Explore the Edge of the Universe Courtesy of Pollination Committee

The Pollination Coordinating Committee is sponsoring a program, Edge of the Universe, presented by Alex Storrs, Ph.D., who is an Associate Professor at Towson University,  in the Department of Physics, Astronomy and Geosciences. The program will take place:

Tuesday, June, 11, 2019
7 PM

We live in a time of unprecedented scientific discovery. More people are looking at more issues in more detail and are formulating increasingly precise explanations for the observations. Astronomy is no exception. Hundreds of generations of naked-eye observations, have been supplemented by telescopes of increasing capability over the last four centuries, culminating in the Hubble Space Telescope. This progression has uncovered more and fainter objects at each step, but the “Hubble Deep Field” appears to suggest an end to this progress. We will discuss what we can (and can’t) see in these observations, and their significance in understanding our place in space.

Join us for an interesting lecture and discussion!

A Discussion on Poverty in Maryland Sponsored by Pollination

Poverty in Maryland
A Program Sponsored by Pollination
Tuesday, April 9, 2019
7 PM

Our goal with Pollination is to encourage fellow Charlestown residents to talk and think about issues, matters, questions, and topics that affect our lives and those of our fellow citizens. After exploring ageism in January and February and disaster services in March, we introduce a new topic in April, poverty in Maryland.

Pollination has invited the united way of central Maryland to talk with us about its ALICE study. Starting with a test run in Morris County N.J. in 2009, ALICE studies have now been conducted in 18 states, including Maryland in 2017. The ALICE studies provide a framework to measure and understand the struggles of the growing number of households in our communities that do not earn enough to afford basic necessities – a population called ALICE – Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed.

Who is ALICE?

ASSET LIMITED: ALICE has no safety net for emergencies.
INCOME CONSTRAINED: ALICE’S income falls short of basic necessities.
EMPLOYED: ALICE is working, but can’t afford the cost of living.

Why talk about poverty in Maryland, by some measures the richest state in America? Does our state have a problem worth considering? Should we be concerned? Maryland’s ALICE shows that 825,000 households, more than a third, can’t afford the state’s high cost of living and don’t earn enough to afford basic necessities on a day-by-day basis.

~John Geist~

Join the Discussion of Ageism on February 12

Ageism in America and the Impact on Us
Tuesday, February 12, 2019
7 PM

All are welcome to the program, which will begin with an airing of Ashton Apple White’s TED Talk, Let’s End Ageism. This will be followed by a discussion with Ann McKay, whose career focused on aging services, and Pat Alt, Professor Emerita at Towson University, who taught courses on aging.

~ Sponsored by Charlestown’s Pollination Coordinating Committee ~

Pollination Presents a Program on Helping Struggling Youth

Launching Struggling Young Adults from Failure to Success
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
7:00 P.M. In the Auditorium

How do we help young adults, ages 18 to 25 years, who have had multiple failures in several settings, such as higher education, vocational training, employment and relationships? Parenting can be an arduous task as these individuals try to meet the challenges of finding a clear identity, separating from family, and developing a sense of intrinsic motivation.

The speaker is Dr. Rick Silver, is a psychiatrist and director of the Thrive Center for ADHO and Comprehensive Mental Health Care in Columbia, MD. which provides programs for struggling young adults and their families. Dr. Silver has an undergraduate degree from University of Michigan, a master’s degree in public health from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and his medical and psychiatric training at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

~Sponsored by the Pollination Coordinating Team~

Prison Reform: Juvenile Justice on Oct. 9

Prison Reform: Juvenile Justice
Tuesday, October 9, 2018
7 PM

Pollination presents the second in a series on prison reform, discussing juvenile justice. Learn how juvenile offenders, as opposed to adults, are treated. Who are the “actors” in the system? What are their roles and responsibilities?

Charlestown resident, Dr. Alvin Cohn, has 60 years of experience in the field of Criminal Justice Administration. Serving on the faculties of American University and University of Maryland, he has taught courses primarily on criminal justice management and corrections, as well as served as a consultant to many Federal, state, local agencies and departments.

~Join the conversation sponsored by the
Pollination Organizing Team~

Pollination Program, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018 7:00 PM in the Auditorium


Prison Reform – Part One, “From arrest to release – What Happens?

Learn about the multitude of decisions that are made by and for offenders in the process of imprisonment.  Who are the “actors” in the system? What are their roles and responsibilities?

Charlestown resident,, Dr. Alvin Cohn, has 60 years experience in the field of criminal justice administration. Serving on the faculties of American University and University of Maryland, he has taught courses primarily on  criminal justice management and corrections as well as served as a consultant to many Federal, state, local agencies and departments.