Spring 2017 Lecture Series

The ILR Lecture Series presents sixteen lectures per year presented by experts with various backgrounds. Each member may choose up to five lectures per semester.  All lectures are held on the campus of Farmingdale State College on Friday afternoons with light refreshments following.  Registration is required.


CRN 30019 Lecturer: Bożenna Urbanowicz Gilbride Fee: $5
Friday, March 10 Whitman Hall, 150 12:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Bożenna Urbanowicz was born in 1934 in Leonowka, a small town in the far eastern province of Wolyn, Poland. In the 1940s, she – along with her parents, brother and two sisters – were transported first to Freiberg, Germany, and then to the Chemnitz Labor Camp, where they remained for the duration of the war. Ms. Gilbride will share from her book Children of Terror, how two young girls, born in the same year, in two different countries, into two different faiths and traditions, experienced similar horrors of the holocaust of World War II. Maximum: 90.

OPERATIC RIVALS - Maria Callas and Renata Tebaldi

CRN 30020 Lecturers: Marc Courtade Fee: $5
Friday, March 24 Whitman Hall, 150 12:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

During the 1950s, a rivalry arose between the fans of two of the greatest sopranos of the century, Maria Callas and Renata Tebaldi. When asked to compare their voices, Maria Callas declared it is like comparing champagne and cognac. A bystander, an obvious fan of Callas quipped, "No, with Coca-Cola." Both women had extraordinary careers, and legions of devoted fans. Ironically, the women shared very few roles, and their careers travelled different paths. This talk will examine their careers and lives, using vocal examples to allow the listener to make up their own mind. Maximum: 90.

TALES FROM THE GENERAL STORE: The Legends of Long Island

CRN 30021 Lecturer: Janet Emily Demarest Fee: $5
Friday, March 31 Whitman Hall, 150 12:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Was Goody Garlick of East Hampton...a witch? Did Captain Kidd actually bury treasure here? Is there truly a curse on Lake Ronkonkoma? What role did a clothesline play in the American Revolution? And why on earth is there a statue of a bull in Smithtown? Much like the vast variety of goods found in a 19th century general store, this entertaining and compelling program - as told by author/historic storyteller Janet Emily Demarest - features a calico assortment of tales and characters: pirates and patriots, heroes and villains, and, yes, even a ghost or two!

Janet Emily Demarest has been making the past come alive for literally hundreds of Long Island audiences with her first-person portrayals and storytelling performances. Using excerpts from her new book, Tales from the General Store: The Legends of Long Island, Janet tells the fascinating legends of Long Island's past, linking the stories together with the pragmatics – the geography, sociology, ecology, environmental science, culture, standards, and livelihood of Long Islanders from 1640 through 1899 – that will allow the experience of each audience member, young or old, history buff or not, to have a better understanding of Long Island's fascinating past. Maximum: 90.


CRN 30022 Lecturer: Inez Powell Fee: $5
Friday, April 7 Whitman Hall, 150 12:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

The National Gallery of Art is a national museum in Washington, DC. It was conceived and given to the people of the United States by Andrew W. Mellon (1855–1937). In 1936 Mellon wrote to President Franklin D. Roosevelt offering to donate his art collection for a new museum and to use his own funds to construct a building for its use. American architect John Russell Pope (1874–1937) designed the building for the new museum.

The National Gallery of Art has one of the finest art collections in the world. Its permanent collections of paintings span from the Middle Ages to the present. Our session will be dedicated to European paintings from the 16th to the 18th century. Dutch, Flemish, French, and Spanish masters will be highlighted with works by Rembrandt, Frans Hals, El Greco, Goya, and Fragonard among others. Maximum: 90.


CRN 30023 Lecturer: Mel Haber Fee: $5
Friday, April 28 Whitman Hall, 150 12:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Judy Garland was one of the finest popular singers of the twentieth century. In this program, we'll follow her career from her early days as one of the three Gumm sisters through her final decade, by which time she had become a truly popular concert performer. We'll see videos of her performances in movies and television, as well as listen to her sing on records. Specifically, we'll see her singing such songs as "Over the Rainbow," "The Trolley Song," "The Man That Got Away," and "Chicago." Maximum: 90.

OLD TIME RADIO: Themes Like Old Times

CRN 30024 Lecturer: Joe Mittleman Fee: $5
Friday, May 5 Whitman Hall, 150 12:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Old Time Radio and the Golden Age of Radio refer to a period of radio programming in the United States lasting from the proliferation of radio broadcasting in the early 1920s, until television's replacement of radio as the dominant home entertainment medium in the late 1950s. During this period, when radio was dominant and the airwaves were filled with a variety of radio formats and genres, people regularly tuned into their favorite radio programs. In fact, according to a 1947 C.E. Hooper survey, 82 out of 100 Americans were found to be radio listeners. Let's reminisce about some of these old times! Maximum: 90.


CRN 30025 Lecturer: Mary Kirby-Diaz Fee: $5
Friday, May 12 Whitman Hall, 150 12:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

What is the significance of high heels in society? How does the wearing of high heels influence gender roles, male/female relationships, dominance and submission, earning power, images of competence and beauty? What are the physiological dangers of wearing high heels? This PowerPoint presentation is a taste of the Sociology of Fashion course previously taught by Professor Emeritus Kirby-Diaz during her tenure here at Farmingdale State College. Maximum: 90.


CRN 30026 Lecturer: James Coll Fee: $5
Friday, May 19 Whitman Hall, 150 12:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Our discussion will examine the evolving role of the United States Supreme Court in American history. Our objective will be to get a better sense of how the Court works, how it deals with (or fails to deal with) controversial issues, and how the "least dangerous branch" has secured its unique place in the American constitutional structure. Maximum: 90.


For more information or to receive a brochure, contact ILR@farmingdale.edu or call 631.420.2160.