Oakland Town Hall announces the 2022-2023 lecture season which includes authors, an authority on Broadway musicals, a cartoon artist for The New Yorker and a discussion on Einstein.
The lectures begin at 10:30 am at St George Cultural Center, 43816 Woodward Ave., Bloomfield Hills. Advance registration is required. For more information, visit www.oaklandtownhall.org.
• Oct. 12: Maxwell King will speak on his full-length biography, “The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers.” Fred Rogers was an enormously influential figure in the history of television and in the lives of tens of millions of children. Drawing on original interviews, oral histories and archival documents, King traces Rogers’s personal, professional and artistic life through decades of work. He was fiercely devoted to children and to taking seriously their fears, concerns and questions about the world. His legacy as a champion of compassion, equality and kindness is still felt today. King is the former president of The Pittsburgh Foundation and the Heinz Endowments. He was editor of the Philadelphia Inquirer newspaper.
• Nov. 9: Sean Hartley, a leading authority on the History of the Broadway Musical, will reveal the “Four Musicals That Changed Broadway.” It is an overview of Broadway musical history, with musical examples focusing on four revolutionary shows. The focus is why these shows helped the musical to evolve from light entertainment to a thoroughly integrated work of art. Hartley is the director of [email protected], the musical theater division of the Kaufman Music Center. As a lyricist, composer and playwright, his productions are numerous and include, “Love and Real Estate” (written with composer Sam Davis) and “Snow”, which won the ASCAP Harold Arlen Award for Best New Musical. He is a frequent lecturer on Musical Theater for One Day University.
• April 12: New Yorker Cartoonist Tom Toro has had his insightful and hilarious cartoons appear in the national weekly magazine more than 200 times. His topic for the Town Hall lecture is, “Funny Ha-Huh: Cartoons That Make Us Laugh and Think.” His cartoons and illustrations have appeared in the Paris Review, New York Times, Harvard Business Review, and the American Bystander. The New Yorker Cartoon Encyclopedia features a dozen essays written by Toro on a variety of comedic themes and his literary wordplay has also been showcased on The New Yorker cartoon editor’s blog. Toro graduated cum laude from Yale where he received the Betts Prize for his literary work while also serving as captain of the national-champion lightweight rowing team and cartoon editor for the Yale Herald.
• May 10: Historian, scientist, and philosopher Matthew Stanley will speak on “The Remarkable Genius of Einstein”. This presentation will examine how Einstein’s youthful philosophical questioning led to a revolution in science. It will look at his creation of special and general relativity and particularly how these theories emerged from his seemingly simple questions about how we experience the world. As he became an incarnation of genius, people sought out his views on everything from world peace to the nature of God and his opinions often had surprising links to his scientific work. Stanley holds degrees in astronomy, religion, physics and the history of science and is interested in the connections between science and the wider culture. He is the author of “Practical Mystic: Religion, Science, and AS Eddington” which examines how scientists reconcile their religious beliefs and professional lives. Professor Stanley currently runs the New York City History of Science Working Group and was awarded a Gallatin Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.