Oakland City Hall announces 2022-2023 lecture season which includes authors, an authority on Broadway musicals, a cartoonist for The New Yorker and a discussion of Einstein.
Lectures begin at 10:30 a.m. at the St George Cultural Center, 43816 Woodward Ave., Bloomfield Hills. Prior registration is required. For more information, visit www.oaklandtownhall.org.
• October 12: Maxwell King will talk about his full biography, “The Good Neighbour: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers”. Fred Rogers was a hugely influential figure in television history and in the lives of tens of millions of children. Drawing on original interviews, oral histories and archival documents, King traces Rogers’ personal, professional and artistic life through decades of work. He was fiercely devoted to children and to taking their fears, concerns, and questions about the world seriously. His legacy as a champion of compassion, equality and kindness is still felt today. King is past president of the Pittsburgh Foundation and the Heinz Endowments. He was editor of the Philadelphia Inquirer newspaper.
• November 9: Sean Hartley, a leading figure in the history of Broadway musicals, will unveil “Four Musicals That Changed Broadway”. This is an overview of the musical history of Broadway, with musical examples focusing on four groundbreaking shows. The focus is on why these shows helped the musical evolve from light entertainment to a seamlessly 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 York cartoonist Tom Toro has seen his insightful and hilarious cartoons appear in the national weekly 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 American Bystander. The New Yorker’s Cartoon Encyclopedia features a dozen essays written by Toro on a variety of comic themes and his literary pun has also been featured on The New Yorker’s 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 of the “remarkable genius of Einstein”. This presentation will examine how the philosophical questioning of Einstein’s youth led to a scientific revolution. He will examine his creation of special and general relativity and in particular how these theories emerged from his seemingly simple questions about how we experience the world. As he became an embodiment of genius, people sought out his opinions on everything from world peace to the nature of God, and his opinions often had surprising connections to his scientific work. Stanley holds degrees in astronomy, religion, physics and history of science and is interested in the connections between science and culture at large. He is the author of “Practical Mystic: Religion, Science, and AS Eddington” which examines how scientists reconcile their religious beliefs and their professional lives. Professor Stanley currently leads the New York City Task Force on the History of Science and has received the Dean Gallatin’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.