and Development … and how it can be designed”
May 5 Matthew West, Former Projects and Logistics Coordinator of operations of Doctors Without Borders in many countries, and currently a public speaker and donor liaison as well as a facilitator for in house DWB management trainings; “Doctors Without Borders – A Voice from the Field”
Apr 28 The Right Honorable Jesse Norman, Ph.D., Conservative Member of Parliament, Government Minister: Financial Secretary to the Treasury, writer and academic, Ph.D.  in philosophy, University College London; “The Re-emergence of Global Britain: Brexit, Covid and Beyond”
Apr 21 Janice Nimura, author, on her new book The Doctors Blackwell: “The Doctors Blackwell: How two Pioneering Sisters Brought Medicine to Women – and Women to Medicine”
Apr 14 Khalil Habib, PhD, Associate Professor of Politics, Hillsdale College, Michigan; “Progressivism and its Philosophical Roots (Thinking Critically About Political Life)”
Apr 7 Thomas Dyja, on his just published book “New York, New York, New York, Four Decades of Excess, Success, and Transformation,” (co-sponsored with Greenwich Library in cooperation with Diane’s Books)
Mar 31 Senator Richard Blumenthal, Second term US Senator from Connecticut; “Report from Washington” Emerging Opportunities: The Biden Administration and a Post-Pandemic World”
Mar 24 Captain Jay Dirnberger;Dedication to Duty:  Recollections of a Vietnam Veteran Huey Helicopter Pilot”
Mar 17 Mark Nunan, Ph.D., Retired as VP of COS, Inc., a private consulting firm providing business and economic development services to companies/governments; Robert Moses, Master Builder; Political Master of New York
Mar 10 John Celock, Media consultant, journalist and author, President of Celock Media Group; “How Young Elected Officials are Impacting the US”
Mar 3 Bill Diamond, CEO of the SETI (Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence) Institute, a not-for-profit whose mission is to explore, understand and explain the origin and nature of life in the universe:  “Seeking Life in the Cosmos – Search for Intelligent Life in the Universe and What it Means for Humankind”
Feb 24 Barry Strauss, Ph.D., Professor of Classics and History, Cornell University: “How to Stay Free Under an Empire: Lessons from Imperial Rome”
Feb 17 Congressman Jim Himes, “A Conversation with US Representative Jim Himes about the new Congress and Biden Administration”
Feb 10 Steve Ujifusa, Author on his book Barons of the Sea: And Their Race to Build the World’s Fastest Clipper Ship
Feb 3 Flemming Heilman, author, philanthropist and international business executive on his memoir, The Unacceptable Face, a 21st century story of an itinerant career under apartheid, European socialism and American capitalism: “Capitalism, Socialism, and National and Corporate Politics”
Jan 27 Dr. John Hughes, MD, Professor of Medicine, Yale University School of Medicine, Attending Physician, West Haven VA Healthcare System, and Associate Director, Program for Biomedical Ethics: “The Moral Imperative to Say No: The Inevitable Link Between Equity and Rationing”
Jan 20 Kai Harada, sound engineer for theatrical productions: “What Do All Those Buttons Do? A Sound Designer’s Journey on Broadway”
Jan 13 Matthew Ritter, Prospective Speaker of the House of Representatives for the State of Connecticut: “Issues facing the 2021 CT Legislative Assembly”
Jan 6 Michael Mason, Chair, Board of Estimate & Taxation (BET), Greenwich:  “Budget Challenges for the Town of Greenwich – Fiscal Year 2022”