LLC Lectures and Special Presentations are free and open to the public.
Pre-registration is required for each event.

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Friday, February 26, 2021
3:30-4:30 PM
Zoom Webinar
Chris Ferguson, Professor and Author
"How Madness Shaped History: Why "Great People" Matter, and How They Often Ruin Everything"
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When a society hits a historical stress-point, they can hope for a "Great Person," a Lincoln or Gandhi to see them through. Chris Ferguson, Professor of psychology at Stetson University and frequent media guest, says that often instead, they get a mad person – a Caligula, Mao or Idi Amin – who leads them to ruination. Professor Ferguson looks at how madness and destructive mental disorders have shaped history and what lessons they have for us today.

Chris Ferguson is a professor of psychology at Stetson University and fellow of the American Psychological Association. He has appeared in news outlets such as CNBC, CBS's Face the Nation and the New York Times. He has also written Moral Combat: Why the War on Violent Video Games is Wrong, and a historical mystery, Suicide Kings.

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Photo credit Richard Dionne, Jr.

Sunday, March 14, 2021
1:30-3:30 PM
Zoom Webinar
Golda's Balcony
William Gibson’s Tony award-winning one-woman play starring Sandra Laub, award-winning actress and veteran teacher
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Golda’s Balcony is a 90-minute play filled with humor, pathos, and passion. Written in 2003, it still holds the record as the longest-running one-woman show in Broadway history. We see Golda Meir’s journey from impoverished child in Czarist Russia to becoming Israel’s fourth Prime Minister scrambling to save the country from impending destruction during the 1973 Yom Kippur War

Sandra Laub has been performing Golda’s Balcony to critical acclaim and heartfelt audience response since 2013. She has acted in dozens of professional productions. Her off-Broadway credits include Circle Rep, WPA, Dance Theater Workshop, Equity Library Theater, Ensemble Studio Theater, La Mama, and Joseph Papp’s Shakespeare in the Park (Richard III with Kevin Kline.) In Rhode Island, she performed at Perishable Theater, the Brown Summer Theater Festival, the Sandra-Feinstein Gamm Theater, The Granite Theater, Courthouse for the Arts, The Island Theater Company and 2nd Story Theater.

(Joe Fisler, LLC President, will also be here to say hello.)

Monday, March 22, 2021
4-5 PM
Zoom Webinar
Dr. James Head, Professor of Planetary Geoscience, Brown University
"50 Years Since the Apollo Lunar Exploration Program: What We Learned and Why We Need to Return"
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The Apollo Lunar Exploration Program accomplished six successful lunar landings. Each succeeding Apollo mission was characterized by increasing exploration capabilities (landing accuracy, stay time, EVAs, mobility, experiments, tools, etc.) Professor James Head will tell us, “where did the astronauts go, what did they do, and what did we learn from these missions? Why is it essential to go forward to the Moon and on to Mars?”

From 1968 to 1972, Dr. James Head, Professor of Planetary Geoscience at Brown University, participated in the selection of landing sites for the Apollo program in training Astronaut crews in geology and surface exploration, in planning and evaluating the package of experiments to be deployed on the Moon, in mission operations in Houston during lunar surface exploration, and in preliminary analysis of the lunar samples returned by the Astronauts.

Friday, April 9, 2021
3:30-4:30 PM
Zoom Webinar
Jonathan D. Moreno, David and Lyn Silfen University Professor, University of Pennsylvania and Author
"Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven but Nobody Wants to Die: Bioethics and the Transformation of Health Care in America"
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In this informative presentation, Jonathan Moreno will explore the extraordinary changes in the doctor-patient relationship since the 1950s, how the field of bioethics emerged, how it has evolved and the ethical issues around the pandemic.

Jonathan D. Moreno is a University Professor of Ethics at the University of Pennsylvania and an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine. His accomplishments include staff member or adviser to many governmental and non-governmental organizations, including the UNESCO International Bioethics Committee, three U.S. presidential commissions, the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Health and Human Services, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. In 2008-09 he served as a member of President Barack Obama’s transition team. He is also the author of many other successful books including Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven but Nobody Wants to Die: Bioethics and the Transformation of Healthcare in America, Norton/Liveright, and The Brain in Context: A Pragmatic Guide to Neuroscience, Columbia University Press. Listen to his podcast, Making the Call, on Apple Podcasts.

Friday, April 23, 2021
3:30-4:30 PM
Zoom Webinar
Russell F. Canan, Washington, D.C. Superior Court Judge and Author of Pursing the Horizon: Stories of Justice
"Pursuing the Horizon: Stories of Justice"
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Judge Russell F. Canan will discuss his book, Pursuing the Horizon: Stories of Justice, which offers a collection of essays and courtroom stories from an activist, death penalty lawyer and Washington, D.C. judge struggling to seek justice in the courtroom, in the fields where migrant farm workers toil, and in the rice paddies of Vietnam. Justice from the other side of the bench looks at the challenge for a judge wrestling with the age-old quandary of whether the ends justify the means in a criminal case when strictly following the law would result in a miscarriage of justice. Judge Canan first presented at LLC in April 2019. We welcome him back to speak about his new book.

Russell F. Canan, currently a Washington, D.C. Superior Court Judge, served as a health aide for the East Coast Migrant Heath Project and worked in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Florida. As an attorney, Judge Canan practiced criminal defense and civil litigation in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and throughout the South. In 1983, Judge Canan helped establish the Southern Center for Human Rights in Atlanta, Georgia, where he represented prisoners on death row.

Read about Judge Canan in this Washington Post article.

Friday, May 7, 2021
3:30-4:30 PM
Zoom Webinar
Jim Vincent, President of the NAACP, Providence Branch
"What is the True Meaning of American Democracy?"
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Jim Vincent says, in America, we say we believe in equality between whites and Blacks, but do we really mean it?

Please join us for this interesting presentation, and bring all your questions.

Jim Vincent has been the president of the NAACP Providence Branch for the past 10 years. Originally from Boston's poorest neighborhood in the South End, Jim is the son of immigrant parents from the Cape Verde Islands. He holds a BA from Dartmouth College and a Master's in City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania.