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November 2017

Tuesday, November 28 | 5:30 p.m.


Roberto F. Galán, Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Ken Loparo, Professor of Engineering and Chairman, CWRU


Neural circuits are subject to sources of variability akin to static noise in electrical circuits. I will present several examples from my research, showing that unlike man-made devices, neural circuits have adapted not only to cope with different levels of noise but also to take advantage of that intrinsic variability and uncertainty to encode information, modulate neuronal activity, and transform behavior.


Program Schedule:
5:30 p.m. – Coffee and Sign-In
6 p.m. – Lecture
7 p.m. – Dinner with OSS faculty and fellows
7:30 p.m. – Q&A and Dessert


Tinkham Veale University Center, CWRU campus | Lifelong Learning Members: $40; Nonmembers: $48 | REGISTER >

The Mind-Body Connection series is also sponsored by the Case Western Reserve University Emeriti Academy, an organization administered through the CWRU Office of the Provost, which is intended to foster closer continuing relationships with emeriti faculty after they retire from full-time employment. 

December 2017

Friday, December 1 | 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.


Program: “Hamilton the Musical" 

Speaker: Don Rosenberg, President of the Music Critics Association of North America, Editor of Early Music America Magazine  


Acacia Reservation (Cedar Road, Lyndhurst; across from Beachwood Mall) - Free Parking | Luncheon $30 (Guests Welcome) - Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 instructors are invited


Reservations Required – Deadline Friday, November 24, 2017 | REGISTER >

Please be sure to indicate when registering what meal option you'd prefer; your choices are listed below.


Lunch options: Classic California Cobb Salad (Smoked turkey, mixed greens, tomatoes, avocado, bacon, chopped egg, crumbled bleu cheese)

Spinach & Arugula Salad (Warm grilled breast of chicken, fresh strawberries, candied walnuts, crumbled feta cheese, white balsamic vinaigrette)

Vegetarian Option (Spinach & Arugula Salad without chicken)



Sunday, December 3 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Monday, December 4 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 


Last chance clearance sale of stock from the recently closed Treasures Gift Shop formerly at the JCC including judaica, jewelry, books, and gifts.

An additional 10% off for Siegal Lifelong Learning members. All sales are final.

This is your final opportunity to purchase thousands of items by Israeli artists including: mezuzot, menorahs, tzedaka boxes, candlesticks, seder plates, kippot, tallitot, challah boards, challah covers, dreidels, kiddush cups, hamsas, ceramics, micrography, washing cups, shofars, afikomen bags, matzah covers, books, cards, jewelry, and more!


Landmark Centre (25700 Science Park Dr., Suite 100, Beachwood 44122)


Special thanks to the volunteers who maintained Treasures for so many years. All proceeds to benefit the Siegal Lifelong Learning Program.

Sunday, December 3 | 4 p.m.


Ruta Vanagaite, Author and Journalist


When best-selling author and journalist Ruta Vanagaite discovered that her own relatives were complicit in the murder of Lithuanian Jews, she became determined to awaken the consciousness of her fellow country-men. Joining up with Efraim Zuroff, director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, the two coauthored Musiskiai (Our People: Journey with an Enemy) which uncovers Lithuanians' war-time atrocities. Vanagaite discusses the controversy her work has stirred and the search for truth that it has inspired among many young Lithuanians.


Landmark Centre | Lifelong Learning Members: free; Nonmembers: $5 (Advanced registration recommended) |



Tuesday, December 5 | 5:30 p.m.


Darin Croft, Associate Professor, Department of Anatomy, CWRU School of Medicine


Are humans causing global climate change? Or is nature cycling the planet toward a heat wave, just as it has had periods of heat and ice ages in the recent and distant past? The geologic record & earth dynamics explain the difference between the glacially slow climate change of the past vs today's radically-accelerated changes. In fact, the mechanics of it are pretty simple. Geologists understand very well what makes the earth hot and cold -today, and throughout the 4.5 billion year history of the planet. And they know the effects climate change has had on the planet's inhabitants: the most common response of species to major environmental change is extinction.

Participants will come away with a better understanding of the science involved, quite apart from the thorny questions of policy. However, the good news is that newly-emerging markets are making huge gains in clean energy, which not only curbs pollution but simultaneously helps counter climate change. Solar panels and wind turbines are already providing thousands of new jobs in Ohio.


Program Schedule:
5:30 p.m. – Coffee and Sign-In
6 p.m. – Lecture
7 p.m. – Dinner with OSS faculty and fellows
7:30 p.m. – Q&A and Dessert


Cleveland Museum of Natural History | Lifelong Learning Members: $40; Nonmembers: $48 | REGISTER > 

Tuesday, December 5 | 7 p.m.


Daniel Goldmark, Professor, Head of Popular Music and Director of the Center for Popular Music Studies 


Beginning with the Disney studio’s very first feature, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) to the current hit Frozen (2013), the Disney film has also been the Disney musical. As musical tastes have come and gone over the last eighty years, the studio's musical extravaganzas have become more and more popular, especially since the advent of the Disney stage musical, a live-action reimagining of an animated film. In this presentation we will explore the ups and downs of the Disney musical, from stage to screen and back again.


All ticket sales will be handled by the Beck Center for the Arts. If you wish to purchase tickets by phone, please call their Box Office at 216.521.2540 x10 or buy tickets online at


Mackey Theatre, Beck Center for the Arts | Lifelong Learning Members: $8; Nonmembers: $12 | BUY TICKETS

Siegal members should use the code SIEGAL online in order to get the $8 Member pricing. If purchasing tickets by phone, mention if you are a Siegal Member to get the special pricing.


To view the Beck Center for the Arts' full theater season, go to: and use discount code SIEGAL to receive $5 off the adult and/or senior ticket prices for other productions.

Thursday, December 7 | 7 p.m.


Moderator: Vince Carrafi, Chair of the Cuyahoga County Opiate Task Force, Cuyahoga County Board of Health

Panelists: Russell Goodwin, LPC, LICDC, Founding board member, Sober Living Cleveland

Erin HelmsProgram Director for Sober Living Cleveland and Executive Director of The Woodrow Project

Kelly MeyersHouse Manager, Cedar House-Cleveland Heights

Too often people leaving treatment for substance abuse return to an unhealthy living situation. Recovery housing, often called sober housing, has existed for decades but only recently has it become recognized as vital support for successful recovery from the chronic disease of addiction. Locally, Sober Living Cleveland and The Woodrow Project have created safe, affordable homes for women that support recovery, provide living skills, and promote wellness. One of Cedar House's residents will round out this panel with her personal experience living in recovery housing.


Landmark Centre | Free and open to the public | REGISTER >

This series is generously supported by the Melissa Rae Fund in Support of Substance Abuse Education, Advocacy and Change

Monday, December 11 | noon–1:30 p.m.


Nathan Kruse, Associate Professor of Music Education and Coordinator of Graduate Studies in Music Education, CWRU


This session is designed to explore the ways in which music is processed cognitively, and how to apply this information to daily living, both individually and with others. Topics include music's effect on mood and well-being, how the brain processes the musical information it receives, and musical engagement across the lifespan.


Judson Park | Lifelong Learning Members: $25; Nonmembers: $30 (includes lunch) | REGISTER >

Friday, December 15 | noon-1:30 p.m.


Peter Whitehouse, Professor of Neurology, CWRU


Involving learners of all ages can enhance life-long education. Through topics like positive aging, brain health and inter-generational learning, we will identify how we create purposeful programs to support experiential learning and collective wisdom


Landmark Centre | Lifelong Learning Members: $20; Nonmembers: $25 (includes lunch) | Advance registration required | REGISTER >



Thursday, February 1 | 7 p.m.


Jeffrey Schein, director of the "Text Me: Ancient Jewish Wisdom Meets Contemporary Technology" project at the Covenant Foundation 


As early as 1967, Marshall McCluhan coined the term “global village” and - as though peeking into a crystal ball - he predicted the kind of communication we now experience as the World Wide Web. Thirty years later, Sherry Turkle, professor at MIT and poster-child of Wired magazine, also prophesized new forms of communication. More recently, though, her take on how we are being shaped by digital communication has turned dark and critical. Through video, discussion, and the wisdom of Jewish texts, this session addresses what we can learn from these two visionaries about the nature of wired communication today.


Landmark Centre | Lifelong Learning Members: free; Nonmembers: $5 | Advance registration required REGISTER >