Spring 2016 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. Membership and registration are required.


Lecturer: James Coll

Friday, March 18                              Gleeson Hall, 102                   12:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Throughout American history, our legal system has struggled with a delicate balance between two sometimes-opposing objectives: the preservation of individual liberty and the obligation to ensure public safety.  Highlighting circumstances and Supreme Court decisions, the discussion will illustrate how Founding-era ideals have been applied to the evolving powers and limitations of the police in modern society.

EDITH, MARLENE, SOPHIE…(and ME): Legendary Icons Brought to Life!

Lecturer: Lois Morton

Friday, April 1                                   Gleeson Hall, 102                   12:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Lois Morton is a singer/songwriter and cabaret performer who has delighted audiences on Long Island and the New York area for several years.  As a “20th Century Girl” (the title of her award-winning cabaret show) she brings to life through story and song three icons of the 20th century. 

Edith Piaf, who overcame a childhood of abject poverty to become the highest paid female singer in the world, whose unique voice rang out over Paris and then the international scene; Marlene Deitrich, the elegant siren who underwent a transformation from her origins as singer and actress in Berlin to come to America, reinvented and groomed to become a Hollywood superstar; Sophie Tucker, whose ample proportions caused early producers to consider her “fat and ugly,” child of Jewish immigrant parents, who worked her way up through burlesque, in blackface, through vaudeville, to become one of America’s best-love entertainers. 


BLACK WINGS: African-Americans in Aviation

Lecturer: Lou Scala

Friday, April 8                                   Whitman Hall, 150*              12:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Flight, as we know it, is only about 100 years of age. When we think about the air age, jet age, and space age, we recall well known figures such as the Wright Brothers, Glenn Curtiss, Eddie Rickenbacker, Charles Lindbergh, Amelia Earhart, Jimmy Doolittle, Chuck Yeager, John Glenn, and others. But do we know the names of those individuals who faced social/economic barriers to achieve The Dream of Flight? This lecture will answer these questions and share how African-American aviators turned the obstacles they faced into opportunities in aviation and society. *Please note room location. 



Comedic Throw-Down Comparing Two Classic TV Sitcoms

Lecturer: Sal St. George

Friday, April 15                                 Gleeson Hall, 102                  12:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

All in the Family vs The Honeymooners. Funnyman Jackie Gleason was originally approached by All in the Family creator Norman Lear to portray the bigoted, loud-mouth Archie Bunker. Explore how both programs became ground-breaking comedy classics in two opposite directions. As an Adjunct Professor and a Popular Culture Playwright, Sal St. George has lectured at colleges and universities on the subject of 20th Century Entertainment Icons.


SUPERMAN: The Silver Age Daily Newspaper Strips

Lecturer: Sidney Friedfertig                        

Friday, April 29                                 Gleeson Hall, 102                   12:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

In 1959, Superman writer and co-creator Jerry Siegel was brought back to DC Comics to resume scripting the Superman daily newspaper strip. The best work of Siegel’s career, these classic Superman stories by the most important man in comics had remarkably been lost, unseen for half a century. Sidney Friedfertig writer of Superman: The Silver Age Dailies will discuss how this treasure trove of 1960’s Superman stories long searched for by fans came together.



Lecturer: Marc Courtade

Friday, May 6                                    Gleeson Hall, 102                   12:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Life Magazine said that Clark Gable was “All Man…and then some.”  Gable was the King of Hollywood.  More than fifty years after his death, he is still one of the most well-known actors in film history, and his films hold a special place for movie-goers of all ages.  Marc Courtade uses his passion and 25 years’ experience with the arts to help enrich the cultural scene of Long Island.



Lecturer: Mary Kirby-Diaz

Friday, May 13                                  Gleeson Hall, 102                   12:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

The city is an artistic creation as well as a social and cultural creation.  This presentation focuses on the city as a social creation that should be appreciated and understood as both artistic object and artists' muse.   We'll examine New York City, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Paris as muses that have encouraged artists' energies and talents, as well as some of the wonderful art that these cities have inspired.  Ms. Kirby-Diaz is a recently retired Professor of Sociology- Anthropology at Farmingdale State College.



Lecturer: Edmund Douglass, PhD

Friday, May 20                                  Gleeson Hall, 102                   12:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Are we alone in the universe? Dr. Edmund Douglass, an Astronomer and Assistant Professor of Physics at Farmingdale State College, will present a lecture on the scientific community's search for extra-terrestrial intelligence in the Cosmos.  From Project Ozma to an exploration of alternative biochemistries, Douglass will outline efforts undertaken to comb the heavens for evidence of E.T and the assumptions scientists must make when embarking on such an endeavor.


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