Lunch and Learn

L&L September 23: Top Ten African-American Jazz Saxophonists

Open House: All are Invited, Bring Your Friends!

 LNL Sax darkRefreshments at 12:15pm
 Presentation at 1:00pm
 PepsiCo Theater, East Campus

Come hear the famous music styles of Charlie Parker, Lester Young, Ben Webster, Coleman Hawkins, Sidney Bechet, Grover Washington Jr., Daxter Gordon, John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderley and Sonny Rollins. We celebrate the contributions of these ten greatest African-American jazz saxophone masters and learn how they shaped our distinctly American art form called jazz. The program consists of a musical performance by Jim Clark and a historical photographic presentation about the lives of these famous musicians. We explore their music and reveal how their contributions have influenced the music and musicians who came after them.

Jim Clark is a world-class saxophonist, multi-instrumentalist and local music teacher. He performs and records in a wide variety of musical settings and styles. Whether he is in a recording studio, performing in a small local venue or on stage at Carnegie Hall, his goal is the same – play from the heart with the highest level of musical excellence.



L&L – September 30: Paul Newman

LNL Paul Newman

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

 

 

A new Paul Newman postage stamp has been issued. This draws our attention to life many of Paul’s accomplishments besides his brilliant movie career ― his charitable work with The Hole in the World Gang, his brand of salad dressings products. Byron talks about his four encounters with Paul and the women in Paul’s life ― wife Joanne Woodward and his four daughters.

Byron Matthews attended Kent State University majoring in English composition, grammar and journalism. He has a growing library of film reflecting his extensive knowledge of the subject.



L&L – October 7: The Maritime Aquarium

 LNL Maritime AquariumLLI Lunch & Learn
Refreshments at 12:15pm 
Presentation at 1:00pm
Forum auditorium, East campus
LLI Membership ID required

 

October 7 – The Maritime Aquarium: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

The Maritime Aquarium has had a nearly 30 year presence in Norwalk. Serving to connect nearly half a million guests to the Long Island Sound story each year, the Aquarium plays a critical role in educating children, stu-dents and adults about this unique body of water. Last year the Aquarium earned a significant honor being rated as a top 20 aquarium in the U.S. by TripAdvisor and this year earned an impressive distinction as The Best Fam-ily Attraction in New England by Yankee Magazine. The Aquarium is going through remarkable enhancements to further expand its audience and create the most engaging experiences for guests of all ages. Find out what the Aquarium has learned over the years, the role the Aquarium has played in shaping our community and the excit-ing plans for the future.

Dr. Brian Davis joined The Maritime Aquarium as President and CEO in December of 2014. He has been in the zoo/aquarium and educational arena for over two decades and truly enjoys connecting guests to the waters of the world. Prior to joining the Maritime Aquarium he worked as a Senior Level Executive at one of the largest aquariums in the world.



L&L – October 14: Experiences in the Cold War

LNL Cold War LLI Lunch & Learn
Refreshments at 12:15pm 
Presentation at 1:00pm
Forum Auditorium, East campus
LLI Membership ID required

 

This is a true story of US intelligence intrigue which involved two Americans, James Donovan and his son, John Donovan. We re-view the details about the American CIA cold war involvement of a half century ago, from the U-2 airplane flight of Gary Powers to Vietnam, Berlin and the Cuban Bay of Pigs invasion. As may know, some of this was recently featured in the popular movie, Bridge of Spies, starring Tom Hanks, which was nominated for six Oscars (a 15 minute excerpt of the film will be shown during the presentation).

John B. Donovan is a retired communications adviser to senior cooperate executives, both domestic and foreign, and the founder of a discussion forum for diplomats and business leaders in New York. He is a resident of Norwalk and an alumnus of American University’s graduate program in world affairs from the standpoint of communication, and is co-author of After the Bay of Pigs. He is a former vice chairman of the NY Metro Committee for UNICEF and author of a book of Bible stories for children.



L&L – October 21: Lunch with Eleanor Roosevelt

 LNL Eleanor Roose LLI Lunch & Learn
Refreshments at 12:15pm 
Presentation at 1:00pm
Forum auditorium, East campus
LLI Membership ID required

We cover the life of this fascinating person from October 1884 to her death in November 1962. President Truman once remarked that Eleanor was not merely America’s First Lady but the first lady of the world. During her twelve years in the White House she gave 348 press conferences and wrote 60 feature articles in some of the nation’s leading magazines. She was one of the co-authors of the United Nations Declaration on Human Rights and had a myriad of accomplishments in the face of adversity.

Mark Albertson is the historical research editor at Army Aviation magazine. He has authored several books, one of which is On History: A Treatise. He is an avid reader and lectures on many aspects of history.

 



L&L – October 28: New England Bird Life Photographs

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

 

New England is home to hundreds of bird species, from birds of the water to birds of the deep woods, from tiny hummingbirds to majestic herons and from passive songbirds to aggressive birds of prey. We take a virtual birding tour of New England with nature photographer Chris Bosak as he presents his colorful slides of these various birds in their natural habitat. From the upper reaches of New Hampshire to the waters of Long Island Sound, Chris has spent countless hours in the wilderness, suburbs and cities, capturing photos of the region’s spectacular avian life. You feel as though you are traveling with him in all seasons throughout New England.

Chris Bosak is a popular local newspaper nature columnist and photographer. His column For the Birds runs weekly each Thursday in The Hour in Norwalk and The Sentinel in Keene N.H. newspapers. These columns include birding background and advice as well as his general nature and bird photographs. When he moved to southern Connecticut, Chris discovered the wonders of Long Island Sound and its remarkable wildlife. He also founded and maintains a website, www.BirdsofNewEngland.com, which focuses on the wildlife of New England and includes regular examples of his wildlife photography. His commitment to land conservation and to getting children involved with the outdoors are consistent themes in his columns and blog postings.



L&L – November 4: Current Issues in Criminal Justice

LNL Justice Bronze sculpt LLI Lunch & Learn
Refreshments at 12:15pm 
Presentation at 1:00pm
Forum auditorium, East campus 
 LLI Membership ID required

 

The United States has more people in prison than any other country. In the last two years the criminal justice sys-tem has been making the news on a regular basis exposing the terrible conditions that exist. Governor Malloy is instituting new initiatives in Connecticut to focus on rehabilitation to slow the revolving door of current prisons. Learn about strategies that are being or might be used to reduce the number of people in prison without increasing the crime rate while at the same time reducing the amount of money spent to house inmates.

Jackie Labatt-Simon has volunteered at Sing Sing for eighteen years and speaks frequently on the criminal justice system.



L&L – November 11: Stew Leonard’s Farm Fresh Food Store

LNL Stew cow LLI Lunch & Learn
 Refreshments at 12:15pm 
 Presentation at 1:00pm
 Forum auditorium, East campus 
 LLI Membership ID required 

 

From its humble beginnings as a small dairy store, founded in 1969, with seven employees, Stew Leonard’s has grown to become not only the world’s largest dairy store but also one of the most renowned grocery stores with annual sales of almost $400 million and about two thousand team members. In addition to the headquarters store in Norwalk, Stew Leonard’s has stores in Danbury, Newington, Yonkers and Farming-dale and has plans for a new location in East Meadow NY. Learn about its development, success and future.

Stew Leonard, Jr., is president and CEO of Stew Leonard’s.