Table Topics and Distinguished Hosts

As of March 9, the table topics are as follows. Please check back often for the most updated listing.

Where Have all the Flowers Gone—Whatever Happened to Folk Music? with Oscar Brand, ’42, longtime WNYC radio host, and Ray Allen, professor, Conservatory of Music, Brooklyn College

2  Collecting Art/The Art of Collecting with Don and Mera, ’65, Rubell, founders, Rubell Family Collection

3  Mars, Venus and the Financial Crisis: Would the Financial Crisis Have Looked Any Different Had There Been More Women on the Boards of Financial Services Companies? with Marge Magner, ’69, Brysam Global Partners

4  Contemporary Dining, Emerging Chefs and Restaurateurs of New York City with Michael Lomonaco, ’02, executive chef and managing partner, Porter House New York

5  Navigating the Stock Market in the Current Environment with Roy Furman, ’60, vice chairman, Jefferies & Company

6  What It Means to Be a Hollywood Producer with Howard Rosenman, ’65, iconic producer for three decades, with credits ranging from Father of the Bride to Buffy the Vampire Slayer; Academy-award winner for Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt

7  Back Inside the World's Largest Boxing Archive with Anthony M. Cucchiara, professor and coordinator, program in archival studies and community documentation, Brooklyn College

8  New Challenges for Museums in the 21st Century: How Global Conflict and Economic Instability Impact the Exhibition with Maria Ann Conelli, ’80, former executive director, American Folk Art Museum; founding dean, Brooklyn College School of Visual, Media and Performing Arts

9  Presenting Off-Broadway with Sarah L. Benson, ’04, artistic director, Soho Repertory Theater

10  Avoiding the Biggest Mistakes in Personal Financial Planning with Stuart Kessler, ’50, director, J.H. Cohn LLP; founding partner of GGK (Goldstein, Golub, Kessler LLP)

11  Writing for Young Adults with Sara C. Shepard, ’05, author of Pretty Little Liars

12  Coney Island's Past, Present and Future with Ron Schweiger, ’70, Brooklyn Borough Historian; president, Brooklyn College Alumni Association

13  Preparing the Urban Community Teacher with Deborah Shanley, dean, School of Education, Brooklyn College

15  The Crisis in American Political Leadership with Noel Anderson, ’93, professor, Department of Political Science, Brooklyn College

16  Gastropolis: A Gastronomic Tour of Brooklyn with Annie Hauck-Lawson, ’78, co-editor, Gastropolis: Food and New York City

17  A Graduate School in Cinema for Brooklyn College at Steiner Studios with Daniel Gurskis, chair, Department of Film, Brooklyn College

18  New Frontiers in Residential Real Estate in Downtown Brooklyn with Douglas C. Steiner, chairman, Steiner Studios

19  Celebrating the Navy Yard's Past, Present and Future with Andrew H. Kimball, president and CEO, Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation

20  Creating Hereafter: How I Wrote My First Musical with Vinnie Favale, ’82, vice president of late night programming, CBS

21  Sustainable Brooklyn with Tammy Lewis, professor, Department of Sociology, Brooklyn College

22  Being a Creative Artist in the World of Technology with Dan Fauci, ’63, president, Dan Fauci Productions; former head of comedy development, Paramount

23  How Do the Current News Media Compare With Those in the Past? with Myron Kandel, ’52, CNN Founding Financial Editor and Leonard Lopate, ’67, host of WNYC’s The Leonard Lopate Show

24  Shirley Chisholm's Enduring Legacy: Brooklyn Women's Activism with Barbara Winslow, associate professor, School of Education and Women’s Studies Program; director, Shirley Chisholm Project of Brooklyn Women’s Activism, Brooklyn College; co-editor, Clio in the Classroom: A Guide for Teaching U.S. Women’s History

25  Crossing Brooklyn Ferry: The Borough in Poetry with Julie Agoos, professor, Department of English, and coordinator of the MFA in Poetry, Brooklyn College; Ben Lerner, associate professor, Department of English, Brooklyn College, and National Book Award finalist

26  Tanger Hillel at Brooklyn College: The Way Forward with Nadya Drukker, Executive Director, Tanger Hillel at Brooklyn College


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