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All speakers in this series are members of MCA.

MCA Speaker Series

    • February 29, 2024
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Iser Jewish Cultural Center or on Zoom
    • 139

    The Chicago 8 Trial

    Presenter: MCA Member Neil Adelman

    The Chicago 8 Trial was one of the most unusual courtroom spectacles in American history.  This was the 1969-70 trial of eight radicals accused of conspiring to incite a riot at the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago.  

    There is no question that a riot occurred on the streets of Chicago.  But whether it was a riot by anti-Viet Nam war protestors, or a riot by the Chicago police, remains an open question.  The events of the convention turmoil and trial mayhem made Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin and Judge Julius Hoffman national figures - for a short period of time.

    Neil will discuss the trial and what significance it may still have today.


    Neil Adelman is a retired attorney from Chicago who now makes his summer home in Denver.  He has spoken on Jewish and other subjects for MCA, Beth Tikvah Congregation in Naples and at synagogues and Jewish groups in the Chicago and Denver areas.  Neil has spoken in the past for MCA on Jewish Music, Jews and Booze, the Rosenberg trial, and the Jewish artist Arthur Szyk.   Neil is also an experienced opera lecturer, having been a volunteer community lecturer for Lyric Opera of Chicago and having lectured on opera in Chicago and Denver and in Naples for the Renaissance Academy, now FGCU Academy.

    • March 25, 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Nina Iser Center or on Zoom

    COVID Update and Unravelling Long COVID

    presented by

    Dr. Marc Dichter, Professor of Neurology University of Pennsylvania

    COVID has not gone away. Marc will update us on the current best practices for dealing with this virus and dealing with Long COVID.

    Weeks or months after recovering from a Covid-19 illness, between 7% and 20% of people develop new disabling symptoms which have been called "Long Covid" or "the Long Haulers' Syndrome." The symptoms may consist of excessive fatigue, mild to moderate cognitive symptoms ("brain fog"), a sense of difficulty breathing, heart palpitations, sleep problems, unexplained pain, depression, anxiety, and a number of other feelings of not being well. Often extensive medical tests appear normal, but the symptoms may be very disabling, interfering with work, school, and one's general lifestyle. The cause for all these problems remains unknown. Doctors and patients are often very confused and frustrated because there has been no effective treatment nor a clear explanation of what is causing the illness.

    Dr. Marc Dichter, Professor of Neurology at the University of Pennsylvania, , has recently co-authored a book entitled "Unravelling Long Covid" that represents more than 2 years of their research into this new syndrome. Dr. Dichter will present the most recent findings about this very troubling illness and current research into its origins and possible future treatment strategies.

    This is a COED event.

    • March 28, 2024
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Iser Jewish Cultural Center or on Zoom
    • 176

    America’s Iconic Amusement Parks

    Presenter: MCA Member Jeff Margolis

    In 1846, the first amusement park in the United States, Lake Compounce Water Park, opened in Bristol, Connecticut. Since that time, children (and adults too) have had a love affair with breathtaking rides, death defying attractions and entertainment, and of course, the snacks that evoke memories of simpler times.

    Jeff will take us through an exploration of local amusement and destination theme parks in the United States and how they have woven their way into American culture.  Perhaps you'll see nostalgic photos of your favorite parks.


    Jeff Margolis is an educator, author and lecturer who lives in Naples. Prior to retiring, Jeff was an academic advisor and professor at Rowan University College of Education in New Jersey. He serves on the board of the Press Club of Southwest Florida.  He recently became a member of the International Society of Olympic Historians, and is one of the founding members of MCA.

    • April 01, 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Nina Iser Center or on Zoom

    If Everyone Says I Look So Good, 

    Then Why Do I Feel So Terrible?

    A Discussion about Fatigue and Health 

    Countless individuals grapple with an elusive syndrome characterized by profound fatigue, cognitive impairment, and relentless pain, often with perplexingly normal test results. This enigmatic condition surfaces post-illness, surgery, trauma, or infections like the Flu or COVID, leaving patients and caregivers in frustrating uncertainty.

    'IF EVERYONE SAYS I LOOK SO GOOD, THEN WHY DO I FEEL SO TERRIBLE?' describes unique health insights and concepts from my 41 years as a primary care physician, encountering numerous patients plagued by this baffling ailment.

    Those grappling with this syndrome will gain new understanding and be rewarded by the wisdom. Additionally, it provides valuable ideas for maintaining lifelong wellness, appealing to both those affected and to any individual keen on safeguarding their health.

    This event is COED.

    • April 25, 2024
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Iser Jewish Cultural Center or on Zoom
    • 191

    What's New in the News?

    From broadcast and social media to streaming and artificial intelligence

    Presenter:  MCA Member Marc Rosenweig

    How is today's media industry dealing with our current challenges, from broadcast and social media, to streaming and AI.

    Marc will lead us through Alternative Facts, Artificial Intelligence, Fake Video, to what's happening with Twitter/X, Facebook and TikTok, and the challenges we face identifying what sources we trust and what "news" we can we believe.


    Marc Rosenweig is Associate Professor of Television and Digital Media at Montclair State University. He spent more than three decades as a television reporter, producer, and program executive.  He was one of the founders of CNBC and the YES Network for the NY Yankees.  Marc managed news and sports programming and was part of teams that received the DuPont Columbia and George Polk Awards for investigative reporting.  He was also honored with six New York Emmy Awards for his work as a Senior Vice President of Programming at YES.  

    Marc received the L.J. Hortin Distinguished Alumnus Award from Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism. He also has a master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

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