12-1 PM @ Temple Beth-El (70 Orchard Ave, Providence)

Free and open to all; registration is not required. Pack a brown bag lunch (kosher, please)* and join us for these interesting presentations:

Tuesday, September 25

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“Did You Know Rhode Island Has Its Own National Park?”
Park Ranger Kevin Klyberg

On December 2014, the Congress and President of the United States established the new Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park. Park Ranger Kevin Klyberg will provide an introduction to the stories and resources of the park and give an update on the efforts behind getting the park open.

Ranger Kevin Klyberg grew up in the Blackstone River Valley and has been working for the National Park Service in the region for twenty-two years, first for the Blackstone Heritage Corridor and now for the new Blackstone National Park.

Tuesday, October 16

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“All About Gerrymandering and Democracy”
John Marion, Executive Director, Common Cause Rhode Island

Gerrymandering is as old as the Republic. Recently it’s been blamed for our increasingly polarized politics in the United States. This is the result of (at least) two factors – the increasing sophistication of methods of redistricting, and the geographical self-sorting of voters by party.

John Marion will explain the ABC’s of gerrymandering and what’s being done around the country, and in Rhode Island, to deal with the problem.

John Marion has been Executive Director of Common Cause Rhode Island since 2008. In that role he serves as the spokesperson and advocated for the organization.

Tuesday, October 30

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“What’s Wrong with Our Schools and What Needs to be Done to Improve Them?”
Dennis Littky, Ph.D., Co-founder and Co-director of The Met School, Big Picture Learning and founder and President of College Unbound

Dr. Littky will talk about the future of education, K-12 through college, and facilitate a discussion on what is needed to engage students to prepare them for life and work.

Dr. Littky holds a double Ph.D. in psychology and education from the University of Michigan. Presently, Dennis’s focus has been to expand the Big Picture Learning design to include a college for adults, College Unbound, that allows them to earn a Bachelors Degree while creating a project around their interest and working full time.

Tuesday, November 13

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“Time for a Musical Treat: Bach’s Goldberg Variations”
Jesse Holstein, Resident Musician, Community MusicWorks

Join us, relax and enjoy a discussion by Jesse Holstein and listen to a partial performance of Bach’s late masterpiece, arranged for string trio. Performers are from Community Music Works: Sarah Kim, violin; Jesse Holstein, viola; Miguel Vasquez, cello. You won’t want to miss this one!!

Since 2001, Jesse Holstein has been a Resident Musician for Community MusicWorks – a youth and family-mentoring program that provides free instruments, lessons and a variety of programs in the West-End and South Side of Providence. He is the Concertmaster of the New Bedford Symphony and is on the faculty of Brown University.

*Please keep in mind the Temple’s kosher dietary restrictions: No pork or shellfish products (fish with fins and scales are permitted); meat and cheese should not be together in a meal.