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Coffee Lectures

Coffee lectures are $15 each. Coffee and refreshments are available at the beginning of the lecture. All lectures meet in the Kaul Hall Forum Classroom unless otherwise specified.

Pop Art from Warhol to Today
Presenter: Anne Leith, MFA
Thursday, September 19th from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Andy Warhol is seen as the figurehead of the visual art movement called Pop Art that started in the 1960’s. Warhol cultivated a relationship between everyday things, pop culture, and his own personal artistic expression and created one of the more notable art movements in recent history.


Some of his most popular pieces include: Campbell’s Soup, Banana, Marilyn Monroe, and Mao. In this course we will discuss how Warhol’s creativity impacted art, me- dia, and entertainment as well as explore the trajectory of Pop Art and look at the key players in the movement from the 1960s until present day.

 Being More Assertive
Special Evening Presenter: Anne Weisbord, MEd Class

Would you like to have the confidence to say “no” without feeling guilty and make requests without feeling intimidated? Assertiveness means being able to express your thoughts, feelings, and beliefs in an open, honest, and confident way.

 Being assertive can be difficult because it calls for skills that we were often not taught. In this brief workshop, you will learn some tools to help you learn to “speak up” with more confidence.

Harry Truman and the Little White House
Presenter: Dennis J. Dool, BS, MA
Wednesday, September 25th from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Harry Truman would serve as Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Vice President for only eighty- two days. In that time, he did not receive a single briefing from the President. Consequent- ly, upon the death of FDR in April of 1945, Truman was ill prepared for the monumental challenges facing America.
Yet, he succeeded in surprising nearly everyone with his calm, objective decision making. After nineteen months as President, Truman’s grueling schedule had taken a heavy toll on his health. Admiral Chester W. Nimitz recommended he go to the U.S. Naval base in Key West, Florida. He instantly fell in love with the warm weather and the little town.
He would return to the Little White House in Key West eleven times during his presidency. Come hear the amazing story of the Man from Missouri and his deep personal commitment to the country he loved.

19th Century European Art: Neo-Classism and Romanticism
Presenter: Sharon Latchaw Hirsh, PhD ‘70
Wednesday, October 9th from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. in Rotwitt Theater

The 1800s in Europe has been called the Century of Revolutions: industrial, political, cultural, literary and certainly artistic, not to mention the social revolution that was the rise of the metropolis.

This lecture will review the first two major movements in the visual arts (and in lots of other areas) of the century: Neoclassicism, and its return to the stoic ideals of ancient Greek and Roman art, and Romanticism, and its embracing of emotionalism and drama.

We will study the works of David, Ingres, Delacroix, Gericault, and the Barbizon landscapists, and we will discover the incredible influence that these artists – who worked over 200 years ago – still exert not only on art but on our thinking today.

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Antarctica, the Last Continent
Presenter: Paul G. Tierney, MSE
Thursday, October 17th 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Antarctica is the strangest and perhaps the most spectacular of the seven continents on our Earth. A huge area covered with many hundreds of feet of ice, Antarctica is home to many species of penguins and other birds, as well as seals and whales.

It was the center of the whaling industry in the early twentieth century. It has been and still is a challenge of exploration for humans. Difficult to get to due to distance and a short visiting season, Antarctica is a fascinating landscape of beauty and nature.

Come to this coffee lecture; it could be the only opportunity that you have to see this wondrous continent, or it may excite you sufficiently that you will decide to see it for yourself.

Remembering D-Day and the Monuments Men
Presenter: Helen McDevitt-Smith, MS, MA, MA Rosemont ‘63
Tuesday, October 22nd from 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

This past June 6th we marked the 75th anniversary of D-Day. Among the Allied troops in Normandy were Monuments Men, specially appointed experts in architecture, art history, and restoration, who interrupted their careers to participate in the war effort.

Their mandate was to protect architecture along the routes of the invasions. In addition, they were able to find and recover thousands of artworks stolen and hidden by the Nazis. They risked their lives to save those artworks that would have been lost forever to the world had Hitler had his way.

Loving Frank
Presenter: Butch Smith
Thursday, October 31st from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Frank Lloyd Wright is arguably the greatest American architect ever. As with most artistic geniuses, he was quite a colorful character. He approached every building as a comprehen- sive work of art.

His greatest masterpiece, Fallingwater, is examined in detail through talk, slides, and video presentation. He originated many building materials that are incorporated in Fallingwater and that helped to revolutionize architecture.

Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation
Presenter: Elizabeth Russell, ‘18
Tuesday, November 5th from 6:30 p.m - 8:00 p.m.

Do you feel as if you are careening through your life at 100 miles an hour? Do you sometimes find yourself feeling out of touch with your true self? When was the last time you gave your- self the gift of uninterrupted quiet time?

This course is an introduction to creating and incorporating an effective and ongoing mind- fulness practice in all aspects of your life. This 90-minute session is appropriate for beginners, as well as anyone who wants to refresh the fundamentals of their practice.

In this session you will be introduced to meditation practices that, with regular use, have the power to enhance your emotional intelligence, motivation, and social skills. You will also learn basic techniques to reduce your stress and gain more inner calm.

You will be introduced to:

  • Overview of Mindfulness
  • Mindfulness of the Body
  • Obstacles to Mindfulness
  • Basic Mindful Movement and more

If you have one, please bring a yoga mat for relaxation exercises, body scans, and meditation. A limited number of mats will be provided.

Given the nature of this class, bottled water and light snacks will be provided in lieu of the coffee, tea, and refreshments traditionally served at Coffee Lectures.

Neverland Lost and Found: The Myth of Eternal Youth
Presenter: Christine Emmert, MHA
Thursday, November 14th from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

From the Fountain of Youth to the story of the Phoenix, every culture has a longing for life to never end. This is manifested in poems, stories, and sometimes elixirs of the culture.

This course examines our motivations for such an outcome. We end with a play, Peter Pan’s Mother, which explores what might happen when Peter gets tired of being a little boy forever.