Friday Coffees

For all Explorers and Guests

Fall 2018 Semester 

“Friday Coffee” presentations begin at 10:00 am


 September 21, 2018                                                                 “Protecting Your Assets during the Coming Lean Years”   Robert A. Guy- Financial Advisor, SCF Investment Advisors, Newburyport    From a perspective of his 30 years in the financial industry our guest will outline a scenario for the future that does not bode well for average people. He will list the factors in play today that will inevitably impact our economic well being in the coming years. Learn what seniors, their children, and grandkids need to know in order to survive financially.                                                                                                      Robert Guy, an independent financial advisor with retirement income professional certification. He specializes in tax reduction strategies, pension maximization techniques, and asset protection strategies He has a BS degree in finance from UMass, Amherst and holds several financial industry and state licenses.  

September 28, 2018                                                                                                                     “The History, Practice and Benefits of Tai Chi”                                                                         Lawrence M. Greenberg, Tai Chi Instructor, Master of Martial Arts                                           Tai chi is an ancient Chinese tradition originally developed for self-defense. Today it is practiced as a graceful form of exercise, often described as “meditation in motion”- promoting serenity through gentle, flowing movements. Our guest will demonstrate some of the variations of the form and relate how Tai Chi is linked to other martial arts in Chinese history.                   Larry Greenberg began formal martial arts training in 1982 ,  teaching Tang Soo Do/Soo Bahk Do until 2012. He holds a 6th degree black belt as a Master Instructor. He currently teaches Tai Chi classes in Danvers and Middleton and is a licensed Taijifit® instructor.  

October 19, 2018                                                                                                                  “Kulanu –A Visit to a New Jewish Community in Madagascar                                     Barbara Vinick, PhD, Sociologist and Author                                                                            The Kulanu movement (“all of us” in Hebrew) supports isolated, emerging and returning Jewish communities in over 30 countries. Our guest will explain what Jewish conversion entails and provide religious aspects of her trip to Madagascar along with additional details about the countryside.                                                                                                              Barbara Vinick is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College and received her doctorate in sociology from Boston University. She has written a book about coming of age in world Jewish communities titled “Today I am a Woman: Stories of Bat Mitzvah Around the World .” 

October 26, 2018                                                                                                               “Inferno: A Doctor’s Encounter with the Ebola Epidemic in Liberia”                                   Dr. Steven Hatch, Infectious Disease Specialist, Aut                                                               Dr. Hatch first came to Liberia in November 2013 to work at a hospital in Monrovia. Six months later, several of the physicians he had served with were dead or unable to work, and Ebola had become a world health emergency. Over repeated visits during the course of the outbreak, Hatch came to understand the Ebola catastrophe not only as a contagious virus but as a product of Liberia’s violent history and America’s role in it.                                                Dr. Steven Hatch is assistant professor of medicine at U-Mass Medical Center, specializing in infectious disease and immunology. His book “Inferno” is his account of the epidemic that nearly consumed a nation.  

November 16, 2018                                                                                                                         “A Cabinet of Curiosities-the Genesis of the PEM”                                                                  Douglas Stewart, freelance author and historian                                                                          Our guest will trace how the Salem shipmasters in the East India Marine Society in 1799 founded the Peabody Essex Museum as a collection of artifacts brought back from their adventures overseas. At the start of the 19th century Salem was per capita the richest town in America, thanks to all the tea, porcelain, silk, and especially pepper being shipped back from East Asia.                                                                                                               Doug Stewart writes frequently about history and the arts for Smithsonian Magazine, Time and Discover magazine, among other publications. He resides in Ipswich

 November 30, 2018                                                                                                                     “My Life as a Washington Lobbyist and Other Pursuits”                                                           Linda Andros, JD, LLM                                                                                                                      Linda Andros has had a remarkable professional career, including extensive experience in our country’s Executive, Congressional, and Judicial branches. She also has represented large industrial labor unions and private law firms. Linda will share with us some stories from her myriad professional roles including that of  D.C. lobbyist, criminal trial prosecutor, senior law partner,  and  international trade negotiator.                                                                      Linda Andros is a fellow Explorer member and serves on our Board of Trustees. She has offered courses in politics, economics and technology. Linda holds a bachelors degree from UMass, Amherst, then graduated from Suffolk Law School.  She later earned a masters degree from Georgetown Law School in International Trade Law.