Community Education

Speaker Series

Join us for our Speaker Series at Desmond Campus

Indoor Air Problems from "Toxicity Mold": What is All the Fuzz About?

Join Dr. Eckardt Johanning with his expertise of Mold Toxicity. He will discuss how to identify these environmental health hazards and how these toxic molds affect us.

Monday, July 15

10:30 am-Noon

Dr. E. Johanning

$15.00

 

Punished 4 Being a Parent

In this lecture we will discuss your rights (biological family rights) in order to protect your families. Review parental and grandparents' rights, as well as how to advocate for yourself, children, and grandchildren. Understand court etiquette, know your rights, and know court pro se, pro per, or suri juris. Comprehend the difference of your rights and privacy issues, proper warrants and a warrantless search, and child protective services overstepping their boundaries. All these issues plus more will be answered in this lecture. Please check out website at Punished4beingaparent.com for more information.

Tuesday, July 16

6:30-8:30 pm

F. Amato

$15.00

 

Alexander Hamilton — The Musical and the Duel

Today, Hamilton, a ground-breaking musical featuring Black and Latino actors playing the founding fathers, is the hottest ticket on Broadway. Hamilton, who as an immigrant became the first Secretary of the Treasury and founded the U.S. financial system, died at the hands of Vice President Aaron Burr upon the dueling grounds in Weehawken, NJ. This program features the Hamilton mix-tape performance at the White House, an introduction to the characters of the musical, and music from the Broadway production including Ten Duel Commandments.

Monday, July 22

1-2:30 pm

R. Feingold

$15.00

 

Residents in the American Revolution

For the residents of the Hudson Valley, as in much of America, the American Revolution was as much a civil war as anything else. Those adherents to the British government were referred to as Loyalists, and often lost everything for their choices. Join author Todd W. Braisted as we discuss some of Orange County's leading and lesser-known Loyalists, their actions in support of the British, and their eventual fate.

Friday, July 26

10:30 am-Noon

T. Braisted

$15.00

 

Vermeer Forgeries

Shortly after WWII, Han van Meegeren was arrested and accused of Nazi collaboration. He sold a number of paintings to Herman Göring that everyone thought were newly-discovered paintings by Dutch artist Johannes Vermeer. Van Meegeren confessed that the paintings were in fact forgeries, and when he was put on trial, he was tasked with proving himself guilty of forgery to avoid the harsher punishment for his other accusation of Nazi collaboration. Learn more about these historical events.

Friday, July 26

1-2:30 pm

M. Soltis

$15.00

 

The Significance of the American Mastodon in the Culture of the Early Republic: Naturalist Theories of Extinction, Evolution, and Climate Change

Throughout the 18th century, European naturalists debated the classification of the bones that were being discovered in the Hudson Valley. The histories of science and politics intertwined as the mystery of the "Great Incognitum" caused friction between Old World and New World theorists.

Tuesday, July 30

10-11:30 am

J. Yaun

$15.00

 

History of Camp Smith

Paul R. Martin III of Yorktown will present a program on the long history of Camp Smith, the familiar facility on the hill overlooking the Hudson River on Bear Mountain Bridge Road in the Annsville section of Peekskill. Along with lecture, Mr. Martin will present vintage postcards, maps, artifacts, and rare photos depicting Camp Smith from its founding in 1882 through the periods of World War I, the interim years between, World War II, and up through its current history. From its beginnings to the present day, the camp has been used as an annual training site for National Guard regiments, regular military units, and civilian protective services. The story of Camp Smith is the story of the changing American military, particularly here at home in the Empire State.

Monday, August 5

1-2:30 pm

P. R. Martin III

$15.00

 

Charles Lindbergh

As the co-author of the book Charles Lindbergh: a Photographic History, Wilkinson draws upon a wealth of illustrative material as well as a commercial pilot's familiarity with the great aviator's life as a far-sighted developer of flying's potential. There was also Lindbergh's time as a controversial America Firster, World War II combat pilot, and postwar conservationist and environmentalist...plus his active but little-known career as a serial bigamist.

Monday, August 12

10-11:30 am

S. Wilkinson

$15.00

 

Teddy Roosevelt

Teddy Roosevelt is one of four Presidents depicted on Mount Rushmore. A man of robust masculinity, Roosevelt led the Rough Riders in the Spanish-American War. As a leader of the Progressive Movement, Roosevelt championed his “Square Deal” domestic policies, promising fairness to the average citizen. He established new national parks and began construction of the Panama Canal. His successful efforts to broker the end of the Russo-Japanese War won him the 1906 Nobel Peace Prize. He used “Big Stick” diplomacy to enforce the Monroe Doctrine in Latin America. Join us as we explore the life of this native New Yorker.

Tuesday, August 13

10:30 am-Noon

T. DeStefano

$15.00

 

Travel to Cuba

Recent changes now make it legal to travel to Cuba. Yet an economic embargo still exists between the two countries. We will discuss the recent diplomatic changes between Cuba and the United States (the Cuban Thaw) and arranging a legal visit to Cuba. Special money issues such as credit cards, travelers checks, and American cash will be covered to prepare to visit the island. Additionally, we will cover the Ernest Hemingway tourist sites, Cuban baseball, classic Cuban music, world renowned Cuban cigars, and places to stay and eat.

Tuesday, August 13

1-2:30 pm

R. Feingold

$15.00

 

Historical Sites in the Hudson Highlands by Kayak

Join avid outdoorsmen Andy Mills and Fred Isseks as they describe the geography/topography of the Hudson Highlands by kayak. They will include a brief history of Dennings Point, Bannerman Island, Forts Montgomery/Clinton, Gomez Mill House, Cold Spring Foundry, and Washington’s Newburgh Headquarters. They will describe aspects of kayaking the Hudson and will inform the audience as to kayak access points/boat ramps. Both Fred and Andy have been hiking, kayaking, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, and mountain biking in and around Orange County on a weekly basis for more than 30 years.

Wednesday, August 14

6-8 pm

A. Mills & Dr. F. Isseks

$15.00

 

Cliffs and Waterfalls of the Catskills

Part of the beauty of the Catskills are their many fine waterfalls. Retired college professors Robert and Johanna will take you on a tour of nearby waterfalls and describe their geological origins. They will also discuss how these beautiful land features inspired a movement of artists and their paintings through the Hudson River School of Art.

Monday, August 26

1-2:30 pm

R. & J. Titus

$15.00

 

The Space Race: 1957-1975

The Soviet Union stunned the world in 1957, by putting the first artificial satellite into Earth's orbit. By 1961, the Russians had also launched the first manned spacecraft and sent the first robotic probes to the Moon. In May 1961, President John F. Kennedy announced his daring plan for the American space program: landing a man on the moon before the end of the decade. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing on July 20, 1969, Kevin has built a new presentation, packed with historic photographs and vintage concept art. Relive the dramatic “Space Race,” from the pioneering Mercury and Gemini flights to the first Apollo moon landings and the lesser-known scientific missions that followed. Along the way, he will introduce the visionaries and scientists who made space travel possible, and the American astronauts who boldly traveled “Where no one has gone before.”

Wednesday, August 28

1-2:30 pm

K. Woyce

$15.00

 

City Investing

City Investing purchased the Sterling Iron Works and Sterling Mountain Railway land to make a business and residential area, including 13,000 homes. Join Doc Bayne as he takes you on a journey of how the land we now call Sterling Forest State Park became what it is today.

Thursday, September 12

1-3 pm

D. Bayne

$15.00

 

China: Ancient and Modern

Photographer and anthropologist Barry Kass will take us on a journey to China. Highlights will include the great cities of Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong; the Great Wall; a boat trip on the canals of the ancient silk city of Suzhou; the underground terra-cotta army at the tomb of the Emperor near the city of Xian; a cruise through the Great Gorges of Yangtze River; and a visit to Tibet in the Himalayas!

Monday, September 16

1-2:30 pm

B. Kass

$15.00

 

Kermit Roosevelt, Lost in the Shadow of Fame

  1. Roosevelt was family to two of the twentieth century’s most revered presidents – he was the son of Theodore Roosevelt and cousin to Franklin Roosevelt. He influenced each in a major way – as protector to one and a major risk to the other. He was a multilingual intellectual, author, soldier, big-game hunter, explorer, world traveler, writer, and corporate executive. Although a hero in both the first and second World Wars fighting for the British, Kermit became a big problem for his cousin, Franklin Roosevelt, as his alcoholism and philandering threatened the war weary president after he was cashiered from the British Army. After being granted a commission in the U.S. Army and being assigned to an isolated post in Alaska, he was found on his bunk with a bullet through his head. His story was classified by the government for many years. The biography of Kermit, Lost in the Shadow of Fame, is the first time his fascinating life and mysterious death has been released to the public.

Tuesday, September 17

1-2:30 pm

W. Lemanski

$15.00

 

Mysterious Relics

Throughout history, sacred relics have been employed as tools to gain an understanding of the spiritual world and our connection with it. Explore how this has occurred and some of the most famous as well as lesser known examples from many parts of the world. It will be seen that these objects have important lessons to teach about the nature of our existence.

Wednesday, September 18

2-4 pm

N. Rosenblum

$15.00

 

DEEP LIVING: A New Value System to Lead Us Beyond the Current Cultural Crossroads

Susanne will discuss our current cultural crossroads as a basis for the thesis presented in her multi-award winning book Deep Living: Healing Yourself To Heal The Planet. Our singular cultural focus on profit has not only destroyed our environment and our culture at large, it has also made us as individuals oblivious to the things that truly matter in life and make it enjoyable and meaningful. Along with this discussion, she will focus on the “new millennial values," how and why a cultural turnaround must begin within, and how to do so.

Thursday, September 19

10-11:30 am

S. Meyer-Fitzsimmons

$15.00

 

Other Worlds: The Search for Planets Outside of Our Solar System and What It Means for Finding Extraterrestrial Life

More than 4,000 planets have been discovered circling nearby stars and more are being identified each day. How are these “other worlds” discovered? What are their characteristics? How many are Earth-like? This talk will focus on the successes of NASA’s Kepler mission — the workhorse for finding exoplanets — but will also cover other means for discovering the exoplanets. Now that we know that other worlds are ubiquitous, what are prospects that extraterrestrial life exists? The presentation also will cover active research efforts for understanding this question including a summary of NASA’s astrobiology program as well as the extensive efforts, such as SETI, intended to identify signs of life in the cosmos.

Friday, September 20

10:30 am-Noon

C. Holmes

$15.00

 

America's Godly Heritage

In this lecture you will learn about the history of the influence of God and the Bible in our democratic republic from Columbus to the present day. You’ll learn about “The American Trinity” inscribed on every coin we carry. We’ll have a frank discussion concerning the place of founding principles and contemporary culture. All historical evidence will be based on original source documents rather than a historian’s interpretation.

Tuesday, September 24

10-11:30 am

B. Banuchi

$15.00

 

The Occupation of the Channel Islands

The Occupation of the Channel Islands will describe a particularly bleak chapter in England's World War II history, when a group of lush, friendly islands between the English mainland and Norman France were utterly abandoned to Hitler's troops, who had intended to use them as "practice" for an invasion of England itself. In the end, it was hard to say who became more starved, frozen and wretched — the Channel Islanders or their occupiers.

Tuesday, October 1

10-11:30 am

S. Wilkinson

$15.00

 

Architects of Newburgh's Historic District: A Look at the Dozen Architects Who Designed the Cherished Buildings of New York State's Largest Historic District

An introduction to the importance of Newburgh's historic district and legacy of preservation beginning in 1850 with the creation of Washington's Headquarters Museum. This course looks at the historic buildings of Newburgh and discusses the legacies of 12 men who designed them in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Also learn about two women who played a role in saving the iconic structures from demolition during Urban Renewal in the 1960's & 70's.

Friday, October 4

10-11:30 am

J. Yaun

$15.00

 

The Cat Men of Gotham: Tales of Feline Friendships in Old New York

We’ve all heard of the crazy cat lady, but what about the crazy cat man? In the 1800's and early 1900's, when most New York City residents tossed stray cats into rivers or street gutters, many brawny men — including sailors, firemen, cops, politicians, and athletes — welcomed alley cats into their lives with open arms. Warwick author Peggy Gavan will wind the audience through the streets of Old New York and Brooklyn as she tells amazing stories of these heroic cat men of Gotham and the alley cats they rescued and came to love. Hear about a spectacled cat that saved Brooklyn Borough Hall, the feline mascot of America’s first theatrical club, the New York City Post Office feline police force, and more amazing cat tales. Fun for cat lovers and history fans alike.

Tuesday, October 15

3-4:30 pm

P. Gavan

$15.00

 

Unique Gardens in the Hudson Valley

While botanical gardens that are located in major cities throughout the world attract hundreds of thousands of visitors every year, the Hudson Valley boasts some of the most unique variety of gardens right here in the region. Located on the former private estates of wealthy entrepreneurs and garden enthusiasts and now open to the public or in specially designed arboretums that were created by local municipalities, some of the finest floral finds are within an easy drive. Hear about a sunken garden that was installed on the Westchester County country estate of a successful attorney and his wife that is more known today for its annual summer concert series than its spectacular grounds. Learn about a hillside garden that overlooks Millbrook from the former estate of a New York City banker, who also created a series of carriage trails on the property. Discover a garden that was designed over a two-decade period, using the concepts of Chinese garden patterns. Outstanding gardens exist on the grounds of a major resort, within the boundaries of Orange County's second largest recreational park, on a Red Hook estate that overlooks the Hudson River, and at the former home of one of the region's earliest settlers — all now open for public visits. This is a repeat presentation, due to overwhelming demand.

Monday, October 21

10:30 am-Noon

A. Musso

$15.00

 

The Spooky Hudson Valley

Come and hear the haunting tales of the Hudson Valley’s most famous haunts with medium and ghost hunter Marianna Boncek. Meet Dorthea Swarts, savagely dragged to death by her enraged master, learn about the ghostly side of Huguenot Street, and hear about Maria Deyo who calmly murdered her three young children and then killed herself. You will also learn about basic ghost hunting skills for yourself. You’ll sleep with your lights on!

Thursday, October 24

10:30 am-Noon

M. Boncek

$15.00

 

The Chinese in America

When we think of immigration, we think of European immigration through Castle Garden and Ellis Island in the nineteenth and twentieth century — an east to west immigration. But what about west to east immigration? With the exception of the African slave trade as a forced immigration, the Chinese were the first non-white immigration to touch America's shore along the west coast. Come and rediscover this almost forgotten part of America's immigrant story, the Chinese in America, and their immigrant contributions to America in gold mining, railroad building, and various other pursuits which helped build America. This study will examine Angel Island, the Ellis Island of the West Coast from 1910-1940 and the effects of the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 on the Chinese-American community. This program will conclude with the showing of the film Paper Angels.

Wednesday, October 30

1-3 pm

J. Dosik

$15.00

 

Bram Stoker's Dracula and His Widow's Lawsuit

In 1921, a German film company was the first to make a silent film version of the Dracula movie under the title Nosferatu. They were sued by Bram Stoker's widow for unauthorized use of her husband's novel. This would be the beginning of what would become one of Hollywood's most popular horror film series of movies. Learn how the original silent film had an impact on Dracula movies that followed and some of the famous actors who portrayed Dracula. Among the more interesting and colorful actors that played the role of Dracula over the years, we will discuss Bela Lugosi, Christopher Lee, Frank Langella, George Hamilton, and William Dafoe. This one-day lecture is a must for those who love horror movies and wish to learn about their origins.

Thursday, October 31

10 am-Noon

L. DiMartino

$15.00

 

 

 


The Desmond Campus for Adult Enrichment offers non-credit, life-enriching education geared toward the adult learner. Browse our website to learn more about our Community Education, Day Trips, Speaker Series, and L.I.F.E. programs (for 55+). We offer several easy ways to register for courses. For more information or to request a brochure, email desmondcampus@msmc.edu or call 845-565-2076.

Cover of the MSMC Summer 2019 Community Education programs catalog

COMMUNITY EDUCATION

Desmond Campus
6 Albany Post Rd, Balmville, NY
desmondcampus@msmc.edu
Phone: 845-565-2076

 

Snow Line: 845-569-3500