2020 Spring Lunch & Learn


Refreshments at 12:15
Presentations at 1:00 
East Campus Forum (Unless Otherwise Noted) 

Please show your NCC Photo ID with the current LLI sticker at the Lunch & Learn welcome table and obtain an entrance ticket. Tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. The number of tickets is limited to the maximum capacity of the auditorium.



CANCELLED March 13  –  USS Intrepid

Open House in the David L. Levinson, Ph.D. Performing Arts Community Theatre:  All are Invited, Bring Your Friends!

Launched in Norfolk in 1943, the fleet carrier USS Intrepid saw extensive World War II service in the Pacific. The Intrepid has the distinction of being the most attacked U.S. vessel by the Japanese, having absorbed one torpedo hit in addition to being struck by bomb laden Kamikazes five times. Continuously modernized in the 1950’s and 60’s, the Intrepid specialized in Anti-Submarine Warfare in addition to serving three tours of duty off the coast of Vietnam before finally being retired in 1974.


Art Gottlieb is a local historian of political and military history. He was a professional curator of naval history and the Technical Director of Exhibits at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in NYC working with veterans in the creation of exhibits illustrating the history of 20th century warfare. He coordinated with the armed services and National Guard in the preservation of historic ships, aircraft and armor from around the world and facilitated the recovery of scores of artifacts from warships slated for demolition from reserve fleets. As a psychotherapist, Mr. Gottlieb has refocused his professional efforts towards reaching out and addressing the growing needs of aging veterans and their families and offers pro-bono counseling services to soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.


CANCELLED March 20 –  Plastic Pollution of the Waterways


Our oceans, lakes and rivers face growing challenges from pollution, offshore development and climate change. At the same time, expanding industries, such as offshore oil drilling, threaten to crowd our oceans and degrade their viability (and those who call it home!). Every day approximately 8 million pieces of plastic pollution find their way into our oceans. There may now be around 5.25 trillion macro and microplastic pieces floating in the open ocean. Plastics consistently make up 60% to 90% of all marine debris found


Jack Egan is a chairperson of the Connecticut Chapter of Surfrider Foundation which is dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s oceans, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network. With his group of volunteers, he performs monthly beach cleanups, lobbies local municipalities to pass ordinances banning single-use disposable plastic and conducts educational sessions at schools, colleges and civic organizations.


CANCELLED March 27  –  Norwalk Public Library


What is the future of the Norwalk Public Library in the age of the internet? Alex Knopp, current president, reviews the exciting new plans for its modernization and expansion including the introduction of a Connecticut Public TV and WNPR broadcast studio. He discusses how use of library services and programming has changed during the era of data bases and social media, describing the new role it plays as an anchor cultural institution.


Alex Knopp is President of the Norwalk Public Library Board of Directors.  He served as Mayor of Norwalk from 2001 to 2005 and as State Representative from 1987 to 2001. Since 2006 he has been a visiting Clinical Lecturer at Yale Law School.  Currently, Mr. Knopp is on the Board of the Connecticut Retirement Security Authority and is a member of the Connecticut Law Tribune Editorial Board.



Cancelled April 3  – Power of Music to Heal

This presentation reveals the unparalleled power of music to help people dealing with illness and trauma such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and PTSD.  Short video clips show before-and-after results that are surprising and moving.  We are reminded how music occupies more areas of the brain than language.  Dr. Nugent includes a brief performance playing the flute.


Barli Nugent is a graduate of the Juilliard School of Music where she now serves as Assistant Dean and member of the faculty.  She has performed over 1,000 concerts world-wide and was artist-faculty at the Aspen Music Festival and School for 25 years. At Juilliard she launched initiatives in chamber music, academic honors, jazz and landmark monitoring programs.


April 10 — No Presentation — Good Friday


Cancelled April 17  – The Bronx Zoo: Supporting Conservation in the Wild

At the Bronx Zoo outside Jungle World there is a plaque that says, “In the end we will conserve only what we love.”  Whether you have recently visited the zoo or last came decades ago with your kids, you’ll find there is much yet to discover… and to fall in love with all over again.  Come with us on a virtual tour of the Bronx Zoo and learn about the Wildlife Conservation Society’s efforts to save wildlife and wild places.  A volunteer docent shares pictures and stories to encourage you to visit the zoo and even to consider volunteering your own time.


Amy Ewing is in her sixth year as a docent at the Bronx Zoo.  She has volunteered over 900 hours as a tour leader, an exhibit “interpreter” and in other educational roles.  

Carol Story has been volunteering at the Beardsley Zoo and is currently studying to become a docent in the spring or soon after.


Cancelled April 24 — Iceland – Land of Fire and Ice

Award-winning photographer Bernard Perry takes us on a memorable journey to stunning Iceland – the Land of Fire and Ice. Huge thundering waterfalls, smoldering volcanoes, slow-flowing glaciers, spouting geysers, rugged majestic mountains and soothing thermal pools – all at the edge of the Arctic Circle – combine to make Iceland one of the world’s most awesome landscapes.


Bernard Perry’s work has been selected for inclusion in the permanent collections of 19 Museums in the U.S. and Europe. His photographs have been exhibited at the Boca Raton Museum of Art, the Florida Museum of Natural History and the Fairfield Museum of Art. Gallery shows have included the Philadelphia Civic Space, the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County and the Greenwich Library Flinn Gallery. He published five books of his work.


May 1 – No Presentation


Attendees at Brown Bag Lunch & Learn programs should exercise care in walking to and
from the seats in the East Campus Forum and the Levinson Theater.  Attendees who may have 
difficulty walking to and from the seats should identify themselves to the LLI members manning the
entrance door, so that they may enter first and be
safely seated at the top of the auditorium.