Community Education

Speaker Series

Join us for our Speaker Series at Desmond Campus

March 2014

Newburgh’s Birds of Spring
As the tree buds become blossom to leaf, birds take advantage of the habitat and explosion of insect availability to begin their breeding behavior. Resident and migratory birds can be found throughout the Newburgh area and their bright plumage and beautiful songs will fill the air. Come learn about some of the common and not-so-common birds of the Newburgh area and their breeding behavior. We’ll explore the unique aspects of the nesting biology of cavity nesters and open-cup nesting birds, and learn to identify some common, but lesser-known songbirds!
Wednesday, March 5, 1-2 pm, D. Robinson, Fee: Free

Hidden Treasures of the Hudson Valley (The Northern Sector)
Following presentations about his various books and personally narrating five sold out Desmond Campus bus tours to visit sites featured in his two “Hidden Treasures of the Hudson Valley” volumes, local author Tony Musso returns to discuss some of the lesser known historic properties located in the northern sector of the Hudson Valley region. Learn about the influence and work that created the Hudson Valley School of Art through two of its most prominent artists’ lives. Hear about the bizarre and almost self-destructive lifestyle of one of America’s most beloved poets. And discover an area home that served as the meeting place credited with the founding of the NAACP. As a preview for his 2014 “Hidden Treasures” bus tour, Musso will take program participants on a journey through Ulster, Greene and Columbia counties to search for and share the history of a number of locales that, while boasting significant ties to local and national history, do not benefit from the same exposure and fame as do other mainstream tourist sites in the region.
Tuesday, March 18, 10 am-Noon, A. Musso, Fee: $15

The Architecture of Vaux, Withers, and Downing
These three outstanding architects Calvert Vaux, Frederick Withers, and Andrew Downing are represented all over the Hudson Valley. Join Tom Daley as he shows you many examples of their beautiful work and amazing talent that graces our area.
Thursday, March 20, 10 am-Noon, T. Daley, Fee: $15

The Effect of the Holocaust on Jewish-Catholic Relations
Sr. Peggy Murphy, O.P. will discuss post-World War II developments in Jewish-Christian relations as evidenced by key documents such as “Nostra Aetate”. She will examine the continuing controversy over the role of Pope Pius XII and address new theological insights and lines of inquiry that have emerged over the past several decades as a result of Jewish-Christian dialogue. This presentation emerges from Sr. Peggy’s participation in the International Seminar on Holocaust Education in Jerusalem last summer.
Monday, March 31, 10-11:30 am, Sr. P. Murphy, Fee: $10

April 2014

Tom Daley’s Tour of the Hudson Valley
Due to many requests, we have asked Tom to select from his vast array of beautiful slides to take us on his tour of favorite places in the Hudson Valley. Come sit back and relax and appreciate through Tom’s eyes, the beauty of the area we live in.
Tuesday, April 1, 10 am-Noon, T. Daley, Fee: $15

The Esoteric History of the Hudson Valley
Learn about mysticism in the Hudson Valley area from the time of the native people and colonists. This lecture will be an overview of the hidden spiritual history of our region. (A more in depth journey will take place in May in an afternoon course offered at that time).
Tuesday, April 8, 6:30-8:30 pm, N. Rosenblum, PhD, Fee: $15

Adventures of a History Researcher
For more than fifteen years Ken Moody has been an independent history researcher. Although performing research in a variety of libraries, he specializes in the archival manuscripts and photographs of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library – providing research for a wide variety of clients including the Oregon Public Broadcasting Corp., the Iowa Public Broadcasting System, legal scholars in Alabama and Georgia, as well as historians and authors in many states. Research has been done for TV productions and scholars in China, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, and Russia. His presentation will share many of the exciting research projects, including President Roosevelt’s correspondence with various heads of states, including totalitarian states. He will also share the process used for such research.
Friday, April 11, 10-11 am, F. K. Moody, Fee: $10

The Hudson River School
The Hudson River, virtually in our backyard, has served as an inspiration for artists, writers, and architects for well over two centuries. The Hudson River School was America's first true artistic 'brotherhood' as its name came to identify a group of New York City based landscape painters that emerged in the early 19th Century under the influence of Thomas Cole, and then flourished until the end of the Civil War. In this Speaker Series presentation, we will look at how the Hudson River came to inspire early 19th century artists who defined an American national character through landscape imagery based on the glory of natural resources found within a reasonable distance of NY City. As the 19th century progressed, so did artists' exploration and several landscape artists went further afield to explore the natural wonders of our new nation as well as the concept of 'Manifest Destiny.'
Monday, April 14, 10-11:30 am, L. Nicholls, Fee: $15

In the Night Sky: Hudson Valley UFO Sightings
The Hudson Valley has been a UFO hotspot for generations. This book examines eyewitness accounts from the 1930’s to the present. People have been seeing all shapes and sizes of craft and they have also been having uncomfortably close encounters. Come hear author Linda Zimmerman tell some great stories of sightings in our area! Books will be for sale following the presentation.
Thursday, April 17, 6:30-8 pm, L. Zimmermann, Fee: $15

The Geology of the Catskills
Geology is America’s favorite science. As children we commonly develop a keen interest in this science of dinosaurs, and volcanoes, glaciers and earthquakes. Given a chance, we never give up that fascination. Learn the great geological history hidden in the Catskills rocks and landscapes. Here is a story of glaciers, continental collisions, lost mountain ranges, meteors from space, primitive fossil creatures from ancient sea floors, and much more.
Thursday, April 24, 1-3 pm, R. & J. Titus, Fee: $15

Age Like It Matters: Knowing, Being and Doing…
Life expectancy has increased with improved health care, nutrition and technology. Today, lifespan due to normal aging processes is approximately 0 – 120 years. Everyday in the United States 10,000 people turn age 65 with the fastest growing segment of the population individuals over the age of 100 years of age. The impact of the increase in longevity can be felt in systems, programs and individual lives across our nation. The question is "Collectively, what are we doing to promote successful and healthy aging?” This seminar will address empowerment strategies and techniques that can be employed to enhance the quality and meaning of life. “Want to age well?… Act like you do!”
Friday, April 25, 10 am-Noon, L. Force and K. Sidibe, Fee: Free

May 2014

Four Hundred Years of Change
The Hudson River is named after Henry Hudson, an Englishman sailing for the Dutch East India Company. Learn how the Hudson River has changed since he “discovered” the river in 1609.
Monday, May 5, 6:30-7:30 pm, D. Strayer, Fee: $10

The Beatles, Transcendence & Meditation
Inspired by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the Beatles went to an ashram in India, practiced Transcendental Meditation with its founder, and awakened to the Transcendent within them. A number of songs about the higher realities of Life flowed out of them in that meditative peace—songs that helped to spiritually awaken a whole generation. As you hear these songs in class, they may help awaken you, too.
Monday, May 19, 10 am-12:30 pm, C. Bayer, Fee: $10

June 2014

The Camino de Santiago de Compostela: The Pilgrim’s Way
Discover the Camino of Santiago de Compostela, the Way of Saint James. This 500+ mile ancient historical pilgrimage grants the opportunity to walk, bike, or travel by horseback from The Pyrenees of France through central Spain to the famed cathedral of Santiago – and onward to the Atlantic Ocean. Learn the geography, history and culture of this journey via photographic and video artifacts shared by two returned Pilgrims.
Monday, June 2, 6:30-8:30 pm, L. Farrand & L. Ferris, Fee: $10

The History Behind a Stamp
Who was the first person ever to be featured on a worldwide postage stamp and how are people, places and historic events selected as stamp subjects? How does the arrival of new stamps received at your home on letters provide a unique opportunity to learn about people and places that you might not have prior knowledge about? You don’t have to be a stamp collector to enjoy this informative and illustrated presentation about the educational value associated with United States postage stamps. Tony Musso will answer these questions and more based on his former 38-year career with the U. S. Postal Service, as well as his longtime active involvement collecting autographed first day covers, many of which will be illustrated in this entertaining and enlightening program. From aviation and space to entertainment, sports, world history, art, literature and current events, postage stamps offer a look into every imaginable topic.
Thursday, June 12, 10 am-Noon, T. Musso, Fee: $15

Health Issues

Introduction to Traditional Chinese Medicine
With a history of over 2000 years, Traditional Chinese Medicine has formed a unique system to diagnose and cure illness. This approach is fundamentally different from that of Western medicine. In Chinese medicine, the understanding of the human body is based on the holistic understanding of the universe, and the treatment of illness is based primarily on the diagnosis and differentiation of syndromes. Therefore, those with an identical disease may be treated in different ways, and on the other hand, different diseases may result in the same syndrome and are treated in similar ways. 
 This class will give an overview of the 5 element theory of Chinese medicine so that the student will have an understanding when Chinese medicine may be an appropriate treatment for their health concerns.
Friday, May 2, 1-2 pm, M. Grossman, Fee: $10

Liver Health and Arthritis
Did you know that ALL arthritis is related to too many toxins in your liver and liver dysfunction? Come learn what you need to know regarding improving your liver health and growing old gracefully.
Wednesday, March 19, 1-2 pm, R. Huntoon, Fee: Free

Spring Cleaning
Spring Time is the BEST time to clean out your body of all of its accumulated toxins. Come learn about the healthiest way to do that. Your health depends on it!
Wednesday, April 16, 1-2 pm, R. Huntoon, Fee: Free

The Cause of ALL Headaches
Understanding the underlying cause of ALL Headaches is important for those who suffer even occasional headaches. Come learn how to alleviate the cause of your headaches.
Wednesday, May 14, 1-2 pm, R. Huntoon, Fee: Free

Your Discerning Small Intestine
Learning why the health of your Small Intestine is vital if you choose to be healthy and how to restore balance to yours is what we will cover in this very important class.
Wednesday, June 18, 1-2 pm, R. Huntoon, Fee: Free

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