Dunworkin Club

Dear Dunworkin Members,

If you know of any members that may be ill or having other difficulties, please notify the Executive Committee  at dunworkin1934@gmail.com.

In the interest of keeping our members and community as safe as possible, we have introduced video conferencing until further notice.

Updated 07/24/2022

9/9/22 IN PERSON Dr. Kesha Moore. She is currently Senior Researcher and Development Specialist for the Legal Defense Fund, of the NAACP, in their Thurgood Marshall Institute. Prior to that, she was an Associate Professor of Sociology at Drew University, where she also played an active role in a number of campus-community organizations with a goal of social justice.  She combined a BA in Cross-Cultural Sociology from Franklin and Marshall, with a master’s degree in Sociology from the University of Michigan, and a PhD in Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania.

9/23/22 IN PERSON Dr. Leslie Wilson, Associate Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.  He is also one of the scholars who participates in the Montclair History Center’s program entitled “The Price of Liberty”.  He combines a BA from Cornell, with two Master’s Degrees (an MPS from Cornell, and an MA from Hunter College) and a PhD from CUNY.

The Dunworkin Club was founded in 1934 to foster good fellowship and communication among retired and semiretired residents of Montclair and nearby communities.

The club meets on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of the month at the Upper Montclair Presbyterian Church located at 53 Norwood Avenue, Upper Montclair. There is informal Socializing beginning at 10:30 followed by a presentation from an invited speaker at 11:00. The topics vary from meeting to meeting. Attendees pay for lunch prior to the presentation. Lunch and additional informal socializing begin at noon.

2022 Schedule

1/14/22 VIDEO CONFERENCE Joseph Lee, Vice President and General Manager of NJ PBS, New Jersey’s only public media station, and the home of NJ Spotlight News with Briana Vannozzi, will discuss the important role public media plays in the state. Wendy McNeil, the individual gifts officer, will introduce Mr. Lee. At a time when major news sources are polarizing more than ever, and cries of “fake news” have become the norm, NJ PBS, with its well-written, sophisticated, balanced, and most importantly truthful news stories is needed more than ever.

During long hours in quarantine, NJ PBS entertained audiences and kept them engaged by showcasing PBS favorites like Masterpiece TheaterNature, and This Old House. When schools were closed due to Covid-19, children stayed current on their schoolwork by watching NJ PBS-produced education shows like Learning Live and nationally produced programs like Sesame Street and the Wild Kratts.

Joseph Lee, an experienced leader in public media and a pioneer in community engagement, will update you on NJ PBS programs and share his vision for the future of the station. Wendy McNeil, a 30-plus year resident of Montclair, who loves her community and her work as a fundraiser is delighted to be able to share her passion for public media with the members of Dunworkin Club of Montclair.

1/28/22 VIDEO CONFERENCE Buddy Evans, President and CEO of the Montclair YMCA. His topic is the YMCA of Montclair, its history, plans for the future, work to develop diversity and inclusion, the response to the Covid-19 pandemic, and plans for a new summer camp experience.

Buddy Evans took over as head of the Montclair YMCA in 2019, after a 26-year career in leadership positions in various Florida and Georgia YMCAs. In his first year in Montclair the Y saw a 10% increase in membership and a 7% increase in funding. Under his leadership the Montclair Y has become a “Charity of Choice” and was upgraded to “Mid Major” level in the YMCA hierarchy. He was instrumental in shoring up the Montclair Y’s financial situation at the time of his arrival. He is now Chair of NJ YMCA State Alliance Board.

Buddy and his wife Eileen have been active members of YMCAs in the communities where they lived engaging in Y activities and volunteering to coach youth sports teams. Buddy earned a B.S from the University of Rhode Island and a Masters in Science from the U.S. Sports Academy. He and Eileen have two adult children, a daughter who is a 4th grade teacher and a son who is a professional baseball player.

Buddy is aware that Montclair is a diverse community, and he has overseen the establishment of a 10-member Diversity, Equity, and inclusion Committee which focuses on operationalizing equity inside the Y and he believes that he has positioned the Y to be a leader in issues of social justice in our community.

2/11/22 VIDEO CONFERENCE Kathleen Carroll, internationally known journalist.

In the last decade, 278 journalists around the world have been murdered for doing their jobs. And in 81 percent of those cases, no one has been prosecuted, convicted or held accountable for those deaths in any way. With the rise of autocracies around the world and sometimes violent polarization here in the United States, it has never been a more dangerous time to be a journalist. The climate is getting more dangerous. If it’s easy to shrug off those sobering statistics, think about what is lost when citizens don’t have access to facts. If society allows suppression of journalists, what profession will be next?

Kathleen Carroll is a veteran journalism leader and press freedom advocate. Since 2017, she has chaired the board of the Committee to Protect Journalists, a global organization that helps endangered journalists and advocates for press freedoms.

From 2002 through 2016, Carroll was executive editor and senior vice president of The Associated Press. As the top news executive of the world’s largest independent news agency, she was responsible for coverage from journalists in more than 100 countries, including groundbreaking new bureaus in North Korea and Myanmar.

Under her leadership, AP journalists won numerous awards, among them five Pulitzer Prizes – including the 2016 Pulitzer for Public Service – six George Polk Awards and 15 Overseas Press Club Awards. She is a fierce advocate for a robust and independent press, especially in hostile environments, was the first journalist to address the UN Security Council on the topic.  She appears as contest judge, consultant on ethical and standards issues, and from 2003 to 2012 was a member of the Pulitzer Prize Board, the final year as co-chair.

Carroll is a fierce advocate for a robust independent press and a frequent speaker on the threats to journalistic access. She also is a leader on vital security issues for journalists working in hostile environments and was the first journalist ever to address the United Nations Security Council on the topic. She is a frequent contest judge and consultant on ethical and standards issues. From 2003 to 2012, she was a member of the Pulitzer Prize Board, the last year as co-chair.

Earlier affiliations include leading the Knight Ridder Washington bureau, the AP in Washington, Los Angeles, and Dallas, the International Herald Tribune, San Jose Mercury News, and the Dallas Morning News.

She and her husband, author Steve Twomey, have lived in Montclair since 2002 and are the parents of an adult son.

2/25/22 VIDEO CONFERENCE Lisa Simone Kingstone, a journalist and academic who writes about the complexities of gender, race and identity in our modern world. With the growing acceptance of multiracial marriage, gender fluidity and multiple identities, especially among millennials, older notions of stability with regard to these categories are coming into question. As we begin to see the way these categories divide and separate us, we can shift our understanding of them to develop a richer, mutual understanding of each other.

Dr. Kingstone is a Visiting Scholar at the New School for Social Research and an Associate Professor at Montclair State University. Previously she taught at the University of Connecticut and Kings College, London. Her book “Fading Out Black and White” explores the topic of racial ambiguity in American culture, and her latest research is studying the impact of bussing on the social integration that has occurred across racial lines.

3/11/22 VIDEO CONFERENCE Jane Eliasof, Executive Director for the Montclair History Center for over 10 years, will talk about how the Montclair History Center did more than just change its name. The 2017 rebranding reflects a deep, fundamental change in the way the History Center approaches the history of the house built in 1796 by Israel Crane and, more generally, the history of the town and region. These changes are reflected in the museum’s interpretation, tours, and programming. The Montclair History Center is not alone. Across the country, more and more museums are looking for ways to tell more inclusive histories. Eliasof will also outline some of the programs the Center plans for the future, including one taking place during the month of March.

3/25/22 VIDEO CONFERENCE Ann Lippel, President of Montclair Gateway to Aging in Place, will discuss decision points seniors are likely to face if they decide to remain living in the Montclair area after retirement. Ms. Lippel has lived in Montclair for forty-five years and after her retirement from a career in academic administration served three terms as chair of the Montclair Senior Citizens Advisory Committee and also served on both the Montclair Housing Commission and the Montclair COVID Task Force. During this time, she has found that skills she acquired over her four decade career have served her well in identifying the opportunities and challenges the “third age” generation is likely to encounter.

4/8/22 VIDEO CONFERENCE Dr. Cortni Borgersonanthropologist, conservation biologist, and National Geographic Explorer. Her work explores why people  hunt endangered species and looks at how this hunting affects human health and wildlife conservation. She will be discussing her work and her recent trip to Madagascar this December.

Dr. Borgerson is fluent in Malagasy, the language of Madagascar where she manages an active field team of 15 research staff and conducts numerous interventions to improve food security and reduce unsustainable hunting. She serves as a board member for the NGO MAHERY (Madagascar Health and Environmental Research) and is a commission member for the Madagascar Section of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

4/22/22 Spring Luncheon

5/13/22 IN PERSON Harvey Araton is a journalist, author and adjunct college professor based in Montclair, N.J.  He worked for four daily newspapers in the New York City area, including the Staten Island Advance, New York Post, Daily News and New York Times, where he served as a Sports of the Times columnist for 15 years, 25 overall and still contributes on a freelance basis.

He has covered all sports and some non-sports, with a specialty in basketball. In 2017, he was the recipient of the Curt Gowdy Award at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, MA., given annually to print/digital and broadcasting members of the media. He has covered 10 Olympics, many Wimbledon the U.S. Open tennis tournaments, the French Open and the Davis Cup in Spain and Zimbabwe. He has also covered many N.B.A. finals, World Series, Super Bowls and men’s and women’s Final Fours in college basketball.

From August 2009 to May 2010, Mr. Araton served as a reporter for the features group at The Times, where he wrote for Sunday Real Estate, Styles, Home and Dining. He has also written for the Times Magazine, Book Review and Culture sections. Araton is the author, co-author and editor of  eight books, including “Driving Mr. Yogi,” about the poignant relationship between Yogi Berra and Ron Guidry–a New York Times bestseller–and “When the Garden Was Eden,” on the Knicks’ championship teams of the early 1970s. The book was adapted for an ESPN 30 for 30 documentary, which Araton co-produced. His first novel, “Cold Type,” was published in 2014. Mr. Araton teaches media and writing courses at Montclair State University.

He was nominated by The Times for a Pulitzer Prize in 1994; was named 1998 Sportswriter of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association; won first place in 1994 for Best News Story from the Associated Press Sports Editors; won first place in 2005 for Column Writing from the New York State Associated Press Association; and was honored in 1997 and 2007 for Column Writing by the Associated Press Sports Editors. In 1986, he received the Feature Writing Award from the Associated Press Sports Editors.

Born in New York City on May 17, 1952, Mr. Araton earned a B.A. in English from the City University of New York in 1975.

5/27/22 Luncheon, putting is optional.

7/15/22 Summer Luncheon (updated date)

9/9/22 IN PERSON Dr. Kesha Moore. She is currently Senior Researcher and Development Specialist for the Legal Defense Fund, of the NAACP, in their Thurgood Marshall Institute. Prior to that, she was an Associate Professor of Sociology at Drew University, where she also played an active role in a number of campus-community organizations with a goal of social justice.  She combined a BA in Cross-Cultural Sociology from Franklin and Marshall, with a master’s degree in Sociology from the University of Michigan, and a PhD in Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania.

9/23/22 IN PERSON Dr. Leslie Wilson, Associate Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.  He is also one of the scholars who participates in the Montclair History Center’s program entitled “The Price of Liberty”.  He combines a BA from Cornell, with two Master’s Degrees (an MPS from Cornell, and an MA from Hunter College) and a PhD from CUNY.

10/14/22 IN PERSON Dr. Rachel Pereira, Esq. She is currently a senior legal and policy advisor in higher education for the Washington, DC, based law firm, Nelson, Mullins, Riley & Scarborough. Before joining the law firm, she served as the Asst. Vice President for Institutional Equity, Equal Opportunity & Affirmative Action/Title IX Coordinator at Vassar College. She combines a BA in Elementary Education from Hunter College; an EdD in Education Administration, Theory & Policy from Rutgers University; and a JD from the University of Pennsylvania

10/28/22 TBD

11/18/22 TBD

12/2/22 Holiday Luncheon

2021 Schedule

1/8/21 VIDEO CONFERENCE Prof. James Smethurst will be the speaker for our first video conference of the year is Prof. James Smethurst.  He had been commissioned by Prof. Henry Louis Gates, Jr., of Harvard, to present a series of lectures for Spring, 2020, which were suspended because of the virus.  Prof. Gates suggested he condense the series to a single lecture, which Prof. Smethurst has done, and agreed to also present that lecture to the Dunworkin Club.

A proud Montclair New Jersey native, James Smethurst is Interim Chair of Afro-American Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He is the author of The New Red Negro: The Literary Left and African American Poetry, 1930-1946The Black Arts Movement, The African American Roots of Modernism, and Brick City Vanguard: Amiri Baraka, Black Music, Black Modernity. His book Becoming Black, Becoming Southern: A History of the Black Arts Movement in the South will appear in the spring of 2021.

His topic is Afrofuturism, which describes how Black writers and artists have thought about past, present and the future within the context of current trends and the BLM movement.  He will especially focus on the arc of time from Newark and Detroit, in 1967, to Minneapolis, Louisville, and Philadelphia in 2020.

1/22/21 VIDEO CONFERENCE John Wefing, will discuss people he has met during his Seton Law School career, which includes Supreme Court Justices and Governors.

2/12/21 VIDEO CONFERENCE Bob Weisbuch, formerly the director of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Program in Princeton and more recently the President of Drew University, will speak on “Liberty and Learning: Higher Ed’s Higher Purpose.”

2/26/21 VIDEO CONFERENCE Annik LaFarge, historian, author, and photographer, her topic is: “Chopin on the High Line.” She is the author of Chasing Chopin: A Musical Journey Across Three Centuries, Four Countries, and a Half-Dozen Revolutions, favorably reviewed in the NY Times Book Review, and the 2012 book On the High Line: Exploring America’s Most Original Park.  She will give an illustrated talk with music clips and photographs. Her presentation answers the question she’s been getting over the past six months, since her new book was published:  How do you go from a 21st century public park built on an old elevated railroad in New York City to a 19th century sonata composed in Europe by Frédéric Chopin? The talk is in part about Chopin and his op. 35 sonata (the one with the famous funeral march) and also an argument for why the High Line is an essentially romantic place, and the artistic spirit that connects them. For a little more information, follow the link: About Chasing Chopin

3/12/21 VIDEO CONFERENCE Rev. Frederick A. Davie, Exec. VP,  of Union Theological Seminary, will present to us on some portion of his career which spans the US Commission on International Religious Freedom, the White House Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, Public/Private Ventures with the Ford Foundation, programs for the re-entry of formerly incarcerated persons, other social and economic justice organizations. He is a recipient of  Yale Divinity School’s Distinguished Alumnus Award for Community Service. Since 2017, he has served as Chair of the NYC Civilian Complaint Review Board, which is the nation’s largest oversight agency of a police department, and his topic is  “Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement,” which is a topic of national interest.

3/26/21 VIDEO CONFERENCE Candy Cooper, Pulitzer Prize finalist investigative reporter for the Detroit Free Press and the San Francisco Examiner, will speak about her recent book Poisoned Water, the Flint Water crisis and its implications for cities across the US.

4/9/21 VIDEO CONFERENCE Karen Pennington is a national leader in the field of Student Development. Recently retired from the position of Vice President at Montclair State, she has served as chair of the National Association of Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education and is an expert on student affairs law and policy.

A graduate of the University of Scranton with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history,  she  later returned to Scranton as a member of their Board of Trustees. She earned a Master’s in Educational Counseling at Gannon and a Ph.D. in Educational Administration at SUNY Albany.  Having served on six campuses in positions such as dean of students, residence life director and director of college activities, you might say she has seen it all.

As a Fulbright Visiting Scholar Dr. Pennington has helped colleges around the world develop policies and good practices in the area of student affairs. The title of her talk is “College Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, and yesterday was 2019.”

4/23/21 VIDEO CONFERENCE Dr. Cecilia A. Conrad, Ph.D, CEO of Lever for Change and a Managing Director at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. She will talk to us about innovative approaches to philanthropy, including MacArthur’s Fellows program, its Lever for Change, and its new program on a Stronger Democracy. We have long heard of the MacArthur Grants awarded to exceptionally talented individuals. The 100&Change activity awards a $100 million grant for a proposal promising real measurable progress in solving a critical problem, and the Lever for Change unlocks philanthropical capital to accelerate global social change.

She is emerita professor of economics at Pomona College where she held positions as the Stedman Sumner Chair in Economics and as VP for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College. She received the National Urban League’s Women of Power Award in 2008 and the National Economic Association’s Samuel Z. Westerfield award in 2018. She received her BA degree from Wellesley College and her PhD in economics from Stanford University.

5/14/21 VIDEO CONFERENCE Marc Favata, Montclair State University scientist on LIGO Gravitational Wave Detections and their significance. Scientists are still struggling to answer some fundamental questions about the universe.  Gravitational waves are useful in finding answers to some of these questions, and we are fortunate to have access to Marc Favata, an astrophysicist from Montclair State for his first hand explanations.  He is part of an international collaboration studying gravitational waves and how they allow us to observe the universe in a new way. A few years ago he provided an overview of the LIGO gravitational-wave detector, shortly after it had discovered the first handful of gravitational-wave signals from colliding black holes or neutron stars. Since that time, LIGO has reported 50 detections in total. Marc will present a summary of what we have learned from these newest discoveries.

5/28/21 VIDEO CONFERENCE Professor Jessica Henry, an author, legal commentator, blogger and social justice advocate. After obtaining her J.D. from N.Y.U. School of Law, Henry served as a public defender in New York City for nearly a decade. Professor Henry is the author of the book, “Smoke But No Fire: Convicting the Innocent of Crimes that Never Happened” (U.C. Press 2020). She has written numerous articles for both academic and mainstream publications. Her research interests include wrongful convictions, severe sentences (including the death penalty and life without parole), and hate crimes. She frequently appears as a commentator on national and local television and radio, and has been widely cited in the mainstream media. In 2015, Henry received the Montclair State University Distinguished Teacher Award for her excellence in teaching. Henry teaches a wide range of classes including Wrongful Convictions, Criminal Law and Procedure, Death Penalty Perspectives, and Hate Crimes.

6/11/21 VIDEO CONFERENCE Louis Hochman, Editor in Chief, Montclair Local, will share his experiences in news media and the role they should continue to play. He will address “What it Means to be the Community’s Newsroom.“ He believes community news organizations best serve audiences by embracing values of inclusion, equity, and solutions-focused journalism.

His extensive background includes serving as deputy news editor, and digital editor for the Daily Record, in Morris County, regional editor for Patch.com, supervising reporter at NJ.com, and most recently the deputy digital editor of New Jersey 101.5.  He has overseen a transition from print to digital with a newspaper in Rhode Island and overseen the work that quintupled the digital audience for New Jersey 101.5. He also co-created, filmed and produced an award-winning video and podcast on the subject of heroin that won a “Truth in Media” award from the NJ Association of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies.

Lou has lectured at area colleges and universities on journalistic ethics, the evolution of digital journalism, and the work required to earn trust in a 24-7 media world.  He has won awards for a wide range of contributions from press associations in New Jersey and nationally, has also developed considerable skill as a photographer, and displays his work at LCHPhoto.com.  When not focused on newsworthy events and photography, he admits to a pre-occupation with the three cats who occupy some of his household.

6/25/21 VIDEO CONFERENCE Charles Bagli, has covered the intersection of politics and real estate in the NY metro area for 35 years, first at the New York Observer and then for 22 years at The New York Times.  He has written about the power of the NYC real estate industry on state and local government, Donald J. Trump, the Kushners, corruption in the construction industry, public investment in sports stadiums and arenas, the rebuilding of the World Trade Center, gambling and the debt-fueled real estate boom of the 2000s. Prior to becoming a journalist, he worked as an industrial roofer, a transit bus driver and a furnace tender in a tool plant. He has lived in Montclair with his wife Ellie Gitelman Bagli since 1986

He will put all of this background to work in reviewing the impact of the pandemic on real estate in the NY Metro area—office towers, retail/malls, and housing, and discuss where it was, and where it’s heading.

7/16/21 Summer Lunch at Montclair Golf Club

7/23/21 VIDEO CONFERENCE Prof. Emerita Lillie Edwards is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Oberlin College where she received the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2002 and currently serves on the Oberlin Board of Trustees. She received her doctorate in history from the University of Chicago, and for 23 years served as the founding Director of Pan-African Studies and Director of American Studies at Drew University. While there she received two teaching awards, and her retirement opened a path to becoming a member of the Dunworkin Club.

As a public historian committed to social justice, Dr. Edwards has lectured for the National Jewish Museum, Apple, the League of Women Voters, the Montclair Adult School, and the Montclair History Center and she has served as a consultant for the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Park Service, public schools, and other organizations. She is chair of the church council at The Mark Montclair.

She will discuss the role of Black women in the civil rights movement, including the three who co-founded the Black Lives Matter Movement. They inherited a legacy of Black women’s civil rights organizing and activism that began with the abolitionist movement and continued when Black women created the first civil rights organization in 1896. Rosa Parks organized to defend Black women rape victims in 1944, Fannie Lou Hamer challenged the Democratic Party in 1964.

8/13/21 VIDEO CONFERENCE Jay Seldin, describes himself as teacher, photographer, adventurer, author, and world citizen.  We are all familiar with the expression “a picture is worth a thousand words” and I would venture that Jay is going to make a case for a ratio even higher than that.  He admits to a bachelor’s degree in art and psychology, and a master’s degree in visual art and photography, but demeans that preparation compared to his real-life experiences.  His extensive travels have been to numerous countries in all of the major continents, and, in his words, “I use photography as a means for personal self-expression”.  When the subjects are people, he uses the images to tell the story of the people, their challenges, and their love and hope.  When they are landscapes, he shows the beauty he has found in his travels.

He is an Ambassador of Photography for Canson digital papers, a sponsor, and owns and operates a photo travel workshop, CPE Workshops, LLC.  Here is a chance to learn from a practitioner about how photography can be used to reflect society, and also on occasion to adjust society.

9/10/21 VIDEO CONFERENCE Professor Tom Bryant, from the School of Graduate Studies at Rutgers, and other institutions.  From 1998 to 2003, he was Chairman of the Entrepreneurship and Small Business Program in the business school.  He leads the Capstone Project, which oversees entrepreneurial projects for students who are candidates for an MBS degree, for which the letter S, for Science, replaces the A.  His affinity for Science was shaped by his studies at MIT.  His experiences with Capstone put him at the center of new business development, where science, production, marketing, and finance all combine to respond to major economic changes, or develop new products.  These are crucial to economic growth and innovation, and the need for these changes has been accelerated in the wake of the pandemic.

9/24/21 VIDEO CONFERENCE Andre’ Weker, Montclair Orchestra. The world of orchestras and classical music is often referred to as “old” and “antiquated”, so Montclair Orchestra founder Andre Weker set out to form a unique program that would bring modern day relevance to an important historical artform. Bringing together music students from the metropolitan region’s premier conservatories as Fellows, to play side-by-side with professional Mentors from some of the world’s greatest orchestras, The Montclair Orchestra has established a unique program that addresses the very real and timely issues of diversity in music, both on stage and on the page, and helps to ensure that today’s students are prepared to be the ambassadors for the orchestra of the next generation. Learn about the complexities of forming a cultural nonprofit, and the struggles to balance the demands of 21st century cultural expectations with the traditions and important repertoire of the past.

In 2016, after two years abroad in London, Andre Weker relocated to Montclair, NJ, where he was inspired to create a grassroots orchestra in the community. Pivoting from a career in environmental business, he founded The Montclair Orchestra, drawing on his Bachelor’s Degree in Music from Boston University College of Fine Arts and his love of the orchestral training programs of his youth. Weker melded his unique talents to bring his vision to life: a pre-professional training program where fellowship students sit side-by side with world class professional musicians. Serving as President of The Montclair Orchestra since its inception, he has grown the organization both financially and musically each season.

A Boston-area native, Weker’s early music training began at the New England Conservatory Preparatory Division on piano and bassoon. He soon found himself a member of both the New England Youth Philharmonic and the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra throughout his high school years. He continued performing professionally after his graduation from Boston University, where he was a student of Richard Ranti and Gregg Henegar. Shifting from music to follow his passion for business, Weker decided to pursue a career in environmental remediation. He spent several years honing a broad base of business and financial management skills before returning to his roots in music, this time as an orchestra executive. He currently resides in Montclair with his wife Kristina and their three children.

10/8/21 VIDEO CONFERENCE Roosevelt Nesmith. President of the Board of Trustees of HOMECorp, a Montclair-based organization devoted to creating and maintaining affordable housing in Montclair and provides financial counseling to support home ownership. HOMECorp was founded by a group of community volunteers in 1988.

Mr. Nesmith received a BS degree from Fairleigh Dickinson, a JD degree from New York University Law School and spent 12 years as an associate with Patterson, Belknap, Webb, and Tyler, in New York. He was a founder of Haddon Renaissance Adult Medical Day Care Center, in Camden, and Chairman of the Board of St. Michael’s Medical Center, in Newark. In addition to his role with HOMECorp, he leads his own law firm, with emphasis on consumer, employment, and commercial litigation.

He will describe the range of activities for HOMECorp, as well as the challenges that Covid-19 and its economic disruptions have created.

10/22/21 VIDEO CONFERENCE Steve Engelberg,founding managing editor of ProPublica, and since 2013, editor-in-chief. ProPublica was designed to produce investigative journalism in the public interest, and was the first online news source to win a Pulitzer Prize for that category.  Mr. Engelberg’s career in journalism includes 18 years with the NY Times, with stints in Washington, DC., Warsaw, Poland, and New York, winning a Pulitzer Prize for work there, as well as a the same prize for work at the Oregonian.  He is also a council member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and co-author of a book entitled “Germs: Biological Weapons and America’s Secret War”.

He will review the state of journalism, at a time when the role of traditional newspapers is being challenged by fragmented news sources, much false information, and new distractions from social media sources.

11/5/21 VIDEO CONFERENCE Annik LaFarge & David Sharps. Societies survive by adapting to new circumstances.  Our presentation on November 5, will provide evidence of that. Annik LaFarge, who presented to us on February 26, on the High Line and her book on Chopin, will share the presentation with Waterfront Museum President David Sharps in a dramatic example of adaptation. Ms. LaFarge is Board Chair of the floating museum, which is based in Red Hook, Brooklyn, and Mr. Sharps created it from a sunken railroad barge, which served as a home for his family, including two young daughters. In August the Museum launched the Barge Cam, an HD, live-streaming camera which captures all the maritime traffic and wildlife that pass through the busy harbor: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gFTM_VqQipI. The Waterfront Museum is a traveling auditorium, bringing music, and theater to Brooklyn and communities up the Hudson River. They will share with us examples of how New York City has had to adapt to new patterns of marine trade, and how abandoned barges can be used to enrich the cultural life of a community.

11/19/21 VIDEO CONFERENCE Alan Steinberg will speak about government policies, drawing from a vast array of experiences.  He started with a BA in Political Science at Northwestern, a JD from Wisconsin, and a Master of Law and Taxation from Temple. He credits two leading scholars for his background in foreign policy, and on both sides of the Palestinian/Israeli situation. He began his legal career in the US Navy, as a lieutenant in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps, and has practiced law privately and as in-house legal counsel.

He had been Senior Policy Advisor in the NJ Assembly Republican Office, and then served under Gov. Christie Whitman in a variety of capacities, including the Meadowlands Commission, Ethical Studies, and Commerce and Economic Development. From 2005-2010 he served as Regional Administrator for the EPA, in the George W. Bush Administration, overseeing all aspects of the environment at the State and Local levels and as a Consultant with Israel for discussion of their needs.

From 2010-2015 he had acted as a Scholar in Residence at Monmouth University, and is a frequent commentator on NY Channel 9, NJ News 12, and on PolitickerNJ.com.

12/3/21 Holiday Lunch 

Photo credit: 85th Meeting, Robert A. Cumins

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