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Thursday, November 8, 2018 @ 1:30 – 3:00 pm
“Emergency Preparedness,” with Joe Corona, community outreach coordinator for the Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management & Homeland Security.

Joe Corona ’s presentation will include discussion of general emergency preparedness, disaster preparation, hazards specific to Montgomery County, and family notification systems and Alert Montgomery. He will discuss the options of sheltering in place or evacuation, including what it will take to do either one at a moment’s notice. Participants will be shown how to stay informed, write a plan, build a kit and get involved. Joe will also provide resources to attendees so that they can continue their emergency planning process.  

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 @ 1:30 – 2:30 pm
“How Heritable are Neuropsychiatric Disorders? Genetics & Personalized Medicine in the 21 st Century,” with Thomas M. Hyde, MD, PhD, Chief Medical Officer of the Lieber Institute for Brain Development; Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Department of Neurology, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Dr. Hyde will discuss how genetic variants increase the risk for disorders such as autism, depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. He will also discuss the interface between environmental and genetic risk factors. Finally, he will talk about studies of the brain at the Lieber Institute, dedicated to understanding the biology of a wide range of brain disorders, and developing new and better treatments. Soon, treatments of brain disorders will be selected based on the biology of each individual’s disorder, much like chemotherapy of cancer now is chosen on the basis of the genetic characteristics of each individual’s tumor. 

Thursday, December 13, 2018 @ 1:30 - 2:30 pm
“The Challenges of Reporting in Turbulent Times,” with Richard Harris, currently Editorial Producer of the nationally syndicated newsmagazine “Matter of Fact with Soledad O’Brien.”

Richard Harris brings a rich background in television, radio, and print journalism, accumulated over the past four decades. Some of his most distinguished accomplishments include an 18-year stint as Senior Producer with Ted Koppel at “ABC News Nightline”, from which Koppel’s interviews led to Mitch Albom’s best-selling book Tuesdays with Morrie . Richard Harris also produced many of Koppel’s big interviews of the past 30 years, including Nelson Mandela after his release from prison, Gary Hart’s first interview after his relationship with Donna Rice was revealed and Oliver North following the Iran-Contra affair. Mr. Harris was also Senior Producer of the PBS documentary “Guns in America” following the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Richard Harris is the recipient of 14 Emmys for News and Documentaries, a George Foster Peabody award, and the Columbia-DuPont award from the Columbia School of Journalism.

Thursday, December 27, 2018 @ 1:30 – 2:30 pm
“Retirement and Regeneration,” with Paul Vogelzang, creator and host of the widely acclaimed podcast show, Not Old – Better.

Paul Vogelzang will share his story of retirement and regeneration and his journey from his desk job at a computer technology company to starting his own podcast show, which now has hundreds of thousands of listeners. His show has featured celebrities such as actress Meryl Streep, singer Judy Collins, film director Ron Howard and actor Tom Cruise. His interview with best-selling author Jodi Picoult grabbed 300,000 listeners. Recent episodes touch on a diverse range of topics such as genealogy, artificial intelligence, and how the ride-sharing service Lyft helps older riders. Mr. Vogelzang will also discuss many of the issues facing older workers and will talk about his most memorable podcast interviews.
Thursday, January 10, 2019 @ 1:30 - 2:30 pm
“The Ritual of the First Lady: Prisoner or Platform?” with historian and author Maurine Beasley, Professor Emerita at the University of Maryland College Park and author of several books dealing with First Ladies including a biography, Eleanor Roosevelt: Transformative First Lady and First Ladies and the Media .

In her presentation, Maureen Beasley will assess what makes a great first lady, whether she is a prisoner of societal expectations, and what opportunities she is given to use the White House as a platform to gain public attention for social issues. Ms. Beasley will analyze efforts by historians to rank First Ladies and will give you an opportunity to express your own opinion.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 @ 1:30 – 2:30 pm
“Teeth: The Story of Beauty, Inequality, and the Struggle for Oral Health in America,” with author and journalist Mary Otto, former Washington Post Staff Writer and prominent leader of oral health topics for the Association of Health Care Journalists.

Mary Otto ’s coverage of 12-year-old Deamonte Driver’s death in 2007, which was the result of a dental bacterial infection that spread to his brain, spurred Congressional hearings and Medicaid dental program reform. This event began her decade-long journey into the insular world of dental care in America. Ms. Otto will discuss what she learned during her time reporting about this essential, yet often overlooked aspect of our nation’s health care system. In addition, she will examine many of the other issues highlighted in her book and how those issues impact our country’s future.

Thursday, February 14, 2019 @ 1:30 – 2:30 pm – Special Valentine’s Day Presentation
“Finding Purpose and Passion at Every Stage and Age,” with journalist and author Iris Krasnow, Women’s Studies professor at American university and bestselling author of The Secret Lives of Wives, Sex After…, and I Am My Mother’s Daughter .

Iris Krasnow ’s presentation will be inspiring, prescriptive and humorous as she shares how to best navigate our most intimate and meaningful relationships. The need for passion and purpose in our lives is ongoing, and Ms. Krasnow will share how we can keep it glowing and growing as we age. Ms. Krasnow is also a feature writer for national publications including Parade , The Wall Street Journal , and The Washington Post . She has appeared on Oprah , Good Morning America , Today , All Things Considered and CNN . Ms. Krasnow will offer a book sale and signing after her presentation.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 @ 1:30 – 3:00 pm
“Alzheimer’s Disease Risk Reduction,” with Mark Mattson, Chief of the Laboratory of Neurosciences at the National Institute on Aging Intramural Research Program National Institute on Aging and Professor of Neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University.

Dr. Mattson will provide an overview of what is known about the factors that affect brain aging and risk for Alzheimer’s disease, and how this knowledge is being used to develop interventions, prevention and treatment of this neurodegenerative disorder. This presentation will include a discussion of risk reduction strategies based on NIH research findings.
Thursday, March 14, 2019 @ 1:30 – 3:00 pm
“The Truth About Social Security,” by author and renowned Social Security expert Nancy Altman, President of Social Security Works and chair of the Strengthen Social Security Coalition.

Nancy Altman’s third book, The Truth about Social Security, uses the founders’ own words to debunk myths and reveal the truth about the popular and successful government program. Ms. Altman’s extensive background in Social Security and private pensions includes her six-year term on the Social Security Advisory Board after being appointed by Democratic House Leader Nancy Pelosi, a position on the faculty of Harvard University’s Kennedy School of government, and a chair on the Board of Directors of the Pension Rights Center. Ms. Altman will offer a book sale and signing after her presentation.