Westchester Community College Celebrity Salon Series
Valhalla, NY - This year's Westchester Community College Celebrity Salon Series includes national figures from the fields of literature, media, politics, sports, and music.
As the first series of its kind in Westchester County, these events continue to attract top names who help the Westchester Community College Foundation raise funds for student scholarships. All events are held in private homes.
Restoring America’s Potential on Saturday, April 13 at 6:00 p.m. in Ossining. Glenn Hubbard, the Dean of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business, is known for his views on economic and tax policy. He is the Russell L. Carson Professor of Finance and Economics at Columbia and has been a visiting professor at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and Harvard Business School, as well as at the University of Chicago. He has been an advisor to countless companies and organizations and is the former Chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers under George W. Bush. In his upcoming book, Balance: The Economics of Great Powers from Ancient Rome to Modern America, Hubbard and co-author Tim Kane explain why financial imbalances cause civil collapse—and why America could be next. Get to the bottom line at your hosts’ art-filled Ossining estate as Hubbard tells us what it will take to restore America’s economic potential.
Picture This on Sunday, April 14 at 5:00 p.m. in Armonk with Stephen Apkon and Les Crystal. The Jacob Burns Film Center and Apkon go hand in hand as Westchester County’s inside ticket to the world of film. He is the Founder and Executive Director of Jacob Burns, which presents a wide array of documentary, independent and foreign films and has developed educational programs focused on 21st century visual literacy. In his upcoming book, The Age of the Image, he draws on the history of literacy. Apkon describes how we have gone from scroll to codex, scribes to printing presses, SMS to social media. He examines the science of how various forms of storytelling work on the human brain, as well as exploring the practical value of visual literacy in real-world situations. Apkon convincingly argues that now is the time to transform the way we teach, create, and communicate so that we can all step forward together into a rich and stimulating future. Les Crystal, former Executive Director of PBS NewsHour will interview Apkon at your host’s lakefront property in Armonk.
Men of Honor on Thursday, April 18 at 6:00 p.m. in Harrison with Dr. James Wright. In Those Who Have Borne the Battle, historian and marine veteran James Wright tells the story of the long, often troubled relationship between America and those who have defended her, shedding new light both on our history and on the issues our country and its armed forces face today. As President of Dartmouth College from 1998 to 2009 and as a champion of education, he advanced the academic strength of the institution. In 2005, he visited military facilities in Washington, DC where he met military personnel who had been wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan. He became a passionate advocate for wounded veterans and has been effective in working with government leaders in supporting them. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served in your hosts’ lovely Harrison home as Dr. Wright challenges us to do better for those who serve and sacrifice.
Nobel Doctor on Sunday, April 21 at 5:00 p.m. in Mamaroneck. Dr. Harold Varmus
is as much at home in the world of art and literature as he is in the scientific realm. A PhD candidate in English literature at Harvard University, Varmus discovered he was drawn instead to medicine and eventually found himself at the forefront of cancer research at the University of California, San Francisco. After his work on cancer genes was rewarded with a Nobel Prize shared with his scientific partner, J. Michael Bishop, he served for six years as the Director of the National Institutes of Health; for a decade as President of Memorial Sloan- Kettering Cancer Center; and more recently as co-chair of President Obama’s Science Advisory Board; and now as Director of the National Cancer Institute. Enjoy Varmus’s unique perspective and his contagious enthusiasm for relaying scientific ideas simply with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at your hosts’ Mamaroneck Tudor home.
Wiff-Waff on Sunday, May 5 at 5:00 p.m. in Pleasantville with Will Shortz and Robert Roberts. Forehand tomahawk, deep chop, smash, drop shot, and lob; put them all together and you get the fast paced and thrilling game of table tennis or ping pong. Originating in England as wiff-waff and making its Olympic début in 1988, table tennis is truly a sport for all ages. The premier table tennis facility in the county is The Westchester Table Tennis Center in Pleasantville, founded by Will Shortz and Robert Roberts. Shortz, the crossword editor of The New York Times and puzzlemaster for National Public Radio, has been a table tennis enthusiast since childhood. Roberts is three time table tennis champion of the Caribbean, repeat champion of his home country, Barbados, and ranked among the top players in America. Bring your sweatbands for a night of demonstration and coaching by Shortz and Roberts, hors d’oeuvres by Iron Horse Grill, and the chance to pick up a paddle yourself!
Young Virtuoso on Sunday, May 19 at 5:00 p.m. in Ossining with Charlie Albright. Hailed as being “among the most gifted musicians of his generation,” by the Washington Post and praised by The New York Times for his “jaw-dropping technique, intelligently wrought interpretation,” and “virtuosity meshed with a distinctive musicality,” Albright has been wowing audiences across the nation. Winner of the prestigious 2010 Gilmore Young Artist Award, he performed four concerts with acclaimed cellist Yo-Yo Ma by the tender age of 24. The pianist was named the Artist in Residence for Harvard University Leverett House for 2011-2012, a position last filled by Mr. Ma. Grab front row seats to this intimate performance at your host’s Ossining estate overlooking the Hudson River as we listen to Albright demonstrate why he is becoming a household name.
Anchorman on Thursday, May 30 at 6:00 p.m. in Scarsdale with Stone Phillips. The trial of O. J. Simpson, the death of Princess Diana, the Virginia Tech massacre, the terrorist attacks of September 11th, and Hurricane Katrina are all memorable events that were reported to us by Phillips. He is the former co-anchor of the award winning newsmagazine, Dateline NBC. It is there that he built his reputation interviewing newsmakers and celebrities including President George W. Bush, Russian President Boris Yeltsin, former President Jimmy Carter, Michael Jordan, Sofia Loren, Mick Jagger, and numerous others. In 2012, he launched StonePhillipsReports.com and served as a Special Correspondent to PBS NewsHour with a story about head injuries in youth football. In 2013, Phillips completed an independent documentary on his aging parents. Join Phillips for an intimate chat about the headlines of today over cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at your hosts’ Tudor home in Scarsdale.
Cowboy Artist on Saturday, June 1 at 6:00 p.m. in Pound Ridge with Sarah Burt.
Consummate Westerner, historian, advocate, cowboy, outdoorsman, writer, philosopher, environmentalist, conservationist and artist; these are the many ways to describe Charles M. Russell, master artist of the West. Join Sarah Burt, the Chief Curator at the C.M. Russell Museum in Great Falls Montana, as she traces Russell’s remarkable evolution from an essentially untutored folk artist to one of the most celebrated artists in American history. She will provide a comparison between Russell and his closest rival, Frederic Remington, and how Russell’s work influenced generations of artists up to the present day. Burt will incorporate examples of works from your hosts’ collection to demonstrate that Russell’s themes live on today in both traditional and more avant-garde styles of Western art. The stagecoach departs for Burt’s talk after cocktails and hors d’oeuvres are served in your hosts’ Pound Ridge home which is surrounded by beautiful gardens.
Music Man on Thursday, June 6 at 6:00 p.m. in Scarsdale with Dr. Joseph Polisi. The Juilliard School is synonymous with the highest form of education in the arts. Notable alumni include Viola Davis, Kelsey Grammer, Wynton Marsalis, Itzhak Perlman and Kevin Spacey. At the school’s helm is Dr. Polisi, known as a twenty-first century visionary, a defender of the arts, an author, a teacher, and an accomplished bassoonist. Polisi became Juilliard’s sixth president in 1984. He has vitalized the school with the establishment of new student services, revised curriculum, multiple musical tours in China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, and several European cities. There has been a new emphasis on community outreach as in 2006 the Carnegie Hall/Juilliard Academy was launched. The school prepares students of music, drama, and dance for their roles as artistic and educational leaders. Join Polisi in your hosts’ welcoming and beautiful Scarsdale home for an evening with Westchester’s own music man.
Field of Dreams on Tuesday, June 11 at 6:00 p.m. in Rye Brook with Brandon Steiner. Isn’t it every sports fan’s dream to own a famous stadium? Well, Brandon Steiner did just that in 2008 when he purchased the old Yankee Stadium, in order to grant it second life as a line of collectibles. Brooklyn native Steiner is founder and chairman of Steiner Sports, holder of the world’s largest collection of autographed memorabilia and marketing representative to sports stars including Derek Jeter and Eli Manning. Steiner founded his company in 1987 to represent New York-based athletes for paid appearances and corporate endorsements. The business grew, and by the late 90s, Steiner Sports represented most major athletes in the city and was the de facto seller of their autographs and game used collectibles. Bring your autograph book as cocktail and hors d’oeuvres, not peanuts and popcorn, are served at your hosts’ contemporary Rye Brook home as Steiner shares his amazing story.
Bye Bye Bipartisanship on Saturday, June 15 at 6:00 p.m. in Bedford with Daniel Henninger. The essence of a successful American political system is bipartisanship with two parties finding a way to work and compromise for the common good. Many wish it would return to our politics. Dan Henninger, deputy editor of The Wall Street Journal, will delve into the reasons for bipartisanship’s collapse, and the prospects for its return. Henninger’s Wonder Land column appears in the Journal each Thursday and he is a contributor to Fox News, where he appears each week on The Journal Editorial Report. Henninger was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize in editorial writing in 1987 and 1996 and shared in the Journal’s Pulitzer for that paper’s coverage of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Discussion and debate will occur with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at your hosts’ beautiful Bedford country estate.
Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served at all salons. Salon fees are $135 per event. For further details, call 914-606-6558.