Fall 2016 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.


SEALED WITH A KISS: A History of Marriage and its Traditions

CRN 10019                                        Lecturer: Marilyn Carimino                         Fee: $5

Friday, Sept. 23                                 Whitman Hall, 150                12:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

This presentation will take us on a centuries-long trip down the aisle of matrimony. We will travel from the earliest hunter-gatherer societies to the civilization of the Greeks and Romans, through the Middle Ages and Renaissance, on to the Age of Enlightenment, the romance of the Victorians and the rise of modern marriage. Along the journey we will learn about laws and traditions, which continue to influence our current rituals, and discover why love and marriage didn't always go together "like a horse and carriage."

Finally, we will examine the dramatic changes in the 20th – 21st centuries challenging our long-held notions about "traditional marriage." Told through the lens of history, art history, and tales of couples, such as the enigmatic Arnolfinis of Flanders; Giovanni and Lusanna of Renaissance Italy; and mail order brides of the Old West. You are sure to find this presentation both entertaining and informative. Maximum: 90.



CRN 10020                            Lecturers: Howard Ehrlich/Harvey Sackowitz         Fee: $5

Friday, Sept. 30                     Whitman Hall, 150                            12:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Come join us for an open discussion of your fond memories of vacationing during the summer months in the Catskills. We will discuss such topics as the journey to the mountains on Route 17, the activities from handball, Mah Jong, Simon Says, and, of course, the night life. Whether you were at a fancy hotel or a bungalow colony, the center of your experience was always the meals. Please share with us your favorite stories of life in the Catskills. Maximum: 90.



CRN 10021                                        Lecturer: Mary Vahey                                   Fee: $5

Friday, Oct. 7                                     Whitman Hall, 150                12:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

From her lecture series, New York Museum Permanent Collections on View in 2017, art historian Mary Vahey, will present MoMA Highlights from Cezanne to SurrealismThe works displayed on the 5th floor roughly span the years 1880 to 1940. Impressionism is represented by Monet’s Water Lilies; Post Impressionism by Cezanne, Seurat, Gauguin, and van Gogh; Cubism by Picasso and Braque, and continued with works by the Expressionists, Secessionists, Italian Futurists, and finally the Surrealists. This rich collection of Modern Art is the best in the world.

Maximum: 90.



CRN 10022                                        Lecturer: Mary Kirby-Diaz                          Fee: $5

Friday, Oct. 14                                   Whitman Hall, 150                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.  In this lecture we'll examine Chicago, Philadelphia, and review New York City 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. Maximum: 90.



CRN 10023                                        Lecturer: James Coll                                     Fee: $5

Friday, Oct. 28                                   Whitman Hall, 150                12:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Few election cycles have been as exciting and unpredictable as the current contest for who will be the next President of the United States.  In this non-partisan discussion, we will analyze some points of interest that have been raised and others that have been largely ignored to get a sense of the road to the White House in 2016. Maximum: 90.



CRN 10024                                        Lecturer: Joe Mittleman                               Fee: $5

Friday, Nov. 4                                    Whitman Hall, 150                12:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

In the early 1930s, Hitler began firing Jewish musicians across Europe.  Overcoming extraordinary obstacles, violinist Bronislaw Huberman moved many of these musicians to Palestine and formed a symphony that would become the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. With courage, resourcefulness, and an entourage of allies, including Arturo Toscanini and Albert Einstein, Huberman saved nearly 1000 Jews and guaranteed the survival of Europe’s musical heritage.  This is that story.  Maximum: 90. 



CRN 10025                                        Lecturer: Lou Del Bianco                             Fee: $5

Friday, Nov. 11                                  Whitman Hall, 150                12:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Parents’ Choice award-winning storyteller Lou Del Bianco portrays his grandfather Luigi Del Bianco and tells the story of his unique contribution as chief carver on our nation’s greatest memorial. Lou uses authentic photos, maps and timelines to bring Luigi’s story to life! This is a unique program about history, ancestry, perseverance, and advocating for human rights. Maximum: 90.



CRN 10026                                        Lecturer: Linda Maria Frank                       Fee: $5

Friday, Nov. 18                                  Whitman Hall, 150                12:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

This lecture will outline how DNA analysis was used and misused in the O.J. Simpson trial, the Laci and Connor Petersen murders, the Sam Sheppard trial, and the Boston Strangler.  Linda Marie Frank, retired from a career teaching science, including forensic science. Maximum: 90.


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