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March 2024

Program Schedule
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March Schedule

OPENING DAY RECEPTION AND CONCERT 

Tuesday, March 5
10:00 a.m. at GCC
Program #18139

Fee: Free

Presenter:  Shoreline Jazz Quintet

The SJQ features Mike Bimonte on drums, Deepak Cyril D’Souza on saxophone, Rich Meyers on vibraphone, Steve Roane on acoustic bass, and Steve Wood on electric guitar. The quintet, which has been playing together in different combinations for several years, performs an eclectic repertoire including jazz standards and the music of more modern composers.  They have recorded several albums.

BITING BACK: CONFRONTING MOSQUITO-BORNE DISEASE

Thursday, March 7
10:00 a.m. *** Due to renovations in progress at the Madison Senior Center, this Program will be held at the Scranton Library in Madison.
Program #18140

Fee: $3

Presenter: Yale Science in the News

Speakers: Sandra Sandria, Mara Kushelman, Cristina Arnes Sanz

These Yale scientists will dive into the world of mosquito-borne illness, highlighting the impact of climate change on mosquito spread, and how we can use science and technology to “bite back”.

STORIES OF HOPE AND TRIUMPH

Tuesday, March 12
10:00 a.m. at GCC
Program #18141

Fee: $3

Presenter: Jennifer Wenderoth-Holster, MPA, Executive Director, Women and Family Life Center

There are moments in our lives that truly challenge us. WFL, based on its guiding principles of compassion, accountability, engagement, and community, assists families who would otherwise have no place to turn for help. Services are provided for people experiencing life transitions such as unemployment and family violence. Come and hear personal stories of hope and triumph.

WEEDING OUT INFORMATION ON CANNABIS

Thursday, March 14
10:00 a.m. *** Due to renovations in progress at the Madison Senior Center, this Program will be held at the First Congregational Church Hall
in Madison.
Program #18142

Fee: $3

Presenter: Deepak Cyril D’Souza, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry, Yale University

Dr. D’Souza is the Albert E. Kent Endowed Professor of Psychiatry, Yale University School of Medicine, the Director of the Schizophrenia Neuropharmacology Research Group at Yale, Director of the Neuropsychiatry Firm, VA Connecticut, and Director of the Neurobiological Studies Unit, VA Connecticut. With over 25 years of studying cannabis, Dr. D’Souza will provide an overview of the science of cannabis, addressing what may be most relevant to older adults. 

PREVIEW OF PEABODY MUSEUM RENOVATION

Tuesday, March 19
10:00 a.m. at GCC
Program #18143

Fee: $3

Presenter: Justin Hedde, Principal, Centerbrook Architects

Our speaker, a lead architect of the renovation and expansion of Yale’s Peabody Museum, along with Mark Simon, FAIA, will give SSILL members a preview of what the public will experience when it reopens later this year. In addition to the Peabody renovation, Mr. Hedde leads Centerbrook’s in-house group that researches, documents and disseminates information on museum trends. Other projects include a new Museum of Art at the University of New Hampshire, the potential expansion of the Florence Griswold Museum, and the Westerly Museum of American Impressionism in Rhode Island.

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A NATION DIVIDED AND RESTORED: THE ART OF WINSLOW HOMER, EASTMAN JOHNSON,
AND THOMAS EAKINS

Wednesday, March 20
10:00 a.m. Zoom
Program #18144

Fee: Free

Presenter:  Robert Potter, Art Historian

After the Civil War, as the Nation emerges from conflict and tragedy, artists will reflect on the War’s legacy as they paint an America now looking to the future. Eastman Johnson would be called “America’s Rembrandt” and paints the African American experience from slavery to freedom. Thomas Eakins’ paintings of the male figure will be admired for their modern realism but also shock many in Philadelphia society. In oil and watercolor, Winslow Homer, who had trained as a civil war illustrator for Harper’s Weekly, will present Americans on the battlefield, in rural life, at leisure and sailing the open seas.

SAVING OUR AFRICAN PENGUINS

Tuesday, March 26
10:00 a.m. at GCC
Program #18145

Fee: $3

Presenter: MaryEllen Mateleska, Senior Director of Education and Conservation, Mystic Aquarium. 

With over twenty years’ experience working in conservation education, MaryEllen has brought marine science, environmental conservation, and STEM topics to a variety of audiences. She is responsible for managing conservation messaging and environmental initiatives at the Mystic Aquarium.

African Penguins are experiencing an alarming and continuing decline in South Africa and could be functionally extinct by 2035. Come and discover the plight of the African penguin, the collaborative conservation program working to protect the species, and how to get involved in global conservation efforts. Please note that an African Penguin will not be traveling with this program.

BOOK DISCUSSION: Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver (Part 1)

Thursday, March 28
10:00 a.m. at GCC
Program #18146

Fee: $5  –  For both sessions (see April 11)

Facilitator: Hedda Kopf, Associate Professor Emerita

We will discuss this novel over two sessions. Part 1 will cover chapters 1-30. The author’s version of David Copperfield situates her compelling narrator in contemporary Appalachia where he endures challenges all too familiar to many Americans.

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