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Coffee Lectures

Coffee lectures are $15 each. Coffee and refreshments are available at the beginning of the lecture.
All lectures meet in the Kaul Hall Forum Classroom unless otherwise specified.

Don’t Talk to the Motorman – Trolleys in American History

Presenter: Bob Brooke, MA

Wednesday, March 20th from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Take a nostalgic look back at the great years of the trolley era, when trolleys were to the average family what cars are today. The clang of the bell, the grind of traction motors, and the clatter of wheels endeared trolleys to several generations of riders. Learn how trolleys helped American cities grow and establish an urban culture that still exists today.

The Works of Robert Wilson and Samuel Beckett

Presenter: Daniella Vinitski Mooney, PhD

Thursday, March 21st from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

In this discussion, we will take an investigative look into the compelling and unusual work of seminal experimental theater director Robert Wilson and renowned absurdist playwright Samuel Beckett, culminating in a presentation on the surprising commonalities of these two major figures from the 20th century. This course will focus on their most famous works: Einstein on Beach and Waiting for Godot, and will include lecture, video clips, and discussion.

And Then There Was Light

Presenter: Paul G. Tierney, M.S.E.

Tuesday, March 26th from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

This lecture will present an “arm-chair tour” of the Universe: its history and components. The Universe is approximately 14 billion years old. Where did it come from? What objects comprise it? How did we find out what we know? Where does humanity fit into the picture? This is an introductory lecture to look at the night sky and explain what it is and how it has formed the Universe as we know it.

Impressionism and Color: The Revolution of Open-Air Painting

Presenter: Sharon Latchaw Hirsh, PhD ‘70

Wednesday, March 27th from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. in Rotwitt Theater

This lecture will focus on the development of open-air painting (plein-air in French), a practice used by painters for centuries but developed into a preferred and often the only method of painting by the Impressionists. Directly painting outdoors (not just sketching outdoors and then painting from those sketches in the studio) brought a new understanding of natural light and the influence of weather on the perception of natural color that eventually led to future generations of painters being able to use color for color’s sake, in completely abstract work. We will study paintings by Monet, Renoir, Degas, Morisot, and Cassatt, to see their shared use of “impressionist color” as well as their distinguishing individual approaches to color.

Being More Assertive

Presenter: Anne Weisbord, M.Ed.

Wednesday, April 10th from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Would you like to have the confidence to say “no” without feeling guilty and make requests without feeling intimidated? Assertiveness means being able to express your thoughts, feelings, and beliefs in an open, honest, and confident way. Being assertive is often difficult because it calls for skills that we were often not taught. In this brief workshop, you will learn some tools to help you learn to “speak up” with more confidence.

Ballparks of Philadelphia

Presenter: Jason Love

Monday, April 15th from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Philadelphia has a rich history when it comes to baseball and ballparks. Established in 1883, the Phillies first played at Recreation Park before moving to National League Park (the Baker Bowl) in 1887. The Philadelphia Athletics played a few blocks away at Shibe Park in North Philadelphia. At one point, both the Athletics and Phillies shared Shibe Park (also known as Connie Mack Stadium). In 1971, the Phillies moved into Veterans Stadium in South Philadelphia. Citizens Bank Park is now home to the Phillies in a baseball-only ballpark. This lecture will explore the unique aspects of each ballpark and the teams that played in them.