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Imagining Buffalo Niagara in the 21st Century

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Imagining Buffalo Niagara in the 21st Century

A lecture/discussion series held every Tuesday in the Central Library
Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Art, Architecture, History and Nature (C-SAAHN) in conjunction with the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library

The Winter 2012 lecture series takes place live at the downtown Central Library beginning at Noon.  All events are free and open to the public.

1st, 3rd & 5th Tuesdays - "IMAGINE The Arts as a 2nd Language: WHY DO THE ARTS MATTER?"

2nd & 4th Tuesdays - "IMAGINE Buffalo Niagara as a Bi-National Cultural Center: Why Does History and/or Nature Matter?"

Est. 2009 as a unique digital enterprise and network designed to help link volunteers and lifelong learning communities as part of the
"Buffalo-Chautauqua Idea: Exploring American Legacy"

Dennis Galucki, Founder & Coordinator


Tuesday, May 24: Jim Charlier

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Tuesday, May 24: Jim CharlierTuesday, May 24: Jim Charlier
Theme: Why are Buffalo Niagara’s Art, Architecture, History, and/or Nature Important?

Jim Charlier, President of Garden Walk Buffalo, described the process that resulted in the largest known garden walk. More than 370 houses will open their gardens to public viewing during the July 30-31, 2011 event – FREE! The Garden Walk Buffalo website features many of the beautiful images shown during the lecture.

Recorded on: May 24, 2011
Playing time: 53:57

Tuesday, May 10: Sherra Babcock

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Tuesday, May 10: Sherra BabcockTuesday, May 10: Sherra Babcock
Theme: Imagine Buffalo Niagara in the 21st Century

Sherra Babcock, Director of Chautauqua Institution’s Education Department, presented an overview of Chautauqua and its various educational venues, including The Lecture Platform, The Chautauqua Literary & Scientific Circle, Special Studies, Writers' Center, Smith Memorial Library, Oliver Archives Center, and Cohen Recording Studio. Education is one of the four pillars that have defined Chautauqua since its inception in 1874. The other three pillars are Art, Religion, and Recreation.

Recorded on: May 10, 2011
Playing time: 49:34

Thursday, April 28: Louise Slaughter

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Thursday, April 28: Louise SlaughterThursday, April 28: Louise Slaughter
Theme: Imagine Buffalo Niagara Transportation in the 21st Century

Louise Slaughter, who is serving her 13th term as Representative of the 28th Congressional District of New York, focused on the history of transportation in the state and its importance to the creation of Buffalo and the region. This background provides a context for Congresswoman Slaughter's leadership in support of high-speed rail. The Q&A session that followed covered a wide range of topics including a focus on improved rail service connecting Buffalo with New York City, Chicago, and Toronto, which is one of the goals of C-SAAHN.

Recorded on: April 28, 2011
Playing time: 47:34

Tuesday, April 26: Jonathan Schmitz

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Tuesday, April 26: Jonathan SchmitzTuesday, April 26: Jonathan Schmitz
Theme: Why are Buffalo Niagara’s Art, Architecture, History, and/or Nature Important?

Jonathan Schmitz, archivist and historian for Chautauqua Institution, developed the “Art at Chautauqua” theme from the Institution’s 1874 founding. Understandings of art, including its moral implications, evolved among Chautauqua participants. The last portion of Schmitz’s presentation focused on the Arts and Crafts Movement at Chautauqua.

Recorded on: April 26, 2011
Playing time: 58:52

Tuesday, April 19: Randall "Randy" Kramer

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Tuesday, April 19: Randall "Randy" KramerTuesday, April 19: Randall "Randy" Kramer
Theme: Why are Buffalo Niagara’s Art, Architecture, History, and/or Nature Important?

Randall "Randy" Kramer, spokesman for the Greater Buffalo Cultural Alliance and the "Give 4 Greatness" campaign, is also the Artistic and Executive Director of MusicalFare Theatre. Emphasizing “why our community deserves great art,” Mr. Kramer gave an overview of the importance of the arts and cultural organizations in the region. From both total attendance figures and the cumulative economic financial impact, it's clear that cultural organizations - large and small - play a significant role in our community.

Recorded on: April 19, 2011
Playing time: 50:49

Tuesday, April 12: R. Andrew Nixon

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Tuesday, April 12: R. Andrew NixonTuesday, April 12: R. Andrew Nixon
Theme: Imagine Buffalo Niagara in the 21st Century

R. Andrew Nixon, Executive Director of the Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau, summarized some things NOT to do as he reflected on his 20 years of experience as executive director. Differentiating a community's unique brand from the brand of other communities is a challenge faced by all communities. Chautauqua County began a program in 2010 to call itself "The World's Learning Center." All organizations serving the public are invited to promote their activities as learning experiences. A central website is available for all county participants to list their particular lifelong learning activities.

Recorded on: April 12, 2011
Playing time: 49:47

Tuesday, April 5: Aaron M. Podolefsky Ph.D.

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Tuesday, April 5: Aaron M. Podolefsky Ph.D.Tuesday, April 5: Aaron M. Podolefsky Ph.D.
Theme: Imagine Buffalo Niagara in the 21st Century

Aaron M. Podolefsky, Ph.D., President of Buffalo State College (BSC), outlined the journey that brought him to the institution last summer as its eighth president. As the only urban college in the SUNY system, BSC plays a very important role in the community, and its future will help shape Buffalo's future. Notably, cooperative programs connected with the Buffalo Public Schools were mentioned as a key feature of future collaboration.

Recorded on: April 5, 2011
Playing time: 59:57

Tuesday, March 22: Gary N. Costello

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Tuesday, March 22: Gary N. CostelloTuesday, March 22: Gary N. Costello
Theme: Why are Buffalo Niagara’s Art, Architecture, History, and/or Nature Important?

Gary N. Costello, President of Hull House Foundation, reflected initially on “history” as a context for understanding the value of the Hull House restoration effort in Lancaster. The House, circa 1810, is believed to be one of the oldest buildings in Western New York. Costello has provided the leadership to make the project become possible by organizing and energizing a group of volunteers as well as raising the necessary funds.

Recorded on: March 22, 2011
Playing time: 53:20

Tuesday, March 8: Marian T. Deutschman, Ph.D.

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Tuesday, March 8: Marian T. Deutschman, Ph.D.Tuesday, March 8: Marian T. Deutschman, Ph.D.
Theme: Imagine Buffalo Niagara in the 21st Century

Marian T. Deutschman, is professor of communication and the Interim Director of the College and Community Partnerships at Buffalo State College. She is a respected researcher who has presented workshops at conferences around the country and is a committed proponent of local and national causes. Professor Deutschman spoke about the unique opportunity an urban college has for connecting its knowledge and expertise to the issues in the community that result in mutually beneficial relationships.

Recorded on: March 8, 2011
Playing time: 48:31

Tuesday, February 22: Francis "Frank" R. Kowsky

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Tuesday, February 22: Francis "Frank" R. KowskyTuesday, February 22: Francis "Frank" R. Kowsky
Theme: Imagine Buffalo Niagara in the 21st Century

Francis R. Kowsky, author and retired SUNY Distinguished Professor of Fine Arts at Buffalo State College, (see his online publications) used images of works by many 19th century American landscape artists to show their influence on Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux in their design of the first American park system to make use of connected parkways—in Buffalo. The presentation highlighted the interrelationship of art, architecture, history, and nature in a harmonious fashion.

Recorded on: February 22, 2011
Playing time: 54:21

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