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Tuesday, September 22, 2020
12:10-12:55 PM
Zoom Webinar & YouTube Live Stream

In Pursuit of Excellence: State of Education in Rhode Island
Angélica Infante-Green, Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education

Commissioner Infante-Green will discuss what is happening at the moment in the schools and answer your questions. This event will also be streamed live on YouTube.

Please send any questions you have before the presentation to Unfortunately, due to time constrictions, not all questions can be answered.

Angélica M. Infante-Green is the Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education for the State of Rhode Island. In this role, she oversees the activities and staff of the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE), working to make the state’s schools the best in the nation. Prior to joining RIDE in April 2019, she served as the Deputy Commissioner of the New York State Education Department’s Office of Instructional Support.


Friday, October 2
12:10-12:55 PM
Zoom Webinar & YouTube Live Stream

The Doctor Broad: A Mafia Love Story
Barbara Roberts, MD, Cardiologist and Author of The Doctor Broad: A Mafia Love Story

Dr. Barbara Roberts says, “There are people in the know who will tell you that I caused the downfall of the New England Mafia. I managed this not by killing anyone or putting someone behind bars, but by keeping a man alive and out of jail for about a year too long.” Dr. Roberts will recount the story of how and why she wrote this memoir, The Doctor Broad: A Mafia Love Story. This event will also be streamed live on YouTube.

Dr. Roberts was the first woman to practice adult cardiology in the state of Rhode Island. Other books include: How To Keep From Breaking Your Heart: What Every Woman Needs to Know About Cardiovascular Disease (2004); Treating and Beating Heart Disease: a consumer’s guide to cardiac medicines, (2009); The Truth About Statins: Risks and Alternatives to Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs (2012).


Wednesday, October 7
12:10-12:55 PM
Zoom Webinar & YouTube Live Stream

What's Happening in Rhode Island Right Now
Nellie Gorbea, Secretary of State

Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea, will talk about what is happening right now, right at this time, with the election and mail-in ballots. Please try to attend this important discussion.  (All applications for a mail-in ballot for the general election must be received by October 13.) This event will also be streamed live on YouTube.

Please send any questions you have before the presentation to Unfortunately, due to time constrictions, not all questions can be answered.

Nellie M. Gorbea is an American politician. A member of the Democratic Party, she is the Secretary of State of Rhode Island. Gorbea is the first Hispanic to win statewide office in New England.


Wednesday, October 21
3:30-4:30 PM
Zoom Webinar & YouTube Live Stream

Congressman David Cicilline represents the 1st Congressional District of Rhode Island.



Tuesday, October 27
3:15-4:15 PM
Zoom Webinar & YouTube Live Stream

Election Time: What's Happening Now
Patrick Anderson, Political Writer, Providence Journal

As it has been, everything in the political world changes every day. What’s going on?  Please join Patrick Anderson, the Political Writer for the Providence Journal – just a week away from Election Day - as he tries to make some sense of this. And bring your questions.

Patrick Anderson is a member of the Providence Journal's Watchdog Team and half of the paper's State House team, covering state government. Before that he worked at the Providence Business News.


Wednesday, November 4
3:15-4:15 PM
Zoom Webinar

Jazz History and Race in America (Lecture with piano and singing demonstration)
James Himmelmann, Educator, Composer, and Pianist Lecture with Piano and Signing Demonstration)

Throughout American history, music has been used as a form of social protest. For African Americans, their music has given a voice to the voiceless and their songs have cried out for racial justice. In this hour, join James Himmelmann as he sings and plays the piano while diving into the history of African American protest music, from spirituals to the present day. Through the lyrics and messages of these powerful songs, we will gain an understanding and appreciation of music's ability to make a difference, both in the past and in the future. Not to be missed! This event will also be streamed live on YouTube.

James Himmelmann is an educator, composer, and pianist. He has taught classes at the University of Rhode Island in Jazz History and Music Theory and currently teaches at the Rocky Hill Country Day School as well as the Rhode Island Philharmonic Music School.


DJ Foley


Nondas Hurst Voll


Patricia Moriarty

Wednesday, November 18
3:15-4:15 PM
Zoom Webinar

Fourth Annual “Celebrate Ourselves"
Presenters and Members of LLC: DJ Foley, Nondas Hurst Voll and Patricia Moriarty

We at LLC are extraordinary! We are seniors, and here we are – still growing, still learning. Some of us do extraordinary things. We sing, we dance, we do fancy knitting or arts and crafts, and MANY of us generously volunteer our knowledge and time to give to the community. And that’s why we are celebrating the Fourth Annual “Celebrate Ourselves.”

Here are just three of our LLC members who would like to tell you about the organization they are passionate about and why! Please join us to support our classmates. This event will also be streamed live on YouTube.

DJ Foley – The Center for the Book, “Reading Across Rhode Island.” DJ has been involved with this group since its inception 18 years ago. She’s coordinated several short stories classes.

Nondas Hurst Voll – Nonviolence Institute. Nondas is the former chair and current longtime board member of the Nonviolence Institute. She has coordinated many LLC courses including the theatre course and short stories and has served on LLC’s board.

Patricia Moriarty – The Manton Avenue Project. Pat has been a coordinator for many different courses including “Made in Rhode Island,” “The Wonderful World of Marc Chagall,” and “50 Years of Gay Theater.”


Monday, December 7
3:15-4:15 PM
Zoom Webinar

Presenting Frederick Kaufman: Author, Media Commentator, Journalist, and Lecturer

We are very pleased to present Frederick Kaufman, author of The Money Plot: A History of Currency's Power to Enchant, Control, and Manipulate and frequent media commentator (with appearances on MSNBC, Bloomberg, CNN, Fox Business Network, and Democracy Now!). He has lectured in both the United States and Europe, including an address to the General Assembly of the United Nations.

The Federal Reserve recently announced plans to inject $2 trillion into the economy amid the pandemic, money that seems to be appearing from nowhere. In his scintillating, controversial history, Frederick Kaufman delves into the past 65,000 years to demystify the concept of money, and see through the fog of modern finance to understand how the Federal Reserve creates those promised trillions – and the twisted path that led here.

Frederick Kaufman will discuss his new book, The Money Plot: A History of Currency's Power to Enchant, Control, and Manipulate. Kaufman reminds us that whether its form is polished shells, bills or Bitcoin, every currency, even Federally mandated trillions, is all a fiction. Currency is simply a fairy tale, a metaphor that humans have believed in and worshipped more than anything else on Earth. Today, where most money exists in a complex yet poorly understood web of computer screen abstraction – but one that’s capable of causing a global meltdown (or two) – this metaphor is wearing thin.

Kaufman delightfully dives right into the politically incorrect and the absurd, examining the concept of the trophy wife and the broader, unfortunate history of women being used as bartering tools. He sees parallels between the history of Jesus and his followers and that of currency, concluding that people believe in both using the same structural elements of belief. Kaufman points out that during the Black Death, the biggest lender of the time was the Catholic Church, who intertwined money with God, encouraging worshippers to donate to the clergy to become closer to God.

*Please send any questions you have before the presentation to Unfortunately, due to time constrictions, not all questions can be answered.

Frederick Kaufman, an English professor by training and profession, has for the past decade focused his attention on the fiction that is money. Besides his many television appearances, his unorthodox insights into the ways of Wall Street have resulted in numerous magazine articles for publications ranging from Scientific American to Wired to Foreign Policy to Harper's. This is his fourth book.