The 2017 Long Branch Speaker Series offers something for everyone: history, the arts, the future of higher education, and one of the area’s favorite topics — horses. Please note that two formatting changes have been implemented. The schedule has been expanded throughout the Spring and in response to suggestions, the starting time has moved forward by an hour. The line-up is:
Sunday, April 9: World War I Revisited
Two days after the centennial of America’s entrance into World War I, William Walker will tell us why “the War to End All Wars” did more to shape our history than any other event of the 20th Century. Walker is the author of Betrayal at Little Gibraltar, a look back at the Meuse-Argonne campaign in the closing weeks of the war — “an intensely personal and graphic portrait of the battle, with its new technologies of machine guns and poison gas, and of the men consumed by them,” according to The Wall Street Journal.
Sunday, April 30: Why Music Matters
Michael Stepniak is Dean of the Shenandoah Conservatory, an accomplished musician who has performed in concert halls and venues all around the world, a dynamic speaker, and a charismatic educator who has helped move Shenandoah into the top rank of American conservatories. His talk, he promises, “will not be as reverential as one might expect.”
Sunday, May 21: Can Your College Survive?
How sustainable is the current higher-education model? How many schools can survive when tuitions at private colleges are topping $50K per year? Some estimates are that 25 percent of current colleges and universities simply won’t exist by 2040. Part-time Berryville resident Susan Johnston is the COO of the Association of Governing Boards of Colleges and Universities. She will be a vital resource on an important topic.
Sunday, June 4: An Hour with Charlsie Cantey
This Sunday between the Preakness and the Belmont is a perfect time for Charlsie Cantey, who invented the role of the roving horseback reporter for Triple Crown events. Charlsie has won tons of award for her reporting. She’s a former trainer herself, a great story-teller, and beloved in the racing community. (Added bonus: She also used to do color commentary for the Westminster Dog Show telecasts!)
All talks begin at 6 pm and last approximately one hour, including time for questions and comments from the audience. Attendees will have the opportunity to socialize beforehand over drinks and light hors d’oeuvres, beginning at 5:30 pm.
Tickets are $25 for individual speakers -or- $80 for the entire series/per person
*Seating is limited, and priority will go to series-ticket holders*
Tickets can be purchased by clicking the GREEN “Buy Ticket(s)” button below or by clicking/downloading the 2017 Speaker Series Order Form.