Senior Adult Lifelong Learning Lecture Series

Ann Freifeld, Lecture Series Director, ext. 121

See program descriptions.

Lifelong Lecture Series 2014/15   

An informal educational program that

features a wide variety of lectures. 


Join us and broaden

your scope of knowledge!


Meets one Friday per month

10:30am - 12:00noon


September 2014 - June 2015



Fees for each lecture:

 Y Members/Chai Members - $8;

Non-Members - $11


* Please note that the lecture

on June 12th is free of charge

and part of the

New York Council for the Humanities

Speakers in the Humanities Program

and is open to the public.



Lifelong Learning programs are subject to change or cancellation.


Cancellation policy:  Refunds cannot be given and credit cannot be

applied to a future date.


September 12 - Art in the Park: 

The Sculptures of Central Park

Guest Speaker:  Franklin Hill Perrell,

Executive Director, Roslyn Landmark Society


     Take a magical armchair journey to discover Central Park’s popular statuary and the hidden gems - all from a unique perspective. This lecture is essentially an armchair tour through Central Park, with a unique focus on the history and stories behind the statues, architectural sites and landscaped areas throughout the park. Everyone will be quite surprised that there are so many fascinating parts of the park that they might have walked right by without knowing the inside scoop!

     Franklin Hill Perrell, is head of the Roslyn Landmark Society and was Chief Curator at the Nassau County Museum of Art for over 20 years.  He has a finely tuned background in art history and contemporary art. A popular lecturer on art, history and architecture, he has authored over 50 publications. 

October 24 - Camille Pissarro:

“Humble and Colossal”

Guest Speaker:  Ines Powell, Art Historian

and Educator, Metropolitan Museum of Art


     Paul Cézanne described his friend Camille Pissarro (1830-1903) as “the humble and colossal Pissarro.” Pissarro is one of the most important members of the Impressionist group, yet one of the least known. It was Pissarro who drafted the written agreement of the artists cooperative that set in motion the impressionists’ exhibitions. He was also the only painter to exhibit in all eight of the shows. He was the mentor of the impressionist painters and the one who invited young artists, like Cézanne and Paul Gauguin, into the group. And yet, Pissarro’s career was eclipsed by the enormous success achieved by some of the younger members of the Impressionist group, such as Claude Monet and Pierre Auguste-Renoir.

     Pissarro was immensely prolific. He was interested mostly in depicting landscape, which he did in several media: painting, pastel, drawing, etching and lithography. Pissarro had to give up outdoor painting after he suffered a serious eye infection in 1883. The artist died blind in 1903.

   Ines Powell is an independent art historian and educator who has been associated with the Metropolitan Museum of Art since 1982. Her experience includes Gallery Talks at the Met on permanent collections and special exhibitions in English and Spanish; researcher/writer of art history lectures, as well as lecturer in the Outreach Program.


November 7 - Wagner’s Die Walkure

Guest Speaker:  Harvey Wechsler, Lecturer

     For those people who think they don’t like Wagner’s music, they will love this. Selections from Acts 1 and 3 will be played. Wagner was a despicable human being but as a musician, he was a genius. He was an anti-semite but it’s not logical to deny yourself Wagner’s music. He died in 1867.

   For Harvey Wechsler, opera is both a hobby and a pleasure.  When asked how he came to be interested in opera, he explains that he didn’t care for baseball.  So when his friends were listening to baseball games, he listened to the Met’s opera broadcasts. 


December 12 - Broadway Divas

Guest Speaker:  James Kolb, Professor, Department of Drama, Hofstra University


     On January 24, 2012, Time Out New York published an article titled “Broadway’s 25 all-time greatest divas,” in which they stated that “Historians of the Broadway musical, from the academy to the piano bar, agree on one thing: the archetypal Broadway star is a woman. Ethel Merman, Mary Martin, Gwen Verdon, Carol Channing - legendary ladies such as these were the bulbs that lit the Great White Way in its golden and silver ages, and they still dominate the mythology of the genre.” This program will look at Time Out New York’s list of the top 25 and consider the pluses and minuses in regard to the order in which they have presented them.

   Dr. James Kolb is a Professor in the Department of Drama and Dance at Hofstra University. A teacher of Theatre History and Dramatic Literature since 1969, Professor Kolb previously taught at Nazareth College in Rochester, New York, where he was also Chairman of the Theatre Arts program and was a frequent stage director of musicals, operas and plays.  He has lectured extensively throughout New York State for the New York Council for the Humanities on all aspects of the American musical theatre.


January 9 - Laurel and Hardy

Guest Speaker:  Larry Wolff, Grand Sheik

of Long Island’s Second Hundred Years Tent -

the local chapter of the International

Laurel and Hardy Appreciation Society


   Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy appeared together in more than 100 films and they continue to provide countless laughs for all who watch their films today. This program will present three of their funniest short subjects: Two Tars (a silent classic); Brats (a double dose of Laurel and Hardy); and their Academy Award winning, The Music Box. In addition to the films, this lecture will provide a background of the “Boys” and also explain how the “Sons” honor them at their meetings. Bring your fez and be prepared for an afternoon of fun. Memorabilia and autographs will be available for viewing.

Larry Wolff, the “Grand Sheik,” was recently featured in Newsday for his work keeping the cunning spirit of “the Boys” alive and well on Long Island. Mr. Wolff has been lecturing on comedians for years and is an avid fan and student of the field of comedy.


February 13 - The Internet of Things

and Your Privacy

Guest Speaker: Jamie Cohen, Program Director and Instructor, New Media Program, Molloy College


   According to the Pew Research Center, the “Internet of Things” is thriving more every year. The Internet of Things is made up of a global, immersive, invisible, ambient network of computers connected through cameras, databases, sensors, and software and includes “wearables” like Google Glass or exercise bands.

   This talk will discuss how much of the world is ever more connected and how this affects your privacy and daily living habits. The Internet of Things is a great step forward into the future and something to be excited about and we will have a conversation about the users of future technology.

   Jamie Cohen is the program director and full-time instructor of the New Media Program at Molloy College. Cohen co-founded the program on the ideals of new media theory, civic engagement, and the culture of empowerment through technological change. He was formerly the Director of Web and Digital Media at the Lawrence Herbert School of Communication at Hofstra University and continues to adjunct there as a digital journalism professor.


March 13 - Yikes: The History of Movie Stunts Guest Speaker: Clive Young, Author and Lecturer


   This is a fun, visual program that mixes some of the most exciting moments in cinema history with an educational primer on movie stunts, explaining how filmmakers have used technology and derring-do to thrill audiences with amazing action for over a century! 

   Yikes: The History of Movie Stunts is a fast-paced sequel to last year’s lecture, Kaboom: The History of Special Effects, tracing the action-packed evolution of jaw-dropping stunt work in movies. From car chases, explosions and leaping off bridges, to sword fights, motorboat jumps and hanging from helicopters, Hollywood stuntmen and women willingly risk their lives daily to bring excitement to the silver screen. Starting with seat-of-their-pants feats filmed in the early 1900s, the program follows a timeline of movie stunts throughout the ages; presenting some of the most spectacular acts ever put to celluloid while explaining the advancements in technology, training and safety that made them possible.
     Amazing stories and profiles reveal how and why top stuntmen do what they do. Why is the divorce rate among them so high? What feats are they most afraid of? How do they focus when they know their next move could be their last? Illustrating the program are legendary stunts from throughout film history; from the work of pioneers like Harold Lloyd and the Keystone Kops, to clips from The French Connection, The Bourne Identity, The Road Warrior, Smokey and the Bandit, Terminator II, the James Bond series and more. Presented with plenty of “don’t try this at home” reminders, Yikes is a fascinating, exciting program for all ages.

   Clive Young is an author/lecturer who covers the crossroads between high tech and popular culture. While he has covered the music industry as the senior editor of Pro Sound News for more than 15 years, he has also written for MTV, VH1, American Songwriter, Music Business International, Wine Enthusiast and other outlets. His latest book, Homemade Hollywood, covers the emerging ‘fan film’ culture, and received rave reviews from Total Film, the Times Literary Supplement and others. In addition to guest lecturing at dozens of universities, libraries and conventions across the US, Young has appeared in numerous documentaries as a fan culture expert and has been a guest on radio shows around the world.


April 17 - Meet Me at

the Musee d’Orsay in Paris

Guest Speaker: Louise Cella Caruso, Art Educator


     Out of a grand ruin, a great museum arose - a silenced train station was transformed into a bustling museum. The Musee d’Orsay is a world-renowned museum - home to the most beautiful and important art collection. You are standing in a spectacular setting, the center of Paris, on the banks of the Seine, opposite the Tuileries Gardens and steps from the Louvre Museum. Please join our group and begin your tour of Orsay’s collections, canvasses by Monet and the Impressionists, works by Degas, Cezanne, Van Gogh and Gauguin. What more perfect place to contemplate beauty - to enjoy the art of the era in all it’s profusion and diversity.

   Louise Cella Caruso earned a Certificate in Art and Antique Appraising from the Appraisal Institute at LIU/C. W. Post; continued her studies at several renowned museums, both here and in Europe; and graduated summa cum laude from LIU/C. W. Post.    

May 8 - The New Justice and the Law:

What Can Happen to an Innocent Person

Guest Speaker:  Barbara Kirwin, Ph.D.,

Author, Forensic Psychologist


     What happens when the police knock at your door and say “Something has happened.  Can we come in and speak to you?” You are innocent, law-abiding, have respect for police.  If you have nothing to hide, why not talk to them?  You also sincerely want to help right a wrong; clear up a misunderstanding or help apprehend a criminal.        Suddenly, terrifyingly, inexplicably, you find that you are under arrest and are “guilty until proven innocent.” The more you stick to the truth, the more it feels like you are sinking deeper in quicksand.  Even if you are not charged with the offense, you can be accused of being an accessory or of withholding information if you do not “cooperate” and confess.  You are then faced with spending all your savings to defend yourself and risking your sanity, your family and your belief in America.

     The police are trained to use the Reid technique of psychological manipulation in obtaining false confessions.  It is a form of brainwashing. Juries believe that confessions are the strongest form of evidence but in reality, only the innocent confess.

     Barbara R. Kirwin, Ph.D., is a forensic psychologist who has worked on numerous cases involving false confessions leading to the conviction of innocent people.  In this talk, she will explore the dynamic between detectives and the innocent person and offer a guide to understanding your rights in the changing climate of law enforcement.


June 12* - “Aristotle’s Email:

Friendship in the Cyber Age”

Guest Speaker: Dr. Tim Madigan, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, St. John Fisher College,

    New York Council for the Humanities’

Speakers in the Humanities program.


   In Book VIII of his Nichomachean Ethics, Aristotle categorizes three different types of friendship: friendships of utility; friendships of pleasure; and friendships of the good. The latter, Aristotle states, are the most important, and the rarest. Such friendships of the good require time and intimacy - to truly know people’s finest qualities you must have deep experiences with them, and close connections. “Many a friendship doth want of intercourse destroy,” Aristotle warns us.

   And yet, for those of us living in the frenetic 21st Century, it can be difficult to maintain such ties.   E-mail, texting, Facebook and other such technological realities have added a new wrinkle to Aristotle’s threefold schemata. Thanks to them, and the wonders of the internet in general, it is now easier than ever to stay in touch with people throughout one’s life.

   Often discussions of personal relationships in the Cyber Age dwell upon the negative: the superficial connections, the dangers of identity theft, and the reality of information overload. In this talk,         Dr. Madigan argues that technology has made it possible for friendships of all three categories to thrive and prosper in ways Aristotle could never have anticipated. Perhaps the very concept of “friendship” is in need of new categories in light of such new possibilities for staying intimately connected.

   Timothy J. Madigan, Ph.D. teaches philosophy at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York. He holds a doctorate degree in philosophy from the State University of New York at Buffalo, as well as M.A. and B.A. degrees from the same institution. He was the Editorial Director for the University of Rochester Press from 1999 to 2004. Before assuming that position, he was for twelve years on the staff of the publication Free Inquiry, and was its editor from 1996-98.

   Dr. Madigan is the author of W. K. Clifford and “The Ethics of Belief” and co-author (with Tim Delaney) of The Sociology of Sports: An Introduction;  and Sports: Why People Love Them! He also edited Promethean Love, and edited and wrote the introduction to God and the Philosophers by his friend, the late Paul Edwards. In addition, he has written articles for several publications, including The Journal of Popular Culture, Ethical Record, Academe, The Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, The New York Sociologist, and Philosophy Now magazine, for which he writes a regular column entitled “Food for Thought.”

   A frequent lecturer on topics relating to applied ethics, philosophy and popular culture, and the ethics of belief, Dr. Madigan has given presentations at several institutions of learning throughout the United States. He has also presented at many international conferences and is a Speaker for the New York Council for the Humanities.


* This program, which is free and open to the public, is made possible through the support of the New York Council for the Humanities’ Speakers in the Humanities program.




























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