In celebration of its 85th year of continuing education programming, SAS is hosting an afternoon of learning for the greater community.

Doors open at 12:30pm.

Our celebration begins with keynote speaker, Jonathan Eig, in conversation with Lori Rotskoff from 1:00pm to 2:15pm. The celebration continues with three concurrent lectures from 2:30pm to 3:30pm from notable SAS instructors Nicholas Birns (Breakout Session One), Francis Morrone (Breakout Session Two), and Tey Meadow (Breakout Session Three). The day concludes with a Champagne Reception and Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony from 3:30pm to 4:00pm.

Breakout Sessions

American Protest Music in Literary and Cultural Contexts

Nicholas Birns

Political protests influenced the lyrics and literature at the time of Scarsdale Adult School’s founding. Learn about and listen to American protest music from the 1930s to 1950s, including the works of Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, and Billie Holiday. Contextualize the music scene within the broader currents in and problems of American literary culture.

New York Art Scene Circa 1938

Francis Morrone

Eight-five years ago, émigré artists were fleeing Europe to settle in New York, the Federal Art Project sponsored by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) under the New Deal was underway, and new art museums and galleries were beginning to populate the city’s landscape. Explore the influence on the New York art scene of Fernand Léger, George Grosz, Pavel Tchelitchew, Hans Hofmann, and Salvador Dalí, and American artists Reginald Marsh, Edward Hopper, Jackson Pollock, Stuart Davis, and others. Step back in time to view scenes from and learn the origins of the now famous Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Downtown Gallery, the Julien Levy Gallery, and more. Vintage photographs illustrate the thoroughly researched narration of the city’s rich cultural history.

Transgender Kids Today

Tey Meadow

Something about gender is changing. From courtrooms to classrooms, discussions about transgender children seem to be everywhere. Why do some children have strong gender identities that differ from what others expect? What is fueling the current controversy? What should trans children be able to do? What can they really know about themselves? Explore the current political moment and the families and children it impacts. Audience questions about trans youth and their lives will help guide the discussion.

Full program enrollees will receive a signed copy of King: A Life (2023) by keynote speaker Jonathan Eig. Additional signed copies will be available for purchase at the event. Those who are unable to spend the entire afternoon may choose to register for the keynote (with or without book) or one of the three breakout sessions and reception.

Gently used coats and books for any age group will be accepted for donation to other local nonprofits.

Full Program: 1:00pm-4:00pm • Course 12262 • $85
Keynote plus book: 1:00pm-2:15pm • Course 12263 • $60
Keynote (no book): 1:00pm-2:15pm • Course 12264 • $45
Breakout Session and Reception: 2:30pm-4:00pm • Course 12265 • $45
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