This lecture series is a unique monthly luncheon program at Judson Park open to the public. A variety of academic and contemporary issues are discussed. Led by local university faculty and laypeople, these forums provide participants with the opportunity to engage in meaningful conversations and ask questions of topic experts. Complimentary parking.
Monday, October 2 | noon–1:30 p.m.
Darin Croft, Professor, Anatomy, School of Medicine
Recorded history extends back fewer than 10,000 years, but humans have achieved a detailed knowledge of what life was like stretching back hundreds of millions of years. This is a truly astonishing achievement, much of it made possible by the science of paleontology. While many of us are accustomed to reading reports of new fossil discoveries, the science behind such discoveries is largely a mystery, as are the many other types of studies paleontologists undertake. Join Dr. Darin Croft, author of the award-winning book Horned Armadillos and Rafting Monkeys: The Fascinating Fossil Mammals of South America, to learn about the nature of the forensic investigative work conducted by paleontologists, how scientists go about painting a picture of an ancient ecosystem, and the value that a deep-time perspective provides society today.
Monday, November 20 | noon–1:30 p.m.
Arnold Hirshon, Associate Provost and University Librarian, CWRU
In the over 150 years since their first publication, Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass, have been visualized by well over 2,000 different illustrators from countries around the world, making it the most illustrated book in history. The books also have been the inspiration for many fine artists (such as Dali and Magritte), filmmakers, set decorators, and costume and fashion designers. These illustrations and designs are a social history of their times. With Carroll’s intricate word-play, the books have appealed to both adults and children, and changed literature – and the world of illustration – forever. Take this fascinating trip down the rabbit hole to see infinite perspectives on the way we see society today through the world of art and illustration, from the child-like to the surreal, from the beautiful to the sometimes bizarre.
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.