Mornings with the Professors


Welcome to Mornings with the Professors, which features College faculty and staff presentations on interesting and important issues. The program features eight sessions and will run from February 28 through April 25, with a break March 14. Each of the sessions will be offered from 9:30 to 11 am on Tuesdays. A continental breakfast will be provided, so join us and bring a friend! We think you will find your time spent with us to be meaningful, informative and entertaining.

We are very pleased to continue our presentations at the Special Events Recreation Center (SERC) at the Eagle’s Lookout. Parking will be available in Lot U. We look forward to seeing you there!

Event series sponsored by Senior's Choice Communities.

Spring 2017 Schedule

February 28

New Americans: An Introduction to the U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program
Did you know that 15,000 refugees have been resettled into the Rochester area by the Catholic Family Center over the past 35 years? Despite this statistic, the public appears unaware of their presence...until now. Who is a refugee? Why are refugees resettled to the United States? How are they selected and screened before arrival, and why are they called “new Americans?” Based on her research and years of volunteer-engagement with local newcomer communities, Dr. Esara Carroll will answer these questions and more.
Dr. Pilapa Esara Carroll, Associate Professor, Anthropology

March 7

Inhabited Bodies and the Sex Wars: The Handmaid’s Tale Then and Now
One key aspect of The Handmaid’s Tale, published in 1985, is author Margaret Atwood’s attention to the 1980s feminist debate often referred to as the “Sex Wars,” where radical feminist thought divided around questions of prostitution, pornography, and reproduction. Feminist tensions between sexual agency and exploitation common to the “Sex Wars” debate are visible in Atwood’s speculative plotline and character treatment. This talk examines the stratifications of identity that she constructs and assigns to women and men in the novel, drawing parallels between The Handmaid’s Tale and presentday circumstances.
Dr. Barbara LeSavoy, Assistant Professor, Director of Women & Gender Studies

March 21

Research-Based Insights on Motivation
Many individuals struggle with motivational issues. Unfortunately, popular theories offered by the self-help industry cannot be guaranteed to translate into higher-quality motivation. This session will draw upon motivational science to offer several empirically supported ways to help individuals experience higher levels of motivation and ultimately thrive. After a review of the motivational literature, we will describe a workplace motivational intervention currently underway with a local nonprofit organization. View the presentation PowerPoint.
Dr. Laurel McNall, Associate Professor, Psychology

March 28

All the World’s a Stage
When Shakespeare penned this phrase more than 400 years ago, he did so as a reference to the seven “acts” in a person’s life, from infancy to senescence. We’ve discovered, in the interim, the truth in his statement. This presentation and guided discussion will focus on how nearly every exchange of information in our experience—from advertising to education—is an extension of theatre. Learn what you can do to enrich both classroom and online learning environments using theatrical techniques.
Paul Schreiner, Production Manager and Visiting Assistant Professor, Theatre & Music Studies

April 4

What is New with the Institute for Movement Studies for Individuals with Visual Impairments
The Institute for Movement Studies for Individuals with Visual Impairments has a life-changing and worldwide impact by developing and implementing programs such as Camp Abilities; promoting leadership among undergraduate, graduate students, and alumni; conducting research; and educating teachers, parents, and children with visual impairments. This dynamic presentation will showcase what is new and exciting with the Institute.
Dr. Lauren Lieberman, Distinguished Service Professor, Kinesiology, Sport Studies & Physical Education

April 11

Pharmacology 101: The Medicine Cabinet Explained
Three important aspects of any therapeutic regimen are the choice of medication, mode of delivery, and patient adherence. The number of options available to patients and varied dosing instructions can be altogether confusing, and the mishandling of medications could worsen patients’ existing conditions. As modern medicine develops new recommendations for improved health and wellness, patients are being prescribed preventative or maintenance medications to prevent more serious conditions, increasing the risks of harmful drug interactions. This seminar will explore the hidden dangers in your medicine cabinet, common misconceptions about medications, and how the body handles them.
Dr. Laurie Cook, Assistant to the Provost for Applied Learning and Associate Professor, Biology

April 18

Brockport: The Early Years
We are all familiar with The College at Brockport of today, and many recall our time as a Teachers College. The Normal School and Collegiate Institute, however, are two of the College’s earlier forms that are largely unfamiliar to most people. Come learn about these predecessors of our school—vital, diverse, and innovative educational forms—with Charlie Cowling of the Rose Archives.
Charlie Cowling, College Archivist, Local History & General Reference Librarian

April 25

The Flip Side of Genealogy
How often have you regretted your failure to engage the elder generations of your family for information about their lives and memories before they passed away? Most of us have experienced such regret, as will our descendants—unless we seek to record and preserve some stories for their use. Though our contributions may not be recognized for decades, our lives matter to future generations, and our stories should be told. Dr. Kendall will focus on the reasons for sharing our stories with descendants and the obstacles in doing so. In the process, he will demonstrate with some of his own stories and cite passages from the inspirational 1865 diary of his great-grandmother as a 22-year-old mother.
Dr. David Kendall, Emeritus Professor, Counselor Education

For more information or to register, please contact Marsha Rivers at (585) 395-5113 or