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Elliot Engel
ROBERT WATSON

"Affairs of State"
October 9th, 2019

Robert Watson is an award-winning author, historian, media commentator, and community leader who has published 40 books and hundreds of scholarly articles and chapters on an array of topics in history and politics. His recent books "America's First Crisis", "The Nazi Titanic", and "The Ghost Ship of Brooklyn" have won national book awards, been featured at major literary festivals, and appeared on C-SPAN's Book TV program. A frequent media commentator, Watson has been interviewed thousands of times by hundreds of major media outlets in the U.S. and abroad. Dr. Watson has co-convened several national conferences on topics in history and politics, co-founded the annual Truman Legacy Symposium, and served on the boards of numerous presidential foundations, scholarly journals, and community organizations. During this session, he will discuss "Affairs of State." It is a sordid (and amusing) history of Presidential Mistresses and Misbehavior.

Catherine Sanderson
PETER WALSH

"Get Your Life Organized"
November 13th, 2019

An expert in organizational design, Peter Walsh is a television & radio personality as well as the author of numerous New York Times best-sellers. Peter's aim is to help people live happier lives with a little more organization. Born and raised in Australia, Peter moved to Los Angeles in 1994 with the idea of launching a company to help organizations improve employees' job satisfaction and effectiveness. He has helped thousands of home owners and corporations organize their living and work spaces for optimal efficiency. Peter was a regular guest for five seasons on the "Oprah Winfrey Show" where he was dubbed the "Get Your Life Organized Guy." Previously, Peter was the star of the popular organization and design series "Clean Sweep" on Discovery's TLC Network. The series produced over 120 episodes and still runs throughout the world. Peter is the author of six best-selling books on the subject of organizing. He also has been a spokesperson and keynote speaker for numerous companies including Walt Disney and Microsoft.

Austin Surat
LORI BORGMAN

"Lighter Side of Aging"
April 8th, 2020

Audiences who have enjoyed columnist Lori Borgman in print, enjoy her even more in person. Like her columns, distributed weekly to more than 300 newspapers in the U.S. and Canada, Lori's presentations are like having coffee with a good friend. Her commentary offers wit, warmth and humor. Lori has spoken at hundreds of fundraisers, civic events, lecture series and Woman's Clubs across the country. In this session, columnist and humorist Lori Borgman looks on the lighter side of aging without the mayo and fat grams. With her characteristic wit and humor, insight and grace, Lori leads audiences on a humorous and poignant romp through the ups and downs, outright shock waves, delights and milestones of getting older.

Orin Grossman
LOUIS MASUR

"Learning from Lincoln"
May 13th, 2020

Louis Masur is a Distinguished Professor of American Studies and History at Rutgers University. A graduate of the University at Buffalo and Princeton University, he is a cultural historian who has written on a variety of topics. His most recent work is "Lincoln's Last Speech: Wartime Reconstruction & The Crisis of Reunion (2015), and Lincoln's Hundred Days: The Emancipation Proclamation and the War for the Union (2012). Masur's essays and reviews have appeared in many well-known newspapers including the New York Times, and Boston Globe. This session is titled "Learning from Lincoln." We will learn that Abraham Lincoln was born in humble circumstances, had only a year of formal schooling, struggled with mood swings, and endured repeated political disappointments. Yet he became a prosperous lawyer, skilled debater, masterful writer and ranks with Washington in the pantheon of American presidents. A century and a half after his assassination, his life still offers critical lessons about leadership

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