January 2019 Brown Bag Events

Posted on Dec 29, 2018

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Bring your lunch; the Library provides coffee and cookies.

January 2 – Impossible Builds: “The Scorpion Tower”
Follow the construction of one of the most complex skyscrapers ever to make it off the drawing board. Its design is so radical that construction experts have turned to a building material never before used in skyscrapers. PBS (55 min.)

January 9 – Africa’s Great Civilizations – “Origins”
Henry Louis Gates, Jr. examines Africa’s past beginning at the origins of human existence. Through anthropological and scientific discoveries viewers learn that Africa is the genetic home of all currently living humanity.

Only between 80,000 and 50,000 years ago did some of humanity’s common ancestors leave the continent to spread across the rest of the world. These great African migrations culminated in the diverse global peoples and societies that are known today. Beginning with this great revelation, Gates then traces the roots of agriculture, writing, artistic expression, and iron working to their birthplaces on the continent. PBS (54 min.)

January 16 –  “Understanding the Opioid Epidemic”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every day approximately 91 people in the United States die from opioid overdose. What contributes to the problem? Understanding the Opioid Epidemic” traces the causes behind the unprecedented growth in use of prescription opioids and the  devastating impact these drugs are having on our country. PBS (60 min.)

January 23 – FRONTLINE: “Blackout in Puerto Rico”
It has been over a year since Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico. In this FRONTLINE episode finished in 2018, FRONTLINE and NPR investigate how the federal response in Puerto Rico left millions of Americans in the dark for months-and the storm before the storm:  how Wall Street, Puerto Rico’s Government, and Washington fueled a debt crisis that left the island’s economy in ruins and its infrastructure crippled even before Maria hit. FRONTLINE (60 min.)

January 30 – FRONTLINE: “The Fish on My Plate” – Longer presentation
Begin the New Year reviewing the world’s consumption of fish in this special 90 minute Brown Bag. In this 2017 production, best-selling author and lifelong fisherman Paul Greenberg spends a year eating fish at breakfast, lunch and dinner to help answer the question: “What fish should I eat that’s good for me and good for the planet?” When he wasn’t eating fish, Greenberg was meeting with marine experts to find an answer to his question.  FRONTLINE (90 min.)


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