Chris Estes on "Affordable Housing" -- Friday, December 7, 2018 at 7:30 PM.
Event Date : 12/07/2018
After five years of serving as President/CEO of the National Housing Conference, Chris Estes joined Rebuilding Together, a national network of local affiliates which brings volunteers and professional labor together to repair homes and community facilities in vulnerable neighborhoods.

As Vice President of Business Strategy and Advocacy he leads the organization's national policy efforts as well as its programmatic focus areas in Community Revitalization and Healthy Housing.

Joshua Ginsberg on "Environmental Optimism in a time of Rapid Climate Change" -- 7:30 PM, Friday, November 9, 2018, at Housatonic Valley Regional High School in Falls Village, CT
Event Date : 11/09/2018

Dr. Joshua Ginsberg is President of the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, NY.   He cites as positive developments the economics of alternative energy, one of the fastest growing sectors of the economy, and the energy storage systems which now make it possible for some places to be off the grid entirely.

Dr. Ginsberg's career in conservation science spans 35 years and several continents. During the 1980s and 1990s, he led ecology and conservation projects in Asia and East and Southern Africa.

He earned his Ph.D. from Princeton University, B.S. from Yale University and was Director of Asia and Pacific Programs at the Wildlife Conservation Society, where he was responsible for projects in 17 Asian countries. Dr. Ginsberg has been an adjunct professor at Columbia University since 1998 and has helped manage Columbia’s Center for Environmental Research and Conservation (CERC). Dr. Ginsberg has also been a Research Fellow in Ecology at the Zoological Society of London; Honorary Research Fellow and Lecturer at University College London, and Research Fellow at Oxford University. He serves on the boards of the Ocean Foundation, the Open Space Institute, and the Catskill Mountain keeper, and is a member of the advisory council of the American Museum of Natural History's Center for Biodiversity and Conservation. As an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Diplomacy Fellow, he provided guidance on international conservation issues, including matters relating to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) and African biodiversity.

Tom Nichols on "The Death of Expertise: How The Campaign Against Knowledge Threatens Democracy" -- 7:30 PM, Friday October 19, 2018, at Housatonic Valley Regional High School in Falls Village, CT
Event Date : 10/19/2018
Tom NicholsTom Nichols is a professor at the U.S. Naval War College, at the Harvard Extension School, a Sovietologist, and a five-time undefeated Jeopardy! champion. He is a senior contributor at The Federalist and the author of seven books.