Great Decisions Discussion Group - Moderator, Michael Lee


Russia's Foreign Policy - New Date and Time To Be Announced...

​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?

Turkey: a Partner in Crisis - Friday, April 20 - 1:30 pm

Of all NATO allies, Turkey represents the most daunting challenge for the Trump administration. In the wake of a failed military coup in July 2016, the autocratic trend in Ankara took a turn for the worse. One year on, an overwhelming majority of the population considers the United States to be their country's greatest security threat. In this age of a worsening "clash of civilizations" between Islam and the West, even more important than its place on the map is what Turkey symbolically represents as the most institutionally Westernized Muslim country in the world. 

Michael Lee, Stephanie's husband, returns to Hamilton House as moderator

​Please register: 831-1800 

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​​​​​Readings & Discussion Group

Wednesdays at 11:00 a.m. 

Discussions focus on a variety of non-fiction readings, which are distributed at least a week in advance.  Discussions are led by the group member who selects the reading and is responsible for having copies made. 
Leadership of the discussion rotates weekly and, while encouraged, leading a session is not essential for participating in the group.  Selected readings of a piece of non-fiction prose should be 1) interesting to discuss, 2) thought-provoking, and 3) not too long  (typically under 15 pages).  Anyone is welcome to join this group on an occasional or regular basis.
The titles of the readings are listed in the weekly E-bulletin, and copies are available to members online (whenever possible) and in a folder by the front desk a week prior to their being discussed.
Readings recently discussed covered a wide range of topics--cabbage strudel, American exceptionalism, burkinis, healthcare, the history of prohibition, coffee, and much more--humorous, serious, and informative.

Please register by calling (401) 831-1800 or email 

Discussion Groups

​History of Mathematics, Mathematical Practice, and Mathematics Education

Mondays at 11 a.m.                             Instructor: Dr. Joel Silverberg

A relaxed and casual class where members of all math backgrounds, or lack thereof, have found it rewarding and enjoyable. The only prerequisites are a curious interest, and the ability and desire to come to most meetings since we often take 3 or 4 successive sessions to develop and explore a topic. The topics are open-ended and explore how different cultures and different eras have approached problems that arise when counting, measuring or reasoning.       

A retired college professor, Dr. Silverberg focused on research into the history of mathematical development, mathematical practice, and mathematics education. He has published scholarly articles on mathematics teaching in the American Colonial and early Federal periods, on advances in celestial navigation from the time of Columbus to the development of the airplane, and on the interaction between the mathematics of the academy and that of practitioners in such fields as cartography, surveying, navigation, commercial mathematics and bookkeeping, astronomy, astrology, timekeeping, and the designs of fortifications an artillery.                                                                                           Please register: 831-1800.

Writing a Forever Letter

Tuesdays April 3,10,17 at 1 pm

​A forever letter is a letter to those you love in which you share what really matters to you - life lessons, values, love, support, gratitude, and forgiveness. It's not only a gift to others, but a gift to yourself as well. In this class, which is based on Elana Zaiman's book The Forever Letter, we will further define this type of letter and explore the "whys" and "hows"  of writing it. No worries.... there will be little, if any, writing in class! Class size limited to 12 persons. 

​This class will be led by Thia Lord, a clinical therapist, MSW, LICSW with 30 years of practice with adults, couples, children and families.                                                                                                                                               Register: 831-1800