2015-2016

The Civic Life Project, Sunday, June 12th, 11:30AM, The Millerton Moviehouse
Event Date : 06/12/2016
How dang/secure/images/gallery1/92-5J443CYZe6S3.pngerous is the internet to your privacy? How much does religion influence political decisions? What is the real difference in education between prep schools, public high schools and charter schools? These are just a few of the topics student film makers are tackling this year as part of the Civic Life Project. We will screen five mini-documentaries with their students producers on hand to discuss them.


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The U.S. and Iran, 7:30 PM, Friday, April 15th, The Salisbury School
Event Date : 04/15/2016
Can we ever trust Iran? To answer that question we have to know the Iranians. We have to understand a country with a history that goes back a thousand years.


/secure/images/gallery1/121-5aczLL36YdPa.jpgFiroozeh Kashani-Sabet has made the study of Iranian and Middle East history a life long passion. Born in Tehran she was an eyewitness to the 1979 Iranian revolution. She lived through the start of the Iran-Iraq war before leaving for France and then the United States. She credits her years at Hotchkiss as launching her academic career leading to a doctorate from Yale and director of the Middle East Center at the University of Pennsylvania.


Dr. Kashani-Sabet discusses the complex ethnicity of the Iranian population and its views of the Arab states and Israel. How has the 1953 coup affected relations with the United States? Given recent events is there any hope of improving relations with Iran?


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Ralph Nader: Housatonic Valley Regional High School, 7:30 PM, March 4, 2016
Event Date : 03/04/2016

/secure/images/gallery1/120-nZXhQvsLXsAQ.jpgThis is the 50th anniversary of Ralph Nader’s Unsafe At Any Speed a book that launched the modern consumer movement. It took only five months for Congress to pass and President Johnson to sign into law the National Highway Traffic Safety Commission. According to the Center for Auto safety NHTSA’s design standards, recalls, and general auto-safety-related measures would reduce the rate of deaths per mile driven by nearly 80 percent.


Over time he put thousands of “Nader’s Raiders” to work investigating cars, nuclear power, pipeline safety, food and drug safety, airline safety, water and air pollution, antitrust enforcement, corporate governance and shareholder democracy, clean energy, tax reform, income and wealth inequality, campaign-finance reform, pension rights, old-age homes, occupational hazards, healthcare, smoking, freedom-of-information laws, multinationals, the Educational Testing Service, veterans’ affairs, land management, whistle blowing, trade policy, insurance, procurement—a seemingly endless list of vital issues with profound, real-world consequences.


He also found time to launch four presidential campaigns. He still produces a column every week, opened the American Museum of Tort Law in Winsted and travels widely lecturing and writing. He has an opinion on almost everything.


We don’t know just what he will talk about, but considering it’s Ralph Nader the evening is certain to be interesting.


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The Millionaires' Unit 11:15 AM, January 17, 2016, The Moviehouse in Millerton
Event Date : 01/15/2016
/secure/images/gallery1/117-4pTjzZPdrxwD.jpgThis fascinating documentary tells the story of how a small group of Yale college students formed a private air force in preparation for America's entry into World War One. It became the founding squadron of the U.S. Naval Air Reserve and was the first air combat unit in the Great War. Narrated by actor Bruce Dern this dramatic account of their exploits was filmed on three continents over a seven year period. Based on the book by Marc Wortman it traces the little known origins of American air power. The author and members of the production staff will be on hand to discuss the film.


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Why Architecture Matters 7:30PM, Friday December 11, 2015 The Hotchkiss School, Walker Auditorium
Event Date : 12/11/2015
/secure/images/gallery1/116-jUhUxhUQ4hT3.jpegBuilding Art: The Life and Work of Frank Gehry  is the latest book by Pulitzer Prize winning architecture critic Paul Goldberger.   “Architecture begins to matter,” writes Paul Goldberger, “when it brings delight and sadness and perplexity and awe along with a roof over our heads.” The purpose of his book Why Architecture Matters is to “come to grips with how things feel to us when we stand before them, with how architecture affects us emotionally as well as intellectually”—with its impact on our lives.


What makes great architecture? When does a building become architecture, become art? What kind of an art is it that you not only look at but also live in? Goldberger starts with these questions, as old as architecture itself, and then explains the sometimes conflicting elements of great architecture.


He is an excellent and humane storyteller deeply knowledgeable about both the inside nitty-gritty and grand purposes of architecture.


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Saving Congress from Itself: Salisbury School, 7:30 PM, Friday, Oct. 2, 2015
Event Date : 10/05/2015
The United States Congress faces two major problems according to former Senator James Buckley. The first is its seeming inability to deal with long term problems of any consequence.  The second is runaway spending that, he says, threatens to bankrupt us all. Both issues have been widely discussed and many politicians have vowed to deal with them.


But Senator Buckley says most people don’t realize one of the prime causes of both problems is a category of federal spending called “Grants In Aid” programs. He says there are more than 1,100 such programs. They consume one sixth of the federal budget. They have grown from $24,1 billion in 1970 to an estimated $640.8 billion in 2015, he says. He points out that they are a popular way for our elected representatives and senators to ensure their reelection by grateful constituents back home.


The irony, Buckley says, is that the money the states and local governments receive is derived from the federal taxes their residents pay and the grants come with detailed federal directives on how local officials can spend that money. To put it another way, he says, Congress is bribing the states to adopt Congress’s approach to problems that the Constitution said are the state’s exclusive responsibility.


As we approach another election year this forum promises to be a thoughtful and provocative discussion.




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The Power of Cartoons: 7:30 PM, Friday, September 18, 2015, Hotchkiss School, Walker Auditorium
Event Date : 09/18/2015
IMG_0805What makes a cartoon funny? When is a cartoon dangerous? How do people react to cartoons? Bob Mankoff has been creating cartoons for more than 40 years. He has been the cartoon editor of The New Yorker since 1997. He now looks at over a thousand cartoons each week to select the 16 or so that will appear in the magazine. He personally has created over 900 cartoons that have appeared in The New Yorker.


Mankoff says The New Yorker never uses the word “cartoon.” They are called “idea drawings.” What is an “idea drawing?” Mankoff explains the cartoon must make you think. http://www.bobmankoff.com/appearances Mankoff has lectured at the University of Michigan. It must have been one of the school’s most popular classes.


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