Senior Lecture Series
Our Senior Center Lecture Series offers rare opportunities to hear from top thinkers, artists, chefs, authors, and innovators in intimate conversations that connect, enrich, and inspire. Join us on Tuesdays at 10:30am. No RSVP needed.
Birds, Penguins, Parrots, Predators, and More
August 29, 10:30am
Speaker: Cincinnati Zoo Volunteer
Did you know that not all birds fly? Or that modern-day birds don’t have teeth? Have you ever wondered how birds are able to migrate to warmer climates with such amazing accuracy? We will learn about these fascinating facts and many more in this program, which will introduce you to a variety of birds, their habits, and their habitats.
Smart Choices: How to Eat Healthier
September 5, 10:30am
Speaker: Laura Brasch, American Diabetes Association
Please join us for a presentation on Healthy Eating by the American Diabetes Association. We will be discussing several topics about strategies for making better choices, including portion control, how to build a better plate, reading labels, and tips for rethinking our meals and our drinks.
The Goodness of Gander
September 12, 10:30am
Speaker: Rosemary Deitzer
This is simply a story of people doing the right thing. Hear how the citizens of Gander, Newfoundland, hosted 6,500 people for four days on one hour’s notice on America’s worst day, 9/11/01.
Jewish Community Relations Council –Strengthening the Community
September 19, 10:30am
Speaker: Jackie Congedo, JCRC Director
Learn about this important organization, whose mission is to protect Jewish security, recognizing that Jewish security depends on a just society for all. The JCRC dates back to the 1930s, but its work is still as relevant today as it was at the JCRC’s founding. We’ll discuss how this mission plays out today through the JCRC’s work with elected officials, other faith and ethnic communities, and civic and business leaders to build and maintain a Cincinnati community where all people can thrive.
Saving Orphans in Nigeria
September 26, 10:30am
Speaker: Jim Corbett, Founder, G to G International Ministries
Hear about the inspiring work of the Camp for the Needy, an orphanage serving children in Benin City, Nigeria, who have been orphaned by the Boko Haram. These children witnessed their parents/guardians being murdered, yet they were able to escape into the wilderness. A team of people from Camp for the Needy regularly goes out to the surrounding jungles to retrieve these children and bring them to the camp, where they are sheltered, clothed, fed, and educated.
Saving the Rhinos
October 3, 10:30am
Speaker: Cincinnati Zoo Volunteer
The rhinoceros is one of the oldest creatures on earth. For more than 50 million years, the rhino has roamed the earth, with as many as 170 species over time. Today, only 5 species are left. Learn what the Cincinnati Zoo is doing to save an extremely endangered species.
Clara Barton: Angel of the Battlefield
October 10, 10:30am
Speaker: Rita Wetterstroem, As The Story Goes…
From a young age, Clara Barton wanted to help people. This desire led her to the battlefield to care for the wounded soldiers of the Civil War. After the war, she became a “professional angel” and humanitarian whose relentless will, ambition, and sense of duty took her to war fronts in foreign lands. She went on to found and become president of the American Red Cross, thus institutionalizing the nursing and relief work she had begun during the Civil War. Learn about her incredible life and the enduring legacy she created.
The Inca Empire: Children of the Sun
October 17, 10:30am
Speaker: Annalea Volk, Cincinnati Library
Take a fascinating trip to the Inca Empire, which was the largest empire ever seen in the Americas, and the largest in the world at that time. Famed for their unique art and architecture, they constructed finely-built, imposing buildings wherever they conquered, and their spectacular adaptation of natural landscapes with terracing, highways and mountaintop settlements continues to impress modern visitors even today.
Letting Go: The Benefits of Practicing Mindfulness and Meditation
October 24, 10:30am
Speaker: Arlene Herman, LISW
It’s never too late to learn to practice mindfulness. Research shows that mindfulness practices can reduce stress and chronic pain, as well as lower blood pressure and improve moods. Mindfulness is about calming the mind and letting go of regrets, worries, and judgments by learning to pay attention to whatever is happening in the present moment.
Evolution of the Fernald Preserve
October 31, 10:30am
Speaker: Penny Borgman, Fernald
Preserve Visitors Center
Travel through time to learn about the many chapters of the Fernald Preserve, with its dramatic history of changing land use over time. Beginning with the Cold War, over 40 years of uranium-refining was followed by a comprehensive environmental cleanup and extensive ecological restoration. The site now serves as a community asset that is an undeveloped park with walking trails, meeting spaces, historical exhibits, and natural habitats. Why was the industrial work so secretive and the cleanup so well publicized? What happened to the waste materials that were removed and is it safe to visit today? Learn about the intriguing past of this fascinating area.