Community Education

Speaker Series

Join us for our Speaker Series at Desmond Campus

Local Native Americans
Join Gary Keeton for this slide presentation about local Native Americans from approximately 14,000 years ago to contact with Europeans. He will discuss the environment as it was at that period, what foods they would gather, basic technologies that they used in manufacture of stone, wood, bone and antler tools, and how this knowledge has been learned through archeological excavations over the years.
Tuesday, Sept. 15 1-3 pm G. Keeton Fee: $15

Sportswear for a New American Woman: Clothing of the Gilded Age
During the Gilded Age (1880-1903) in America, the spunky “Gibson Girl” no longer wanted the docile, proper life of her mother’s generation and many before her. She wanted to ride bicycles, play tennis and go sunbathing at Coney Island-and she wanted to wear clothing for this new active lifestyle. This dramatic shift in the way women dressed mirrored a changing middle-class at the onset of the Twentieth Century. A new set of fashion styles called “sportswear” showed an increased interest in public and personal health, a growing cultural engagement in sporting activities, and a burgeoning desire in upper and middle class young women for a more active lifestyle. Sportswear began to reflect the dramatic gender and social role shifts in the movement for women’s equality in the Twentieth Century, and would become the standard American dress style of modern life.
Friday, Sept. 18 1-3 pm A. Varga Fee: $15

Balancing Media and Technology in Family Life
Many parents, caregivers and educators are concerned about children’s screen use and potential impacts, but don’t know what to do about it. This series includes practical information and realistic strategies to help manage TV and other screen usage. Topics include: impacts of screen use on children and families, children as a “media market,” the effects of media violence including cyberbullying, “netiquette” and basic internet safety.
Thursday, Sept. 24 6-9 pm Cornell Cooperative Fee: $25/family

The St. John’s Bible
The St John’s Bible is the first Bible to be completely handwritten and illuminated in 500 years. Commissioned by St John’s Abbey in Minnesota, a team of international artists and calligraphers was coordinated by master English Royal scribe and artist Donald Jackson. The project took 15 years to complete and reflects the beauty and tradition of ecumenical Christian liturgy as well as Benedictine spirituality. In association with Mount Saint Mary College, which will be hosting several heritage volumes of the St John’s Bible during the 2015-16 academic year, the Desmond Campus will offer an introductory lecture on the history, process, and artwork accompanying the volumes. An additional “hands-on” workshop will be offered that will allow participants to create an artwork based on an illustration contained within this contemporary masterpiece. (Please see the Arts & Nature section.)
Wednesday, Oct. 7 1-3 pm, main Mount Campus L. Nicholls Fee: $20 (transportation provided)

Hidden Treasures of the Catskills
While New York's Catskill region remains popular for skiing, hunting, trout fishing and hiking, its history as a summer resort, which began in the 19th century and flourished when it was known as the Borscht Belt, stimulated a number of structures that today serve as remnants of an earlier time. Boarding houses and cottages that once attracted tourists from New York City, and the elaborate resorts that followed, tell the history of a remote region that was transformed into beloved summer colonies. While that era is mostly extinct, buildings that once served as railroad stations that welcomed tourists, smaller 19th century hotels that provided lodging, and local taverns that were the site of social and political functions, now exist as historic museums or are engaged in alternate purposes such as antique shops and other businesses. Learn about and discover a variety of sites that remain under the mainstream tourist destinations. Tony’s book is newly published and following his presentation there will be a reception to celebrate as well as a book signing!
Thursday, Oct. 15 10 am–1 pm A. Musso Fee: $15

18th Century Medicine: the Physician, the Silver Bullet, & the Revolution
Looking back upon the field of 18th century medicine, our minds are mostly filled with tales of malice, dangerous practice, and amputations. Although stories of local doctors may attest to those gory scenes, discover how some reveal a true concern for their fellow man or elevate others as heroes at a time of war. Examine artifacts, diary excerpts, and other primary sources that support the rich history of medicine in the Hudson Valley.
Thursday, Oct. 22 10-11 am K. Monti Fee: $10

Who Are We?
Join historian and educator Donald “Doc” Bayne at this program about a family who researched their ancestry, eventually discovering that part of their family came from Ireland as slaves. This presentation explores their struggle and hard work to adapt to a NEW life in a NEW world that grew into a NEW nation.
Monday, Oct. 26 10 am-Noon D. Bayne Fee: $15

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