Courses

YoChautauqua: The Fabulous 50s

Thursday, August 29

Free

Refreshments included with each session

President Eisenhower and The Cold War 1953-1961

3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Dr. Greg Ferro

Elvis Presley and rock-and-roll upset the conservative views of the status quo, and television becomes the dominant medium, sparking fear of declining education and morals for the nation’s young people. The Civil Rights Movement begins as African Americans actively challenge segregation in schools, cafés, and public transportation. National apprehension of the Russians intensifies when the Soviet Union launches Sputnik; in response, the United States forms NASA, and the "space race" between the two global superpowers ensues.

Abstract Expressionism Movement

4:45 to 5:45 p.m.

Felicia Zavarella Stadelman

Many art movements started in the 1950s and reached their peak decades later. Abstract expressionism in particular influenced many art forms worldwide. It was the first specifically American movement to achieve international influence and put New York City at the center of the western art world.

Music of the 50s

6 to 7 p.m.

Harmony Quartet

The 1950s were an interesting time for art and music. Listen to music from the 1950s and learn about the artists who created the sound of a generation.

Sacred Emergencies: What Turns Us Violent?

Tuesday, September 3

10 to 11 a.m.

Dr. Michael Jerryson

$5 for non-residents

For centuries, we have had religiously motivated violence from around the globe. Scholars have begun to identify the impact and power behind the intersections of religion and violence, but they have yet to find the catalyst that transforms ordinary people into religious freedom fighters. This talk explores Dr. Jerryson’s new theory called "Sacred Emergencies" and how they can explain this transformation.

MVLLI Plus:

America Emerging, the 1700s

Tuesday, September 3

11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Cleveland Museum of Art Staff

$5 for non-residents

Take a virtual tour of the art and discuss the developing American identity, folk art, the influence of the Age of Reason, the effect of the mercantilist economy and underlying causes of the American Revolution.

Big Bands of the 40s and 50s

Thursday, September 5

10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Joy Decker Borland

$5 for non-residents

Big Bands originated in the early 1900s, and they dominated Jazz and Swing music throughout the 40s and 50s. They became a popular accompaniment for dance clubs during WWII and afterward. Their music incorporated elements of Broadway, Vaudeville, Tin Pan Alley and Ragtime. This class presents the Big Band sounds of musicians such as Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, and many others.

Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation

Tuesday, September 10

9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Carol Huncik

$5 for non-residents

Mindfulness is something we all naturally possess, but it’s more readily available to us when we practice it on a daily basis. There is growing research showing that when you train your brain to be mindful, you’re actually remodeling the physical structure of your brain. Come and enjoy learning how to be more mindful!

MVLLI Plus:

Nutrition for Optimal Aging

Tuesday, September 10

10:45 to 11:45 a.m.

Gina Jones, MS, RD, LD

Free

Lunch included

An introduction to functional medicinal nutrition as it relates to optimal aging. Learn about the importance of a real food, nutrient-dense diet to promote health and wellness, as well as using food to heal from common health issues.

The Hidden Lives of our Greatest Artists

Thursday, September 12

5 to 7 p.m.

Felicia Zavarella Stadelman

$10 for non-residents

Wine and appetizers included

The most outrageous tales about some of our most famous artists — all the good stuff our art history books left out! Stadelman says, "Many of the best artists lived on the edge of chaos — where all great art is born." You will never view art the same way again!

Lunch and Learn: A Collection of Collections

Tuesday, September 17

10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Free

Lunch to follow

The Butler Institute of American Art524 Wick Avenue, Youngstown

Art comes to life before your eyes in these in-depth, gallery participatory conversations. Join us as we take a detailed look at 18th century artist William Paxton’s works: Paxton’s Women.

Safari Africa: Malawi

Thursday, September 19

10 to 11:30 a.m.

Dr. Betty Rider

$5 for non-residents

Let’s safari across Malawi together! Learn about the people and culture of Malawi.

MVLLI Plus:

Ohio Well Luncheon

Thursday, September 19

11:45 a.m.

$8.50 for residents and non-residents

Enjoy a delicious African lunch followed by a showing of the film "Out of Africa," a 1985 American romantic drama directed and produced by Sydney Pollack, starring Robert Redford and Meryl Streep.

Black Holes Both Big and Small

Tuesday, September 24

10 to 11 a.m.

Dr. Patrick Durrell

$5 for non-residents

Black holes are perhaps the strangest objects in our universe — regions of space where the gravity is so strong, even light cannot escape. Learn about how we find these strange objects, including stellar-mass black holes that come from stellar evolution, and the much larger supermassive black holes that reside in the centers of most galaxies.

U.S. Supreme Court Decisions 2018 to 2019

Thursday, September 26

9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Dr. Greg Ferro

$15 for non-residents

Lunch included

Review and discuss the past year’s U.S. Supreme Court decisions and their impact.

Akron Zoo’s ZooMobile

Tuesday, October 1

10 to 11 a.m.

Akron Zoo Staff

$5 for non-residents

A staff member from the Akron Zoo will showcase three animals and discuss the adaptations that help these specific animals survive. Due to the inclusion of animals, no refreshments will be served or allowed during this program.

MVLLI Plus:

America Expanding 1801 to 1861

Tuesday, October 1

11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Cleveland Museum of Art Staff

$5 for non-residents

Learn about the results and impact of the westward expansion, landscape painting, Jacksonian democracy and genre art by exploring the frontier life and taking a virtual tour of art from this period.

Zoroastrianism: The Oldest Credal Religion

Thursday, October 3

10 to 11 a.m.

Dr. Michael Jerryson

$5 for non-residents

We explore one of the oldest and most influential monotheistic religions in the world: Zoroastrianism. Although there are very few followers alive today, their religion was incredibly influential in the doctrinal foundations of the Abrahamic religion, as well as Asian religions. The talk will cover the early history, beliefs and practices of Zoroastrians.

Safari Africa: South Africa

Tuesday, October 8

10 to 11:30 a.m.

Dr. Betty Rider

$5 for non-residents

Let’s safari across South Africa together! Learn about the people and culture of South Africa.

MVLLI Plus:

Women’s Health Symposium – Body Changes as We Age

Tuesday, October 8

11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Cara Berg-Carramusa, MSPT, GCS

Free

Lunch included

This module will globally explore some of the "normal" and "not-so-normal" body system changes that people may experience as they navigate the journey of aging. This session will offer an open Q&A for participants.

Leonardo DaVinci — It’s All About the Smile

Thursday, October 10

5 to 7 p.m.

Felicia Zavarella Stadelman

$10 for non-residents

Wine and appetizers included

Few people know the amazing story behind the man often described as the embodiment of the Renaissance. He once said, "People of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things."

Porosity in Everyday Life: Tiny Holes Everywhere

Tuesday, October 15

10 to 11:30 a.m.

Dr. Douglas Genna

$5 for non-residents

Everywhere you go you are surrounded by tiny holes. Come learn how porous materials impact your everyday life and how they will impact your future. Discover the basics of porosity, and dive into the cutting edge research being done in the field, which includes finding solutions to environmental problems such as carbon dioxide capture and water purification.

Lunch and Learn: A Collection of Collections

Thursday, October 17

10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Free

Lunch to follow

The Butler Institute of American Art, 524 Wick Avenue, Youngstown

Celebrate 100 years of great American Art as we take a closer look at the History of the Butler with Dr. Louis Zona. We’ll get an overview of some of The Butler’s most renowned treasures.

History of the Man Made Wonders of the World

Tuesday, October 22

10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Frank Daloise

$5 for non-residents

The history and fun facts of the ten man made wonders of the world. Learn about the cultures that are responsible for them, the architecture, materials used, physical facts, geography and how to tour/visit these sites.

Pittsburgh Zoo: Animal Antics

Thursday, October 24

11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Pittsburgh Zoo Staff

$5 for non-residents

The Pittsburgh Zoo is home to over 4,000 animals, and this is your chance to meet three of them! Due to the inclusion of animals, no refreshments will be served or allowed during this program.

Sojourn to the Past

Tuesday, October 29

10 to 11 a.m.

Penny Wells & Students

$5 for non-residents

Sojourn to the Past is a life changing leadership, development and history immersion journey to the civil rights sites in the South. Youngstown High School students who have participated in this journey will share their experiences and discuss how it has impacted their lives.

MVLLI Plus:

Eat This, Not That!

Tuesday, October 29

11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Angela Zurasky

$5 for non-residents

Learn tips on making healthier food choices.

U.S. Foreign Policy: Implications, Impact, Common Denominators 1970 to 2018

Thursday, October 31

9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Dr. Greg Ferro

$15 for non-residents

Lunch included

This course is for people who want to learn more about U.S. foreign policy. Participants will then be able to discuss the challenges and opportunities of U.S. foreign policy in the 21st century. Foreign policy is about more than wars!

Race & Religion: An American Legacy

Tuesday, November 5

10 to 11 a.m.

Dr. Michael Jerryson

$5 for non-residents

Whether we are aware of it or not, we view religion and race together. People often assume Asian Americans are Buddhist; likewise, the same people assume African Americans are not Buddhist. Explore the American phenomenon of race and the ways in which religious identity impacts racial construction.

MVLLI Plus:

America Transforming 1860 to 1918

Tuesday, November 5

11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

The Cleveland Museum of Art Staff

$5 for non-residents

We examine the years 1860 to 1918, including momentous social changes brought about by urbanization, industrialization, immigration and technological inventions.

What is Art — Reveal Your Hidden Talent

Thursday, November 7

5 to 7 p.m.

Felicia Zavarella Stadelman

$10 for non-residents

Wine and appetizers included

Art is a celebration of human achievements — a proclamation that we managed to go beyond fulfilling just our basic primal needs. Art is an experience based on the interrelationship between people and their world.

Safari Africa: Zimbabwe

Tuesday, November 12

10 to 11:30 a.m.

Dr. Betty Rider

$5 for non-residents

Let’s safari across Zimbabwe together! Come learn about the people and culture of this African country.

MVLLI Plus:

Women’s Health Symposium: Pneumonia

Thursday, November 12

11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Dr. Vivian Starr

Free

Lunch included

Learn why older adults are more susceptible to pneumonia, tips for prevention and how to identify the symptoms early.

Lunch and Learn:A Collection of Collections

Tuesday, November 14

10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Free

Lunch included

The Butler Institute of American Art524 Wick Avenue, Youngstown

A local artist will join us for an in-depth exploration of the medium of painting.

Fourteen of the Most Interesting Presidential Appointments to the U.S. Supreme Court

Thursday, November 19

9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Dr. Greg Ferro

$15 for non-residents

Lunch included

The president and Congress did not decide Roe v. Wade, Bush v. Gore or Citizens United; the United States Supreme Court did! Learn about the impact of the Supreme Court’s groundbreaking decisions, as well as some of the most interesting Supreme Court Justices in U.S. history ― including the first woman, the first Italian and the first former Ku Klux Klan member nominated for the Supreme Court.

Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance…and a Better YOU!

Tuesday, November 21

10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Cara Berg-Carramusa, MSPT, GCS

$5 for non-residents

Learn the who, what, when, where and why of Tai Chi — Moving for Better Balance. This module will offer the participants an opportunity to physically experience the Tai Chi exercise program through a demonstration and mini-session.