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Wednesdays, September 6-November 15 | 1:30–3:30 p.m.

The Roberts Court
The Supreme Court had only eight Justices for much of its 2016-17 term, but it nonetheless decided a number of important cases. Law School faculty will present lectures on cases recently brought before the U.S. Supreme Court on a wide range of issues, including predatory lending and subprime loans; the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA); racial bias on juries; and state funding for religious schools. 

Faculty, School of Law, Case Western Reserve University 
Wednesdays, September 6– October 4 

Download the syllabus: The Roberts Court - Senior Scholars Fall 2017 Wednesdays

Jazz – From Its Origins to the Present
Jazz History is American History. Join us as we dig into the roots of jazz, its explosion in the 1920s and the swing era and its eventual transition into art music. Special emphasis on Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, and even some music from the instructor. 

Lecturer: Lecturer: Paul Ferguson, Senior Instructor, Department of Music, Case Western Reserve University; Artistic Director, Cleveland Jazz Orchestra 
Wednesdays, October 11-November 15

Landmark Centre | Lifelong Learning Members: $115; Nonmembers: $135 | REGISTER >


Fridays, September 8-October 13 | 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

Patricia Sigmier, Local Artist

In this course, we will explore painting with watercolor on location at Case Western Reserve University's Squire Valleevue Farm. This is an ideal venue for painting outdoors using direct observation of the natural light, shadows and ever-changing atmosphere. The changing season brings new colors of autumn to our palettes. This course includes demonstrations, group critiques as well as individual instructions. Students of all skill levels, including beginners, are welcome. Each student will work at his/her own pace. Bring a bag lunch. Limited Enrollment.

Squire Valleevue and Valley Ridge Farms | Lifelong Learning Members: $250; Nonmembers: $280 | REGISTER >

Mondays, September 11-October 16 | 1-3 p.m.

Eric Kisch, Host, Musical Passions Program, 104.9 WCLV


Classical music in the United States is mostly an imported art form, and immigrants have had an immense influence in the growth and flourishing of this musical culture. From the beginning of the 20th century, Jewish immigrant artists-instrumentalists, singers, conductors and composers have made extraordinary contributions. In this course we will look at the life and work of Jewish immigrants in each of these four areas, using video and audio examples. A musical treat for all and an eye-opener to many


Landmark Centre | Lifelong Learning Members: $90; Nonmembers: $110 | REGISTER>

Tuesdays, September 12-October 3 | 6:30-8 p.m.

Jennie Jones, Professional Photographer


Thanks to a small chip, everyone today is a “photographer”. Through the study of western art from the early Renaissance through to today, we will explore the visual development of “seeing” and “capturing” the world before us. We will learn the “tricks of the trade” from some of the world’s greatest masters. Today, digital photography has re-defined the speed with which even your personal events can be globally viewed instantaneously. Whether you actively participate in photography or not these sessions will enrich your own experience of truly seeing the world around you. The last session will explore Cleveland, featuring Jennie Jones’ own work.

Landmark Centre | Lifelong Learning Members: $60; Nonmembers: $75 | REGISTER >


Thursdays, September 21-November 9 | 10:30 a.m.-noon


George Havens, Leader-Teacher, Off Campus Studies


Historically, jazz started with small jazz groups and they had a major innovative role in the evolution of jazz over the past 100 years. Major contributors ranged from Jelly Roll Morton to Miles Davis.   Material: Recorded examples and reference booklets


Hamlet Village Clubhouse | Lifelong Learning Members: $82; Nonmembers: $97 | REGISTER >


Session I: Tuesdays, October 3-November 7
Session II: Thursdays, October 5–November 9
1–2 p.m.


Cleveland Museum of Art Staff


Please join us for this gallery talk series hosted by the distinguished Cleveland Museum of Art, one of Northeastern Ohio’s principal civic and cultural institutions. This series will feature the special exhibitions on view this
fall, including The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s. Presented by the museum’s Department of Education and Academic Affairs.

Tours meet in the Atrium of the Art Museum lobby. Enrollment is limited to 28 per session.


Cleveland Museum of Art | Lifelong Learning Members: $75 per session; Nonmembers: $90 per session |

REGISTER (Session I) > | REGISTER (Session II) >

Tuesdays, November 7-November 28 | 6:30-8 p.m.

Herb Ascherman, Photographer and Founder of the Cleveland Photographic Workshop

Beginning with Alfred Stieglitz, who lived in the late 19th century, Jews have dominated the creative world of American photography. Join Herb Ascherman, founder of the Cleveland Photographic Workshop, for a survey of the most well-known (as well as some of the lesser-known) practitioners of the art and craft. Explore how the Jewish identity of these photographers may have influenced their work, as well as their larger influence.

Landmark Centre | Lifelong Learning Members: $60; Nonmembers: $75 | REGISTER >


Wednesdays, November 29-December 20 | 7-8:30 p.m.


Cheryl Wires, Lecturer in Lifelong Learning, CWRU


In anticipation of the Broadway phenomenon, Hamilton , coming to Cleveland, we'll discuss selections from the libretto and the fascinating biography which inspired the musical, Ron Chernow's Alexander Hamilton.

Lakewood Public Library - Main | Lifelong Learning Member & Nonmember cost: free | REGISTER >

Co-sponsored by the Lakewood Public Library