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Welcome to the Frank Islam Athenaeum Symposia speaker series at Montgomery College. Our distinguished speakers offer timely, stimulating topics delivered by today's leading experts in international affairs, social science, the humanities, arts, politics, and economics. These events encourage meaningful conversation, critical thinking, and intercultural understanding around our collective experiences. All events are free and open to the community.

The fall 2017 semester speaker lineup explores the concept of change: from the changing demographics of our culture and country to an intimate account of how a diagnosis of Alzheimer's can change the experience of a relationship. These shifts, sometimes seismic and other times seemingly subtle, shape what it means to be human in an increasingly diverse society.


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Looking for stimulating lectures that are free and open to the public?

MCTV's Danielle Stescki has interviewed the coordinator of the Frank Islam Athenaeum Symposia Speaker Series, Joanne Bagshaw, about the lineup of speakers for the fall 2017 semester.

MC Today: Fall 2017 Athenaeum Symposia Lineup


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The Next America: Demographic Change and Political Polarization
Paul Taylor

Monday, October 2nd, 12:00 PM
Germantown, HT Building, Globe Hall

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The Wide Circumference of Love
Marita Golden

Tuesday, October 17th, 7:00 PM
Germantown, HT Building, Globe Hall

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There Goes the Neighborhood: How Communities Overcome Prejudice and Meet the Challenge of American Immigration
Ali Noorani

Tuesday, November 14th, 7:00 PM 
Germantown, HT Building, Globe Hall

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3rd Annual Bella Mischkinsky Memorial Lecture
delivered by Holocaust Survivor, Emanuel (Manny) Mandel
"The Holocaust and the Danger of Not Learning from History"

Tuesday, December 5th, 11:30 AM
Germantown, BE 151


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Special thanks to Montgomery College's very own classically trained pianists, Nancy Nyland, Reference Librarian, and William Chang, Professor of Music, for welcoming Athenaeum audiences with pre-event music.


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