Winifred Coleman Community Lecture Series resumes Oct. 4

Cazenovia College and The Athenaeum of Skaneateles will present the October 2009 installment of the "Winifred Coleman Lecture Series: Connecting through Conversation," at 2 p.m. each Sunday in October at The Athenaeum, 150 E. Genesee St., Skaneateles. The lectures feature faculty member from Cazenovia College, presenting on informative and entertaining topics.

The Sunday Oct. 4 lecture, "Continuous Makeover: The Kitchen," features Elizabeth Moore, professor of interior design. Learn about the influential work of early 19th and 20th century pioneers of kitchen design.

Catharine Beecher (sister of the famous Harriet Beecher Stowe) produced bestsellers on domestic science and housing design. In these she promoted concepts of kitchen layout and built-ins intended to maximize the energies of the home-owning housewife -- a radical departure from the notion of "parlor first."

In the early 1900s, Christine Frederick, wife of a time and motion study engineer, applied principles of the assembly line to kitchen design, promoting her "No Servant" home in the Ladies Home Journal. And, in the 1940s, researchers at Cornell University introduced the concept of the kitchen "work triangle," a theory underpinning kitchen layout ever since.

The work of these pioneers has influenced the features of an essential workspace whose functions have kept evolving, from the open hearth to the high style kitchens of today.

On Sunday Oct. 11, Stewart Weisman, assistant professor of criminal justice and homeland security studies, will discuss the issues concerning teaching the "intelligent design" theory of creation in his talk titled "Move Over Darwin: The Teaching of Intelligent Design."

On Sunday Oct. 18, Dr. Rhea Jezer, senior lecturer in the Cazenovia College Environmental Studies Program, asks, "Who has the Power to Influence Environmental Policy? Can it be You?"

On Sunday Oct. 25, Warren Olin-Ammentorp, professor of English, will talk about "An English Professor's Favorite Books to Teach." This professor's favorites show us that the more aware we are, the more worthwhile our lives become.

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