Lunch and Learn

LNL April 21 – Evolution of American Newspapers

Lunch & Learn
Refreshments at 12:15pm 
Presentation at 1:00pm
Forum auditorium, East campus 
NCC Photo ID Required

 

 LNL Newspapers

 

 

April 21 - Evolution of American Newspapers

This presentation discusses and demonstrate with local Connecticut examples the changes that happened since newspapers were originally printed only as one-page broadsides for an elite readership during colonial America. We cover centuries of newspaper history and review the impact of the American Revolution, the Industrial Revolution, the rise of American literacy, advance of radio, television and, of course, the internet. We also compare today’s modern newspaper industry with its competition and its reliance on today’s technological advances and comment on national newspaper trends.

Janeen Bjork has combined 30 years of experience as a television researcher and presenter with her love of genealogy. In fact, she recently facilitated classes on the subject for LLI for three levels of students: Beginner, Intermediate and Advance. Her enthusiasm for newspapers as a genealogy tool has inspired her and others to search for “the rest of their story”.

 

 

 

 



LNL March 17 CUBA

Lunch & Learn
Refreshments at 12:15pm 
Presentation at 1:00pm
Forum auditorium, East campus 

This event is an Open House
All are invited, Bring Your Friends! 

 LNL CUBA

 

 

March 17 – Into the Heart of Cuba

Internationally known documentary photographer Daryl Hawk shows us his recent unprecedented 2,700 mile circumnavigation of Cuba. Mr. Hawk spent two weeks traveling Cuba’s diverse coastline, fertile lowland plains and interior villages capturing its colorful people. The resulting photographs depict a people and place both lost in time and on the cusp of change, especially now that it has received diplomatic recognition by the USA.

Daryl Hawk is a local professional photographer, travel writer, lecturer, and explorer whose articles and photographs appear in national magazines and publications worldwide. He is a member of the Explorers Club, a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a member of the Professional Photographers Association.



LNL March 24 Simply Smiles

Lunch & Learn
Refreshments at 12:15pm 
Presentation at 1:00pm
Forum auditorium, East campus 
NCC Photo ID Required

 

 LNL Simply Smiles

 

 

 

March 24 – Simply Smiles

Learn about the work of this Norwalk-based charity. Simply Smiles aims to provide bright futures for impoverished children, their families and their communities in Mexico and The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Reservation in South Dakota. Simply Smiles developed three guiding principles for their work which have allowed them to successfully address some of the most resistant and entrenched poverty in this hemisphere. Using videos and a series of short stories, we learn about the origins and effectiveness of the principles that guide the actions and decision making process for Simply Smiles. 

 

Bryan Nurnberger is the President and Founder of Simply Smiles. Bryan earned a BA in History from the University of Colorado. He lives in Southport, CT with his wife Kristen, who is a touring singer and activist. 



LNL March 31 Civil War Submarine Hunley: History and Discovery

Lunch & Learn
Refreshments at 12:15pm 
Presentation at 1:00pm
Forum auditorium, East campus 
NCC Photo ID Required

 LNL Submarine Hunley

 

 

 March 31 – The Civil War Submarine Hunley: History and Discovery

On the night of February 17, 1864, the CSS Hunley made naval history by becoming the very first submarine to sink a ship in combat. This feat was so advanced for its time that it did not occur again for another 50 years! This PowerPoint presentation reviews the story of the men who invented the Hunley, how and where the submarine was built and how the submarine worked. We review the history of the crew and whether a Connecticut army soldier was actually part of the its crew. We also learn about the recent burial of remains of some of the crew at the Arlington National Cemetery. 

Philip Vitielo resides in New Haven where he is the program director of the Civil War Roundtable for South Central Connecticut. He is also an active Civil War re-enactor, while still employed as a marketing director for a Stamford firm. He has previously conducted a winter history class for LLI.

 

Photo credit: Conrad Wise Chapman – American Civil War Museum – Chapman Paintings PortfolioAmerican Civil War Museum – Online Collections Database, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=46872490

 



LNL April 7 Musical Entertainment

Lunch & Learn
Refreshments at 12:15pm 
Presentation at 1:00pm
Forum auditorium, East campus 
NCC Photo ID Required

 LNL Musical Piano

 

 

 

 

 

April 7 – Musical Entertainment

Pianist Bob Edwards and percussionist Randy Brody entertain us with a variety of show tunes and other old time favorites. Bob has opened for artists such as John Denver, Neil Diamond and Harry Chapin. Currently, he hosts and plays at open mic nights in New Haven and Fairfield counties, telling stories about the songs he plays. He was also a former member of the band that played with the Shirelles.

 

 



LNL April 28 Connecticut Air & Space Center

Lunch & Learn
Refreshments at 12:15pm 
Presentation at 1:00pm
Forum auditorium, East campus 
NCC Photo ID Required

LNL CT Air n Space Center

This non-profit all volunteer museum is located adjacent to the Bridgeport Airport in nearby Stratford, CT, on a site which is truly unique in global aviation history. It was Igor Sikorsky’s first factory in Connecticut and where the first practical helicopter flight took place (piloted by Igor Sikorsky himself). During WWII the Chance Vought Aircraft Company designed and produced thousands of aircraft, including the famous Corsair fighter planes which played a major role in winning the War in the Pacific.  Their mission statement is “To Honor, Preserve and Educate” by honoring the State’s global aviation pioneers like Gustave Whitehead, and by preserving Connecticut’s aviation history through artifacts preservation and aircraft restoration, while educating current and future generations through their extensive exhibits and public presentations.

This multi-media presentation will be conducted by the museum’s business president, Eugene Madara and their senior engineering manager and treasurer, Edward McGuinness.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



LNL May 5: A Humorous Guide to Better Photography

Lunch & Learn
Refreshments at 12:15pm 
Presentation at 1:00pm
Forum auditorium, East campus 
NCC Photo ID Required

 

LNL Photography

May 5, 2017 – A Humorous Guide to Better Photography

Many of us have seen vacation photo shows from our family and friends, squinting through the darkness to see scenic pictures or people that are too far away or too dark to be recognized. Whether you have old camera equipment or use a smart phone to take pictures, this presentation tells you how to take better photographs while being entertained with humorous pictures and cartoons demonstrating the do’s and don’ts of photography.

David Shafer has been teaching serious courses on opera for Lifetime Learners Institute for the past several years. He also has previously performed many interesting and humorous Friday Lunch & Learn presentations for us on a variety of interesting subjects.   Career-wise, he has been designing camera lenses, telescopes and microscopes which resulted in some of his devices have been on space flights to Saturn.