Courses

Exploring the Butler Institute of American Art    10 - 11am

Exploring the Butler Institute of American Art    1 - 2pm

Tuesday, March 26

10 to 11 a.m. OR 1 to 2 p.m.

Cost: $0

Address: 524 Wick Avenue, Youngstown

This lecture will immerse you in art and culture as you take an in-depth look at 20th century American artists. For an explanation of the changes to our lectures at the Butler Institute of American Art, please see the event on February 26.

Writing Workshop: Part 1

Thursday, March 28

10 a.m. to noon

Karen Schubert

Cost: $5 for non-residents

In this three-part workshop, you’ll write and edit a single story about an actual event. Learn what makes a story vivid and memorable, and work on specific elements such as backstory, dialogue and sensory detail. This series is open to all, regardless of writing experience.

The 10 Most Interesting Presidential Candidates Who Lost (1900-2008)

Tuesday, April 2

9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Dr. Greg Ferro

Cost: $15 for non-residents

What does one do after losing a presidential race? Some candidates have gone on to serve as governor, U.N. Ambassador, Secretary of State, or Supreme Court justice. Join us to hear about presidential candidates who lost, but are not losers.

Contemporary Religion

Thursday, April 4

9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Vince Lisi

Cost: $5 for non-residents

Explore contemporary trends in religion from two basic approaches: the transcendental approach based on intermediaries and the immanent approach based on the direct path to God.

Writing Workshop: Part 2

Tuesday, April 9

10 a.m. to noon

Karen Schubert

Cost: $5 for non-residents

This is the second workshop of a three-part series. See the description of the first event on March 28 for details.

The Art of Dr. Seuss

Thursday, April 11

5 to 7 p.m.

Felicia Zavarella Stadelman

Cost: $10 for non-residents

The creativity of Theodore Geisel, known to the world as Dr. Seuss, produced children’s books, political cartoons and advertisements filled with wonderfully-inventive animals, characters and humor. Learn about his artistic vision and how it linked every facet of his varied career.

The Common Loon, a Symbol of North American Wilderness

Tuesday, April 16

10 to 11 a.m.

Jay Mager

Cost: $5 for non-residents

Discover this water bird that has long been considered an aesthetic symbol of northern freshwater lakes, and is also an ecological indicator species of those ecosystems. Hear the basic life history of the species, findings from Jay Mager’s research in loon vocalizations and communication, and some of the prevalent environmental issues these birds currently face.

MVLLI Plus: Cleveland Museum of Art – Italian Art

Tuesday, April 16

11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Cost: $5 for non-residents

Explore why particular subjects were depicted in sculptures, paintings and decorative arts, and learn how factors like patronage and subject matter have conveyed Italy’s most important ideals and events over the past 2,000 years.

Shakespeare for the Young at Heart

Thursday, April 18

9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Ruth Cole

Cost: $5 for non-residents

Shakespeare’s legacy is alive and well, as his works are still studied by both young and old. An examination of the comedy "Twelfth Night" will foster an appreciation of how and why he wrote with such great success while creating delightful experiences for his audiences.

Astrochemistry

Tuesday, April 23

10 to 11:30 a.m.

Douglas Genna

Cost: $5 for non-residents

Look beyond the reaches of planet Earth as we explore the chemistry of the universe.

MVLLI Plus: Women’s Health Symposium

Tuesday, April 23

11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Dr. Asif Khan

Cost: $0

Have you ever experienced a reaction to something you’ve eaten many times before? You may have developed a new food allergy, which is becoming more common in the U.S. During this luncheon, we’ll examine some of the reasons this may be happening.

Exploring the Butler Institute of American Art   10-11am

Thursday, April 25

10 to 11 a.m. OR 1 to 2 p.m.

Cost: $0

Address: 524 Wick Avenue, Youngstown

A local artist and educator will guide us on an in-depth exploration of painting as a medium, and you’ll have the opportunity to create your own work of art. For an explanation of the changes to our lectures at the Butler Institute of American Art, please see the event on February 26.

Writing Workshop: Part 3

Tuesday, April 30

10 a.m. to noon

Karen Schubert

Cost: $5 for non-residents

This is the final workshop of a three-part series. See the description of the first event on March 28 for more details.

The Crooners

Thursday, May 2

10 a.m. to noon

Joy Decker Borland

Cost: $5 for non-residents

Learn about the lives and music of the most memorable crooners, including Sinatra, Crosby, Como and Martin. Join us to discover more about these legendary performers and sing along with their iconic hits!

Presidents and Their Religion

Tuesday, May 7

9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Dr. Greg Ferro

Cost: $15 for non-residents

While forming a more perfect union, the Constitutional Convention agreed to separate church and state, and therefore the words "God," "Jesus" and "Christian" do not appear in the Constitution. Most presidents firmly believe in a supreme being and many invoke the blessings of heaven in public. Join us as we discuss more about their varied faiths.

Salvador Dali: Surrealism Opens the Shackles Limiting Our Vision

Thursday, May 9 Program has been rescheduled for Tuesday, June 4

5 to 7 p.m.

Felicia Zavarella Stadelman

Cost: $10 for non-residents

Spanish artist Dali is famous for transforming his dreams and nightmares into realistic paintings. Discover more about Dali and let him inspire your own masterpiece.

Designing Small Spaces

Tuesday, May 14

10 a.m. to noon

Frank Daloise

Cost: $5 for non-residents

Learn design techniques for apartments, condos, studios and assisted living apartments. You’ll also discuss colors, scaled accessories and furniture, as well as how you can personalize a small space with sentimental items and memories.

Animals and Adaptations

Thursday, May 16

10 to 11 a.m.

Akron Zoo

Cost: $5 for non-residents

The Akron Zoo returns with three new animals, and will discuss the adaptations that help these animals survive. Due to the inclusion of live animals, refreshments are not allowed.

MVLLI Plus: Ohio Well Luncheon

Thursday, May 16

11:15 a.m.

Cost: $8.50

Enjoy a delicious lunch with friends followed by the classic film "Breakfast at Tiffany’s." You’ll also get a sneak peek of next semester’s programs!

Remembering Shakespearean Favorites

Tuesday, May 21

9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Ruth Cole

Cost: $5 for non-residents

This lecture will touch on Shakespeare’s most well-known plays, giving you the opportunity to renew your acquaintance with and gain a new understanding of his work

Jainism: The Religion of Extreme Non-Violence

Thursday, May 23

10 to 11 a.m.

Dr. Michael Jerryson

Cost: $5 for non-residents

A South Asian religion practiced for over 2,500 years, Jainism provides a moral template for living, dying and the ethical ways of treating each other in the contemporary world. Review Jainism’s foundational elements and the ways in which its values can enrich our lives.

MVLLI Plus: Women’s Health Symposium

Thursday, May 23

11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Dr. Krystal Culler

Cost: $0

Explore the latest information about brain health while identifying your own personal risks. Learn practical tips and how to incorporate them into your daily life.

Memory Fitness: Strategies Matter

Tuesday, May 28

9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Kathryn Kilpatrick

Cost: $5 for non-residents

Learn the seven keys to memory fitness and how they can foster positive changes to your daily routine. Current research supports the importance of challenging your brain, and you’ll discover how you can upgrade your memory fitness routine while enjoying a variety of brain game activities.

Exploring the Butler Institute of American Art

Thursday, May 30

10 to 11 a.m. OR 1 to 2 p.m.

Cost: $0

Address: 524 Wick Avenue, Youngstown

Join us as we celebrate the Butler’s 100th anniversary! Enjoy a guest-speaker lecture and learn how the Butler is enhancing the art experience through special exhibits. For an explanation of the changes to our lectures at the Butler Institute of American Art, please see the event on February 26.

Salvador Dali: Surrealism Opens the Shackles Limiting Our Vision

Tuesday, June 4

5 to 7 p.m.

Felicia Zavarella Stadelman

Cost: $10 for non-residents

Spanish artist Dali is famous for transforming his dreams and nightmares into realistic paintings. Discover more about Dali and let him inspire your own masterpiece.