Arthur Fergenson is keeping us both connected as a Class, and busy:

 

"Please put these dates on your calendar for Casual Conversations.  These dates are subject to change, and new guests are likely to be added.  As always, the goal is to bring classmates together for an interesting and sometimes challenging discussion.  The range of topics is intentionally broad, from history to science to the performing and fine arts and beyond.  We have hosted discussions with two quantum physicists, both women, and an optics professor whose specialty in invisibility requires a grounding in quantum theory, and, who knows, there may be more.  I am looking to obtain a cosmologist for a future discussion.  The two I have in mind are both women.

 

As of today, here are the names, dates and times.  All times are Eastern (US).  DO NOT EMAIL ME NOW WITH YOUR RSVP TO ANY OF THESE.  WAIT UNTIL THE ANNOUNCMENTS COME OUT.  IF YOU EMAIL ME WITH AN RSVP NOW, I WILL BOTH IGNORE YOU AND BE ANNOYED.

 

  1. Sunday, January 21 at 3 pm.  Johns Hopkins Professor William Egginton will speak with us about his new and widely praised book The Rigor of Angels: Borges, Heisenberg, Kant, and the Ultimate Nature of Reality (Pantheon 2023).  Egginton is the director of the Alexander Grass Humanities Institute.   The WSJ review brought this book to my attention.   (Please let me know if you wish me to send you a copy of the review; as a subscriber, I have the right to do so).
  2. Monday, February 19 at 5 pm.  UNC Professor Emeritus Christopher R. Browning will join us courtesy of classmate Bruce Alpert, Chair of the Jewish Culture Group.  Professor Browning is author of Ordinary Men: Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland (HarperCollins, 1992).
  3. Wednesday, March 6 March 13 at 5 pm.  Dan Elitzer, son of classmate Chip Elitzer, will speak with us about cryptocurrency.   It behooves us all to understand what it is and what the future holds for this alternative, non-State means of payment.  Perhaps Class Treasurer Rick Willets will adapt his procedures to accommodate crypto transactions.
  4. Sunday, March 17 at 3 pm.  Protecting the Estate of Eric Arthur Blair (who wrote under the name of George Orwell) from intellectual property thieves was the responsibility of attorney and classmate Bill Coulson, who spoke with us before about his involvement in Chicago’s public transit system.  Literary life after death.  Find out the stories behind the stories.  Apparently, Blair’s works are out of copyright in the UK but not in the US.  Complicated?  You bet, but that is why we have lawyers.
  5. Sunday, April 14 at 3 pm.  Eric Forsythe, classmate and Professor Emeritus at Iowa, has spent a career teaching theater as well as acting and directing across the country and internationally, and writing and translating plays. He has promised to regale us with stories about his life in the theater, as well as about his father’s career.  Henderson Forsythe was the actor who, with Alan Schneider as his director, did more than any others in the performing arts to advance the appreciation of Samuel Beckett in this country.
  6. Sunday, April 21 at 3 pm.  Professor Edward Slingerland, Professor of Philosophy at the University of British Columbia, a Visiting Professor at Dartmouth and teaching half-time starting in 2006.  His book is Drunk: How We Sipped, Danced and Stumbled Our Way to Civilization (Little, Brown Spark 2021).   I bought his book in Stratford ON, Canada, and find it informative and delightful.  How did alcohol survive Darwinian evolutionary development? Tex Talmadge stated that he “really enjoy[s] your scholarship.”
  7. Sunday, April 28 at 3 pm.  Classmate Paul Pillar, at the suggestion of Bill Stableford, will speak with us about an intelligence officer's view of U.S. foreign policy, which would include some look back at some of his experiences as a public official, probably with a war story or two, before drawing implications from what he has learned from that experience for the making of U.S. foreign policy,
  8. Sunday, May 19 at 3 pm.  For the final Casual Conversation before our 55th Reunion, we will be speaking about hospice care with two guests: L. Scott Sussman, M.D., Physician Executive Director, Office of Chief Medical Officer, Yale New Haven Hospital; and Debbie Dye, R.N., who has worked for ten years at St. Bernards, Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House, Jonesboro, Arkansas.  Nurse Dye comes to us courtesy of classmate Bruce Alpert, M.D.  She was the nurse who helped Bruce with his Cardiology outreach clinic in AR, and she is a professional pilot in her spare time. Dr. Sussman is my wife Shirley’s son, did his residency in internal medicine at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, and specializes in hospice & palliative care medicine.   Dr. Sussman recommends the following book as reading for the discussion:  The In-Between: Unforgettable encounters during life’s final moments by Hadley Vlahos, R.N. (Penguin Random House 2023).

 

THERE WILL BE NO CASUAL CONVERSATIONS IN JUNE.  IF YOU WANT TO BE WITH CLASSMATES, AND YOU SHOULD, YOU CAN SEE THEM IN PERSON AT OUR 55th REUNION FROM JUNE 10 to 12 (with early check-out on the 13th), IN HANOVER NH (if you are able to travel).

 

  1. Professor Mary Fulbrook, Professor of German History, University College London on Sunday, July 14 at 1 pm Eastern Time.  She received her Ph.D. from Harvard University.  Professor Fulbrook is a member of the Academic Advisory Board of the Memorial Foundation for the former concentration camps of Buchenwald and Mittelbau-Dora; the Academic Advisory Board of the UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation; the Editorial Board of Yad Vashem Studies; and the Academic Committee of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.  Among her many writings are: Reckonings: Legacies of Nazi Persecution and the Quest for Justice (Oxford University Poress (20128); and Bystander Society: Conformity and Complicity in Nazi Germany and the Holocaust (Oxford University Press 2023).  She was the first female Chair of the German History Society.  I will spend my June reading those books, and their total of @1,000 pages. "
  2. Dena Romero. August 11, 2024.
  3. Professor of History Cecily N. Zander, Texas Woman’s University, and Senior Fellow, Center for Presidential History, Southern Methodist University on Sunday, August 18 at 3 pm Eastern Time.  Tex saw her on CSPAN’s coverage of the Emerging Civil War Symposium at Stevenson Ridge in Spotsylvania VA. She is the author of the forthcoming (on February 14) The Army Under Fire: Antimilitarism in the Civil War Era (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press 2024).  Professor Zander will advise the next time that LSU Press has a sale.
  4. Foster Hirsch, author of 16 books, most recently Hollywood and the Movies of the Fifties. September 15, 2024.
  5. Septebmer 30, 2024. Professor Will Masters, stepson of Phil Bush: Economics and policy analysis for agriculture, food and nutrition
  6. October 9, 2024. Classmate Brian Maracle on his work to preserve the Mohawk language.
  7. October 14, 2024. Dartmouth English Professor Thomas Luxon.
  8. October 20, 2024. Psychology Professor April Bleske-Rechek, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. “Her teaching and research efforts focus on scientific reasoning and individual and group differences in cognitive abilities, personality traits, and relationship attitudes.” 
  9. October 30, 2024 at Noon: Sue Leavitt with an encore piano concert.
  10. November 10, 2024. Angela Ranzini, M.D., high-risk obstetrician and spouse of classmate Chris Hu.
  11. Novermber 17, 2024. Classmate Paul Pillar, encore discussion of foreign policy issues after the presidential election focusing on his views as expressed in his book Beyond the Water’s Edge.
  12. ??? TBA
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