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Tuesday Topics

All Tuesday Topics are held from 12:12pm - 12:52pm in Kate Gleason Auditorium of Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County, 115 South Avenue in downtown Rochester NY. For additional information, contact Rebecca Fuss at 585-428-8350 or Rebecca.Fuss@libraryweb.org. Click here to see our trailer.

The 2017 Tuesday Topics series is listed below:

January 17 - Policing in 2017: Promises and Pitfalls  

Presenter: Scott Peters, Deputy Chief, Rochester Police Department 

From body cameras to Black Lives Matter, police work has new opportunities and challenges as never before.  Hear from the deputy chief how responsive the department reorganization has been to those opportunities and learn what the greatest challenges to public safety are today. 

January 24 - Amerks with Jody Gage  

Presenter: Jody Gage, Director of Strategic Planning, Rochester Americans and member of the Halls of Fame of the Rochester Americans and the American Hockey League.   

Find out what’s new with Rochester’s own professional hockey team, and hear stories of past and present seasons from Mr. Amerk himself.  Gage is the Amerks' all-time leader in games played (728), goals (351), and assists (377).  

January 31 - Opioid Crisis Deepens  

Presenter: Mark Winsberg, MD, Clinical Director of Chemical Dependency Services, Rochester Regional Health System 

The abuse of and addiction to opioids such as heroin, morphine and prescription pain relievers affects the health, social and economic welfare of our entire region. Find out about the complexity of opioid addiction as a brain disease and the scientific insight needed to balance the negative and growing impact of opioid abuse on health and mortality with the fundamental role of prescription opioid pain relievers in healing and reducing human suffering. 

February 7  -  Keeping Ahead of the Hackers  

Presenter: Bill Stackpole, Professor, Department of Computing Security, Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences, RIT 

With increasing leaks of personal information and access to sensitive records, much of our software contains secret flaws that criminals can use to their advantage. Learn about the human and technical factors in cybersecurity and what research is being done to prevent further exploitation.  

February 14 - WXXI at 50 and Beyond  

Presenter: Norm Silverstein, President & CEO, WXXI Public Broadcasting Council & the Little Theatre Film Society 

WXXI is celebrating five decades of public television in Rochester this year! Go back in time to hear about the studios in the old East High School and learn of the dedication of Harold Hacker and the founding trustees.  Norm Silverstein will also present what WXXI offers today to advance education as well as support quality arts and culture programming in our community.

February 21 - Refugees in Rochester  

Presenter: Lisa Hoyt, Department Director, Refugee, Immigration & Language Services Department, Catholic Family Center 

The United States is struggling to agree on how to assist refugees fleeing war-torn areas of the world, often arriving with serious health risks, economic difficulties and mental health strain. Find out what determines how wide a country will swing open their borders in a resource-limited world, and learn about the resettlement process and how Catholic Family Center has helped over 15,000 refugees resettle in Rochester.   

February 28 - How Clean is Our Water? A Checkup on Local Waterways  

Presenter: Joseph Makarewicz, PhD, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Environmental Science & Biology, The College at Brockport 

Many people see the abundant water in western New York as an asset, but decades of industrialization and agriculture have contributed to water pollution in different ways.  Environmental concerns have led to safeguards for our waterways, but are we are doing enough to protect them?

 March 7 - Women Making History from 1917 - 2017  

Presenter: Deborah Hughes, President & CEO, Susan B. Anthony Museum & House 

This year marks the 100th anniversary of women winning the right to vote in New York State, and now women are holding unprecedented levels of leadership in government. Hear about how Suffrage Centennial will celebrate these achievements with events planned for upstate New York in the historical context of women’s longstanding struggle for political, social and economic equality. 

Did you miss any of the Tuesday Topic presentations? View them all now on YouTube!   

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