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Recorded: Friday, May 11, 2018 at the downtown Central Library

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The 2017 bestseller, Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance was discussed during the Chairman’s Book Club program featuring panelists: Tamara Alsace, a retired Buffalo Public Schools administrator, the Rev. Frank Cerny, of the Rural Outreach Center/Erie County Poverty Committee and Sam Magavern, from the Partnership for the Public Good. The program was hosted by Library Board Chairman Frank Housh, Esq.

Recorded: Friday, March 09, 2018 at the downtown Buffalo Central Library

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In honor of Women’s History Month, guest host Karen King, executive director of the Erie County Commission on the Status of Women led a panel and public discussion on the book Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit (published in 2015). The participating panelist were Hilary Vandenbark of the University of Buffalo’s Global Gender & Sexuality Studies and Sara Vescio from the Women’s Business Center at Canisius College.

Recorded: Friday, October 27 2017 at the downtown Buffalo CentralLibrary

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Library Board Chairman Frank Housh hosted a panel and public discussion on urbanist Richard Florida’s latest book The New Urban Crisis: How Our Cities are Increasing Inequality, Deepening Segregation, and Failing the Middle Class – and What We Can Do About It. The participating local panelists were Rahwa Ghirmatzion of PUSH Buffalo, architect/urbanist Kisha Patterson and Robert Silverman of the UB School of Architecture & Planning.

 

Recorded: Friday, June 16, 2017 at the downtown Buffalo Central Library

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Library Board Chairman Frank Housh hosted a panel and public discussion on author Randall Fuller’s 2017 non-fiction book titled The Book That Changed America: How Darwin’s Theory of Evolution Ignited a Nation.  Participating local panelist were Douglas DeCroix, Executive Editor, Western New York Heritage Press; George DeTitta, Principal Scientist, Jelly Jar Labs and University at Buffalo Professor Emeritus, Structural Biology; and the Reverend Joan Montagnes, Unitarian Universalist Church of Buffalo.

Playing time: 51:14

Recorded: Friday, March 10, 2017 at the downtown Buffalo Central Library

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A public discussion on the 2016 book “All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation”+ by Rebecca Traister appropriately during Women’s History Month. Guest Hosted by Karen King, Executive Director, Erie County Commission on the Status of Women

Featuring Panelists: Farhana Hasan, Project Manager, UB Interdisciplinary Science & Engineering Partnership; Cecily Rodriguez, owner, consulting firm Shift Happens, LLC/adjunct professor, Canisius College & UB; and Carolyn Washington, retired Army officer/UB Ph.D. student, Global Gender Studies.

Recorded: Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at the downtown Buffalo Central Library

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Library Board Chairman Frank Housh hosted a panel and public discussion on the timely, thought-provoking award-winning book, Half-Earth: Our Planet’s Fight for Life by Edward O. Wilson.  Panelists were Lynda Schneekloth of the Climate Justice Coalition of WNY, who was recently named “Conservationist of the Year” by the Adirondack Mountain Club - Niagara Frontier Chapter and Doug Swift, developer, Buffalo RiverWorks.

Playing time: 58.51

Recorded: Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at the downtown Buffalo Central Library

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Library Board Chairman Frank Housh hosted a lively panel and public discussion on the New York Times bestselling book Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates.  Panelist included Canisius College adjunct professor Heron Simmonds-Price; Buffalo State College professor Anthony Neal; and local storyteller and retired librarian Sharon Holley.
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