2019 Fall Schedule–Our 18th Semester (Click Here for Downloadable Copy To Print)

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How can Congress Protect Pensioners and Taxpayers?

EmpowerU Studio at Frame USA
225 Northland Blvd
Cincinnati, Ohio 45246
Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Virtually every worker with a union-run pension plan stands to lose some or most of his promised pension. That is because the multiemployer pension system as a whole is only 43 percent funded. Over the past decades, about 1,400 multiemployer (union-run) pension plans covering 10.6 million workers promised an estimated $638 billion more in pension benefits than they set aside to pay workers. Now, the unions and employers that failed to deliver on their promises want Congress to solve their problems through taxpayer-funded bailouts of, and subsidized loans to, insolvent pension plans.

Government action is needed to protect pensioners and minimize pension losses. But is a bailout of these pension funds really the answer? And what would a bailout precedent mean for the estimated $4 trillion to $6 trillion in unfunded pension promises made by state and local governments? Rachel will talk about how government can bring needed reform to protect pensions without simply shifting the cost to taxpayers.

 

Rachel Greszler is a research fellow in the Grover M. Hermann Center for the Federal Budget at The Heritage Foundation where she focuses on retirement and labor policies such as Social Security, disability insurance, pensions, and worker compensation. Before joining Heritage in 2013, Greszler was a senior economist on the staff of the Joint Economic Committee of the Congress for seven years. She completed her graduate studies at Georgetown University, where she earned master’s degrees in both economics and public policy. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Mary Washington. She is a former Heritage intern. Greszler, who grew up in a small town in Western New York, currently resides in Bethesda, Md. with her husband and six children.

 

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What About Existing Solutions?

EmpowerU Studio at Frame USA
225 Northland Blvd
Cincinnati, Ohio 45246
Thursday, October 17, 2019

Sean will review and discuss Governor DeWine’s 17-point plan point by point from the eyes of a pro firearms Second Amendment Attorney.  Proposed “Universal Background or Enhanced Background Checks” will also be discussed, including the Bloomberg Universal Background ballot initiative expected to be on the 2020 Ballot.  Current Ohio Law related to mental health and provisions already in place designed to prevent a person in “crisis” from harming themselves or others as a constitutional alternative to “Red Flag” will also be a topic for discussion.

 

Sean is a passionate defender of the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution. Sean Maloney is a defense attorney and member  of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers who practices in all areas of firearm-related law, including 2nd Amendment rights, criminal defense, federal and state restoration of gun rights, and federal NICS appeals. He has appeared as an expert witness in a variety of civil lawsuits related to firearms. As an attorney, Sean’s law practice focuses on defending the rights of law-abiding gun owners who are forced to use their firearms in self-defense through Second Call Defense, which he co-founded.

 

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Google's Power and Hilary's Lies

EmpowerU Studio at Frame USA
225 Northland Blvd
Cincinnati, Ohio 45246
Tuesday, October 22, 2019

EmpowerU brings you the long requested class on Google to be presented by Dr. Robert Epstein live Webinar for EmpowerU only.   Dr. Epstein’s  2015 report in PNAS entitled “The Search Engine Manipulation Effect (SEME) and Its Possible Impact on the Outcomes of Elections” (https://bit.ly/1REqzEY) has been accessed or downloaded more than 200,000 times from PNAS’s website. The report describes one of the largest effects ever discovered in the behavioral sciences, and because SEME is nearly invisible as a source of influence and leaves no paper trail for authorities to follow, it is an especially dangerous form of influence. Dr. Epstein’s research suggests that SEME is currently determining the outcomes of upwards of 25 percent of the world’s national elections and that it is affecting a wide range of opinions, not just voting preferences.  In 2016, Dr. Epstein discovered that the search suggestions we see in Google’s “autocomplete” can also be used to shift votes and opinions without people’s knowledge – a manipulation he calls the “Search Suggestion Effect” (SSE).

Dr. Epstein has also built the only systems ever deployed to capture the ephemeral content that search engines show people.  In the days leading up to the 2016 presidential election in the U.S., he preserved 13,207 election-related searches on Google, Bing, and Yahoo, along with the 98,044 web pages to which the search results linked. He found a significant pro-Clinton bias in Google search results (but not in Bing or Yahoo results), sufficient to have convinced between 2.6 and 10.4 million undecided voters to vote for Mrs. Clinton without knowing they had been influenced. Dr. Epstein reported these findings even though he was a Clinton supporter and is not a conservative politically.

In 2018, he preserved 47,294 searches and 392,274  web  pages, again finding a significant pro-liberal bias only on the Google search engine. This time the bias was sufficient to have shifted upwards of 78.2 million votes to Democrats (spread across hundreds of elections). He is currently raising funds to build a much larger and more comprehensive monitoring system in 2020, one that will monitor many potentially biased sources of online influence, not just search results. You can donate money to aid in this effort at http://MyGoogleResearch.com.

 

 

7:05-7:20 PM Matt Miller-Novak from the Godbey Law Firm joins us to tell us about one of his most interested cases involving–Government!

 

 

 

ROBERT EPSTEIN is Senior Research Psychologist at the American Institute for Behavioral Research and Technology (AIBRT) and the former editor-in-chief of Psychology Today magazine. A Ph.D. of Harvard University, he has published 15 books on artificial intelligence, adolescence, and other topics, as well as more than 300 scientific and popular articles, including scientific reports in Science, Nature, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

Dr. Epstein was seen most recently on The Tucker Carlson show.

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What’s So Cool About Chess?

EmpowerU Studio at Frame USA
225 Northland Blvd
Cincinnati, Ohio 45246
Thursday, October 24, 2019

Chess is perhaps the most widely recognized and played game in the world. What accounts for its popularity? Does it really make people smart? Why don’t more women play? Does the advent of super-powerful chess-playing computer programs spell doom for the game? This class will explore these and other questions, for which the answers often seem paradoxical.

Along the way we will look at the history of chess (Who really invented chess? How did its evolution reflect changes in world politics and society?), its role in history (How did chess influence the discovery of the New World? How did it almost prevent the American Revolution? Learn about some of Chess’ more interesting players.   How was Chess a proxy for the Cold War?), and its status today in the world and the US.   This class is for players and non-players and we are sure you will find this interesting.

7:05-7:20 PM State School Board member Dr. Jenny Kilgore will join us to talk about the School Board, what it does and what its mission is.

 

 

 

 

Alan Hodge holds two BA degrees from Indiana University (History ’73, Classical Studies ’74) and a Master of Liberal Art from Johns Hopkins University (’92). Although he played chess sporadically in his childhood, it wasn’t until 1994 that he began competing in tournaments, where he met with limited success as a player.

Since 1998 he has focused primarily on organizing and directing chess tournaments and is currently certified as an Associate National Tournament Director and as a National Arbiter for the Fédération Internationale des Échecs (International Chess Federation). Along with his colleague, Dr. Keith Brackenridge, he runs the local organization Cincinnati Scholastic Chess (www.chesscincinnati.com). He spent his last several years in the corporate world looking forward to retirement, when he could spend all his time doing chess. Now retired, he spends all his time doing chess — and doesn’t feel retired.

 

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The Documentary

EmpowerU Studio at Frame USA
225 Northland Blvd
Cincinnati, Ohio 45246
Tuesday, October 29, 2019

 

 

Join us as we give tribute to the life of Neil Armstrong 50 years after his walk on the moon.

We will view Armstrong, the Documentary.  Armstrong is a dramatic and emotional documentary that features never-before-seen family home-movie footage, along with still and moving images that chronicle Neil Armstrong’s incredible life.  With the support of the Armstrong family, including his two sons Rick and Mark, the film details his near-death experiences as a fighter pilot in Korea, his test pilot days, the drama and excitement of the Gemini 8 and Apollo 11 missions, and the challenges that followed his extraordinary fame.

Note:  EmpowerU will not show the Documentary virtually, please feel free to rent on Amazon or any other movie site.   We will be showing Sharon Coolidge’s interview virtually for you to watch starting at 7:00 PM.

Prior to the Movie Sharon Coolidge from the Cincinnati Enquirer will join us.    She will tell us about the kind of reporting day you never forget when she speaks of her interview with Neil Armstrong at his Indian Hill home.   After that we will sit back, relax and enjoy Armstrong, The Documentary, as EmpowerU takes you to the movies.

Sharon Coolidge is a reporter for The Cincinnati Enquirer, where she has covered City Hall since 2014.  She is also the co-host of That’s So Cincinnati, an Enquirer podcast focused on all things Cincinnati and a behind-the-scenes glimpse at local politics.

Coolidge, from Youngstown, moved to Cincinnati in 2002, covering courts, police, Hamilton County and now the city since that time. She has been named Best News Writer in Ohio three times by the Associated Press.

She is married to Alexander Coolidge, also a reporter at The Enquirer. They live in Delhi Township with their son Jack, 11, and dog Charlie

Note:  EmpowerU will not show the Documentary virtually, please feel free to rent on Amazon or any other movie site.   We will be showing Sharon Coolidge’s interview virtually for you to watch starting at 7:00 PM.

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EmpowerU Studio at Frame USA
225 Northland Blvd
Cincinnati, Ohio 45246
Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Can state and local governments just say “no” to federal law?  The concept of dual governments is central to the American constitutional order, with state and federal governments sharing authority to govern.  But the United States Constitution also says that the Constitution, and the laws of the United States made pursuant to it, shall be the supreme law of the land.

Join Attorney Joseph Ashbrook of the Federalist Society as he discusses supremacy and the interplay between local, state, and federal governments, including some salient issues of today.  At a time when our governments disagree on a number of highly publicized issues such as immigration, sanctuary cities, marijuana and competing drug laws.  Mr. Ashbrook takes on the ultimate question:  “Who decides?”

7:05-7:20  Friend of EmpowerU Chris Monzel will join EmpowerU and tell us what he is up to and what his plans are for the future.

Chris Monzel

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joseph Ashbrook is president of the Cincinnati Lawyers Chapter of the Federalist Society.  Founded in 1982, the Federalist Society promotes the principles that the state exists to preserve freedom, separation of governmental powers is central to our Constitution, and it is the province and duty of the judiciary to say what the law is, not what it should be.  Mr. Ashbrook grew up in a small manufacturing business and also worked in corporate America before studying law.  He was the editor-in-chief of the Virginia Law Review and currently practices at his own firm, serving as outside general counsel and providing litigation services for businesses and individuals.     

 

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EmpowerU Studio at Frame USA
225 Northland Blvd
Cincinnati, Ohio 45246
Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Got a great idea that the world needs to know about?   Now is your chance to tell a crowd of people at our EmpowerU class on November 6, 2019. Pass this notice around to your friends and family—you know….to those people who like to get up and talk!

Applicants will have the chance to present their idea in 15 minutes or less at an audition session:

Two audition sessions:

  • Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at 7:00 PM or
  • Saturday October 19, 2019 at 10:00 AM

Reserve your 15 minute audition spot by emailing:  jill@empoweruohio.org or

call Jill to ask questions at 513-250-4105

(We will accept 20 people trying out—sign up now!)

We prefer the following:

  • That you present your idea with as few note cards as possible
  • That your presentation is final and ready to go when you speak you don’t go over 15 minutes.
  • Powerpoint Presentations may be used.
  • You will be microphoned in a controlled studio.
  • Your idea should be a BIG idea—something that would be a positive change for your City, County, The World.

The six people that are chosen to speak will have the opportunity to present their ideas at the EmpowerU class on Wednesday, November 6, 2019 from 7:00-8:30 PM.   Winner to receive $100.

 

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EmpowerU Studio at Frame USA
225 Northland Blvd
Cincinnati, Ohio 45246
Thursday, November 7, 2019

 

Fifty years ago, in 1969, Ken Williamson went to Vietnam as a U.S. Army photographer. Armed with a BFA degree in photography and an old Leica camera, Ken began his journey to document the activities of the Army Engineers as he traveled throughout South Vietnam as an Army Photojournalist. Hoping one day to publish a book about his experience, he used the opportunity to also capture the beauty of the country and the struggle of the Vietnamese people to survive the horrors of war.  Following two return trips to Vietnam in 1998 and 2005, Ken published “Saying Goodbye to Vietnam”.

Ken will present an engaging story of how he documented Army Engineer activities for three publications, struggled with thoughts of why our country had a military presence in Vietnam, and dealt with thoughts of his pregnant wife living halfway around the world without him. Hear and see what life was like as a photographer in a combat zone and learn what Ken discovered about Vietnam during his two return trips.  From developing film in lake water, to capturing daily events under the most challenging tropical conditions, you’ll experience Vietnam at war and at peace through Ken’s words and photographs. He will read excerpts from his book, including letters between Nixon and Ho Chi Minh, poetry he wrote during his 1998 trip to help with his healing process, and share the experience of meeting a former Viet Cong soldier who was left in a field to die.

“Saying Goodbye to Vietnam” is a limited edition, hardbound book with over 450 of Ken’s photographs and, will be available for purchase after the presentation.   Ken will be signing and numbering copies of his book for a discounted price of $40.  Credit cards accepted.

Ken Williamson is a native of Cincinnati, a graduate of Norwood High School and Ohio University, where he studied photography. He was a U.S. Army Photographer and Journalist in Vietnam in 1969 and owned his own film and video production company for 28 years in Cincinnati.

His service in Vietnam, as a photographer, included the 815th Engineers in Pleiku and the 26th Public Information Detachment, USAECAV. While with the 26th, Ken traveled throughout South Vietnam documenting engineer operations. His photography appeared in engineer publications, The Castle Courier, Kysu magazine and Stars and Stripes. Ken has returned to Vietnam twice (1998 and 2005) to gather information for Saying Goodbye to Vietnam. During those trips he shot photos from many of the same locations as in 1969. Ken is Past President of VVA Chapter 649 in Clermont County Ohio serves on The Vietnam Veterans of America Buckeye State Board as District 3 Director. 

 

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Is Our Government Endangering It’s Citizens Through GPS Monitoring

EmpowerU Studio at Frame USA
225 Northland Blvd
Cincinnati, Ohio 45246
Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Dateline comes to EmpowerU.   Learn about the incredibly tragic story of Reagan Tokes as told by her mother on a recent Episode on Dateline which happened in Columbus Ohio.    Lisa McCrary-Tokes is traveling from Florida to join us.  She is a mother who never thought she would be thrust into the political arena to fight for the rights of innocent victims and to push for legislative overhaul in the State of Ohio but that indeed is her reality.

She will speak on November 12th about the tragic death of her oldest daughter Reagan Delaney Tokes.  Reagan was abducted just after leaving work in the Short North area of Columbus on the night of February 8th, 2017 by a previous violent offender who was recently released from incarceration and wearing a GPS ankle monitor.  She was robbed, raped and shot in the head twice at Scioto Grove Metro Park.  Her lifeless, naked body was found the morning of February 9th, 2017.  Her abductor is now serving a life sentence for her murder but as the Tokes family dug deep into this situation, they found the laws and systems in place at the time of this heinous crime in the State of Ohio were severally flawed and this perpetrator should never have crossed paths with their daughter or the nine other people he would be convicted of assaulting along with his charge of murder.

Lisa will take us thru the journey that is driven from a strong bond of faith and love to take immediate action to try to make a difference and prevent a tragedy like the one that happened to her family from occurring again. She will speak to the current flaws in the State of Ohio judicial system/post control release program and what has been done currently to combat them along with the perceived perception of how the ankle monitor program is providing a “false sense of security” to the citizens of this state. Mrs. Tokes will also share with us the positive endeavors the foundation created in her daughter’s honor and memory is having on the lives of others.

Lisa McCrary-Tokes will also be accompanied by Rob Fletcher with whom she has partnered with at the Rally for Reagan events to help empower people of all ages by educating them on the topic of the dangers in society today and how to protect themselves from them.  Rob is the founder of the program SDI7HIIT-a workout program that teaches self-awareness/self-defense techniques to help prevent becoming a victim and what to do if you find yourself in a dangerous situation.  He will take us thru facts, statistics, and advice for safety and prevention awareness along with an explanation of the mindset zones,  teaching when, where and how to strike-self defense techniques against common attacks and how to put it all together into a SDI7HIIT workout in 7 minute intervals.

Lisa McCrary-Tokes is the President of the Reagan Delaney Tokes Memorial Foundation.  This foundation was created from a place of love to honor the memory of her and her husband Toby’s oldest daughter who lost her life in a tragic chain of events in February 2017 due to failures and flaws in the current system in the state of Ohio. This foundation has raised and awarded nearly $200,000 in scholarships to well deserving students from the Rally for Reagan events it hosts.  These events also have a self-awareness/self-defense component added to them to teach attendees how to keep themselves safe and feel empowered. It is a hope that a program like this can be implemented into schools and on college campuses as part of a regular curriculum to help combat the danger lurking amongst us.  She is also a political activist and along with her husband, they successfully changed a portion of the laws in the State of Ohio that allowed this tragedy to occur.  Phase one of the Reagan Tokes Act (Senate Bill 201) was signed into law on December 21, 2018-it allows for additional time to be added to  sentences for incarcerated offenders who have demonstrated inappropriate conduct and inability to reform under current sentencing.  They remain vigilant to get phase two (Senate Bill 133/House Bill 215) passed which address’s GPS ankle monitors being monitored in real time and parole officer case load reduction. 

In addition to her philanthropic/political work, she is also currently the Chief Marketing Officer of Armorvue Window and Door, a company founded by her husband in the state of Florida in 2013.  They have recently expanded and now own four locations in the state of Florida and one in the state of Ohio.  She was recently awarded the Excalibur Award in the small business leader of the year category for Palm Beach County by the Sun Sentinel Media group-an award that recognizes executives for their commitment to innovation, company growth and civic activities.   She was also recently featured for her efforts in Door and Window Market Magazine.

 

 

Rob Fletcher is a speaker, author, and instructor. Founder of the sdi7 Safety and Self Defense Program, and sdi7 HIIT Workouts (Self Defense in 7 Minutes High-Intensity Interval Training. Author of America’s Next Great Trainer Transform Your Life. He is a Black Belt, Self Defense, and Combative Tactics Expert, Civilian Response to Actives Shooter Events Instructor. Listed in the Who’s of Martial Arts. Inducted into the Masters Black Belt Hall of Fame and Recipient of the Joe Lewis PKA (Professional Kickboxing Association) Eternal Warrior Award. He has been featured on Good Morning America and in the NY Post. His lifelong passion, teaching and empowering others to live “positive, healthy, fit, confident, strong and safe”. Crime, violence, active shooters, rape and sexual assault will never go away. Rob says, safety and having the knowledge of how to protect yourself is not an option, its a necessity. It is our mission to empower, educate and raise awareness. Providing the information, knowledge, skills, and tools to prevent a potentially life-threatening encounter and how to survive one”

 

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So You Are a Republican Huh?

EmpowerU Studio at Frame USA
225 Northland Blvd
Cincinnati, Ohio 45246
Thursday, November 14, 2019

Four years ago EmpowerU discussed the finances of the U.S. Government and looked at the question—Is the U.S. the Next Greece?   Join Dan this semester as we take new look at what has happened to our Government spending since a Republican administration took over in the White House in 2016.

The Tea Party was started in 2009 with its stated goal of Fiscal Responsibility being one of its most important goals.   How did the Tea Party and its followers do?  We will take a look at the budget of the U.S. Government and make it simple for you to understand.  Where does the United States get its revenue?  What are it’s expenses?   What is the Debt?   What is our Deficit?   What happens if the Government takes on some of the wish lists that the Democratic Candidates are talking about:   The Green New Deal, Reparations, Forgiveness of Student Debt and Free Health Care?   What happens when interest rates start to rise like they must do at some point in time?

Recently, several important Economists and President Trump have stated that deficits and debt do not matter and are not important.   Is this the truth?   Should we all just jump on board—maybe spend more.   Join Dan as he breaks down this subject in a way that you can understand it and maybe bring us back to the reality zone!  Are you ready to get engaged on this important topic?

7:05-7:20 PM –Jack Atherton, former anchor at FOX19 and WLWT, and friend of EmpowerU will join us.   Jack will fill us in on his latest projects which include a fiction book entitled Falling for Miami.    Jack has discussed the Media at EmpowerU sessions in the past.

 

 

 

 

 

Dan Regenold first became active in Government n 2003 when he became involved fighting Eminent Domain and helping stop it in Evendale and in Norwood, Ohio. In 2006, he was one of the founders of WeDemandAVote.com which successfully fought and stopped, by ballot initiative, a sales tax increase in Hamilton County, Ohio. Later WeDemand stopped Red Light Cameras in Hamilton County.   

Regenold spoke at the CPAC Convention in 2008 to discuss major Grassroots initiative actions across the United States.   In 2009, Dan was unsuccessful in his efforts to bring accountability to the Federal Government’s finances with a citizen lead initiative WeDemandABalancedBudget.com.  In 2010 Regenold was of three leaders of the initiative to End Ohio’s Estate Tax which happened in 2011. The Tax Foundation called the repeal of Ohio Estate Tax one of the most important Tax accomplishments of 2011. In 2011 Regenold founded EmpowerUOhio.org (now in its 18th semester), a Free University offered in the Greater Cincinnati area with the goal of “empowering” citizens. 

In 2014, Regenold was one of the leaders of the effort to separate Music Hall from a County Wide Sale Tax which helped the Museum Center renovation get passed by the voters of Hamilton County.   Dan enjoys speaking to EmpowerU classes about subjects he is passionate about.  Recently he has discussed:  Milton Friedman, Saul Alinsky, Net Neutrality and D-Day at EmpowerU Classes.   Regenold is CEO of Frame USA, Inc. in Springdale.

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Over The Rhine--German Heritage

Frameshop
1317 Main Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Class Sponsored by Bill Roll (Thanks!)

German immigrants to Cincinnati created a German district known as Over-the-Rhine. This presentation describes the churches and institutions they created, and the contributions they made since the 19thcentury, covering the district’s rise, fall, and recent renaissance.

Suggested Parking:  Ziegler Park Garage, 1322 Sycamore Street, Cincinnati, OH  45202 or Meter Parking

Arriving early or coming from downtown?  Stop in at Mr. Pitiful’s and join us for a drink between 6-7 PM, 1323 Main Street, right next to the Frameshop.

This class is not being presented Virtually.

Dr. Don Heinrich Tolzmann is Historian for the Covington-Cincinnati Suspension Bridge Committee, and also President of the German-American Citizens League of Greater Cincinnati and Curator of its German Heritage Museum. He is the author of books on local and regional history, including several about John A. Roebling and the Suspension Bridge. He has assisted in the production of several PBS programs, including: “The German-Americans” and “Zinzinnati Reflections,” and is Book Review Editor for German Life Magazine. He has received many awards, including the Ohioana Book Award, and served on the board of many national and international organizations and institutions.

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EmpowerU Studio at Frame USA
225 Northland Blvd
Cincinnati, Ohio 45246
Thursday, November 21, 2019

Was JFK the victim of a conspiratorial coup?  The assassination of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy is the most important and pivotal murder case in American history.  56 years later, 75% of Americans reject the Warren Commission finding that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone and believe that JFK was killed as part of a massive conspiracy to cripple our government.  More than a thousand books have been written about the events of that day, this is a topic that has been “well exploited” yet has never been resolved to anyone’s satisfaction.  JT Townsend, local true crime writer, will cut through the quagmire of information and isolate the pertinent evidence in all three killings that weekend in Dallas, President Kennedy, Officer J.D. Tippit, and alleged assassin Lee Harvey Oswald.  Most Americans are completely unfamiliar with the key evidence in this case and, JT will turn these historic events into a homicide inquiry and close this sensational murder case once and for all.
Townsend is a freelance writer, armchair detective, and lifelong resident of Cincinnati. He is the author of the 2009 regional true crime best seller Queen City Gothic, and 2014’s Queen City Notorious. His work has appeared in the Cincinnati Enquirer, Cincinnati Magazine, Word Magazine, Crime Traveler and Clews. He has presented over 300 programs in the Cincinnati area as part of his True Crime Lecture Series, including Jack the Ripper, Lizzie Borden, the Lindbergh Kidnapping and the Lincoln Assassination.  

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EmpowerU Studio at Frame USA
225 Northland Blvd
Cincinnati, Ohio 45246
Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Doris Day and Rosemary Clooney began their spectacular big band singing careers in Cincinnati.  With holiday scenes, past memories of Cincinnati’s Christmas traditions and the vocal stylings of a local professional singer, take a Christmas stroll with these two great ladies of American entertainment.  Twelve Christmas songs made memorable by Doris and Rosemary will be performed live by “Dolores Raye” (Dee Mason) during this presentation.

This class is not being presented virtually.

“Dolores Raye” (Dee Mason) – Before relocating back home to downtown Cincinnati in December, 2011, with her and sound/music engineer Michael Schultz, Dolores lived in Estero, Florida, maintaining two homes in both locations.  While living in Estero she was in management at Page Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center in Fort Myers, Florida. She is a local graduate of Princeton High School, class of 1964. She joined TWA as an overseas flight attendant in 1968 retiring in 2001.

During her years of working, and living in Europe while with the airline, she sang in several different hotels and clubs throughout Europe, the British Isles, and later while living in Florida.  She continues to perform her own shows locally. She enjoys her work with Cincinnati Heritage Programs at the Cincinnati Museum Center, where she performs the music in our shows and is involved in other volunteer work with Heritage Programs.

 

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Previous Classes

EmpowerU Studio at Frame USA
225 Northland Blvd
Cincinnati, Ohio 45246
Tuesday, October 8, 2019

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You’ve seen it on the news and in fiction but, what is a Cold Case?  Retired Homicide Detective John Newsom will guide us through the process that differentiates Cold Cases from other crimes.  As you might imagine, it is much different than what is presented on television or in movies.  You will learn the challenges facing detectives and CSI’s in trying to solve the most difficult cases.  Probably the most common misconception-DNA analysis solves crimes-will be discussed.  You’ll hear some of the things “learned” from psychics who seem to come out of the woodwork in high profile cold cases.  Chief Newsom will talk about some of his cases that have been featured on CBS News 48 Hours Mystery, Forensic Files (A&E Network) and the cable show The Stranger Next Door.  There will be plenty of time for questions during and after the presentation.

 

John Newsom is a retired law enforcement officer.  Retiring after 26 years with the Cincinnati Police Department, he went to the Warren County Sheriff’s Office for 14 years, retiring as Chief Deputy.  In his career, he held a number of assignments most notably 12 years as a team leader with the CPD SWAT Unit and a Homicide Unit Supervisor.  He was also assigned to Internal Investigations, Training, Planning and Research, and Tactical Planning.  At the Sheriff’s Office, he headed up a Cold Case Team that closed 3 major cold case murders.  He is a graduate of both University of Cincinnati (B.S.) and Xavier University (M.B.A.).  He was an executive board member of the FBI Regional Terrorism Task Force.  He has taught Homicide and Cold Case Investigations all over the country.  In his retirement, he privately consults with public safety and private sector organizations on personnel matters.

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EmpowerU Studio at Frame USA
225 Northland Blvd
Cincinnati, Ohio 45246
Thursday, October 3, 2019

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Class Sponsored by Betty Overstreet (Thanks!)

China’s growth over the last four decades has been amazing. Since it adopted the Japanese economic development model of top-down, government-directed, corporatist, export-oriented capitalism it has grown from a poor, backward, weak nation to become the world’s #2 power. Many experts expect it to pass the US before mid-century. That is China’s official, stated goal.

We have seen this act before, and it had an unexpected outcome. Japan grew very rapidly from the early 1950s until the early 1990s. It too was supposed to pass the US and become #1.

But … since 1990, Japan’s growth has been about 1% per year. It has fallen way behind the US and is falling further and further behind.

The causes … huge debt, stock, and real estate bubbles that burst in the early 1990s. Its model works great for decades and then fails.

China has faithfully copied the Japanese economic model. It now has huge debt and real estate bubbles as well as many other problems like those of Japan before Japan’s crash. China is also a totalitarian dictatorship that lacks the free market forces and entrepreneurship it takes to become truly rich.

For these reasons and others China will not pass the US as #1.

Dr Tuchfarber will explain these facts and analysis in his engaging, interactive style.

Some additional issues Professor Tuchfarber will address are:

  1. How will the US – China trade war affect China’s future?
  2. Will China get old before it gets rich?
  3. Why has China’s use of the Japanese economic development model both helped and hurt the Middle Kingdom?
  4. Why will the US’s long-term growth trends outpace China’s?
  5. Has China nearly reached its peak?
  6. What unsustainable practice, that has fueled China’s recent growth, is doomed to backfire?
  7. How will its increasing totalitarianism cripple China?
  8. How is US uniqueness likely to keep it #1?

Alfred J Tuchfarber PhD, Professor Emeritus of Political Science – University of Cincinnati
Owner – Tuchfarber Political-Economics, LLC, Blogger – TuchfarberReport.com

  • Al Tuchfarber is an academic and entrepreneur who has had a successful career as a teacher, researcher, senior administrator, campaign manager, political analyst, organizational strategist, and writer.
  • He holds a PhD in political science and has well over 100 publications.
  • Al’s intellectual and practical interests are very wide-ranging. He has spent his career both in the arena of ideas but also in the “real-world” where the rubber hits the road…where things must work.
  • Areas of special interest to him are American politics and political-economics, global politics and global political-economics, political polling, campaign and organizational strategies, demographics, and societal change.
  • Tuchfarber founded the Ohio Poll and directed it for a quarter century. The Poll established a remarkable record for accuracy in predicting elections and has been rated one of the nation’s best.
  • Al brings that experience and skill-set to his weekly blog — the Tuchfarber Report, as well as to his consulting, speaking, and writing.
  •  His predictions are 80 to 95% accurate because they are based on facts, data, history and common sense…NOT on ideology, partisanship, or hopes.

As a political-economic analyst and author of the Tuchfarber Report, Al brings you insights and forecasts that you will not find elsewhere.

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EmpowerU Studio at Frame USA
225 Northland Blvd
Cincinnati, Ohio 45246
Tuesday, October 1, 2019

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Stop the Bleed is a nationwide campaign to empower individuals to act quickly and save lives. Uncontrolled bleeding injuries can result from natural and manmade disasters and from everyday accidents. If this bleeding is severe, it can kill within minutes, potentially before trained responders can arrive. Providing bystanders with basic tools and information on the simple steps they can take in an emergency situation to stop life threatening bleeding can save lives. Research has shown that bystanders, with little or no medical training, can become heroic lifesavers. Similar to the use of CPR or automatic defibrillators, improving public awareness about how to stop severe bleeding and expanding personal and public access to Bleeding Control Kits can be the difference between life and death for an injured person. Stop the Bleed is an initiative endorsed by the American College of Surgeons, The Committee on Trauma, Department of Homeland Security, FEMA, and many other national organizations.

From this class, you will be able to determine if an area is safe for you to proceed toward a victim to provide assistance, identify any nearby tools to assist you such as a publicly placed bleeding control kit or everyday items that can be used to control bleeding, look for and identify life threatening injuries and uncontrolled bleeding, use your hands to apply direct pressure at the site of the wound to stop bleeding, pack deep wounds with cloth or gauze to control bleeding, correctly apply a tourniquet to an injured limb to stop bleeding and keep the victim calm until help arrives.

Gina Menninger, Trauma Prevention and Outreach Coordinator for UC Health and the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. Gina has been a nurse for 13 years, with the majority of those years with the Trauma Department at UC Medical Center. She graduated from the University of Cincinnati, College of Nursing with my Bachelors in Science and Nursing in 2006 and am an avid Bearcats fan. Gina is the mother of three boys and enjoy coaching them in sports and helping out at their school.  She serves as a representative with the Ohio Injury Prevention Partnership for the state of Ohio and am part of the American Trauma Society, Trauma Center Association of America, Midwest Injury Prevention Coalition and both Butler and  Hamilton County Safe Communities Coalitions.  The #1 cause of preventable death after injury is bleeding and education early on will prevent the statistics from continuing to trend up as trauma continues to the be leading cause of death for those age one to forty and third leading cause of death for all ages.  While mass shootings currently receive a lot of attention, serious bleeding is more likely to result from everyday injuries such as those that may occur at home, at work or while on the road.

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