Past Speakers; Current Year

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Nov 25 Radley Horton, Ph.D., Earth and Environmental Science, Associate Research Scientist at the Center for Climate Systems Research at Columbia University: “The Heat is On: The Climate Imperative”
Nov 18 Damien Cregeau, Area historian: “Major General Alexander Hamilton’s Military Career”
Nov 11 Stephen Wertheim, Ph.D., historian and co-founder of the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft.  Author of new book “Tomorrow, the World: The Birth of US Global Supremacy”  Co-sponsored with Greenwich Library
Nov 4 Marc Jaffe, CEO of Children’s Learning Centers of Fairfield County (CLC): “Early Childhood Education’s Critical Role in Connecticut’s Workforce”
Oct 28 Reverend Dr. Thomas L. Nins, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church, Greenwich, sponsored in conjunction with Greenwich Library’s program “Greenwich Reads Together” and one of this year’s book selections “Just Mercy” by Bryan Stevenson: “Diversity in Greenwich – Today’s Opportunities and Challenges”
Oct 21 Claudine Humure, Partnership Coordinator at University of Global Health Equity, working in Rwanda, and Lesley King, Board Member of Partners In Health, an organization strengthening health care systems in 11 countries. Sponsored in conjunction with Greenwich Library’s program “Greenwich Reads Together” and one of this year’s book selections “Mountains Beyond Mountains” by Tracy Kidder : “Partners In Health: a Second Chance at Life”
Oct 14 Joseph Cirincione, one of the nations leading authorities on nuclear weapons and policy.  Former President of Ploughshares Fund, a global security foundation: “National Security and Nuclear Policy after the 2020 Election”
Oct 7 Roberto Lenton, Ph.D., Chair, International Water Management Institute, Professor Emeritus, University of Nebraska – Lincoln: “Food, Water and Global Development”
Sept 30 Hagar Hajjar Chemali, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Greenwich Media Strategies, LLC. Expert on foreign affairs and the Middle East: “A Closer Look at the Middle East: Key Developments, Insights, and Where Things are Headed”
Sept 23 Barbara Omerod-Glynn, Director, Greenwich Library: “Reimagining Greenwich Library – Renovation Update and Future Plans”
Sept 16 Miles S. Rapoport, Senior Practice Fellow in American Democracy, Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Harvard Kennedy School and Former Secretary of the State for Connecticut: “What Will the November Election Look Like? Unprecedented Challenges”
Sept 9 Jet Vertz, Retired Pratt & Whitney Aircraft as VP of GP7000 engine sales and responsible for Engine Alliance, a joint venture between Pratt & Whitney and GE. Teaches at the U. of Rhode Island Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and consults for commercial aviation business: “The Boeing B737Max Crisis”
Sept 2 Evan Osnos, Author of Age of Ambition, Chasing Fortune, Truth and Faith in the New China, winner of the 2014 National Book Award for non-fiction, and staff writer for the “New Yorker”: Greenwich H.S. graduate: “The Future of US-Chinese Relations”
Aug 26 Adam Clayton Powell III, journalist, media executive, and scholar, Director of Washington Policy Initiatives for the University of Southern California and University Fellow at the USC Center on Public Diplomacy: “Tools and Information to Protect the 2020 Election from Cyber Attacks”
Aug 19 Norman Roth, President of Greenwich Hospital and Executive Vice President of Yale New Haven Health System: “Innovations at Greenwich Hospital”
Aug 12 Nelson Tebbe, J.D. and Ph.D., Professor of Law, Cornell University: “The First Amendment and the Supreme Court’s 2019 Term”
Aug 5 Robert Gallucci, American academic and diplomat, former Dean of School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and ex-president of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation: “America’s Place in the World.”
July 29 Brian Desrosier, President of Lighthouse Technology Partners: “Surviving 35 Years in the IT Business in Our Changing World”
July 22 Panel Discussion: “Greenwich Small Businesses and the Impact of the Pandemic,” with accountant Sean Dowling, restaurateur Caren Vizzo St. Phillip, and retail shop owners Randy and Kimberly Caravella.
July 15 Harold T. Shapiro, Ph. D. Economist, Past President of Michigan University and Princeton University, Past Chairman of National Bioethics Advisory Commission:“Genetic Engineering: Altering Ourselves and Our Progeny”
July 8 Steven Levitsky, noted comparative political scientist, is David Rockefeller Professor of Latin American Studies/Professor of Government and Director of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University: “American Democracy in Crisis: Outlook for the Future”
July 1 Page Knox, Ph.D., Adjunct professor in the Art History Department of Columbia University and lecturer and educator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art: “Vincent Van Gogh and the Seasons”
June 24 Ed Miller, Dean of the Medical faculty at Johns Hopkins University and  Chief Executive Officer of Johns Hopkins Medicine from 1997 to 2012: “Past and Future of Medical Schools and the Health Care System”
June 17 Larry Kantor, Ph.D., Economist, former Managing Director and Global Head of Research at Barclays: “The Economy, Financial Markets and the Pandemic: Where Do We Go From Here?”
June 10 David Richards, distinguished Real Estate Lawyer in NYC, author of two books on Rudyard Kipling and the collector of the largest assemblage of Kipling memorabilia in the US now housed at Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale University: “Kipling: Bard of Two Empires”
Mar 18 -June 3 All Speakers during this period were cancelled due to coronavirus pandemic
Mar 11 Donna Spellman, Director of River House Adult Day Center: “Dimentia Friends”
Mar 4 Amy Siebert, Director of Public Works, Town of Greenwich: “Greenwich Public Works: What Does the Future Hold?”
Feb 26 Fred Camillo, First Selectman of Greenwich, “Greenwich’s Future: A Vision for the Next Decade”
Feb 19 Katie Deluca, AICP (American Institute of Certified Planners), Director of Planning and Zoning and Town Planner, Town of Greenwich:  “Implementing the Plan of Conservation and Development”
Feb 12 Alan Barry, Ph.D., Commissioner, Human Services, Town of Greenwich, “Safety Net To Self Sufficiency: Narrowing The Wealth Gap”
Feb 5 Tom Shachtman, Author: “The Founding Fortunes; How the Wealthy Paid for and Profited from America’s Revolution” Community Discussion Group with Tom Shachtman at Greenwich Library at from 2:00 – 3:30 PM – “Money and Wealth in Politics, Past and Present” 
Jan 29 Howard Husock, Senior Fellow, Contributing Editor, City Journal, Manhattan Institute, Author of “Who Killed Civil Society? The Rise of Big Government and the Decline of Bourgeois Norms”“Effective Ways to Lift People Out of Poverty”
Jan 22 Dr. Bruce McGibbon, Director of Radiation Oncology for the Smilow Cancer Care Center in Greenwich and Assistant Professor of Therapeutic Radiology at Yale School of Medicine: “Advances in Radiology Therapy in Cancer”
Jan 15 Paul Hicks, Author, “The Litchfield Law School: Guiding the New Nation.”  The Litchfield Law School was the most innovative and successful legal education program in the US for almost fifty years (1784-1833) and its graduates helped shape the  young republic.
Jan 8 Pat Sesto, Director, Environmental Affairs, Town of Greenwich, “Greenwich’s Environmental Future”