The Life and Impact of Jackie Robinson

In the spring of 1947, Jackie Robinson played his first game with the Brooklyn Dodgers, breaking down Major Leagues Baseball’s decades-old color line and changing the face of the game forever. The program gives the audience an intimate look at Robinson and the impact he has had on society and today’s culture.

Hamilton: More Than A Musical

This one-hour PowerPoint lecture outlines the life of the first Secretary of the Treasury of the United States, Alexander Hamilton. The story is told using some of the videos and music from the hip hop Broadway musical, “Hamilton: An American Musical” by Lin-Manuel Miranda and filling in where the musical leaves some historic gaps. This lecture is designed to capture the imagination of both young and old about the rise and fall of one of the most brilliant young minds of our founding generation through the hip hop music of the today’s young and young at heart.

The Humor of Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln was a man of many accomplishments. In addition to founding the Republican Party, winning a Civil War and ending slavery in America, Lincoln was an accomplished storyteller and humorist.  Learn about facets of his personality that today few know, and laugh at some of his endless collections of jokes and anecdotes.

Flash Fiction

A half hour into the dynamics of the fiction form under 1,000 words. Short history of, as well as, global references to this old and now revitalized style of fiction. Then one half hour of writing six word stories, twelve paragraph stories, short vignettes of life experience, episodic scences of compressed narrative. Depending on skill level and needs of group, we may do as many as four styles, or focus on one. Sharing if desired will end session. Follow-up comments or sessions of writing may be arranged.

Voices of the Outsiders: Rock and Roll’s Unsung Artists

Rock and Roll Music is an American contribution to the world. Early performers were mainly African-Americans and poor whites often from the American south. These performers, considered “outsiders” often found relevant themes from the words of first and second generation Jewish immigrants, who were also considered ’outsiders’ by mainstream culture.