From Natural Landscapes To Native Plants: A Passion For Nature At The New York Botanical Garden

From Natural Landscapes To Native Plants: A Passion For Nature At The New York Botanical Garden


Hosted by Janet Ross


The New York Botanical Garden has redoubled its efforts to connect its visitors to the beauty and wonder of nature through an ambitious program of research and ecological restoration in its 50-acre old growth Thain Family Forest and the creation of its new Oehme, van Sweden-designed Native Plant Garden. Todd Forrest, the Garden’s Arthur Ross Vice President for Horticulture and Living Collections, will discuss how these projects and others at the Garden can inspire and inform stewardship of nature in our own backyards.


TODD FORREST is the Arthur Ross Vice President for Horticulture and Living Collections at The New York Botanical Garden. He oversees all aspects of the management and development of the Garden’s landmark 250-acre landscape, glasshouses, and indoor and outdoor exhibitions, including the 50-acre Thain Family Forest, 50 gardens and plant collections, exhibitions in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, and outdoor art exhibitions. He joined The New York Botanical Garden in 1998 as a research assistant in the Science division. He became Curator of Woody Plants in 1999 and Vice President for Horticulture and Living Collections in 2005. He received a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Wesleyan University and a master’s degree in forest science from Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. 


The Political Biographer

The Political Biographer


Hosted by Chuck Hitchcock

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Two distinguished biographers discuss the art and nature of researching and writing political lives.


BLANCHE WIESEN COOK is a Distinguished Professor of History at the City University of New York and is writing the third volume of her award-winning series of biographies on the life and work of Eleanor Roosevelt. She is also the author of theDeclassified Eisenhower: A Divided Legacy of Peace and Political Warfare.  


RICHARD REEVES is the author of more than 20 books, including biographies of Presidents Reagan, Nixon, Kennedy and Ford. He is also a senior lecturer at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California and the recipient of dozens of awards. His 2015 book is Infamy: The Shocking Story of the Japanese American Internment in World War II.

A Cabaret! Over There: Greatest Hits of the Great War

A Cabaret! Over There: Greatest Hits of the Great War


Hosted by Brooke Kroeger

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A World War I centennial commemoration for Memorial Day weekend, featuring the most popular, amusing and emotionally evocative songs of the years 1914-1918 and their importance to both the soldiers and those they left behind.


BRETT KROEGER has been performing regionally, both in OVER THERE in New York City and Greenwich and with Troupers Light Opera in lead roles in its productions of Pirates of Penzance (Edith) and The Red Mill (Gretchen). She has also sung with the Taconic Opera, Opera Manhattan and the DiCapo Opera and has given solo recitals in New York City, in Venice, Italy, and in summer festivals throughout Tuscany. She studies with Bill Schuman. She lives in Riverside CT and East Hampton with her husband, Joshua Weiner, and their two children. Read more at


CHRISTOPHER DENNY has served as musical director, arranger and pianist for such cabaret and opera luminaries as Julie Wilson, Karen Mason, Brent Barrett, Gregg Edelman, Rodgey Gilfry, David Campbell, David Burnham, Lauren Bacall, Dorothy Loudon, Tammy Grimes, Judy Kaye and others, earning in the process two Backstage Bistro Awards and four Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs Awards for Outstanding Musical Direction. Film work includes producing the recording sessions for Placido Domingo in Baz Luhrman’s “Moulin Rouge.”

The Interaction of Ticks and Our Immune System

The Interaction of Ticks and Our Immune System


Hosted by Sheila Rogers


Dr. Dempsey discusses some of the latest scientific advances in understanding the impact of tick-borne diseases.


GEORGE P. DEMPSEY, M.D., board certified in Family Medicine, received his medical degree from the Mayo Medical School in Rochester, MN. He completed his residency and fellowship in the Department of Family Medicine at University Hospital SUNY Stony Brook.  He heads a family practice at the East Hampton Healthcare Center where he also teaches medical students and residents from Southampton Hospital.  Dr. Dempsey is currently working on tick-borne disease research.

Meeting Climate Change Challenges: A Coastal Community Perspective

Meeting Climate Change Challenges: A Coastal Community Perspective


Hosted by Sheila Rogers

IMG_0283Superstorm Sandy took the mystery out of climate change for this coastal community, but what new challenges are building? How can East Hampton become more resilient in confronting them? What opportunities are there for the residential community, business and municipal resources to collaborate in a climate action plan?




LINDA B. JAMES, M.P.H., is the Garden Club of America’s Conservation Vice Chair for Climate Change. She lectures and writes on raising public awareness of climate change and strategies to encourage actions  by local communities in addressing  its impacts.  As a member of the Town of East Hampton Energy Sustainability Committee, she is actively engaged in developing a plan to implement the Town’s long-term vision of a 100% renewable energy supply by 2020 and a Climate Action Plan.


DANIEL BADER is a Research Analyst at Columbia University’s Center for Climate Systems Research. One of his primary responsibilities is developing climate scenarios to be used for adaptation planning. Through his work, Mr. Bader has extensive experience with preparing and communicating climate science information to policymakers, specifically in New York City and State. He has a B.S. in Atmospheric Science from Cornell University and an M.A. in Climate and Society from Columbia University.


BRAM GUNTHER is the Chief of Forestry, Horticulture, and Natural Resources for the New York City Parks Department and President of the Natural Areas Conservancy, a new public/private partnership involved in City efforts to conserve and restore thousands of acres of forests and wetlands. He joined the Parks Department in 1991 as an Urban Park Ranger, eventually becoming the Citywide Director before transferring to Central Forestry. In his current position, he creates and executes Parks policy and programs on forestry, horticulture, green infrastructure, and ecological conservation. 


GORDIAN RAACKE is the Executive Director of Renewable Energy Long Island (RELI). Since 1993, he has been a prominent voice in regional energy issues, and is regarded as a clean energy expert by the regional media, elected officials, and the public. He serves on a number of advisory committees and is a Climate Reality Leadership Corps Mentor, trained by Al Gore. Mr. Raacke holds a degree in civil engineering from Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences. He lives in an energy-efficient and solar-powered home in East Hampton, NY.


KIMBERLY SHAW is the Environmental Protection Director of the Town of East Hampton in its Natural Resources Division. She is a former staff member of the East Hampton Town Planning Department and assisted Natural Resources Director Larry Penny in redrawing wetlands boundaries and inspecting properties to see if they required natural resources permits. She also worked on several studies and represented various applications for the town’s Zoning Board of Appeals. She also has worked for the Office of Ecology, a division of the Suffolk County Department of Health Services and was formerly head of the county’s Peconic Estuary Program.

Dedication / The Tom Twomey Gallery and Local History Gift

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Dedication / The Tom Twomey Gallery and Local History Gift AND LAUNCH OF VOLUME VI OF THE EAST HAMPTON HISTORY SERIES

GINA PIASTUCK, Head of the East Hampton Library Long Island Collection

Hosted by Ann Chapman

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Tom TwomeyDedication of the Library Gallery adjacent to the Baldwin Family Lecture Room in memory of Tom Twomey, Library Board member and leader, and the local history collection he bequeathed to the Library’s Long Island Collection. This is also the launch Vol. VI of the East Hampton history collection, edited by Tom, entitled Revealing the Past: The Historical Works Regarding East Hampton, New York of Norton Daniels, Sherrill Foster, Mac Griswold, and Hugh King. The event will include a brief talk about exciting recent acquisitions of the Long Island Collection, by its head librarian, GINA PIASTUCK.

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