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County College of Morris Legacy Project to explore 9/11 healing, Owls of the Eastern Ice and more

Spring Semester Offerings Free and Open to the Public

RANDOLPH TOWNSHIP, NJ (Morris County) – The Legacy Project’s Signature Series at County College of Morris (CCM) returns this Spring Semester with three events that are open to the community.

On Tuesday, March 21, at 12:30 p.m., Lt. Bill Keegan, founder and president of HEART 9/11, will lecture on the topic “Pathway to 9/11 Healing: Mind, Body, Medicine” in Sheffield Hall, Room 100 on CCM’s campus, 214 Center Grove Road, Randolph. Keegan served for 20 years with the Port Authority Police Department and as Night Operations Commander of the WTC Rescue/Recovery Teams.

Then on Wednesday, April 19, at 7 p.m. on Zoom, the Legacy Project will welcome New York Times best-selling author and journalist David K. Randall of Montclair. He will answer questions about his two most recent books: “The Monster’s Bones: The Discovery of T. Rex and How It Shook Our World” and “Black Death at the Golden Gate: The Race to Save America from the Bubonic Plague.”

Finally, on Thursday, April 27, at 7:00 p.m., the Legacy Project will be joined by best-selling author and wildlife biologist Jonathan Slaght, author of the award-winning book “Owls of the Eastern Ice” for a Zoom presentation on his work. Slaght is the Russia and Northeast Asia coordinator for the Wildlife Conservation Society, where he manages research projects on endangered species.

In his presentation, Slaght “takes us to the Primorye region of Eastern Russia, where we join a small team for late-night monitoring missions, on mad dashes across thawing rivers, drink vodka with mystics, hermits, and scientists, and listen to fireside tales of Amur tigers. Most captivating of all are the fish owls themselves: careful hunters, devoted parents, singers of eerie duets, and irrepressible survivors in a harsh and shrinking habitat.”

“We are beyond excited to welcome these three distinguished guests to the Legacy Project’s Signature Series,” said Professor Samantha Gigliotti, Biology & Chemistry, co-director of the Legacy Project. “Whether it’s history, biology, journalism or sociology, the subjects that the Legacy Project explores are varied, diverse and speak to our academic mission to teach the community about the many ‘legacies’ one can find in the world.”

Each session is free and open to the public. RSVP to for a Zoom link for Randall and Slaght or directions to Sheffield Hall for Keegan.

The Legacy Project is an ongoing speaker series at CCM that presents a variety of programming on important topics. Over the years, the project has held events on civil rights, genocide, Hurricane Katrina, war and peace, and climate change.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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