Bert Filemyr, a fellow of the Delaware Valley Ornithological Society and co-author of a definitive volume analyzing the plates of Audubon’s Birds of America, will share his knowledge of the history of birds. A lifelong bird-watcher, Bert has accomplished the long-term goal of identifying at least 100 bird species in each of the 48 contiguous states.
During the first months of Donald Trump’s presidency, the U.S. began a historic shift away from Pax Americana, the liberal international order that was established in the wake of World War II. Since 1945, Pax Americana has promised peaceful international relations and an open economy, buttressed by U.S. military power. In championing “America First” isolationism and protectionism, President Trump has shifted the political mood towards elective U.S. engagement, where foreign commitments are limited to areas of vital U.S. interest and economic nationalism is the order of the day. Geopolitical allies and challengers alike are paying close attention.
Since the late 19th century, Lucy the Elephant stands as a unique image at the New Jersey shore. Learn about the creation and use of this unusual National Historic Landmark and find out what steps are being taken to restore, preserve and interpret this symbol of a bygone era. Jeremy Bingaman, Director of Education and Chief Operating Officer of “Save Lucy Committee” will discuss the history and explain the status of this beloved landmark.
Under President Vladimir Putin, Russia is projecting an autocratic model of governance abroad and working to undermine the influence of liberal democracies, namely along Russia’s historical borderlands. Russia caused an international uproar in 2016, when it interfered in the U.S. presidential contest. But Putin’s foreign policy toolkit includes other instruments, from alliances with autocrats to proxy wars with the U.S. in Georgia, Ukraine and Syria. How does Putin conceive of national interests, and why do Russian citizens support him? How should the United States respond to Putin’s foreign policy ambitions?