Community Education

Speaker Series

Join us for our Speaker Series at Desmond Campus

The Esoteric History of Everyday Things
This intriguing exploration brings insights into the hidden spiritual backstory of items used in everyday life and the technologies we observe around us. That which is frequently taken for granted often came into existence with a basis in the mystic teachings and knowledge and serves as a bridge linking us to the past and future. (A more in-depth course will take place beginning December 9 – see Explore & Expand section.)
Tues., Dec. 2 6:30–8:30 pm N. Rosenblum Fee: $15

Bad Science
Bad Science takes a humorous look at bloodletting, alchemy, quack devices, the workshop of meteorites, faked data, secret testing on people, and all kinds of really ridiculous ideas. From the ancient Greeks to the present, the history of science has been fraught with persecution, fraud, and ignorance on a massive scale – but that doesn’t mean we can’t laugh about it!
Fri., Dec. 5 10 am– Noon L. Zimmermann Fee: $15

The Amazon – Past, Present, and Future
Michael Boms has taken thousands of photos during his travels, and will give an illustrated presentation describing the Amazon ecology, its native peoples, its present destruction, and its future.
Tues., Dec. 9 3-5 pm M. Boms Fee: $15, Snow date Dec. 16

Martha Washington – A Timeless Woman
Karen Monti will touch upon how Martha Washington’s experiences as a young wife and mother and later as the spouse of a military man assisted her in creating her role as the wife of a president, setting an example for future presidential wives.
Thurs., Jan. 15 1-2 pm K. Monti Fee: $15, Snow date Jan. 22

Staatsburg: A Hamlet Lost in Time
The two-mile stretch of Old Post Road that spans the north and south access points from Route 9 and runs through the center of the Village of Staatsburg is today a peaceful, quaint thoroughfare. This quiet village stands in stark difference to the Staatsburg that existed before 1932 when the Route 9 bypass was constructed east of the village. Before that, Old Post Road was part of the main route between New York City and Albany. It boasted numerous lodging establishments, restaurants, gas stations, thriving businesses and nationally known industrial sites. Staatsburg once fielded a semi-pro baseball team, had three houses of worship, and a flourishing New York Central Railroad station. Tony Musso will take you back in time with his PowerPoint presentation about his new book, Staatsburg: A Village Lost in Time.
Mon., Jan. 26 1-2:30 pm T. Musso Fee: $15, Snow date Thurs., Jan. 29

Whitman, Longfellow, Dickinson and the Civil War
Learn about the dramatic effects of the Civil War on three of the nation’s greatest writers, with pictures, poetry, and discussion of cultural impact.
Mon., Feb. 2 1-3 pm A. Higgins Fee: $15, Snow date Feb. 9

The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor
The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor is located in New Windsor. It commemorates the extraordinary sacrifices of America’s servicemen and servicewomen who were killed or wounded in action. Learn how the memorial came about, and the mission to collect and preserve the stories of Purple Heart recipients.
Tues., Feb. 10 1-2 pm P. Bedrossian Fee: $15, Snow date Feb. 17

Living with a Star
The sun is the star in our neighborhood. It has always been a part of the human story – our daily lives, the annual cycle of the seasons, and a significant part of our pre-history. We cannot live without it, and, at times, we can’t live with it! Learn how we study the sun, how does it work, how old is it, and how long will it last. What is the eleven-year cycle of sun spots? What are solar flares and solar wind? How does the sun spawn the auroras high in our atmosphere as well as other “space weather” effects here on Earth. Why do we have to be concerned?
Thurs., Feb. 19 1-3 pm C. Holmes Fee: $15, Snow date Feb. 26

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