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Glenn rescheduled for second Jefferson Series

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The New Albany Community Foundation recently announced the planned speakers for the second Jefferson Series at Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts.

One of the speakers, former astronaut and U.S. Sen. John Glenn, is back on the schedule after health issues caused him to cancel his June 12 presentation this year.

Glenn was supposed to be interviewed by journalist Charlie Rose. When Glenn canceled, Rose was slated to continue the program by himself, but he was unable to fly into Columbus in time because of storms on the East Coast.

Craig Mohre, executive director of the community foundation, said tickets for that event were refunded. He said the foundation is attempting to have Rose interview Glenn on the new date, June 10, 2015.

The foundation has scheduled three other dates in the 2014-15 Jefferson Series.

Journalist and author Fareed Zakaria, host of the CNN program Fareed Zakaria GPS, opens the series Oct. 14.

Michael Pollan, an author who writes about "places where the human and natural worlds intersect: food, agriculture, gardens, drugs and architecture," will speak Jan. 29, Mohre said.

Pollan's presentation will coincide with the opening of the Philip Heit Center for Healthy New Albany, Mohre said.

Pollan also has agreed to participate in several events with the New Albany-Plain Local Schools, Mohre said.

The series will continue Feb. 25 with a roundtable discussion by the people who initially planned New Albany's development in the late 1980s.

They include:

* Philanthropist and businessman Leslie Wexner, who founded the New Albany Co.

* John Jack Kessler, chairman of the New Albany Co.

* Gerald McCue, a professor of housing studies emeritus at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

* Laurie Olin, former head chairwoman of the landscape architecture program at Harvard University and a professor of design at the University of Pennsylvania.

* Jaque Robertson of Cooper, Robertson and Partners and former dean of the School of Architecture at the University of Virginia.

* Graham Wyatt of Robert A.M. Stern Architects.

Mohre said it's been 25 years since the group planned ways to develop acreage acquired by Wexner and the New Albany Co. using the "Georgian Palladianism" architectural style, according to the company's website.

Mohre said the city has expanded in the past 25 years and it was time to bring the original planners together to talk about how the community has matured and what might be in the city's future.

A moderator will facilitate the discussion, Mohre said.

Tickets will be $35 and $25. A limited number of $10 student and senior tickets also will be available for each lecture.

Ticket information is available online at newalbanyfoundation.org.

* In other news from the community foundation, former President George W. Bush was announced as the speaker for the foundation's annual fundraiser, A Remarkable Evening.

This year's fundraiser is scheduled Thursday, Nov. 20, at the Abigail and Leslie Wexner estate in New Albany.

In past years, speakers have made presentations to students from New Albany and other districts in conjunction with A Remarkable Evening.

Bush's limited time in New Albany will prevent that this year, Mohre said.

"We only get so much time with President Bush and (schedulers) like to condense it into a three-hour window," Mohre said. "Because it is an evening event, the schools already are out so it's impossible to make it work, even as much as we would like to."

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