Programs for Oct 1-31

October 1, Zoom Thursday Luncheon Roundtable – 12:30 to 1:45

Speaker is Dianne Semingson, chair of the Women 100 Advisory Committee. Her topic—A Seat at the Table, considering what it took for women to win voting rights and the status of women today.

Philadelphia is called America’s birthplace because of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, and the city also played a leading role in passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, granting women the right to vote. Amid the coronavirus pandemic of 2020, Philadelphia has been honoring the centennial of the amendment’s ratification — and the future of the women’s rights movement — with special exhibitions and events. Dianne Semingson has chaired the advisory committee for Women 100, a citywide program featuring live and fine arts, a road rally, and a public salute to the suffragettes.

Dianne is a consultant in strategic marketing, communications, and business development. She serves on the boards of several corporate and nonprofit organizations, including the Committee of Seventy. Recognition for her business and community contributions includes the 2015 Brava Award from SmartCEO Magazine, listing in Pennsylvania’s 50 Best Women in Business, designation as a Woman of Distinction by Philadelphia Business Journal, and selection as 2012 Woman One by the Institute for Women’s Health and Leadership of Drexel University College of Medicine. In 2016, she was named a Distinguished Daughter of Pennsylvania. In 2018, she was inducted as a Fellow of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia.

October 5, Zoom Quarterback Roundtable – 12:30 to 1:45

Dick Goldberg is our Quarterback.

October 8, Zoom Thursday Luncheon Roundtable – 12:30 to 1:45

Speaker is Michael Mauney, retired Life magazine photographer. His topic—On the Other Side of the Camera with Life magazine.

Michael Mauney got his start in photography at The Charlotte Observer in North Carolina and worked as a staff photographer for Life magazine after moving to Chicago. He also worked for People and Fortune magazines and did photography for many of the country’s largest corporations. Today Michael lives near Asheville, North Carolina, and continues taking photo assignments for corporations such as Walgreens and for institutions such as The Duke Endowment and Foundation for the Carolinas.

What Michael has always been known for are his portraits, many of which he’ll show in this presentation. About his portrait technique he has said “I find it natural . . . to wait and give people the time and space to do something interesting—which is, to become themselves. This works whether I’m photographing a celebrity, a CEO, or a ten-year-old child. Of course, if push comes to shove, I’ll do whatever is needed to get the shot.”

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October 12, Zoom Quarterback Roundtable – 12:30 to 1:45

Matthew McGovern is our Quarterback.

October 15, Zoom Thursday Luncheon Roundtable – 12:30 to 1:45

Speaker is Philadelphia artist Charles Cushing. His topic—The Perils and Joys of Life as an Independent Artist.

Charles, who is well-known for his cityscapes of Philadelphia, will present a slide show of his work, welcoming questions and participation. He has lived and worked here since graduating from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 1988. Over 600 of his original oil paintings are in public and private collections in the Philadelphia area, including those of The Union League and major corporations. In recent years, he has traveled to paint in other spots in the United States, as well as international locations such as Italy, Finland, and Argentina.

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October 19, Zoom Quarterback Roundtable – 12:30 to 1:45

Gresham Riley is our Quarterback.

October 22, Zoom Thursday Luncheon Roundtable – 12:30 to 1:45

Speaker is SaraKay Smullens, licensed diplomate in clinical social work, therapist, activist, and author. Her topic—The Deadly Realities of Societal Burnout, focusing on the psychosocial impact of the simmering societal problems confronting us 24/7.

SaraKay Smullens has written several books, including Burnout and Self-Care in Social Work: A Guidebook for Students and Those in Mental Health and Related Professions in 2015. This early treatment of the subject of burnout reached readers outside the mental health profession. SaraKay’s writing will also be familiar to regular readers of Broad Street Review. During the past five years, her efforts to teach the dangers of burnout, its differences from depression, and what is necessary to address it have taken her to national and international venues. She has received both a Social Worker of the Year Award and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Pennsylvania chapter of the National Association of Social Workers and was one of the first graduates chosen for the Hall of Fame of the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice.

October 26, Zoom Quarterback Roundtable – 12:30 to 1:45

Roberta Kangilaski is our Quarterback.

October 29, Zoom Thursday Luncheon Roundtable – 12:30 to 1:45

Speaker is Adele Lindenmeyr, PhD, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Villanova University. Her topic—Citizen Countess: Sofia Panina and the Fate of Revolutionary Russia, her biography of this Russian aristocrat, humanitarian, and government minister brought before the first Bolshevik tribunal in 1917 as an enemy of the people.

Adele Lindenmeyr published Citizen Countess in 2019, telling the story of a remarkable woman who was well-known in her generation and yet hardly mentioned by Western historians. Dean Lindenmeyr is also the author of Poverty is not a Vice: Charity, Society and the State in Imperial Russia, which won the Heldt Prize for Best Book Published by a Woman in Slavic Studies, awarded by the Association for Women in Slavic Studies. She is coeditor of several volumes in the series Russia’s Home Front in War and Revolution, 1914-1922. Her research has been published in American, European and Russian scholarly outlets.