Events & Programs

2017 Summer Seminar Series



The popular summer seminar series, now in its 33rd year, continues this year with the following lineup:

Thursday, July 6th at 10:30 am: Dr. Doug Simon--Thoughts on American Foreign Policy
Join us as Dr. Simon explores and explains developments in U.S. foreign policy and the ramifications for the world.
Monday, July 10th at 1pm: Gordon Chang--Trump and China: War or Peace in Asia
It's out with engagement and in with confrontation. Will President Trump's new approach ensure peace, or trigger war?
Thursday, July 13th at 10:30am: Daniel Rose--Milton Hershey: The Man who Reinvented Chocolate
Mr. Rose will present a savory confection of dreams, drive, struggle, failure, and successful capitalism as he examines the life of Milton Hershey and his pursuit of chocolate.
Monday, July 17th at 1pm: Linda Barth--The Garden State: Where Ideas Grow
Join us as Linda Barth presents and discusses popular and innovative inventions from New Jersey.
Thursday, July 20th at 10:30am: S.J.Rozan--Categorization and its Discontents: Why Genre Matters
Join us to hear this award-winning author speak on the topic of mysteries, fiction, and the meaning of genre writing.
Monday, July 24th at 1pm: Dr. Michael Norris--Medieval Masterpieces of the Met's Cloisters
Dr. Norris takes us on a virtual stroll through the Metropolitan Museum's collection of medieval masterpieces.
Thursday, July 27th at 10:30am: Kim Gianetti--Golf and Politics: The Power Game
USGA member, Kim Gianetti, will speak about the game of golf and the USGA museum's holdings.
Monday, July 31st at 1pm: Dr. Gillian Hettinger-- Living in a Muslim World: A Woman's Perspective
Dr. Gillian Hettinger teaches at William Paterson University. She will cover aspects of life for women in the Muslim Nations, and her experiences of day to day life there.
Thursday, August 3rd at 10:30am: Dr. Randall Westbrook-- The Art and Politics of the Harlem Renaissance
Join us as Dr. Westbrook, who teaches at FDU, explores this fascinating subject.
Monday, August 7th at 1pm: Dr. William Gutsch--Adventures under the Northern Lights
In this richly illustrated talk, astronomer and photographer, Dr. William Gutsch, will show examples, and explain these dazzling natural light displays.
The seminars are free and open to the public. No registration required. Attend as many as you like.

Music Program



Tuesday, October 3rd @ 7:00pm

Tales from the Desert: Solo Instrumental Guitar

Peter Biedermann will be focusing on pieces from his latest recording, Tales from the Desert, performing on a variety of 6 and 12 string guitars in unique tunings. The program encourages questions from the audience and will also include some of the history and evolution of steel string guitar playing over the last 50-plus years. Fans of fellow guitarists Leo Kottke, the British School (Bert Jansch, John Renbourn, Davy Graham), Ralph Towner, Michael Hedges, and Pierre Bensusan will enjoy this music. Mr. Biedermann is a solo instrumental guitarist based in Green Valley, Arizona. He has been composing and performing for over 40 years and will be appearing for the first time at the Madison Public Library. CDs will be for sale after the performance. Please join us for this free program. Registration preferred, but drop-ins welcome as seating space permits. Register here.
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Wednesday Night Films at the Library


  Free. No registration required. 
   (Film synopses derived from IMDb.)


lost horizon
Wednesday, July 12th at 7pm
Lost Horizon
1937/97min/NR
Dir. Frank Capra. Stars Ronald Coleman, Jane Wyatt

A plane crash delivers a group of people to the secluded land of Shangri-La--but is it the miraculous utopia it appears to be?
maltese falcon
Wednesday, July 26th at 7pm
The Maltese Falcon
1941/101min/NR
Dir. John Huston. Stars Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor

A private detective takes on a case that involves him with three eccentric criminals, a beautiful liar, and their quest for a priceless statuette.
murder my sweet
Wednesday, August 9th at 7pm
Murder, My Sweet
1944/95min/NR
Stars Dick Powell, Claire Trevor

After being hired to find an ex-con's former girlfriend, Phillip Marlowe is drawn into a deeply complex web of mystery and deceit.
ride the pink horse
Wednesday, August 9th at 7pm
Ride the Pink Horse
1947/101min/NR
Dir. Robert Montgomery. Stars Robert Montgomery, Wanda Hendrix, Thomas Gomez

Lucky Gagin arrives in San Pablo, a New Mexico border town, searching for the mobster who has wronged him. Is he just after revenge, or does he also have extortion on his mind?