2017 brings a variety of stimulating intellectual programming to all three of Judson’s retirement communities. Here’s an exciting taste of what to expect:
This winter lecture series has been attracting prominent Cleveland leaders to Judson since the program’s inception in 2014. Focused on topics related to innovation in University Circle and Greater Cleveland, this year’s series launched January 12 with a roundtable featuring Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson. Other luminaries scheduled for January through March include Brad Whitehead, executive director of the Fund for our Economic Future, and Cleveland Institute of Art president and CEO Grafton Nunes.
Judson Manor resident Mark Corcoran leads an in-house programming committee that selects the speakers. Last year’s lecture series covered University Circle history, with a program on neighborhood life in Little Italy serving as a particularly popular draw. Roundtable events are free and open to the public, and each discussion is followed by a lively question-and-answer session. Presenting a robust mix of speakers and topics fulfills Judson’s commitment to ongoing educational enrichment for a population still very eager to learn.
“Most of our residents are accomplished professors, academics, musicians, lawyers and doctors,” says Corcoran. “It’s hard to talk about a subject in this building that someone hasn’t written a book about or taught a course on. We have an insatiably curious community here at Judson Manor.”
Staying on top of world events is another means for active older adults to keep their minds well-honed. The monthly lecture series at South Franklin Circle energizes residents through forums addressing politics, healthcare, history and the arts. Dialogues are led by renowned local, national and international speakers, who have addressed diverse subjects such as the Middle East crisis and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) programs aimed at inner-city students.
The Reverend Dr. Joan Brown Campbell, a South Franklin Circle resident notes, “…2017 promises a wealth of interesting topics and lecturers.” On February 22, the Dialogue Series presents Rev. Dr. Raphael Warnock, senior pastor of the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, which once served as the pulpit of Dr. Martin Luther King. Additional upcoming events feature noted Middle East commentator Aaron David Miller and Dr. Evalyn Gates of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Each lecture is followed by a question-and-answer period.
Accessible to the larger community, the free Dialogue Series engages audience members with the world around them, which Campbell believes is a critical facet of lifelong learning.
“People here want to stay involved in what’s happening in the community,” Campbell says. “That not only helps keep their minds sharp, it also gives them a connection to the younger generation.”
Judson and the Laura and Alvin Siegal Lifelong Learning program at Case Western Reserve University have partnered on a unique luncheon series highlighting a variety of meaningful academic and contemporary issues.
Orchestrated by university faculty and held at Judson Park, the new venture kicks off in April with a discussion on the steady growth of Cleveland’s entrepreneurship model.
Future conversations cover the Affordable Care Act, the 1967 Arab-Israeli War and the history of the American musical. There is a $20 fee for Siegal members, and a $25 fee for non-members. Judson residents attend the program free of charge.
The forum series ties in with a collaboration Judson had previously established with Case
Western Reserve that offers residents increased access to university programs and facilities, says Kristina Kuprevicius, Judson’s director of marketing and community partnership.
For example, residents receive preferred seating at Maltz Performing Arts Center events on the Case Western Reserve campus, while university alumni, faculty and staff get financial incentives for choosing either Judson Park or Judson Manor when shopping for a retirement community. Shared educational programming will only increase the synergy between the two organizations, says Kuprevicius.
“We’ve created a richer two-way street between us,” she says. “Now we have another opportunity for people to be educated by enthusiastic presenters. We’re so excited to partner with Case in bringing this series to the community.”