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University Express Classes Now at The GreenFields!

University Express is coming to Lancaster!

We are delighted to announce that The GreenFields has been selected to become a University Express site! University Express is a program designed to enhance the lives of older adults through lifelong learning. Each “semester”, a variety of content experts will present on various topics including history, arts and humanities, health, science, and current affairs. RSVP for classes by calling (716) 684-8400.

Below is the schedule of classes for the Fall of 2017:

20th Century Americana: Norman Rockwell and Grant Wood: Gain more insight into the times that produced Grant Wood’s iconic “American Gothic” and Norman Rockwell’s magazine illustrations for “Saturday Evening Post” depicting everyday life in mid-America with humor and insight. Realism, Regionalism and Reminiscence of the times and places these artists knew best? All may NOT be what you see, or thought it was!
Lecturer: Jean Serusa, Certified NYS Art Educator; Docent at Burchfield Penney Art Center
Wednesday, November 1, 2017 – 1:30pm @ GreenField Manor, Richard Siebold Auditorium

Burchfield Penney Art Center: Celebrating WNY Artists: Learn about the newest museum in our community: the Burchfield Penney Art Center. This presentation will give you some background on The Center’s history, Charles E. Burchfield the artist and donor extraordinaire, Charles Rand Penney, and the myriad of rotating exhibitions featuring work of talented regional artists. Even if you think you do not like art, you will like this museum! Dedicated in 1966 as the Charles Burchfield Art Center, located in Rockwell Hall on the Buffalo State College campus, to showcase the work of famed American watercolorist, Charles E. Burchfield. From its inception, The Center included regional artists. In 2008, the Center moved into its beautiful new home designed by the architectural firm Gwathmey, Siegel and Associates Architects LLC. Attendees will receive addition information to take home.
Lecturer: Linda Drajem, docent and retired Buffalo State instructor
Monday, November 6, 2017 – 1:30pm@ GreenField Manor, Richard Siebold Auditorium

Closest of Companions: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt and Their Intimate Friends: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt were a formidable political couple, yet they found their greatest emotional satisfaction in relationships with other people. Who were these “closest companions” and how did they influence history?
Lecturer: Mary Ann Colopy, former National Park Service Ranger at the Roosevelt/Vanderbilt National Historic Sites
Wednesday, November 8, 2017 – 7:00pm @ GreenField Manor, Richard Siebold Auditorium

The Psychic Highway: How the Erie Canal Changed America: The opening of the Erie Canal in the nineteenth century intertwined with the historical, religious and social issues of the day. This powerful waterway carried a flotilla of radicals, visionaries, social reformers, and prophets bent on the idea of creating a new society. It delivered people to important places for important reasons, like Susan Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott to Seneca Falls for history’s first women’s convention; to Rochester to meet and support abolitionists like Frederick Douglass and Harriett Tubman or to witness the Fox Sisters summon spirits and their eerie knockings.
Lecturer: Michael Keene, author and 19th Century Historian
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 – 1:30pm @ GreenField Manor, Richard Siebold Auditorium

The New World of News: People used to get their news primarily from the morning newspaper and the evening TV news. Today, information and opinions are shared on 24/7 cable news networks, the internet, and social media. How has this instant and virtual world changed news coverage? How can we tell what is a confirmed fact and what is not? Two journalists reflect on the changes in media over the past four decades, and the impact on everything from our understanding of global events to how we choose our leaders.
Lecturer: Rich Kellman and Rich Newburg
Thursday, November 16, 2017 – 1:30pm @ GreenField Manor, Richard Siebold Auditorium

Medicare Rights & Wrongs… Can they do that? Medicare Advantage & Private insurance agents must abide by strict marketing & enrollment regulations with beneficiaries. Are you thinking about enrolling or switching your healthcare plan? Make sure that you are not scammed by learning common marketing violations.
Lecturer: Sally Hardenburg, Senior Medicare Patrol
Monday, November 20, 2017 – 1:30pm @ GreenField Manor, Richard Siebold Auditorium

Early Buffalo Music & Entertainment: A look back to the beginning of Buffalo’s rich entertainment heritage, starting at Canal Street to early theaters, vaudeville, burlesque, big band and music prior to the advent of Rock N Roll. Highlighting contributions by theater owner Michael Shea and other nightclub owners, along with information on area radio stations, songwriters, musicians and entertainers.
Lecturer: Rick Falkowski, founder, Buffalo Music Hall of Fame
Wednesday, December 6, 2017 – 1:30pm @ GreenField Manor, Richard Siebold Auditorium

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): Beating the Winter Blues: Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a recurrent type of depression that generally begins in the fall, and continues through the winter months. SAD is triggered by a decrease in sunlight, leading to changes in the body’s internal clock, and decreasing chemicals in the body that control mood and levels of alertness. SAD affects 5% of the population, and is more prevalent in women and people who live further from the equator. Learn how to recognize whether you have SAD, and what you can do to beat the winter blues.
Lecturer: Melanie Washington, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of WNY
Monday, December 11, 2017 – 1:30p @ GreenField Manor, Richard Siebold Auditorium

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