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Spring 2018 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 30021                                        Lecturer: Monica Randall                            Fee: $5

Friday, March 9                                Whitman Hall, 150                12:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Perhaps the most lavish parties ever held in the pages of American literature were the galas Jay Gatsby threw at this estate on Long Island's North Shore.  The original Gatsby Mansion that inspired F. Scott Fitzgerald, has long since been bulldozed and replaced by split-levels.  Many others remain hidden behind rusting gates, forgotten relics of an era that will never come again.

Join historian and bestselling author, Monica Randall, for this colorful presentation based on her popular book "Mansions of the Gold Coast". It includes rare photos of the sprawling castle that inspired Fitzgerald to write "The Great Gatsby".  Included in the program are little known details and photos of the infamous Woodward Murder case, the Mysterious F.W. Woolworth Mansion, "Winfield", and Ferguson Castle with its floors paved with tomb stones.  Maximum: 90.


CRN 30019                                        Lecturer: Linda Marie Frank                       Fee: $5

Friday, March 16                              Whitman Hall, 150                12:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Ancient Mysteries illustrates how modern forensic techniques using DNA technology are used to solve mysteries of the past. The initial segment focuses on the ancient mystery closest to home, our own ancestry. It includes an explanation of how services like ancestry.com work and what they tell us. Evidence to explain fascinating discoveries such as Otzi, the Ice Man, the Bog People of Denmark, the Peruvian Mummies and even the Vampire folklore of Eastern Europe is presented. Maximum: 90.


CRN 30020                                        Lecturer: Marilyn Carminio                         Fee: $5

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

This lecture will present the famous lovers of Verona in their many incarnations in film, theater, music, dance, and visual arts.  Versions of the legend have existed since antiquity, but is the celebrated story based in truth or merely fiction? What does psychology tell us about the nature of love? Filled with beautiful clips for many media sources, the story will come alive through the various art forms and interpreters who have given voice to the star crossed pair. Maximum: 90.

FROM MARY PICKFORD TO MERYL STREEP: Hollywood's Star System and How it Works

CRN 30022                                        Lecturer: Brian Rose                                   Fee: $5

Friday, April 13                                 Gleason Hall, 102                  12:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

For more than a century, Hollywood has relied on star power as the most reliable way to draw an audience. From the early days of silent movies, when Mary Pickford was able to command $10,000 a week to modern times, when actors like Tom Cruise and Tom Hanks are guaranteed $20 million (or more) a picture, the film studios have recognized the crucial role stars played at the box office. This presentation will look at the history of movie stardom-how originally film actors weren't even identified by name, how Mary Pickford became "America's Sweetheart" and the first real film, star, how the Hollywood studios manufactured stars like Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney, and Lana Turner during its Golden Age, how the star system changed once television came on the scene, and how actors like Jack Nicholson, Meryl Streep, and Leonardo DiCaprio ushered in a new definition of stardom during the last few decades.  Maximum: 130.


CRN 30023                                        Lecturers: James Coll/Christopher Paolillo     Fee: $5

Friday, April 20                                 Gleason Hall, 102                       12:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Want answers to questions you have about our electoral process?  Run for office!  In this informative lecture, James Coll, recent candidate for the Nassau Legislature, and Christopher Paolillo, campaign manager, will provide non-partisan analysis of the county's only Republican primary in the 2017 elections and the winding road it took to get there. Maximum: 130.


CRN 30024                                        Lecturer: Joe Mittleman                               Fee: $5

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

The Andrews Sisters were an American close harmony singing group of the swing and boogie-woogie eras. The group consisted of three sisters: contralto LaVerne Sophia, soprano Maxene Angelyn, and mezzo-soprano Patricia Marie "Patty". Throughout their long career, the sisters sold well over 75 million records (the last official count released by MCA Records in the mid-1970s). Their 1941 hit "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" can be considered an early example of rhythm and blues or jump blues.

The Andrews Sisters' harmonies and songs are still influential today, and have been copied and recorded by entertainers such as Bette Midler, Christina Aguilera, Pentatonix, and others. Maximum: 90.

JERRY LEWIS - A Retrospective of a Comedy Icon

CRN 30025                                        Lecturer: Sal St. George                               Fee: $5

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

He did it all: comedian, actor, director, producer, singer, dancer, and more, Jerry Lewis conquered every facet of show business. This program will explore the early beginnings of his career. Beginning in the Catskills and performing a lowly record act culminating with a chance meeting with an unknown Italian singer. We will attempt to understand Jerry's perspective regarding the team. For a decade Martin and Lewis dominated the entertainment world. We will explore how they met, their meteoric success and their volatile split. We will also see rare film clips of Jerry and Dean at their best! Maximum: 90.


CRN 30026                                        Lecturer: Jeff Norwood                                Fee: $5

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

Beethoven's symphonies captured the public imagination from the outset and remain compelling today. Revolutionary in their time, these life-enhancing works now sit at the center of the classical music repertoire, retaining their ability to delight and inspire. This lecture is specifically designed to enhance your enjoyment of these great masterworks. Although an in-depth analysis of all nine symphonies would be quite beyond the scope of a single lecture, the lecturer will attempt to discuss the symphonies of Beethoven in an effort to enhance understanding and appreciate how Beethoven revolutionized musical composition and created works of unique beauty, power, and depth.

Musicologist, Jeffrey Norwood, will take you on a musical journey that will help you rediscover these great masterworks and listen to them in new and innovative ways. The journey promises to be not only informative but also highly entertaining! Maximum: 90.

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