Speaker – November 19, 2014
Lisa Wilson Grant will speak about her new book “Norwalk”

1a52f0a‘Norwalk’ includes a wonderful collection of vintage photographs of the area. In this presentation, she’ll talk about the history of the area with special attention given to the parts of Norwalk near or in Darien like Old MacDonald’s Farm, the trolley on Tokeneke Road leading to Rowayton, Roton Point Park, White Bridge, and more.

Located on the shores of Long Island Sound, Norwalk’s close proximity to New York City prompted the building of many summer residences and guest cottages along its coast. In the summer, steamships and trolleys arrived with passengers looking to enjoy the local amusement park, Roton Point. Norwalk’s earliest industries included farming as well as mills powered by its rivers. The area has been famous for its pottery, oystering, and hat manufacturing. Over time, this community has endured disasters; it was burned during the American Revolution, and the flood of 1955 wiped out much of the Wall Street area as well as several bridges on the Norwalk River. Norwalk shares vintage images from the mid-1800s through the 1960s, highlighting memorable sites such as Old MacDonald’s Farm and the Melton Automobile Museum. The revitalization of Norwalk’s downtown areas proves it is possible to respect the past and those that came before through the renewal of historical architecture.

Author Bio: Lisa Wilson Grant is a lifelong Norwalk resident and has been collecting images for many years. In addition to her own images, she has also included many from local historical societies and private collections. She also co-authored Postcard History Series: Roton Point with the Roton Point History Committee.

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Speaker — November 12, 2015
Sean Pica, Executive Director of Hudson Link for Higher Education in Prison

Sean Pica is the Executive Director of Hudson Link, a not-for-profit organization, that provides college education, life skills and re-entry support to incarcerated men and women in five New York State Correctional Facilities to help them make a positive impact on their own lives, their families and communities. His responsibilities include program and operations management, business development, fundraising and implementation of the strategic goals and objectives of Hudson Link.

Prior to joining Hudson Link, Sean was the Director of Club Access, a psychosocial clubhouse for adults with mental health disabilities, and a tenant advocate for the James Weldon Johnson Housing Projects in East Harlem.

Hudson Link was founded in 1998, at a time where New York state and federal funding for college education in prisons ceased. The abrupt loss of a college program had a devastating effect on prison morale. As a result, inmates at Sing Sing Correctional Facility reached out to religious and academic volunteers for assistance, which received their immediate response.

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Speaker – November 5, 2014
Bob Patton, General Patton’s Grandson, will speak about his book ‘ Hell Before Breakfast ‘

Robert-Patton2‘ Hell Before Breakfast ‘ is about the Russian Wars in the late 1800′s. It is a history of America’s first war correspondents.

Patton, 57, was born 12 years after “Old Blood and Guts,” as the general was known, died at 60 on Dec. 21, 1945 following a freak car accident in Germany, a few months after the end of the war.

“I thought ‘Patton’ was a great movie,” he said. “My favorite part was the general’s pampered childhood. He was called Georgie, was dyslexic and was kept at home until the age of 12. He barely graduated from West Point after being held back a year. He had that motor in him that never stopped and was never satisfied. He gave his all to the Army and he had a few days in a hospital bed to savor the victory of World War II before he uttered his last words — ‘I guess I wasn’t good enough’ — and died.”

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DMA Book Club Discussion – November 13, 2014
“Look Me In the Eye” by John Elder Robison

booksMarc Thorne will lead our DMA book discussion for November of the chosen selection: “Look Me In the Eye” My Life with Asperger’s by John Elder Robison.

“Look Me in the Eye” is the moving, darkly funny story of growing up with Asperger’s at a time when the diagnosis simply didn’t exist. A born storyteller, Robison takes you inside the head of a boy whom teachers and other adults regarded as “defective.”

Media Reviews:
Robison succeeds in his goal of helping those who are struggling to grow up or live with Asperger’s to see how it is not a disease but a way of being that needs no cure except understanding and encouragement from others.” – PW.

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Speaker — October 22, 2014
Daryl Hawk will speak about “Ladakh: Land of High Passes.”

Daryl Hawk cropedDaryl Hawk, a documentary photographer, will present a slide show and speak about “Ladakh: Land of High Passes.”  

Ladakh is a region of India in the state of Jammu and Kashmir that lies between the Kunlun mountain range in the north and the main Great Himalayas to the south, inhabited by people of Indo-Aryan and Tibetan descent. It is one of the most sparsely populated regions in Jammu and Kashmir and its culture and history are closely related to that of Tibet.

For the past twenty-five years, explorer and international documentary photographer Daryl Hawk has traveled alone to some of the most remote places in the world telling stories with his camera. Hawk spends months at a time documenting and immersing himself in different cultures and landscapes. He is a passionate defender of the world’s remaining wilderness areas and uses his photography to shine a light on why we need to protect them. His articles and images often appear in magazines and newspapers worldwide. He has also been featured several times on NBC’s Today Show and FOX 5 television. He is a member of the Explorers Club, founded in New York City in 1904 promoting the exploration of land, sea, air and space. He is also a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a member of the Professional Photographers Association. He is a lecturer and presenter for the World Explorers Bureau.

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Speaker — October 29, 2014
Catalina Horak will speak about the mission of Neighbors Link in Stamford

Catalina HorakCatalina Horak is Executive Director of Neighbors Link in Stamford which opened on June 12, 2011, as an affiliate of Neighbors Link Northern Westchester, a successful 12-year-old nonprofit organization in Mount Kisco, NY.

Neighbors Link has developed a strategic plan to replicate its mission and successful programs in other interested communities.

Stamford is honored to be the inaugural partner in this endeavor. While our name and programs are similar to those of Neighbor’s Link Northern Westchester, Neighbors Link Stamford is led and operated by members of the greater Stamford community.

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Speaker — October 15, 2014
Mike Santoli, Senior Columnist for Yahoo Finance will speak about Escape Velocity or False Start? Thoughts on the state of the economy and markets.

Mike Santoli, Senior Columnist for Yahoo FinanceMike is a Senior Columnist for Yahoo Finance, where he writes, analyzes and comments on the economy, the stock markets and corporate news.

He has covered Wall Street for 20 years, including 15 years as a columnist and feature writer for Barron’s magazine.

He is a regular on-air contributor to CNBC and a frequent guest on other cable and broadcast news programs.

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Speaker — October 8, 2014
Prof. William Happer of Princeton University on climate change/global warming

William Happer, the Cyrus Fogg Bracket Professor of Physics at Princeton University, is a highly regarded physicist whose research includes selected dynamics of climate change. As such, he is superbly equipped to discuss the roles of natural forces and fossil fuel-generated CO2 in climate change.

A particular interest of Prof. Happer’s is properly quantifying the greenhouse impact of CO2. Prof. Happer’s work on climate change has included numerous research papers, presentations at Congressional subcommittees, briefing Congressional staff, authoring opinion pieces for the Wall Street Journal, and providing papers for general readership as well as presentations at various universities and research institutions. Professor Happer has the ability to lucidly explain and discuss climate change, a most challenging task.

Arranged by Phillip Meyer

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DMA Book Club Discussion – September 10, 2014
“A Higher Call” by Adam Makos

51uD-j-dGZL._AA160_Kent Haydock will lead our DMA book discussion for September. The chosen selection is A Higher Call by Adam Makos.

On December 20, 1943, two enemy pilots met in the skies over Germany—an American, Charlie Brown—and a German, Franz Stigler. What transpired would be called: “WWII’s most incredible aerial encounter.” Now, for the first time, A Higher Call tells the complete story of Charlie and Franz’s WWII experiences, their gritty tales of aerial combat over the African desert, the seas of Sicily, the fog of England, and the ultimate battleground—the frozen skies of Germany. The library will have copies of the book available on or about August 1st.

The meeting will be held on at the Darien Library in the Harris Room on the 2nd floor beginning at 12:30 p.m.

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Speaker — October 1, 2014
Michael Dante, award winning TV, film, and stage actor

Michael DanteMichael is also a former professional minor league baseball player.

From Wikipedia:

Dante has appeared in 30 films and 150 television shows.[1] He is notable for spending seven years in supporting roles under contract to three major studios at once: MGM, Warner Brothers and Twentieth Century Fox. He considers his best performances the role that he played in Killer Instinct on the CBS television series Desilu Playhouse, along with his roles in the movies WestboundWinterhawk andSeven Thieves.[1]

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