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

Oct. 26, 2009

The informative lecture series, “UR Always Learning at The Highlands," returns for fall 2009 with a program intended to be stimulating and thought-provoking.

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) 275-2838.

The schedule is as follows:

Identity and the Failure of America: From Thomas Jefferson to the War on Terror

7 to 8:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 2

John Michael

Using his book as a reference point, Michael will explore the contradictions between a mythic national identity promising justice to all and the realities of a fractious history and social order. Michaels will draw upon the works of Herman Melville, Harriett Beecher Stowe, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Frederick Douglas.

Fallen Giants: A History of Himalayan Mountaineering from the Age of Empire to the Age of Extremes

2:30 to 4 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 18

Stewart Weaver, Ph.D.

Professor Weaver will discuss his recent book with particular attention to the colonial era and the intersection of Himalayan exploration and British imperial ambitions in India.

Pull Up a Chair: The Vin Scully Story

2:30 to 4 p.m., Monday, Nov. 23

Curt Smith

Curt Smith’s book sheds new light on the colorful and legendary baseball commentator, Vin Scully. Scully has been inducted into every sportscasting Hall of Fame. In 2000, the American Sportcaster’s Association named Scully the Sportscaster of the 20th Century.