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Churchill

Presented by Frank Cardimen, Oakland University Professor
Smart Towns Co-Founder
Tuesday, November 12, 2019 - 7 pm
Rochester Hills Museum
at Van Hoosen Farm
$5 for Public, Free for Museum Members

Winston Churchill was the greatest orator of his day, the greatest leader of the Second World War, the greatest statesman of his age, and the greatest Englishman of the twentieth century….perhaps of all time. The debt owed to Sir Winston Churchill by the free world remains immeasurable. Yet at the heart of this often intimidating colossus lay a man of vast humanity, enormous wit and boundless humor, much of it mischievous and a prolific writer.

Learn more with Oakland University Professor Frank Cardimen, about his WWII exploits, his life with Clementine, his writings, his leadership in Parliament and his wit….. for this talented Englishman WAS an agent of change in the 20th Century. He was a genius for his time…doing what no other Brit could do to save Europe, stop the tyrant in Germany and engage the people of the UK to stand up to Hitler when no one thought it possible.

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George Washington

Presented by Dr. David Greer
Wednesday, October 30, 2019 - 7 pm
Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm

George Washington is rightly remembered as the “indispensible man” of the American founding, famous for both exercising and renouncing authority. As commander of the Continental Army, president of the Constitutional Convention, and precedent-setting first U.S. president, the “father of his country” was admired by both contemporaries and later generations, by foreigners as well as countrymen. And yet he also was and remains difficult to fully know and explain—the very definition of an enigma. What was it about Washington that made him such an effective leader, the most trusted figure in America and a standard by which other world leaders would come to be measured? What, indeed, was his “genius”? Join Rochester University Professor of History Dr. David Greer to revisit one of the greatest Americans who ever lived.

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Health Technology

Presented by

Dr. Ishmael Jaiyesimi MD, Medical Oncologist - Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine
Dr. Craig Stevens MD, Radiation-Oncologist - Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine
Dr. Jeffrey Falk MD, Surgical Oncologist - Michigan Breast Specialists, Ascension Providence Rochester Hospital

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 - 7 pm
Rochester Hills Public Library - Multipurpose Room

This program is brought to you by Oakland University & Ascension Providence Rochester Hospital. Cancer treatment has changed dramatically over the last century and is continuing to evolve. Learn about the latest advancements in cancer treatment from three leaders in oncology. Recent developments have improved the outcome for so many patients facing cancer. The future of cancer treatment is profoundly exciting! Find out more about the amazing work that is being done to help patients and their families overcome cancer and its scars.

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Presented by Dr. Peter Littrup
Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 7 pm
Rochester Hills Public Library

As part of our Smart Towns collaboration, Dr. Peter Littrup of Ascension Providence Rochester Hospital will discuss the history and development of X-rays, CT scan and MRI, Nobel Prizes, and the advancements of medical image guided therapy and ablation immunotherapy.

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Gone with the Wind

Presented by Kathleen Marcaccio
Wed. September 25, 2019 - 6 pm
Meadow Brook Hall

Nationally-known Gone With The Wind expert Kathleen Marcaccio will share the background on Margaret Mitchell, her Pulitzer-award-winning novel, and the 1939 film of the same name. This year marks the 80th anniversary of the Gone With The Wind movie, which debuted in Detroit at the Wilson Theatre, the majestic Art Deco theatre built by Matilda and Alfred Wilson in 1928 and known today as Music Hall. Marcaccio’s presentation will include her collection of artifacts and memorabilia.

Reservations are required and will be $15 per person or $13.50 for Meadow Brook members and volunteers. Light refreshments will be included.

For more information about these lectures call (248) 364-6253 or email rzadkowo@oakland.edu.

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  • Beethoven's 250 Anniversary: Comparing 19th Century and Modern Conceptions of Musical Genius

Presented by Dr. David Kidger
Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 7 pm
Rochester Hills Public Library

2020 marks the 250th anniversary of one of the most important composers in the western tradition, Ludwig van Beethoven. Festivals, Orchestras, Cities, and Towns are all celebrating the anniversary, and the notion of Beethoven as Genius continues to be a touchstone for the composer and his music. What does this mean today? How did this idea develop in the decades after Beethoven's death? Is it a helpful entry into a deeper understanding of Beethoven, or can we use other approaches to better understand this great composer?

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suffragette

Presented by Dr. Anne Nichols
Tuesday, September 10, 2019 - 7 pm
Rochester Hills Public Library

Anne Nichols of Rochester College will explore how Harriet Beecher Stowe and Elizabeth Cady Stanton leveraged science and theology to advance the role of women in nineteenth-century America.

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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.

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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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