CHCW Guest – Tyler Anbinder, PhD


Tyler Anbinder is a specialist in nineteenth-century American politics and the history of immigration and ethnicity in American life. His first book, Nativism and Slavery, analyzed the role of the anti-immigrant, anti-Catholic Know Nothing party on the political crisis that led to the Civil War. His most recent book, Five Points, traced the history of nineteenth-century America’s most infamous immigrant slum, focusing in particular on tenement life, inter-ethnic relations, and ethnic politics.

Professor Anbinder has won fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and held the Fulbright Thomas Jefferson Chair in American History at the University of Utrecht. He also served as a historical consultant to Martin Scorsese for the making of The Gangs of New York. His current research includes an NEH funded study of Irish immigrant savings habits and a book-length study of immigrant life in New York City from the first Dutch settlers to the present.


CHCW Guest – Mark Schapiro

Mark Schapiro.jpegHONORED:  We’re hosting US Diplomat Mark Schapiro on June 3, 2017!  Mark entered the U.S. Foreign Service in 2000 as an Economic Officer, and has focused on the Middle East, North Africa, and Southern Europe. Prior to entering the National War College, he served as Director for Turkey, Greece, and Cyprus at the National Security Council from 2015-2016. He will transfer overseas in July 2017 as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Valletta, Malta.

Mark has received three U.S. Department of State Superior Honor Awards and four Meritorious Honor Awards, a medal of excellence from U.S. Army BG Mark Kimmitt for his work at CPA Baghdad (2004), the Commander’s Award for Public Service from General David Petraeus (2007) and the Superior Civilian Service Award from U.S. Army 3ID Commander MG Anthony Cucolo (2010). Mark speaks Arabic, French, Italian, and basic Spanish. A native of New York City, Mark is a graduate of Brown University and the London School of Economics, and recently self-published “Authorized Departure,” a book on the U.S. diplomatic experience in Iraq available on Google Books and at

CHCW Guest – Wendy Miller, PhD

THRILLED: Dr. Wendy Miller will be visiting us on June 17!  Wendy Ph.D., LPC-BCPC, ATR-BC, LCPAT, REAT, is a writer, sculptor, expressive arts therapist, and educator. She has taught at JFK University, San Francisco State University, Southwestern College, Lesley College, California Institute of Integral Studies, and George Washington University. She is the cofounder of Create Therapy Institute, which offers clinical services in arts-based psychotherapy and trainings in experiential approaches to learning. She is a founding member and first elected (past) executive co-chair of the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association, where she continues to be on their Advisory Council. She is also on the Advisory Board of Maine General’s Healthy Living Resource Center and Blossom Arts Board of Advisors.

Miller’s skills take her into the worlds of fine art, writing, psychology, expressive arts therapy, and mind­–body medicine. She has published on medical illness and the arts as complementary medicine, the use of sand tray therapy with internationally adopted children, experiential approaches to supervision in expressive arts therapy, and the cultural responsibility of the arts in therapy. Her current work is evolving as she continues the legacy of her late husband’s work and his Washington, DC, Center on Aging, where she is guiding it into projects on intergenerational communication. She continues to research the relationships among the arts, creativity, and health.

Dr. Wendy Miller FLYER

CHCW Guest – Pulitzer Prize Nominee Ron G. Shafer

RonWe’re excited!  Ronald G. Shafer will be visiting us on April 29, 2017.  Ron was an editor, reporter, and columnist at the Wall Street Journal for 38 years, based in Chicago, Detroit, and Washington, DC, where he was the political features editor. In 1990 he was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for Journalism. He has also contributed to People, Sports Illustrated, Reader’s Digest and the Washington Post. His books include “When the Dodgers Were Bridegrooms” & “The Carnival Campaign”.