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Orpheum Speaker Series in Collaboration with the JFK Museum

The Atwood Museum, home of the Chatham Historical Society and JFK Museum have come together to produce a two-part lecture series, hosted by the Orpheum Theater on Main Street in Chatham. The two lectures will take place on September 22nd and September 29th, both at 9:30 AM at the Orpheum Theater.

The lectures will be followed by a brief meet-and-greet with light refreshments.

No reservations are required for this event.

Find details on both speakers below.

Part One: Don Broderick

The Short History of Chatham’s Naval Air Station

September 22nd

Don Broderick graduated from Topsfield High School and went on to attend The New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. Once he realized that he would rather be a pilot than a performer of Beethoven Piano Sonatas, he was accepted into the Navy’s Flight Training in Pensacola, FL and received his Navy wings in 1966. His 23 years of Naval service included well over 5,000 flight hours. He is qualified in a number of single engine and multi-engine aircraft, as well as a half dozen helicopters. Following command of an aviation squadron, CDR Broderick retired from active duty in 1988, and soon joined industry as a Quality Manager and corporate pilot. Retiring again in 2012, he moved permanently to Chatham and volunteers at the Atwood Museum as an archivist and lecture committee chair and also teaches piano privately in his home. Don is married to Anne, they have three daughters and nine grandchildren.

Part Two: Mike Kyrzanek

From Bush to Biden: Nation-Building, Democracy and Counter Terrorism in the Middle East

September 29th

Michael Kryzanek is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Bridgewater State University. During his years in the Political Science Department, he was the longest serving chairperson and helped launch the Master of Public Administration program. After leaving the Department in 2015 Dr. Kryzanek was appointed the Executive Director of the Minnock Center for International Engagement with responsibility for expanding the university’s global presence.  Dr. Kryzanek was the Academic Director in the Public Management Institute for the US State Department’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) that brought 25 Fellows to the campus as Mandela Fellows. He continues as a consultant for that program. Currently, Dr. Kryzanek is participating in Bridgewater State’s Senior College where he teaches courses on American politics and government.

Dr. Kryzanek received his Ph.D from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1975. He is the author of eight books on US foreign policy, American government and comparative politics. His latest book, written with his daughter Dr. Ann Karreth, is 25 Issues That Shape American Politics: Debates, Differences and Divisions. Dr. Kryzanek is the board chair of Fr. Bill’s and Mainspring, the largest homeless organization on the South Shore and President of the Rotary Club of the Bridgewaters He lives in Whitman with his wife Carol. They have three daughters and four grandchildren.