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University of Rochester and The Highlands at Pittsford present 'UR Always Learning'

Friday, September 17, 2010

The informative lecture series, “UR Always Learning at The Highlands,” returns for fall 2010 with a program spanning several disciplines, including music, art and science.

Talks are conducted by published University of Rochester faculty and take place at the Hahnemann Club, 301 Stoutenburgh Lane, located on the campus of The Highlands at Pittsford, off of Rt. 31, just east of the village of Pittsford. The seminars are free and open to the public but registration is requested. Register by calling (585) 586-7600, x280.

The schedule is as follows:

Claude Bragdon and the Beautiful Necessity

4 to 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 29

Andrea Reithmayer

Join rare books curator Reithmayer for an introduction to one of Rochester’s most famous architects, Claude Bragdon. Bragdon is best known as the creator of the New York Central Railroad Station, the West Garden of George Eastman House and other masterpieces. Reithmayer has curated Bragdon’s papers, a recent online exhibit, and worked on a major retrospective of his works.

Serving a Great and Noble Art: Howard Hanson and the Eastman School of Music

7 to 8:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 4

Vincent A. Lenti

A celebrated Eastman School of Music (ESM) official historian and lecturer, Lenti will cover the history of ESM from 1932 to 1972, focusing on the values and ideals of director Howard Hanson. For 26 years Lenti served as director of the ESM Community Education Division (now known as the Eastman Community Music School).

Portrait of a Castrato: Politics, Patronage, and Music in the Life of Atto Melani

4 to 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 13

Roger Freitas

Explore the life of a well-known 17th century castrato – a young man castrated to preserve his singing voice – who rose to artistic and social prominence in Italy. Eastman School of Music associate professor Roger Freitas will provide a rare glimpse into the social and political contexts of 17th century music.

Toni Morrison: A Biography

4 to 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 20

Stephanie Li

Li, an assistant professor of English, will take a look at the remarkable life of an essential American novelist, whose critically acclaimed bestselling books offer lively, powerful depictions of black America. Li is the award-winning author of Something Akin to Freedom: The Choice of Bondage in Narratives by African American Women.

Are You What You Are (Politically)?

4 to 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 3

Richard G. Niemi, Ph.D.

Young people don’t vote very often but visit the polls more often as they age. Niemi is a professor of political science and will pose questions for discussion on how political views and attitudes change over time.

A Celebration of Leonard Bernstein

4 to 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 10

Josef Hanson

Concert Manager Hanson will provide an overview of the life and work of American pianist, composer, conductor and icon Leonard Bernstein, whose genius transcended the genres of Broadway, jazz and classical music. Hanson will devote time to Bernstein’s masterworks, West Side Story, Candide and others.

Dementia Without Drugs

4 to 5:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 22

G. Allen Power, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Power will discuss his book Dementia Beyond Drugs and describe the challenges of humanistic, enlightened dementia care within residential care settings. Power is a board-certified internist and geriatrician.

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