Please note location for University Express free lectures has changed: All lectures will be held at the Springville Center for the Arts at 37 N. Buffalo Street in Springville, NY 14141     (NOT at the Concord Senior Center, 40 Commerce Drive).

Members of the public are welcome to attend these FREE lectures – no residency/membership requirement and no cost!   If able, please call SCENe at 770-7277 to reserve a seat. All lectures are at the Springville Center for the Arts, 37 N. Buffalo St., Springville.

Monday, April 3 at 12:45 p.m.,  Parkinson’s 101

Parkinson’s disease strikes WNY particularly hard.  Learn more about what it is, signs and symptoms, who it strikes, and causes and current treatments. We’ll also look at the promising research efforts that are underway.  Instructor:  Christopher C. Jamele, Executive Director, National Parkinson Foundation of WNY.

​ Tuesday, April 4 at 10 a.m.,   Enrich Your Life with Poetry

Mr. Miess will recite from memory a variety of poems ranging from the amusing (“The Cremation of Sam McGee”) to those with a deeper meaning through imagery, metaphor, and other poetic techniques. Discuss the work of some of the greatest poets as well as the bizarre lives of Emily Dickinson and Elizabeth Barrett Browning. He will demonstrate, with examples, how poetry adds to our understanding of our lives and the world – an understanding that would be impossible to convey with ordinary language. Class is designed to be both instructive and entertaining. Instructor:  Charles Miess, retired engineer, writer, and poetry buff

Thursday, April 6 at 12:45 p.m., Healthy Living for Your Brain & Body

The Healthy Habits for a Healthier You program of the Alzheimer’s Association provides current research and practical information on ways to age well, organized to provide information about: Cognitive activity, Physical health and exercise, Diet and nutrition, and Social engagement.  Instructors:  Julia Szprygada, LMSW, Director of Education and Training and Katie Keith, Director of Care Consultations of the Alzheimer’s Association

Thursday, April 13 at 12:45 p.m., Talking Animals & Medicine People:  Supernaturalism of the Upstate Iroquois

One of the world’s most impressive storytelling traditions is that of the six NY Iroquois nations. The Longhouse folk who call themselves Haudenosaunee populated the hills, woods and creeks of upstate NY with a virtual zoo of supernatural beings, and their imaginations thrilled to stories of human ghosts and witches. It must be pointed out that these ancient traditions have parallels in 20th and 21st century paranormal report on their former territory. Join us for a sixty minute profile through lecture and storytelling of this overlooked tradition. Instructor:  Mason Winfield, author of eleven books on the supernatural and paranormal in upstate NY

Tuesday, April 18 at 10 a.m., FDR and Polio:  The Gift of Adversity

In 1921, Franklin Roosevelt contracted the dreaded disease poliomyelitis. At the time, he was 39-years-old, a husband, father of five, and rising political superstar. The story of his recovery and painful acceptance of his disability – when he discovered a depth of compassion he never knew he had – is inspirational. He was elected President of the United States four times and became the only head of government in history to be unable to walk.  Instructor:  Judith Greer, retired educator and librarian, Erie Community College

Monday, April 24 at 1 p.m., Introduction to Reiki  tow hour session

Reiki (pronounced Ray Key) is a healing technique that aids the body in releasing stress by creating deep relaxation. You will learn the benefits of Reiki; and how it heals the mind, body, and spirit to promote balance. Self-healing techniques will be taught using meditation and visualization. Wear comfortable clothing, and for those who can lay down, bring a pillow and sleeping bag or blanket to experience this wonderful gift. This is a 2 hour long course.  Instructor:  Angela Steward, local Reiki practitioner

Thursday, April 27 at 12:45 p.m.,  The Attica Prison Uprising

The Attica prison uprising was the deadliest revolt in US penal history. Why did it happen? What happened? And has it taught us anything about incarceration in the 45 years since? Those are some of the questions that will be answered by a reporter who was there the day the prison was retaken and 38 men lost their lives.  Instructor:  Lee Coppola, Retired Dean/Journalism, Mediator, Arbitrator