Events & Programs

2017 Summer Seminar Series



The popular summer seminar series, now in its 33rd year, continues this year with the following lineup (see below for individual program info) :

Thursday, July 6th at 10:30 am: Dr. Doug Simon--Thoughts on American Foreign Policy
Dr. Doug Simon, Emeritus Professor of Political Science at Drew University, explores and explains developments in U.S. foreign policy, with emphasis on President Trump's first few months in Office.
Monday, July 10th at 1pm: Gordon Chang--Trump and China: War or Peace in Asia
It's out with engagement and in with confrontation, and bewildered Chinese leaders have yet to develop a response. Will President Trump's new approach ensure peace, or trigger war in Asia? This popular and articulate speaker examines the situation.
Thursday, July 13th at 10:30am: Daniel Rose--Milton Hershey: The Man who Reinvented Chocolate
Mr. Rose will present a savory confection of dreams, drive, struggle, failure, and successful capitalism as he examines the life of Milton Hershey and his pursuit of chocolate.
Monday, July 17th at 1pm: Linda Barth--The Garden State: Where Ideas Grow
Linda Barth holds a presentation of the stories behind the many useful, fun, and even silly popular and innovative inventions and their New Jersey roots.
Thursday, July 20th at 10:30am: S.J.Rozan--Categorization and its Discontents: Why Genre Matters
Sometimes there is a fine line between writing genres. Ever wonder how it's drawn and why it matters? Find out as this award-winning author speaks on the topic of mysteries, fiction, and the meaning of genre writing.
Monday, July 24th at 1pm: Dr. Michael Norris--Medieval Masterpieces of the Met's Cloisters
Find out how and why the Metropolitan Museum of Art decided on a medieval-looking building for its medieval collection in north Manhattan, followed by a talk about the art at the Met's Cloisters, including the apse, a Cloister walk, and the Unicorn Tapestries. Dr. Norris takes us on a virtual stroll through the Metropolitan Museum's collection of medieval masterpieces.
Thursday, July 27th at 10:30am: Kim Gianetti--Golf and Politics: The Power Game
The powerful and influential often meet to play. Networking? Sharing points of view? USGA events coordinator, Kim Gianetti, will speak about the old game and the USGA museum's holdings.
Monday, July 31st at 1pm: Dr. Gillian Hettinger-- Living in a Muslim World: A Woman's Perspective
Share in the personal experiences of Gillian Hettinger as she lived in the Muslim world, her initial impressions, day-to-day encounters, and lasting memories. Dr. Hettinger teaches at William Paterson University. 
Thursday, August 3rd at 10:30am: Dr. Randall Westbrook-- The Art and Politics of the Harlem Renaissance
Dr. Westbrook, who teaches at FDU, explores the fascinating subject of the cultural, social, and artistic explosion that took place in Harlem, NY, in the 1920s..
Monday, August 7th at 1pm: Dr. William Gutsch--Adventures under the Northern Lights
In this richly illustrated talk, astronomer and photographer, Dr. William Gutsch, will show examples, and explain how explosive eruptions on the Sun and holes in the solar atmosphere can lead to these dazzling natural light displays in the northern and southern night skies.

 The seminars are free and open to the public. No registration required. Attend as many as you like.

Summer Seminar Breakdown

Michael Norris
Monday, July 24th at 1pm
Dr. Michael Norris
Medieval Masterpieces of the Met's Cloisters

FInd out how and why the Metropolitan Museum of Art decided on a medieval-looking building for its collection in north Manhattan, followed by a talk about the art at the Met's Cloisters, including the apse, a Cloister walk, and the Unicorn Tapestries.
kim gianetti
USGA
Thursday, July 27th at 10:30am
Kim Gianetti/USGA
Golf and Politics: The Power Game

The powerful and influential often meet to play. USGA events coordinator, Kim Gianetti, explains the allure of the old game, and talks about the museum's holdings.
gillian hettinger
Monday, July 31st at 1pm
Dr. Gillian Hettinger
Living in a Muslim World: A Woman's Perspective

Share in the personal experiences of Gillian Hettinger as she lived them in the Muslim world, her initial impressions, day-to-day encounters, and lasting memories.
randall westbrook
Thursday, August 3rd at 10:30am
Dr. Randall Westbrook
The Art and politics of the Harlem Renaissance

Dr. Westbrook explores the fascinating subject of the cultural, social, and artistic explosion that took place in Harlem, NY in the 1920s.
william gutsch
Monday, August 7th at 1pm
Dr. William Gutsch
Adventures under the Northern Lights

In this richly illustrated talk, astronomer and photographer Dr. William Gutsch will show and explain how explosive eruptions on the sun and holes in the solar atmosphere can lead to dazzling displays of the Northern and Southern Lights.

Music Program



Tuesday, October 3rd @ 7:00pm

Tales from the Desert: Solo Instrumental Guitar

Peter Biedermann will be focusing on pieces from his latest recording, Tales from the Desert, performing on a variety of 6 and 12 string guitars in unique tunings. The program encourages questions from the audience and will also include some of the history and evolution of steel string guitar playing over the last 50-plus years. Fans of fellow guitarists Leo Kottke, the British School (Bert Jansch, John Renbourn, Davy Graham), Ralph Towner, Michael Hedges, and Pierre Bensusan will enjoy this music. Mr. Biedermann is a solo instrumental guitarist based in Green Valley, Arizona. He has been composing and performing for over 40 years and will be appearing for the first time at the Madison Public Library. CDs will be for sale after the performance. Please join us for this free program. Registration preferred, but drop-ins welcome as seating space permits. Register here.
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Wednesday Night Films at the Library


  Free. No registration required. 
   (Film synopses derived from IMDb.)


maltese falcon
Wednesday, July 26th at 7pm
The Maltese Falcon
1941/101min/NR
Dir. John Huston. Stars Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor

A private detective takes on a case that involves him with three eccentric criminals, a beautiful liar, and their quest for a priceless statuette.
murder my sweet
Wednesday, August 9th at 7pm
Murder, My Sweet
1944/95min/NR
Stars Dick Powell, Claire Trevor

After being hired to find an ex-con's former girlfriend, Phillip Marlowe is drawn into a deeply complex web of mystery and deceit.
ride the pink horse
Wednesday, August 9th at 7pm
Ride the Pink Horse
1947/101min/NR
Dir. Robert Montgomery. Stars Robert Montgomery, Wanda Hendrix, Thomas Gomez

Lucky Gagin arrives in San Pablo, a New Mexico border town, searching for the mobster who has wronged him. Is he just after revenge, or does he also have extortion on his mind?