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At Medford Leas, both residents and the greater community can discover new pathways and possibilities for a rich and fulfilling life through our Pathways to Learning© Program and ongoing community events. The Medford Leas Campus Art Gallery is open daily from 9:00 am - 8:00 pm.  We also regularly host luncheons or informative events for prospective residents and their families to learn more about life in the community.

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January 2019

Leas Forum: Updates on Criminal Justice Reform – Brenda Maneri, Attorney at Law

January 26 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Medford Campus Theater, One Medford Leas Way
Medford, NJ 08055 United States
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The criminal justice system is rooted in two principles: that those accused of a crime are innocent until proven guilty and that they have a constitutional right to a fair trial. Criminal Justice Reform represents a fundamental change in how defendants and their cases are processed in New Jersey Courts. On January 1, 2017, the state moved from a system that relied principally on setting monetary bail as a condition of release to a risk-based system that is more objective,…

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February 2019

Leas Forum: “My Life as a Courtroom Artist”- Bill Ternay

February 9 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Medford Campus Theater, One Medford Leas Way
Medford, NJ 08055 United States
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In 54 years as a courtroom sketch artist, Bill Ternay has many fascinating stories ranging from the U.S. Supreme court to criminal courts in the Delaware Valley area.  He has caused a bomb scare, been evicted by jurors, answered a summons by the chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court and, most recently, intrigued the judge in Allentown mayor's recent federal trial.  He will share stories about these experiences and show samples of his work during this program. Bill Ternay…

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Leas Forum: St. Benedict Prep: An Urban Success – Vince Menzel

February 23 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Medford Campus Theater, One Medford Leas Way
Medford, NJ 08055 United States
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At a time when education in urban areas has been criticized as ineffective and unsupportive for many children, especially those from low-income neighborhoods, one high school in Newark NJ stands out for the achievements of its young male students. St. Benedict's Prep School was founded over 150 years ago, and has been committed to delivering an excellent education to students in and around Newark, preparing boys to fulfill their potential as emotionally mature, morally responsible, and well-educated citizens. Operated by the Benedictine…

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March 2019

Leas Forum: Meet General Ulysses S. Grant

March 9 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Medford Campus Theater, One Medford Leas Way
Medford, NJ 08055 United States
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No fee.  No registration While stories have been told about General Ulysses S. Grant, half-truths and distortions have been created. Meet the General himself to learn his side of the story during those years when he was in the military service of his country. Kenneth Serfass offers a first-person impression of Ulysses S. Grant, focusing on his time in the army as a general during the American Civil War. Serfass has been recognized for his passionate and informative presentation of…

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Leas Forum: Current Issues for Reporting the News – How to Distinguish the Truth

March 23 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Medford Campus Theater, One Medford Leas Way
Medford, NJ 08055 United States
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No fee.  No Registration. At a time when the president of the United States has charged that the media is “the enemy of the people,” how can the public ascertain what is factual and what is fiction. One suggestion is to read deeply, read broadly and read skeptically. Bill Marimow, who was the recipient of two Pulitzer Prizes at The Philadelphia Inquirer, will offer his insights into this era of heightened tension between our elected officials and the journalists who…

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April 2019

Leas Forum: Treading Water at the Shark Café – Memoir of the Yugoslav Wars

April 27 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Medford Campus Theater, One Medford Leas Way
Medford, NJ 08055 United States
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No fee.  No Registration. Treading Water at the Shark Café is the story of an American Quaker woman’s extraordinary journey of witness and discovery from her Philadelphia home to the war zones of the former Yugoslavia. Set against a background of violence, her story focuses on young students, who envisioned a better world, taking incredible risks to make their dreams come true. Lyndon Back is a writer and researcher. She graduated from State University of New York, Oneonta, and received…

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May 2019

Leas Forum: John Woolman, Quaker Abolitionist: Black Lives Matter – Still Pertinent 300 Years Later

May 11 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Medford Campus Theater, One Medford Leas Way
Medford, NJ 08055 United States
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No fee.  No Registration. In the 1700s, John Woolman, Burlington County Quaker minister traveled from New Jersey to North Carolina to try to convince his fellow Quakers to give up their African-American slaves. He believed slavery was an ungodly act and that no one should participate in it. Historian Alvin Corbett will discuss his research about John Woolman. Corbett is a board member of the Underground Railroad Museum of Burlington County, NJ. He is a researcher in the areas of…

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Leas Forum: Islam in/and America

May 25 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Medford Campus Theater, One Medford Leas Way
Medford, NJ 08055 United States
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No fee.  No Registration. What does it mean to be Muslim? How has the media and popular culture influenced how you see Muslims and Islam? Participants will examine the history and presence of Islam in the US, and the construction and evolution of US Muslim identity and culture from the colonial era to the present. The heterogeneity of American Muslim communities; the ways that Muslim practice (or do not practice) Islam; and how “Muslim” intersects with racial/ethnic categories such as…

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