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Pacific Coast Coalition for Seafarers
Jessie Braverman

Presentation by Jessie Braverman. Seafarers have been among the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. Many have been stranded at sea. How can we support their fight for dignity, rights, and welfare? Jessie Braverman is the chairperson of the Pacific Coast Coalition for Seafarers.

North by Shakespeare
Michael Blanding and Dennis McCarthy

Presentation by Michael Blanding and Dennis McCarthy. Blanding discusses his recent book “North by Shakespeare: A Rogue Scholar’s Quest for the Truth Behind The Bard’s Work” -- based on research conducted by McCarthy -- who used special software to investigate the background to Shakespeare’s plays — leading to an enigmatic 16th-century courtier, Thomas North. Blanding is an investigative reporter. McCarthy is an independent researcher.

Epigenetics and Wound Healing
Janice Beitz and Rebecca Bryan

Presentation by Rebecca Bryan and Janice Beitz. We inherit our genes. However, this accounts for only 2% of genetic expression. The rest depends on epigenetic influences that inform how immune systems develop. In particular, childhood adversity aligns with risks for wound development and healing. Rebecca Bryan is Director of Professional Development at Rutgers School of Nursing. She is certified in trauma-informed care. Janice Beitz is Professor of Nursing at Rutgers with 45 years of teaching experience. She is board-certified and has received a variety of honors.

Women Without Children Revisited
Kate Kaufmann

Kate Kaufmann gave us a presentation in 2019, after her book “Do You Have Kids? Life When the Answer is No” was published. Today she shares insights about how publishing a book changes both reader and author. Ms. Kaufmann is an advocate for better understanding of the childless demographic. She has an M.F.A. in creative writing and a background in human resources and consulting. Her work has been featured in Psychology Today, the Washington Post, NBC, among other media.