Lifelong Learning - Seminars

Seminar programs offer in-depth examinations of topics, fostering interactive discussion and opportunities
for personal growth.

Judy M. Pittenger

Monday - Tuesday, February 19 - 20, 2018, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
$125 ($145 Non-Museum Members)

Exactly 100 years ago a revolution began in Imperial Russia that changed the course of World History. Its impact lasted throughout the twentieth century, inspired revolutions across the globe from China to Cuba, from Albania to Guatemala. It precipitated a titanic struggle between conflicting ideologies that destabilized European politics, helped lead to a second Great War, and then lasted over five decades of the Cold War. The whirlwind of revolution was catastrophic. The story of why the Communist Revolution came to Russia and why it failed so terribly is the focus of our study, as exactly a century after it all began we look back at the history of that revolutionary year, 1917.

Tamar March Ph.D

Sponsored by: Mr. and Mrs. James H. Carney II, and Leonor de Gonzalez

Monday – Wednesday, February 5 - 7, 2018, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm (includes lunch)
$200 ($220 Non-Museum Members) Includes coffee break.


"I'm not upset that you lied to me, I'm upset that from now on I can't believe you."
(Friedrich Nietzshe)

The essence of literature is the power to illuminate the more inaccessible corners of our private lives. With examples drawn from literature, we will explore the questions that surround the very human propensity to lie. Discussions will focus on a collection of readings that will be available to registrants at a later time. Stories from some of the most remarkable writers will fuel our exploration. Authors may include Dostoievski, Margaret Atwood, Ray Bradbury, Ivan Turgenev, Guy de Maupassant, Edith Wharton, Jhumpa Lahiri, Kurt Vonnegut, and others.

Michael Verde

Sponsored by: Linda and Bernard Kastory

Wednesday – Friday, March 21 – 23, 2018, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm (includes lunch)
Purchase the Series: $210 ($230 Non-Museum Members)

Purchase Individual Sessions: $90 ($110 Non-Museum Members)
March 21, 2018, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

March 22, 2018, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

March 23, 2018, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Virtually all visions of spiritual transcendence concern liberation from our ego. In this series, Michael Verde will examine the spiritual quest to become free of self-centered and self-constricting anxieties and experience a new, deeper, and more meaningful connection with self and others. This presentation and discussion series will explore six such visions of self-transcendence with six books from three cultural traditions: Western science based conceptions of ego transcendence, and both Western and Eastern spiritual traditions. The texts include works by William James, Martin Buber, Lars Tornstam, Jean Vanier, Thich Nhat Hanh, and Chogyam Trungpa.

For seminars excluding lunch, The Museum Café catering by Wood ‘n Spoon will be open. Consider pre-ordering lunch, call (772) 231 0707 ext. 136 to place your order for pick-up on the day.

If you prefer to purchase tickets by phone, please call (772) 231-0707 x136 to reserve your space today.

VBMA Adult Public Programs Refund Policy
All Sales Are Final; please review your reservations carefully before submitting. We are unable to offer refunds or exchanges beginning sixty (60) days before a scheduled program. However, the value of cancelled reservations may qualify as a tax-deductible donation; please notify the Museum at your earliest opportunity before the program date. Occasionally, programs are cancelled or postponed due to circumstances beyond the Museum's control. When this occurs, you may elect to have your reservation honored for the rescheduled date or you may receive a refund if applicable. In some cases, the performance contract may set refund limitations. All refunds or exchanges are subject to a $10 non-refundable convenience fee.

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