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North Central Michigan College’s luncheon lecture series for the winter 2018 semester will begin on Friday, January 19.  A wide variety of topics will be featured including an analysis of President Trump’s first year on the world stage, the “silver tsunami” of baby boomers entering retirement, Charles Dickens’ use of woodwinds to teach moral lessons, health care in Afghanistan, the East Jordan Iron Works, and global employment-based immigration. All programs in the winter series will be held on Fridays in the College’s Library conference room. Lunch begins at 11:30 a.m. and the program begins at 12:15 p.m.

            January 19 – Trump Meets the World. President Trump promised in his presidential campaign a new approach to world politics.  But with almost a year under his belt in the Oval Office, does his foreign policy represent the change that he promised?  From China to Middle East terrorism, what can we make of the President’s first year as the dominant voice in America’s foreign policy?  Scott LaDeur, Ph.D., North Central professor of political science, provides an analysis.

            February 9 – The Silver Tsunami. Baby boomers are at it again. On the verge of retirement, they now want long-term care that promotes comfort and quality of life in a homelike environment. In response, long-term care managers are moving from a traditional medical model to a more holistic approach for this growing population. Lisa Ashley, executive director of Bay Bluffs and Mike Greer, chief financial officer, will explain the challenges ahead for the county’s medical care facility.

            February 23 – Dismal Flutes and Dirty Clarinets: Woodwinds and Wealth in Dickens.  What's the connection between Charles Dickens and composer Felix Mendelssohn?  Most people associate Dickens with the written word, but there is a strong connection between Dickens and music. Suzanne Shumway, Ph.D., retired English professor, will explain the strong presence it exerts in most, if not all, of his novels. She will show how Dickens uses two characters, both woodwind players, to teach the moral lessons he wishes to impart to his readers.

            March 16 – Health Care and Culture in Afghanistan.  Joseph Taylor, Commander, US Navy (retired), will discuss the lessons learned from his participation in the U.S. military medical advisory mission to improve the healthcare capabilities of the Afghan National Security Forces.  He will describe the challenges (often humorous) of merging the Western healthcare model with those of Afghanistan  

            March 23 – EJ.    The East Jordan Iron Works was founded in 1883 on the shores of Lake Charlevoix to make castings for machines, ships, farms and railroads.  Today, the fifth-generation family business is a global enterprise spanning five continents and is the world leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of access solutions for water, sewer, drainage, telecommunications and utility networks worldwide. Tom Teske, vice president and general manager of the company's Americas business unit will talk about the company’s new project in Elmira, its new name and what it’s like to compete for business around the globe.

            April 13 – Global Employment-Based Immigration in a Restrictionist Era.  Audrey Lustgarten is an international immigration lawyer who helps U.S. companies move key talent around the world.  She will speak about the current global immigration landscape, both in the U.S. and abroad, and what it means for companies and their employees. 

Reservations are required.  You must call 231-348-6600 or email to reserve your place for each presentation.  Cost is $12 at the door, cash or check only.  Lunch begins at 11:30 a.m.

North Central Michigan College is an open-door community college based in Petoskey, with additional locations offering classes and services in Cheboygan and Gaylord. North Central’s mission is to provide educational, economic and cultural opportunities for student learning, personal growth and community improvement.  North Central is an Achieving the Dream Leader College, a Military-Friendly® and a Veteran Friendly School.


For more information:

Kathy Bardins

Communications and Events Specialist