Upcoming events

    • Thursday, January 23, 2020
    • 6:30 PM
    • Russian Tea Room, 150 West 57th Street, NY NY 10019
    • 209

    4-star General Arnold W. Bunch Jr. is Commander, Air Force Materiel Command, headquartered at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. He leads future innovation for the Air Force.  He is responsible for installation and mission support, discovery and development, test and evaluation, life cycle management services and sustainment of virtually every major Air Force weapon system. The command employs approximately 80,000 people and manages $60 billion of budget authority annually.

    He completed operational assignments as an instructor, evaluator and aircraft commander for the B-52 Stratofortress. Following graduation from the Air Force Test Pilot School, Gen. Bunch conducted developmental testing in the B-2 Spirit and B-52, and served as an instructor in each. Additionally, he has commanded at the squadron, group, wing, and center levels. Prior to his current assignment, he was the Military Deputy to the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics, at the Pentagon, Arlington, Virginia.

    This will be a fascinating event as China exponentially increases its military spending, and the strategic threats worldwide continue to increase.  What does the future U.S. Air Force look like?  What type of aircrafts, systems, and weapons are in development, and are envisioned to keep America, and U.S. troops safe.  Early RSVPs are recommended.

    • Tuesday, March 31, 2020
    • 6:30 PM
    • CORE Club, 66E 55th Street, NY, NY, 10022
    • 81

    The American body is in trouble. Unprecedented numbers of us suffer from obesity, heart disease, diabetes and other debilitating illnesses. The root cause is a once-revolutionary idea that seemed to offer so much promise, but instead has become the cause of a global health crisis: processed foods. Over the past seventy-five years, a number of factors aligned to create a reality in which processed carbohydrates became our main food source. In Fast Carbs, Slow Carbs, bestselling author and former FDA Commissioner David A. Kessler explains how the quest to feed a nation resulted in a population that is increasingly suffering from obesity and chronic disease and offers a radical solution for changing course.

    For decades, no one questioned the effects of these processed carbohydrates. The focus was on the fertile grassland, ideal for growing vast amounts of wheat and corn; an industrial infrastructure perfect for refining those grains into starch; a food production behemoth that turns refined grains into affordable and appealing food items, from frozen pizza to sandwich bread to breakfast cereal; and an efficient distribution network that ensures consumption by Americans nationwide.

    But during those same decades, our bodies quietly contended with the metabolic chaos caused by consuming rapidly absorbable starch. Slowly but surely, these effects accumulated and became disastrous, leading to the public health crisis in which we find ourselves today.

    In Fast Carbs, Slow Carbs, Kessler explains how eating refined grains such as wheat, corn and rice leads to a cascade of hormonal and metabolic issues that make it very easy to gain weight and nearly impossible to lose it. Worse still is how excess weight creates a very real link to diabetes, heart disease, cognitive decline, and a host of cancers.

    This is a call to action. We can no longer afford to dismiss the consequences of eating food that is designed to be to be rapidly absorbed as sugar in our bodies. Informed by cutting-edge research as well as Dr. Kessler’s own personal quest to manage his weight, Fast Carbs, Slow Carbs reveals in illuminating detail how we got to this critical turning point in our health as a nation—and outlines a plan for eliminating heart disease and allowing us to, finally, regain control of our health.

    • Monday, April 27, 2020
    • 6:30 PM
    • CORE Club, 66E 55th Street, NY, NY 10022
    • 87

    During his years as Surgeon General, he saw the rise of opioid use, gun violence and psychological distress and became an outspoken commentator on the importance of addressing these societal problems. In this groundbreaking book, Murthy argues that loneliness is a public health issue and is responsible for the upsurge in suicide, the opioid epidemic, the overuse of psych meds, the over-diagnosing and pathologizing of emotional and psychological struggle.

    While Surgeon General, Murthy visited communities all over the U.S. and was confronted with how many people suffered from feeling lonely. As a result, he turned his work and his focus on what he saw as an epidemic of loneliness. His deep dive into the issue found multiple causes:  technology, mobility, work culture, narrative of individualism, culture of extrinsic values (focus on products instead of people to make you happy), weakening of social / community institutions including faith organizations. Loneliness has multiple health ramifications, including an increased amount of inflammation in the body and an increased risk for illness.

    Loneliness isn't a uniquely American phenomenon. The UK has appointed a cabinet minister to address the issue; In China, 28% of older adults are lonely. In Germany, people aged 30-60 are at peak loneliness. The studies from around the world show a trend going in the wrong direction, but there is good news as well. Murthy looks to efforts from various communities and cultures that have created successful outreach programs and efforts to combat loneliness, showing how we can change by engaging with others to promote community.

    Together gives a much-needed voice and context to one of the most vexing problems for individuals today, and by doing so, he offers hope for a way towards greater connection, community and well-being.