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Spring 2019 Lecture Series

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

The Women of Comedy 

Lecturer: Sal St. George                              

Whitman Hall, 150  

Friday, March 15

12:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Fee: $5

Laugh again with the comedic antics of legendary entertainers: Mae West, Fanny Brice, Phyllis Diller, Joan Rivers, Roseann Barr, Julia Louis Dryfus and others. Learn about the difficulties and challenges they experienced in their attempt to capture the spotlight. Maximum: 90.

The George Washington of Israel

Lecturer: Paul Rosenfeld                            

Whitman Hall, 150               

Friday, March 22

12:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Fee: $5

David "Mickey" Marcus had an amazing career as an Army lawyer during World War II and an equally remarkable role as the Israeli Army's first brigadier general in 1948. Paul Rosenfeld, discusses the life of his first cousin, Mickey Marcus, who created and led the Israeli Army during the War of Independence in 1948 and was the first Jewish man to lead a Jewish Army. Maximum: 90.

Humphrey Bogart

Lecturer: Larry Wolff                                 

Whitman Hall, 150         

Friday, March 29                

12:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Fee: $5

Humphrey Bogart. The name brings images of a tough talking, fist-throwing, cigarette-smoking, no-nonsense tough guy that would shoot it out with gangsters, the police, and even the Nazis. But this screen image was far from the real Humphrey Bogart. A refined, educated, and sarcastic individual, Humphrey Bogart was the opposite of his screen persona. Come learn all about this complex and principled man. Film historian Larry Wolff will take you from Humphrey Bogart's beginning in New York City, through some of his most famous film roles and to his premature death from cancer. Enjoy a Power Point lecture with many rare photos. To complete the afternoon, a rare comedic turn will be shown with Mr. Bogart making an unusual appearance on the "Jack Benny Show" - as Baby Face Bogart! Maximum: 90.

The War to End All Wars, For 20 Years

Lecturer: Jack Biello                       

Whitman Hall, 150                           

Friday, April 5                     

12:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Fee: $5

It has been said that the major cause of World War II was World War I.  This program will explore the truth of that statement and why Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini, and others were the heirs of World War I.  It will deal with the major fundamental causes of war with stress on the impact of nationalism as a cause of the Great War.  The patriotic music of the era will be included in the presentation.  Maximum: 90.

From the Hays Code to X-Rated Movies: A History of Hollywood Censorship

Lecturer: Brian Rose                                  

Whitman Hall, 150                           

Friday, April 12                   

12:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Fee: $5

Join us as we look at how the film industry has tried to deal, for the last 125 years, with continuing pressure from politicians and religious leaders, to "clean up its act," and to protect the public from "immoral" content. This fascinating lecture includes nearly a hundred slides and clips about Hollywood's efforts to avoid federal censorship by imposing its own. Maximum: 90.

Understanding the Presidency

Lecturer: James Coll                        

Whitman Hall, 150                          

Friday, April 26                    

12:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Fee: $5

"The Executive Power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America."

Created by Article II of the Constitution, much of the power of the presidency can be found in the actions of those who have occupied the office.  In this discussion, we will analyze the intent of the Framers regarding the chief executive and how their creation has evolved over time. Maximum: 90.

Marilyn Monroe

Lecturer: Marilyn Carminio                       

Whitman Hall, 150                           

Friday, May 3                       

12:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Fee: $5

Nearly 60 years after her death Marilyn Monroe remains an American culture icon.  Biographers have tried to define the mystery of her allure.  She is a study in contrasts: beautiful and sexy, yet sweet and vulnerable.  Though her life was short and tragic, her star still shines brightly.  This visual presentation will tell her story in her own words, through her movies and the recollections of those who knew her.  Maximum: 90.

Washington's Spy Ring on Long Island and New York City

Lecturer: Dr. Raymond Russo                   

Whitman Hall, 150                           

Friday, May 10                     

12:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Fee: $5

After the signing of our Declaration of Independence, General Washington's colonial forces suffered a major setback at the Battle of Brooklyn.  This led to a British occupation of Manhattan with over 40,000 troops and a population that seemed to be mostly "Loyalist" in composition.

Washington realized that it would be imperative to divine the intent of the Redcoat troops positioned in New York.  There was no question that New York was vital, both in commerce and for strategic reasons to the outcome of the struggle for independence. Dr. Russo is an adjunct professor of history for the past 20 years at St. Joseph's College and Dowling College. Maximum: 90.

For more information or to receive a brochure, contact ILR@farmingdale.edu or call 631-420-2160

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