Joan Shelley Rubin

How Classical Performances Became Accessible to Ordinary People

Joan Shelley Rubin, Ph.D.

Dexter Perkins Professor, Department of History
Ani and Mark Gabrellian Director of the Humanities Center University of Rochester

Date: Wednesday, November 6, 2019
Time: 4:00 pm-5:00 pm

In the middle decades of the twentieth century, new inventions such as the radio and the long-playing record combined with older technologies and institutions of print culture to expand the audiences for classical music in the United States. After a brief overview of those developments, this talk will explore a striking example of how classical performances became accessible to ordinary people. The presentation draws on the archive of the press representative for the Lewisohn Stadium Concerts in New York City between 1918 and 1964, to trace the multiple ways in which the media encouraged the public to regard classical music. A discussion following the talk will allow for some reflection on participants’ experiences as concert-goers both in the past and today.


Images from the Windows of Time: Madagascar

Gary D. Paige, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus, Neurology
Chair Emeritus of Neurobiology & Anatomy
University of Rochester, School of Medicine and Dentistry

Date: Monday, November 11, 2019
Time: 4:00 pm-5:00 pm

Photography has been a hobby since receiving my first camera at the age of 7; a classic Kodak Brownie Hawkeye. The hobby replaced music (camera for trombone) as an active artistic outlet and augmented dramatically in the current digital age. The challenge remains honing the craft while maintaining an engaging day job in medicine and science, now less imposing given semi-retirement. Images from eco-adventures in exotic locations provide opportunities to feed this ongoing passion and hobby. My wife, Myrna, shares this passion and together we form a photographic team. This presentation focuses on a distant, remote, and fascinating island-country off the south-east coast of Africa—Madagascar—with its unique critters, ecologies, and people.

Women’s Rights: Comparing Queen Victoria and Susan B. Anthony

Jean Pedersen, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of History, University of Rochester
Associate Professor of Humanities, Eastman School of Music                                                

Date: Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Time: 4:00 pm-5:00 pm

It is hard to imagine two women more different than the British imperial monarch, Queen Victoria, and the American suffragist, Susan B. Anthony, and yet these two remarkable women lived at almost exactly the same time.  This talk provides new insight into the complex worlds of Victorian women by exploring nineteenth-century European and American debates over women’s rights and roles.

Revisiting Stress: Can We Lighten Up?

Jennifer Klein
Physical Therapist & Spiritual Caregiver
Thompson Health                                                   

Date: Monday, November 18, 2019
Time: 4:00 pm-5:00 pm

We know that our stress reactions are intimately connected with our perception and thinking. But….we can change our thinking and perhaps even approach this life with some levity. It can feel like a tough world out there but we have more power to shift this dynamic than we realize – let’s talk about how we can empower ourselves to do just that.

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