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Presenter: Dr. John Todd, Rochester University
March 10 at 7 p.m.
Rochester Hills Public Library

Dr. Todd will discuss the origins of the Declaration of Independence, its purposes, and how it changed the world. Dr. Todd earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan and his J.D. from Georgetown Law. He has taught at Rochester University since 1979 and is a member of the Federalist Society and National Association of Scholars.

RHPL records most Smart Towns programs presented at the library. Recordings are posted on the RHPL website two-four weeks after the presentation. 

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Presenter: Bruce Zellers, Oakland University
March 13, 7 p.m.
Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm

In this presentation, Oakland University Professor Bruce Zellers will explore the arduous battles fought in the war for equal voting rights. Travel through history, from Abigail Adams’s revolutionary era request to legislators to “remember the ladies,” to joining forces with abolitionists, to finally achieving victory with the help of WWI. Alas, the hope for “moral politics” and many social/cultural changes still remains to be achieved. This presentation is made possible through collaboration with the Rochester-Avon Historical Society. Museum members are free; $5 admission for non-members. Register at www.rochesterhills.org/musprograms.

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Shakespeare

Presenter: Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company
April 14 at 7 p.m.
Rochester Hills Public Library

This program features scenes from such plays as Shakespeare’s Henry V, The Merchant of Venice, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth and The Comedy of Errors to introduce the audience to the ways in which the performance conditions of Shakespeare’s time period influenced his plays. The program will have a mix of storytelling, performance, and history.

The Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company dedicates itself to the development of a high quality ensemble of actors. Actors who work together frequently develop an onstage and offstage trust and chemistry that results in better productions. The structure of acting companies in Shakespeare’s England created an atmosphere in which actors worked together over decades, developing their talents and instincts together, and sharing and passing down knowledge. The Company is made up of actors who have performed in at least four full-length productions in the previous three seasons.

Shakespeare was one of the world's most influential writers. His prose, vocabulary, and wit influenced language and literature the world over. Additionally, his works, including plays and sonnets, provided lessons in politics, psychology, romance, revenge, and more.

RHPL records most Smart Towns programs presented at the library. Recordings are posted on the RHPL website two-four weeks after the presentation. 

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Thumb fires

Presenter: Alan Naldrett, Author
April 16 at 7 p.m.
Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm

The fires that burned in Michigan’s Thumb in 1871 and 1881 resulted in catastrophic damage to property and wildlife – and remains among the most memorable historic fires in Michigan’s history.  One of the first official disaster relief efforts of the American Red Cross was in response to the Thumb fire of 1881, and some communities would never recover from the scorched trails of destruction.  Author Alan Naldrett pieces together accounts of those who lived through the events and the aftermath. 

Museum members are free; $5 admission for non-members. Register at www.rochesterhills.org/musprograms.

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Presenter: Dr. Jason Taylor, Pharm. D. 
April 23 at 7 p.m.
Rochester Hills Public Library

Dr. Jason Taylor, Pharm.D., is a clinical coordinator with Ascension Providence Rochester Hospital. Dr. Taylor's presentation will focus on the history of antibiotic discovery and how that profoundly impacted public health. He will also discuss how the new challenge with antibiotics is resistant bacteria and how that is limiting treatment options. 

RHPL records most Smart Towns programs presented at the library. Recordings are posted on the RHPL website two-four weeks after the presentation. 

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Sharia Hays

Presenter: Dr.  Sharia Hays, Ed.D., Dean of Students, Title IX Coordinator, Rochester University
April 30 at 7 p.m.
Rochester Hills Public Library

We all have biases; look for biases in decisions and treatment of people.  This is noted throughout history.  Presented by Dr. Sharia Hays of Rochester University, this session will reflect on the biases that have shaped history.  Through discussion and an interactive exercise, participants will gain an understanding about unconscious and implicit biases.  Participants will leave with a new awareness, along with steps and strategies for confronting and overcoming unconscious and implicit biases.  
 
As we examine the past, we will be challenged to change the present and future in our decision making and treatment of others. 
 
RHPL records most Smart Towns programs presented at the library. Recordings are posted on the RHPL website two-four weeks after the presentation. 

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Presenter: Larry Martin
May 19 at 7 p.m.
Rochester Hills Public Library

WWII historian Larry Martin will discuss the tragic story of the USS Indianapolis. In July 1945, the Indianapolis was on a secret mission to Tinian Island to deliver components of the atomic bomb -- the same bomb dropped on Hiroshima a few weeks later, leading to the end of WWII. After delivering the secret cargo, the Indianapolis was struck by a Japanese torpedo on July 30. The explosion caused the ship to sink within twelve minutes.  Of the 1,200 men on board, 300 died when the ship sunk. The remaining men were forced into the shark-infested Philippine Sea. Hundreds perished from starvation, dehydration, salt poisoning, and shark attacks. The sinking of the USS Indianapolis was one of the worst naval disasters in history.

Larry’s interest in WWII history and his passion for gathering and sharing the stories of the men and women of the war sparked the creation of the "In Their Own Words" project. The project helps educate new generations about the fascinating and unique history of WWII and fosters an appreciation for the hardships endured by all war veterans. Over the past decade, Larry has interviewed over 75 WWII veterans and hosted over 50 programs at public libraries and other facilities across the country. Special guest: USS Indianapolis survivor Dick Thelan (health permitting). 

RHPL records most Smart Towns programs presented at the library. Recordings are posted on the RHPL website two-four weeks after the presentation. 

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Presenter: Dr. Robert Federman MD, Ascension Providence Rochester Hospital
May 26 at 7 p.m.
Rochester Hills Public Library

Dr. Federman will discuss and review the AIDS timeline, historical data, medical and social implications, and the future of AIDS research and care.

RHPL records most Smart Towns programs presented at the library. Recordings are posted on the RHPL website two-four weeks after the presentation. 

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vaccine

Presenter: Don Calihan, former Director of Engineering, Parke-Davis
May 27 at 7 p.m.
Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm

The Polio Vaccine Story was originally published in five installments in the Parke-Davis Retirees Review. The articles focused on the development and use of the Salk Polio Vaccine, with emphasis on the role played by Parke-Davis, especially in Rochester, Michigan. Don Callihan is a Parke-Davis retiree and was Director of Engineering at the Parke-Davis facility in Rochester, Michigan.

Museum members; $5 admission for non-members. Register at www.rochesterhills.org/musprograms.

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PearlHarbor

Presenter: Frank Cardimen, Oakland University Professor & Smart Towns Co-Founder
May 28 at 7 p.m.
Rochester Hills Public Library

The attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 and the Battle of Midway in 1942 changed the course of World War II and the world in just six months. Oakland University professor Frank Cardimen will discuss the issues and actions leading up to these two historic events, as well as how each event changed the course of history. 

RHPL records most Smart Towns programs presented at the library. Recordings are posted on the RHPL website two-four weeks after the presentation. 

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Summer of 1816

Presenter: Pat McKay, Rochester Hills Museum Manager
Sept. 17, 7 p.m.
Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm

Major climatic events in the world created a summer along the east coast of the United States with freezing temperatures every month of the year, major crop failures, and panic. By 1817, a westward movement started, enhanced by the opening of the Erie Canal.The settlement of Rochester, Michigan, was part of this migration, the belief of manifest destiny, and the growth of the Midwest.

Museum members are free; $5 admission for non-members. Register at rochesterhills.org/musprograms

Rome

Presenter: Dr. James Walters, Rochester University
Oct. 22, 7 p.m.
Rochester Hills Public Library

The “fall” of Rome in the fifth century has been regarded as a significant turning point in history, particularly since the eighteenth-century historian Edward Gibbon wrote his six-volume magnum opus on the topic. References to the fall of Rome also appear in modern political discourse as pundits use the decline of the Roman Empire as an allegory for the decline of modern nation-states.

This presentation will reconsider the narrative of the fall of Rome by placing it in a broader historical context and discussing how the events described as the “fall” of Rome were not as significant as thought. The fall of Rome is a modern historiographic invention with both political and social motivations.

RHPL records most Smart Towns programs presented at the library. Recordings are posted on the RHPL website two-four weeks after the presentation. 

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Michigan ice age

Presenter: John Zawiskie, Curator of Earth and Life Sciences, Cranbrook Institute of Science
Oct. 29, 7 p.m.
Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm

Join Cranbrook geologist John Zawiskie for a review of the Ice Age history of southeast Michigan since the last glacial maximum, as inferred from landforms, sediments, surface rocks, and fossils. Zawiskie will also discuss accessible local evidence for a remarkable Snowball Earth global glaciation from 2.4 billion years ago. Key rocks and fossils will be available for examination before and after the lecture. Zawiskie has done extensive geological and paleontological field work in Antarctica, South America, the southwestern United States, and the Great Lakes region.

Museum members are free; $5 admission for non-members. Register at www.rochesterhills.org/musprograms.

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WWII Anzio Beach

Presenter: Frank Cardimen, Oakland University Professor & Smart Towns Co-Founder
Nov. 11, 7 p.m.
Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm

In 1943, the United States left Africa with the Allied military forces to invade Sicily in the first step toward invading Europe’s “underbelly” in Italy. This presentation will follow the United States' initial entrance to Europe via Sicily through Italy and France to Germany until the end of World War II in May 1945.

The initial success at Sicily was made possible by a remarkable and improbable British diversion plan that resulted in Germany focusing its defense on the island of Sardinia and Greece rather than Sicily to confront the allied invasion.

Museum members are free; $5 admission for non-members. Register at www.rochesterhills.org/musprograms.

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