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Time Course ID & Title Meeting Dates
9:15 AM LLS-1: Favorite Concertos, Orchestral Music, Jazz, and Songs Jan. 11, 12, 13 & 14
9:15 AM AL-2: American Poets Jan. 19, 21, 26 & 28
11:00 AM AL-1: Autism Spectrum Disorders: Current Thinking and Approaches Jan. 12 & 13
11:00 AM GS-2: COVID-19 Jan. 18, 19, 20 & 21
1:15 PM AL-3: The Theatrical Process Jan. 12, 13, 19 & 20
2:45 PM SS-1: Forgotten Hamlets in Dutchess County Jan. 12, 13 & 14
2:34 PM GS-1: Fundamentals of Evolution Jan. 18, 20, 25 & 27

Start Time: 9:15AM

Presenter: Leslie Gerber, Parnassus Records

Class Dates: Jan. 19,21,26 & 28

Description: America has produced many great poets, not all of them well known to the general public.  In 4 sessions we will enjoy the work of eight of our best, including Jane Kenyon, Galway Kinnell, and the sadly-forgotten Lynda Hull.  Poems for each session will be sent to students in advance of the classes.  In addition, we will offer the opportunity for one or two students at each session to send in an example of their own work for discussion.


The Names - Read by Billy Collins

Time: 9:15 AM  

Presenter: Paul Stoddard, Vassar College LLI
Dates: Jan. 11, 12, 13 & 14

Description: In this course we will discuss and listen to some favorite pieces of music. Each week will feature a different genre - Concerti, Orchestral Music, Jazz and Songs (of any genre).  Class participants will be asked to submit some of their favorites and are encouraged to talk about why they like them.

Time: 11:00 AM  |  

Presenter: Dr. Helen Buhler, Mercy College

Dates: Jan. 12 & 13

Description: This course will introduce both the history and contemporary thinking on the topic of autism spectrum disorder which has become increasingly prevalent in the US. Topics will range from etiology, incidence, evidence-based approaches.


Time: 11:00 AM  |  

Presenters:  Dr. Jack Fein, CLS Member
                           Dr. Elliot Levine, Premier Medical Group
                           Dr. Leathem Mehaffey, CLS Member
                           Dr. Jonathan Nasser, Crystal Run Healthcare
Dates: Jan. 18, 19, 20 & 21

Description: The COVID- 19 pandemic has had a devastating impact. Our well being is closely related to knowledge and understanding of this disease. Considering our historical experience with other pandemics and our expertise in treating infectious disease, the impact should have been mitigated. This course will review the biology of coronaviruses. It will describe the public health challenges that we face and the current management and treatment of patients will be described. The role of vaccines will be reviewed.

Time: 1:15 PM 

Presenter: Christine Crawfis, President - County Players

Dates: Jan. 12, 13, 19 & 20

Description: This course will cover pre-production of a performance, pre-production analysis and planning, rehearsal, the performance, and the business of theatre.


Time: 2:45 PM   Dates: Jan. 12, 13 & 14

Presenter: David Turner, Local Historian and Author

Dates: Jan. 12, 13 & 14

Description: Join us for a presentation on some of the forgotten hamlets in Dutchess County. All parts of the county will be shown. Some buildings are gone and some are still in operation.


Time: 2:45 PM

Presenter: Leathem Mehaffey, CLS Member 

Dates: Jan. 18, 20, 25 & 27

Description: How does evolution really work? In 1859, Darwin published the theory in his book "Origin of Species", but this was not the last word. While the original core theory is largely unchanged and has survived many challenges, subsequent research has revealed new mechanisms and subtleties of the process unknown to Darwin. In this course we will explore the original theory and see how it has been augmented and refined in the 161 years since publication.