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FALL 2014 LECTURE SERIES

 

The ILR Lecture Series presents sixteen lectures per year presented by experts with various backgrounds. All lectures are held on the campus of Farmingdale State College on Friday afternoons with light refreshments following. Registation is required.

ADVENTURES IN THE KINGDOM OF SWING

Lecturer: Joe Mittleman

Friday, Sept. 12                              

During the 1930's swing hit its all-time high in American popularity and no one did it better than Benny Goodman. This presentation is a definitive story of Benny Goodman's amazing career and his story, with clarinet in hand, of how he rose to become one of the country's cultural icons. Included is never-before seen performance footage from the 20s and 30s that are guaranteed to have you dancing in the aisles.

THE ASSASSINATION OF JOHN F. KENNEDY

Lecturer: Bud Livingston

Friday, Sept. 19                              

Where were you on November 22, 1963 when President John F. Kennedy was murdered? President Kennedy was shot while riding in a motorcade through downtown Dallas, Texas sending the nation into shock and days of mourning. Did the Warren Commission get it right? Was Lee Harvey Oswald solely responsible for this heinous crime? Or, as so many people believe, was there some sort of conspiracy involved? Mr. Livingston is a past president and past vice-president of the Civil War Round Table of New York.

WORLD WAR II

Lecturer: Jack Biello

Friday, Oct. 3                                  

From December 7, 1941 through September 1945, the men and women of the Greatest Generation "kept their rendezvous with destiny." This lecture highlights the key events, men, women, and battlegrounds of the bloodiest conflict in history. It traces the "pride of our nation" from the darkest days to the ultimate triumph and destruction of Nazi and Italian Fascism and Japanese militarism.

HOW IT CAME ABOUT

Lecturer: Martha Kolodkin

Friday, Oct. 10                                 

Have you ever wondered how the everyday things we use came to be? Did you ever think about how certain events really did happen? In this presentation, we will learn about people, places, events, and things. Do you know how we got the first ice cream cone? How about the incredible coincidence that caused World War I? Or, maybe you want to know what Hedy Lamarr has to do with your cell phone. Answers to these and other interesting beginnings will be addressed by veteran lecturer, Martha Kolodkin. Come on down, have some fun, and learn in the process.

CELTIC MUSIC AND COMPOSERS

Lecturer: Celeste Ray

Friday, Oct. 24                                

Celtic music and history will be explored through vocal songs and performances on the ancient-styled Celtic instrument, The Double Bowed Psaltery. Ms. Ray will share stories of several prominent composers. Celeste Ray expresses a passion for "all things Celtic". She teaches Celtic music and history with a focus on the Romantic Era's composers and poets.

GREENFIRE

Lecturer: Walter Chaskel

Friday, Oct. 31                                  

In a film and lecture sponsored by the Huntington/Oyster Bay Audubon Society, we will discover the environmental legacy of Aldo Leopold, whose conservation philosophies were revealed in his 1940 book, A Sand County Almanac.  In his book, supported by this film, Leopold defines a 'land ethic' as ". . . a responsible relationship existing between people and the land they inhabit." The Green Fire film connects various modern conservation stories and offers inspiration and insight for the future of caring for our world.

LANDMARKS AND HISTORICAL SITES OF LONG ISLAND

Lecturer: Ralph Brady

Friday, Nov. 7                               

Everyone lucky enough to live on Long Island already knows that it's like nowhere else in the world. From lighthouses and a one-hundred-year old carousel to World War II camps and missile sites, Long Island native and author Ralph Brady reveals the secrets to what makes this little-big island so special with a tour of some of Nassau and Suffolk's most historical sites. Some which you may know of and many that will surprise you!

THE 1950s–THE GOLDEN AGE OF BASEBALL

Lecturer: Howard Ehrlich/Harvey Sackowitz

Friday, Nov. 14                                

Come hear the famous Russ Hodges call of Bobby Thompson's home run against the Dodgers in 1951; remember the final pitch of Johnny Padres as the Dodgers beat the Yankees finally in the 1955 World Series; the stories of great players like the incredible Joe Di Maggio, the Mick, Willie, and the Duke; the great catch of Willie Mays in the 1954 World Series in the Polo Grounds; the voices of Mel Allen, Red Barber, and Vince Scully. These are just a few stories we will be exploring. Bring in your baseball cards, autographed bats and balls, but most importantly bring along your memories of those glory years of 1950s baseball in New York.


 

 

 

 

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