Courses
Tuesday, February 20 | 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. 
Presenter: Douglas Sipp 
Cost: $5 non-resident only Learn about this mysterious country and its people. 

Thursday, February 22 | 10 to 11:30 a.m. 
Presenter: Ellen Speicher 
Cost: $5 non-resident only 
If your green thumb needs a little help or if you’ve always wanted to learn how to grow bulbs inside and out, this class will offer you helpful advice to keep them blooming year after year. 

Tuesday, February 27 | 10 to 11:15 a.m. 
Presenter: Cara Berg-Carramusa, PT 
Cost: $5 non-resident only 
Centering on activity, wellness, and staying independent, this lecture will focus on the importance and physical and mental benefits of staying active. Discussion will also include balance, strength and flexibility, and how they’re threaded through active aging, functional capacity and independence. 

Thursday, March 1 | 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. 
Presenter: Dr. Greg Ferro 
Cost: $15 non-resident only Lunch included 
This interactive lecture will discuss questions raised by constitution expert Donald Ritchie, including why it was necessary, what kind of government it created, what rights are protected, how it has expanded over time and how it is interpreted. 

Tuesday, March 6 | 10 to 11:30 a.m. 
Cost: $5 non-resident only 
This three-part series will help you write your own family memoir. In the first session, presenter Carmen Leone will teach you to turn events from your past into short stories that bring the characters to life. 

Thursday, March 8 | 5 to 7 p.m. 
Presenter: Felicia Zavarella Stadelman 
Cost: $10 non-resident only Hors d’oeuvres and wine included 
Chihuly was a pioneer in the glass art movement who is known for his ambitious installations. This class will explore some of Chihuly’s stunning exhibitions. 

Tuesday, March 13 | 2 to 5 p.m. 
Presenter: Katelyn Amendolara 
Cost: $5 non-resident only 
Enjoy an engaging discussion on the art of tea from around the world, beginning with the discovery of tea and learning about the processes of how tea is prepared throughout various countries. Ask questions while you enjoy tea, exquisitely crafted delicacies and artisanal pastries from around the world.

Thursday, March 15 | 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Lunch to follow 
Presenter: Dr. Louis Zona & Joyce Mistovich 
Location: 524 Wick Avenue, Youngstown, 44505 Immerse yourself in art and culture as you take an indepth look at works from the American Scene by artists Milton Avery, Edward Hopper, and William Gropper. 

Tuesday, March 20 | 10 to 11 a.m. 
Presenter: Michael Jerryson 
Cost: $5 non-resident only 
Islam is practiced by over 1.8 billion people in the world. In the 21st century, it has become mis-portrayed and misunderstood in the Western Hemisphere. Learn about Islam’s foundation, characteristics and examples of popular Muslim ways of life.

Thursday, March 22 | 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. 
Presenter: Vincent Lisi 
Cost: $5 non-resident only 
Learn about the two basic approaches of experiencing God: the direct immanent approach and the indirect intermediate approach. 

Tuesday, March 27 | 10 to 11:30 a.m. 
Cost: $5 non-resident only 
Discuss your stories as they develop. 

Thursday, March 29 | 5 to 6 p.m. 
Presenter: Cicilia Yudha 
Cost: $5 non-resident only 
Enjoy a selection of mid-intermediate to advanced works by French composers Casadesus and Dutilleux. 

Top Ten Biggest Scandals in U.S. Presidential History (1797-1997)
Tuesday, April 3 | 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Presenter: Dr. Greg Ferro
Cost: $15 non-resident only
Lunch included
Scandal is defined as something shameful or disgraceful. From the XYZ Affair (1797) through the Lewinsky Affair (1997), examine the variety of missteps of the Executive Branch.

Lunch and Learn at the
Butler Institute of American Art

Thursday, April 5 | 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Lunch to follow
Presenter: Dr. Louis Zona & Joyce Mistovich
Location: 524 Wick Ave., Youngstown, 44505
Local artist, photographer and curator Richard Mitchell joins this lecture to provide an in-depth exploration into photography. You’ll also see the regional photography exhibit.

Chemical Myths 2: Environmental Edition – Art in Chemistry
Tuesday, April 10 | 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Presenter: Douglas Genna
Cost: $5 non-resident only
What role does art play in chemistry? Learn the basic science of colors, pigments and light as
well as how art and sculpture influence the modern chemist.

Amadeo Modigliani:
Languid Graceful Portraits

Thursday, April 12 | 5 to 7 p.m.
Presenter: Felicia Zavarella Stadelman
Cost: $10 non-resident only
Hors d’oeuvres and wine included
One of the many ironies of Modigliani’s career is that such a tortured life could produce such a serene body of work. Learn how his art managed to bridge the stylistic chasm between classical Italian painting and avant-garde Modernism.

History of the Theater:
Early Broadway from the 1800s

Tuesday, April 17 | 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Presenter: Joy Decker Borland
Cost: $5 non-resident only
Beginning with a description of the early days and the artists who contributed to the development of the “Great White Way,” learn about the lives and work of Ziegfeld, Cohan, Brice, Williams, and more talented performers and producers.

Shakespeare: 400 Years Later
Thursday, April 19 | 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Presenter: Ruth Cole
Cost: $5 non-resident only
More than 400 years after the death of William Shakespeare, it is interesting to take a look at his total career as well as his significant contributions. Discussion will include a basic Shakespeare biography, his works and influences. Why is his work still relevant 400 years later?

Native Americans
Tuesday, April 24 | 10 to 11 a.m.
Presenter: Ted Heineman
Cost: $5 non-resident only
Learn about the life of American Indians living east of the Mississippi and north of the Ohio rivers during the period of the mound builders to the arrival of settlers.

Islam, Terrorism and Islamophobia
Thursday, April 26 | 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Presenter: Michael Jerryson
Cost: $5 non-resident only
Al Qaeda, ISIS and other Islamic militant organizations are reminders of the power of religion and the need to understand Islam. Review the legacy of Arab and Muslim characterizations in the U.S. and the ways this legacy impairs our ability to assess and combat these extremists.

The U.S. Supreme Court:
An Overview with an Emphasis
on the 2016-2017 Court Year

Tuesday, May 1 | 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Presenter: Dr. Greg Ferro
Cost: $15 non-resident only
Lunch included
What did the Supreme Court decide during the 2016-2017 court year? Learn about the most powerful judges in the United States and discuss recent decisions and President Trump’s potential nominees.

Lunch and Learn at the
Butler Institute of American Art

Thursday, May 3 | 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Lunch to follow
Presenter: Dr. Louis Zona & Joyce Mistovich
Location: 524 Wick Avenue, Youngstown, 44505
Studies indicate that creativity is good for children and adults alike. Enjoy an opportunity to create a work of art following a gallery discussion on 20th century art.

Memoir Workshop: Session 3
Tuesday, May 8 | 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Cost: $5 non-resident only
Discuss your stories as they develop with the goal of a finished product.

Tamara de Lempicka:
Synthetic Contemporary Cubism

Thursday, May 10 | 5 to 7 p.m.
Presenter: Felicia Zavarella Stadelman
Cost: $10 non-resident only
Hors d’oeuvres and wine included
If there were a single image that encapsulates art
deco and the glitz of the 1920s, it is a de Lempicka portrait. Explore the impact of an artist whose models paid whatever fee she demanded to be immortalized by her.

STEAMFest
Tuesday, May 15 | 4 to 6 p.m.
This inter-generational event will feature local organizations that will share a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) related activity/demonstration for adults and kids to enjoy. Learn about participating organizations including OH Wow! Children’s Center, Youngstown State University, The Butler Institute of American Art, The Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County, Mahoning Valley Historical Society and more.

Walt Disney:
His Life, His Work, His Magic

Thursday, May 17 | 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Presenter: Joy Decker Borland
Cost: $5 non-resident only
Disney pioneered new fields in the art of animation and found new ways to educate through entertainment. Explore the biography of Walt Disney and the events that led to his extraordinary kingdom.

Gardening with Native Plants
Tuesday, May 22 | 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Presenter: Ellen Speicher
Cost: $5 non-resident only
What native plants attract birds or butterflies? Which provide food and protection for wildlife? Learn which native plants are best suited to the growing conditions in your area as well as tips on how to grow beautiful and beneficial plantings.

Using Viruses to Produce
Useful Proteins

Thursday, May 24 | 4 to 5 p.m.
Presenter: Dr. Diana Fagan
Cost: $5 non-resident only
Phage display is a technique using viruses with proteins on their surface to detect specific molecules and produce therapeutic compounds used to treat disease. Discover more about this technique and how it can produce both detectors for explosives and patches to detect personal injuries, study wound healing and treat infectious diseases.

Blue Zones
Tuesday, May 29 | 10 to 11:15 a.m.
Presenter: Remar Sutton
Cost: $5 non-resident only
Blue Zones is an anthropological concept that describes the characteristic lifestyles and environments of the world’s longest-lived people. Explore research on the longest-lived, healthiest places in the world as well as the common lifestyle and cultural traits of those locations.

Overcoming Stress at any Age
Thursday, May 31 | 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Presenter: Vincent Lisi
Cost: $5 non-resident only
Everyone experiences stress. Focus on people’s ability to deal with it after having defined it. What are some of the various immediate and long-term techniques in dealing with stress effectively?