Noon Programs

Noon Programs Go Hybrid!

This year the Noon Programs, starting with the Fall Books Sandwiched in, will be offering a hybrid program. We are happy to be able to be in the McChesney Room as much as possible. There may be dates when the McChesney Room is not available, or we have scheduled a speaker who is not local.  If you want to join us virtually, you will find the Zoom link in the Events calendar on the library website, and listed below. We hope to see many of you “live” in the library as much as possible. However, now that we’ve become accustomed to virtual programs, we have a great option when in-person is either not available or inconvenient.

In addition, this year we are trying to provide different and hopefully interesting programs. As an example, the first two programs in September will not be our usual book reviews. We are trying something different, a participatory poetry reading, and a friendly political debate. Your feedback is welcomed and will help us plan in the future. You may reach me at gemu179@hotmail.com.

Geri Mulligan, Noon Programs Chair

   Winter 2022

Coordinated by Cathy Lewis

January 10 – Players: The Story of Sports and Money, and the Visionaries Who Fought to Create a Revolution.  “To quote the author—and the book lives up to these words—“Players is the first book to tell the astonishing narrative behind the creation of the modern sports business—a true revolution that moved athletes from the bottom of the financial pyramid to the top.” Author Matthew Futterman has chronicled this as he worked for newspapers including the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. Those who grew up as rabid sports fans and heard the emphasis on “amateurs” in the Olympics may appreciate (or not!) this unabashed narrative on how hard-working athletes finally got paid for what they are worth.” Book by Matthew Futterman; presented by Brad Lewis https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3405061738?pwd=dXI0eHR0dHBoRjRYLzV3UlFtQmh1UT09
Meeting ID: 340 506 1738
Passcode: 682539

January 17 – No program – Martin Luther King Day

January 24 – Virtual Program: Caste.  “Author Isabel Wilkinson would like the word “caste” to replace the word “race” in discussions of the subject that is, in the words of her subtitle, “the source of our discontents.” Wilkerson was a reporter for the New York Times in 1994 when she became the first African American woman to win the Pulitzer Prize. She won more praise and prizes, including the National Book Critics Circle Award, for her 2010 book The Warmth of Other Suns.  In her second book, Caste, she asserts that Black Americans remain, more than a century and a half after the abolition of slavery, trapped in a caste system that is unjust and socially constructed, like the caste systems of traditional India and Nazi Germany.” Book by Isabel Wilkinson; presented by George Wise
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3405061738?pwd=dXI0eHR0dHBoRjRYLzV3UlFtQmh1UT09
Meeting ID: 340 506 1738
Passcode: 682539

January 31 – program cancelled and rescheduled for March 7

February 7 – Virtual Program: Three Days at Camp David: How a Secret Meeting in 1971 Transformed the Global Economy. “This is the story of the people who advised President Richard Nixon on his most momentous decision of his Presidency”, in the opinion of presenter Rob Dickson. Before that weekend, all national currencies were valued to the U.S. dollar, which was convertible to gold at a fixed rate. That system, established by the Bretton Woods Agreement at the end of World War II, was the foundation of the international monetary system that helped fuel the greatest expansion of middle-class prosperity the world has ever seen.  And, Dickson observes, the momentous nature of these decisions is frequently not understood.” Book by Jeffrey Garten; presented by RobDickson
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3405061738?pwd=dXI0eHR0dHBoRjRYLzV3UlFtQmh1UT09
Meeting ID: 340 506 1738
Passcode: 682539

February 14: (Virtual program) The Code Breaker:  Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race by Walter Isaacson, reviewed by Rich Alben. “Walter Isaacson, biographer of Albert Einstein and Steve Jobs, presents the story of Jennifer Doudna. The story starts with her early life experiences and proceeds through her development into a world class expert in the structure and function of biological molecules and finally her role in uncovering the secrets of how CRISPR, a mechanism used by bacteria to fight viruses, can be turned into a breakaway tool to edit human genes.  The book provides interesting reading on the human side of scientific progress as well as providing an accessible explanation of the science  of genetics that underlie each step in the long journey from Darwin’s natural selection,  through Crick and Watson’s double helix to CRISPR’s code matching and DNA splicing that, for good or evil, is enabling unprecedented manipulation of human genes.”
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3405061738?pwd=dXI0eHR0dHBoRjRYLzV3UlFtQmh1UT09
Meeting ID: 340 506 1738
Passcode: 682539

February 28:  Sherrie L. Lyons PhD. History of Science,  Adjunct Assistant Professor Department of Bioethics at Albany College of Medicine, will discuss her book From Cells to Organisms: Re-envisioning Cell Theory. This book takes cell theory seriously, not as finished doctrine, but as an ongoing and sometimes contentious research program.Dr. Lyons examines how our past understanding and appreciation of cells reflect current, but often outdated or incomplete ideas. From Cells to Organisms provides an integrated approach to analysis of cell theory.
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3405061738?pwd=dXI0eHR0dHBoRjRYLzV3UlFtQmh1UT09
Meeting ID: 340 506 1738
Passcode: 682539

Spring 2022

March 7 (rescheduled from January 31) – Virtual Program: The Marriage of Opposites. “In this novel, prolific author Alice Hoffman imagines the life of Camille Pissaro’s mother, Rachel Pizzarro.  Through extensive research, Hoffman imagines and recreates the lives of the Pizzarro family on the island of St. Thomas in the early 1800s. Her lush language and character development create cinematic scenes.  The review will explore history, art and the role of strong women.” Book by Alice Hoffman; presented by Rosaline Horowitz
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3405061738?pwd=dXI0eHR0dHBoRjRYLzV3UlFtQmh1UT09
Meeting ID: 340 506 1738
Passcode: 682539

March 14:   What’s New In Dental Technology? Presented by Frank Strauss DDS
In the last 10-15 years dentistry has entered the digital era big time. Technological innovation, especially digital innovation, has happened in general dentistry and all the specialty areas of the profession. During this program we will examine some of the innovations. Nobody really likes going to the dentist, not even dentists; technology has helped make dentistry become a better experience.

March 21:   Virtual Program: Cryptocurrency    Presented by Rich Alben
Is cryptocurrency the greatest advance in finance since the invention of money, sure to enable many new financial products and services, and a great investment for people to add to their portfolios? Or, is it just a complicated technology that does few things (like protecting the anonymity of criminals) that can’t be handled better by other advancing digital technologies and whose bubble is about to burst? This talk will examine these questions while describing some major cryptocurrencies, what they do, and how they work.https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3405061738?pwd=dXI0eHR0dHBoRjRYLzV3UlFtQmh1UT09
Meeting ID: 340 506 1738
Passcode: 682539

March 28:  Onward, a memoir presented by the author Paul O’Brien.
The movement onward is always marked by uncertainty and mystery. The best way forward may be a reliance on our past and a more acute measure of our present. In Onward, Paul O’Brien considers some of his recent adventures since retiring from the profession of teaching. He also profiles eight former students and their journey onward since graduating from high school. The book does not lose sight of the fact that for the last two years we have all been moving onward in a COVID world
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3405061738?pwd=dXI0eHR0dHBoRjRYLzV3UlFtQmh1UT09
Meeting ID: 340 506 1738
Passcode: 682539

April 4 — Metrofix: The Combative Comeback of a Company Town, by William Patrick
What are the forces that changed the direction of Schenectady, a city in near peril, a city on the edge of collapse?  This is the question that William Patrick answers in his book Metrofix.  Exploring the history of Schenectady in the twentieth century and beyond, especially as a General Electric Company town, Patrick shows what happened when the city began to fail and then found its way when the Schenectady County Metroplex Development Authority was created in 1998 and brought in a thoughtful and imaginative leadership team. Presented by William Patrick
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3405061738?pwd=dXI0eHR0dHBoRjRYLzV3UlFtQmh1UT09
Meeting ID: 340 506 1738
Passcode: 682539

April 11Troy: A Collar City History, by Don Rittner    Local author and historian Don Rittner chronicles the story of  the birth of Troy and its growth into a modern industrial city.  The evolving city comes alive through photos that date back into the 19th century and through its great cast of characters that helped shape the city, such as Emma Willard, “Uncle Sam” Wilson, and Amos Eaton, the founder of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Rittner also casts a critical eye on municipal planning and the need to think carefully about how a city is changed. A native of Troy, Rittner brings a great care and concern to his portrait of Troy. Book by Don Rittner; Presented by Don Rittner
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3405061738?pwd=dXI0eHR0dHBoRjRYLzV3UlFtQmh1UT09
Meeting ID: 340 506 1738
Passcode: 682539

April 18 — The Age of Worry, by Steven Sandler  What if your daughter began showing harmful behavioral patterns that resembled another older member of your family?  That is the issue that Daniel Wunsch is struggling with as he observes Cordelia, his teenage daughter, beginning to drink excessively.  His mother also battled alcoholism and suddenly vanished from the family when Daniel was seventeen.  While filled with worry about his daughter, Daniel has begun to receive tips about where his mother might be.  The tension builds as Daniel tries to hold onto his daughter while feverishly searching for his long-lost mother.   Mother, son, daughter — three generations searching to find each other in this thoughtful and psychologically compelling novel.  Presented by Steven Sandler
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3405061738?pwd=dXI0eHR0dHBoRjRYLzV3UlFtQmh1UT09
Meeting ID: 340 506 1738
Passcode: 682539

April 25Mason and Dixon, by Thomas Pynchon  This rollicking, boisterous, joyful novel takes us along with the English astronomers and surveyors in their incomparable adventures in pre-Revolutionary America.  Pynchon’s 1997 novel transcends storytelling in a way that very few books have done.  He does this by writing that is consistently compelling, hilarious, insightful and delightful from beginning to end. The heroes’ conversations with Washington, Franklin, Jefferson, Samuel Johnson & Boswell, as well as Sons of Liberty in numerous east coast taverns, are triumphs of imagination and delight. Presented by Bob Wakeman
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3405061738?pwd=dXI0eHR0dHBoRjRYLzV3UlFtQmh1UT09
Meeting ID: 340 506 1738
Passcode: 682539

May 2In Security by Edward Schwarzschild Narrator Gary Waldman works as a Transportation Security Officer in a small airport in upstate New York.  Having recently experienced the death of his wife and struggling to be a good father to his six-year-old son, Gary finds a kind of stability in the routines and regulations of his work with the TSA.  The plot grows dramatic and complicated after Gary uses CPR to save an elderly man who collapsed in the airport.  The novel then enters a world of terrorist plots and dramatic twists.  As the novel heads toward its conclusions, Gary realizes more than ever the limitations of security and control.Presented by Edward Schwarzschil
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3405061738?pwd=dXI0eHR0dHBoRjRYLzV3UlFtQmh1UT09
Meeting ID: 340 506 1738
Passcode: 682539

May 9 (Virtual Program)— These Precious Days  In her collection of essays These Precious Days, Ann Patchett says, “Again and again, I was asking what mattered most in this precarious and precious life.”  The book is Patchett’s invitation to share in moments and experiences that have shaped and illuminated her life.  With humor and often with a marvelous intensity, she helps us to see more clearly what really matters in this short and precious journey.   Presented by Patricia Rand
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3405061738?pwd=dXI0eHR0dHBoRjRYLzV3UlFtQmh1UT09
Meeting ID: 340 506 1738
Passcode: 682539

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