Fall 2018 Lunch & Learn

    12:15pm – Light Refreshments
    1:00pm – Program Presentation

For Lifetime Learners current members only (unless noted as Public Open House)
Please present NCC Photo ID with current LLI sticker affixed

Location: NCC East campus Forum (unless otherwise noted)



September 14 – The Norwalk Islands 
OPEN HOUSE, Public Invited, Bring Your Friends! 

These 25 public and private islands right off the Norwalk and Westport coastline are sanctuaries and posh retreats for today’s boaters. How were these islands formed? We examine the geological formation of Long Island Sound by retreating glaciers and learn about the life of the area Indians and early settlers. We review the continuing importance of the fishing and oyster industry and stories of the legal as well as outlawed practices of the many area hotels during the Prohibition era of speakeasies and bordellos. Join us to experience these islands in a different way!

Rick Delfosse is the business manager at Norwalk’s Cove Marina and is also a Coast Guard captain. He conducts on-the-water courses and classroom seminars on coastal cruising and boating skills. He is a National Safe Boating Council close quarters and open water boat handing instructor, as well as a Connecticut and New York certified safe boating instructor and a US Certified Sailing instructor.


September 21 – From Shakespeare to Silent Movies: How Theatre & Acting Have Evolved

From wandering bards to the silver screen, acting styles have evolved to reflect the societies from which they emerged. This program explores changes in theater from the Elizabethan Age to silent film acting.  This story takes unexpected turns, from the development of Western theater architecture, revolution in Russia and chemistry experiments in France.  Understanding changes in acting over time is important, because examining why each age sees its acting style as “natural”—including our own—helps us gain greater perspective on how cultures see themselves.  

Jeff Kaplan is an Assistant Professor in Dance and Theatre at Manhattanville College. He earned a BA in History, an MFA in Dance and a PhD in Theatre and Performance Studies. Recent publications include articles on the psychology of acting in ancient Greek thought, problems of translation in drama and the ancient English bardic tradition. His current projects are a book on Dorothy Sands, an American actress, a series of scholarly/artistic works based on refugee experiences titled Involuntary Motion and directing Sarah Ruhl’s Eurydice for Manhattanville College in the fall.


September 28 – Pharmaceuticals: How much do We Really Know?

Most of us take various medications. But, how much do we really know about them?  A professional Norwalk Hospital pharmacist reviews the following  topics: The difference between a “side effect” and an “allergy,” awareness of common drug interactions, the difference between “brand” and “generic” drugs, critical differences in medications depending on where they are stored, what to do with unused drugs.

Bon Bebko earned his BS in Pharmacy from the University of Connecticut and an MHA from Western Connecticut State University. He joined Norwalk Hospital and has worked in a variety of positions. Bob is currently the Administrative Director of Network Pharmacy Services for the Western Connecticut Health Network. He is a member of the Connecticut Pharmacists Association and the University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy Dean’s Advisory Board.


October 5 – Commonality in Religion

What do a rabbi and a reverend have in common? More than you think! The two clergymen, co-hosts of the nationally syndicated radio show The Rabbi and the Reverend, discuss in a humorous conversational manner, “Convergence and Divergence: What Can a Rabbi and a Reverend learn from Each Other”? 

Rabbi Daniel Cohen is Senior Rabbi at Congregation Agudath Sholom in Stamford and author of What Will They Say About You When You Are Gone? Creating a Life of Legacy. Reverend Greg Doll is Senior Pastor at Noroton Presbyterian Church in Darien. He is Chaplain for the pro soccer New York City Football Club and regular chapel speaker for the NY Giants.


October 12 – Japan: Baseball, Cars and Trains

Baseball is currently the most popular participatory and spectator sport in the country and has been played by Japanese youth for 145 years. The Japanese Little League team won five international championships in the last ten years.  We talk about the Nippon Professional Baseball League. Japan’s transportation alternatives are discussed, including the types of cars manufactured and used in Japan. We review rail transportation, including types of trains and railways, and punctuality, service and etiquette habits.

Roman Laszuk is an electrical engineer and information technology professional. He has spent thirty years of his career working for General Motors, where he managed development and installation of computer systems used in car manufacturing factories.  Work assignments took him to various states, as well as many foreign countries. 


October 19 – American Muslim Women

Are they oppressed? After a brief introduction to Islam and Islamic beliefs, we learn about major misconceptions of Islam including the current state of Muslims in America, with a focus on American Muslim women. We review: public perceptions about Muslims, misconceptions about Islam, rights of women in Islam, equality between men and women in Islam, the status of women in Islam and their role in society and within the family, the practices of Muslim women and a comparison with Christian and Jewish women, examples of professional Muslim women in leadership.

Born in Egypt, Fatma Antar graduated from Cairo University with a major in business and earned a Masters degree in Economics at UConn.   Her volunteer work includes past president of the Islamic Council of New England, founder and trustee of the Islamic Association of Greater Hartford and founding member of We Refuse to be Enemies, a coalition among Muslims, Jews and Christians. Currently, she is Professor Emerita and Adjunct Professor of Economics at Manchester Community College.


October 26 – Silvermine Art Colony: A History

Silvermine is known today for its natural beauty, but few are aware of its rich history. Encompassing sections of Norwalk, New Canaan and Wilton, Silvermine went from a small mill town in its initial years to a vibrant artist colony in the early 20th century. We trace the story of Silvermine from its beginnings, focusing on the first members of the Silvermine Guild of Artists. The work of these accomplished painters, sculptors, and other visual artists rivals that of the better known colonies at Old Lyme and Cos Cob. Their legacy still defines the area today.

Samuel A. Schmitt is Executive Director of the Carl Schmitt Foundation in Wilton, which seeks to further the legacy of his grandfather, the painter Carl Schmitt, and the other early Silvermine artists. He is the author of Carl Schmitt: The Vision of Beauty and Silvermine.


November 2 – Veterans Program

This program, which will be held shortly before Veterans Day, features a presentation by Archie Elam, a West Point graduate with a distinguished career as a U.S. Army officer, including service in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. He is a member of the Connecticut Veterans Hall of Fame. Following his retirement from the Army, he earned an MBA from Duke University and has had a successful career in the private sector. The presentation will be followed by a panel discussion with Archie Elam and other veterans of various conflicts. Topics to be discussed include their experiences in the service; issues facing veterans, such as re-acclimating to civilian life and finding a new career path; and the pros and cons of volunteer service versus the draft.