Archived Events

75th DDay

Presented by Frank Cardimen, Oakland University Professor & Smart Towns Co-Founder
Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - 7 pm
Rochester Hills Public Library - Multipurpose Room

On Tuesday, May 14, Oakland University Professor Frank Cardimen is back at the Rochester Hills Public Library for another exciting historical lecture. This time, he’ll be diving into one of the most famous and successful military invasions in history, D-Day. Allied forces invaded Normandy, France and began its liberation of the German-occupied country, and laid the foundations for the Allied victory on the Western Front. This event is remembered as one of the most pivotal event from the Second World War. In his lecture Cardimen will take you back to the Normandy Beaches and give an analysis of this invasion.

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Martha Ballard – Colonial Midwife

Presented by Dr. Cynthia Gabriel, University of Michigan
Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 7 pm
Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm
$5 for Public, Free for Museum Members

Martha Ballard lived and died before Florence Nightingale and, if not for her diary of 10,000 entries spanning 27 years, her story would be lost. Unusual for the time, Martha could read and write and recorded daily life in Hollowell, Maine along the Kennebec River.

What makes Martha Ballard worthy of the “Enigma of Genius” theme is her remarkable work as a mid-wife during the years following the Revolutionary War. She attended more than 800 births in an era of very high infant and maternal mortality. Through her detailed records, we know that she lost only five mothers and 20 babies. She described in great detail the herbal medicines she used as well as her medical techniques. Her biography, A Midwife’s Tale, based on her diaries and written by Laura Ulrich won a Pulitzer Prize. The book was later adapted for a PBS docudrama. Cynthia Gabriel of University of Michigan will share the story of this remarkable woman who was a genius in her field.

See more information at Rochester Hills Museum or call 248-656-4663


Genius of the Early Christian Mission

Presented by Dr. Mark Love
Tuesday, April 2, 2019 - 7 pm
Rochester College Auditorium

Have you ever stopped to consider that the earliest Christians preserved the sayings of Jesus in a language other than the one he spoke? Or that we read those same words in a language other than the one the biblical writers used? This willingness to translate the words of Jesus is one example among many of the fairly bold cultural instincts of early Christianity, what some see to be the genius of the faith. This presentation will consider the cultural dexterity of early Christian writers and the beliefs that authorized these bold approaches.

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Presented by Dr. Jon W. Carroll, Anthropology, Oakland University
Wednesday, March 20, 2019 - 7 pm
Rochester Hills Public Library

Archaeologist Dr. Jon W. Carroll, Ph.D., RPA from Oakland University will discuss research projects from all over the world. He’ll focus on how we use innovative technologies for anthropological and archaeological survey, mapping and analysis on four continents.

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A Divine Madness: Creativity, Genius, and Mental Illness

Presented by Dr. Brian Stogner, President of Rochester College
Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 7 pm
Rochester Hills Public Library

In this presentation, Dr. Brian Stogner, clinical psychologist and President of Rochester College, will explore the sometimes tenuous line that separates genius from madness and review some striking examples of the connections between artistic genius and severe mental illness.

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