Our 51st Year

A Message From The President

Welcome to the 51st season of SILL!

From a small startup operation years ago, SILL now operates six venues with a substantial subscriber base. Despite the coronavirus, our 2021 season was conducted virtually and offered free to our audience members. It was extremely successful, attracting more than 1500 viewers from all over the US and Europe. We have now decided to offer our 2022 program through a combination of live lectures and streamed ones. You will be able to subscribe to a live series, a virtual series or both, offering maximum flexibility to our audience members.

Our Global Issues program committee, chaired by Jeff Olesen, has booked some impressive speakers for 2022. New to SILL in 2022 are Ambassador Richard Jones, discussing energy transition: Is It Feasible? Peter Singer will focus on how social media has become weaponized. Dr. John Sinnott, an expert on pandemics, will discuss “Where do We Go From Here” as well as the future use of biological weapons. General Russel Honore, who led the Hurricane Katrina response, will be talking about emergency response planning and Peter Bergen’s speech will be on the topic of domestic extremism. Thomas DeFrank, who has interfaced with eleven Presidents from LBJ to Biden will describe “stories that never made it to print” in what should be a fascinating lecture.

Returning speakers to SILL include Ambassador Dennis Ross “Middle East Policy”, Baroness Margaret Jay “The Online Accelerator”, Dr. Bob Barylski “Russia, China, Afghanistan and the Islamic Crescent”, and Dr. Jeremy Suri “The Renewal of American Democracy”.

For our Music Monday program, we will feature both local musicians and rising stars. We have a very interesting musician. Thorwald Jørgensen is known as one of the leading classical theremin players in the world. After graduating from the conservatory, he quickly established himself as one of the most prominent players of the instrument and pursued it as a full-time career. Geneva Lewis, violin player, is the recipient of a 2021 Avery Fisher Career Grant and winner of the Grand Prize at the 2020 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition.

We hope that you will enjoy our 2022 season and we look forward to seeing you back in person again! Above all, please stay safe and healthy.

Beth Cotner, President