Live and Learn: Judson Fosters a Culture of Lifelong Learning

A happy, healthy lifestyle addresses the whole person. That’s one reason why Judson ensures that members of each campus are surrounded by life-enriching programs. Beyond simply exercising the mind, these programs provide an opportunity to engage with the greater community, a practice that reinforces our members’ connection to the world beyond their doors, while helping foster a culture of lifelong learning.

At Judson Park, you’ll find the popular lecture-luncheon series, Conversations at Judson Park. Presented in partnership with the Laura and Alvin Siegal Lifelong Learning Center at Case Western Reserve University, these monthly forums are led by both Case faculty and lay experts who explore a variety of academic and contemporary issues.

“The Siegal Center has really stretched out into the community, and I think that’s terrific!” says Judson Park resident Nina Gibans. Nina worked with the Siegal Center, “for years, before it even was the Siegal Center,” as both an organizer and a presenter at various community forums. “That the Siegal Center has chosen Judson Park to be one of their program sites is absolutely perfect!”

Open to the public, the Conversations regularly draw an enthusiastic audience eager to engage with the speakers on a wide array of stimulating topics. A recent program, for instance, found curator and archaeologist Brian Redmond discussing the scientific evidence behind our knowledge of ancient Native Americans.

This fall, we are offering the following Conversations at Judson Park:

Monday, September 10

Chihuly: On Fire – Henry Adams

Monday, October 22

The Effects of Aging on Picasso’s Last Years and His Art – Carol Salus

Monday, November 12

Medieval Art at the Cleveland Museum of Art -Elina Gertsman

Monday, December 10

Perceptions of Cleveland – Nina Gibans

Sherrod Brown at South Franklin Circle

At South Franklin Circle, meanwhile, members and their neighbors turn out for the highly regarded Dialogues lectures. Founded in 2009, the Chautauqua-style series is organized by a resident-led programming committee and offered monthly from September through June. Helping to deepen and expand the conversation, each program is followed by a lively question-and-answer session.

Recent Dialogues have addressed such topics as the future of the Cleveland Museum of Art, and the impact of technology on humanity.

Here’s a peek at our upcoming Dialogues line up:

Wednesday, September 12

Mark Griswold, PhD. – Professor of Radiology and Director of MRI Research and Faculty at CWRU 

Tuesday, October 16

Chasing the Dragon: The Opioid and Heroin Crisis – A panel discussion moderated by Monica Robins

Tuesday, November 13

Mathew Barzun, U.S. Ambassador to the UK of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

Whether it’s a Conversation, or a Dialogue, Nina Gibans succinctly sums up the appeal. “For those who value lifelong learning – and who doesn’t? – these kinds of programs are hard to top.”   

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