Chris Estes on "Affordable Housing" -- 7:30 PM, Friday, December 7, 2018 at the Hotchkiss School, Lakeville, CT.
Event Date : 12/07/2018
Chris joined Rebuilding Together in January 2018 after five years as President/CEO of the National Housing Conference in Washington, DC.  Chris oversaw NHC’s research work on the intersection of housing with transportation, education and health in particular.  He was active in engaging the community development field in local housing/community development efforts and national policy strategy as well as offering resources on best practices in communications and messaging.

Rebuilding Together is a 30-year-old national nonprofit network of 130 local affiliates that specialize in urgent home repair and community revitalization efforts in low and moderate-income communities at no cost to recipients.  Each year their network of affiliates completes around 10,000 repair projects nationwide, including disaster-recovery efforts.

In his role as Senior Vice President of Business Strategy and Advocacy at Rebuilding Together he leads the organization’s policy and advocacy efforts as well as programmatic partnerships with other national, regional and local community development organizations.

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. Previously he was a fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, and the John F; Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.    He also worked for the late Republican Senator John Heinz as personal staff assistant for defense and security affairs. 

During the 2016 presidential election campaign, he became a member of the "Never Trump" movement, and has been described as one of "the most eloquent conservative voices against President Trump."  In February 2018, he wrote an opinion piece in USA Today titled I'm Still a Republican, But My Party Needs to be Fumigated.

His most recent books include No Use: Nuclear Weapons and U.S. National Security and The Death of Expertise: The Campaign Against Established Knowledge and Why it Matters.