OLLI hosts celebrations, film premiers, author talks, special lectures, and other programs for OLLI members, and that are sometimes open to the general public. These events are promoted through the OLLI brochure, special email announcements, and through this website.
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Wednesday, March 29th, 2017
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
The year 2015 marked the 100th anniversary of Albert Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity. George Capaccio’s one-person performance as Albert Einstein is a great way for audiences to learn about this extraordinary individual and the ideas that have revolutionized physics and forever changed how we understand space, time and gravity. If you’ve ever used GPS to find your way, then you’ve experienced the principles behind Einstein’s theory of relativity. George’s interactive show — Albert Einstein: Reluctant Superstar — brings the great scientist down to earth and makes his ideas accessible to young and old.
“Albert Einstein: Reluctant Superstar” will introduce audiences to the great scientist’s principled stand against injustice and the price he paid for his unwavering devotion to humanity.
George Capaccio has extensive experience in theater. George’s performing career includes working as a professional storyteller for audiences of all ages. For many years, he brought his love of stories and of performing to public schools in and around Boston where he worked as an artist educator for grades K-8. George is also a writer and award-winning poet.
Thursday March 30th, 2017
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
Comic books have an origin as strange and colorful as any of their popular heroes. Unlike Superman, whose parents sent him to earth from the doomed planet Krypton, or Captain Marvel—a kid named Billy Batson who meets an ancient wizard named Shazam in a subway tunnel—comic books can trace their starting point to Waterbury’s Eastern Color Printing, which began producing these four-color books of wonder in the 1930s. In this lecture, Brian Cremins will discuss those origins in the context of his new book, Captain Marvel and the Art of Nostalgia (University Press of Mississippi, 2016), which tells the
story of artist C. C. Beck and writer Otto Binder, the creators who made Billy Batson one of the best-selling heroes of the 1940s. Why was the character so popular with kids and with young soldiers? What is the relationship between family narratives, American history, and contemporary theories of memory and nostalgia? Join us for a discussion of comic books, their Waterbury origins, and the 1940s America that dreamed up Captain Marvel’s adventures in the first place.
Brian Cremins is an Associate Professor of English at Harper College in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. A native of Oakville, Connecticut, and a graduate of Sacred Heart High School, he earned his Ph.D. in English at the University of Connecticut in 2004. While finishing his Ph.D., he served as an admissions counselor and writing center tutor at UConn-Waterbury. His essays on comics and graphic novels have appeared in numerous publications. Captain Marvel and the Art of Nostalgia (UP of Mississippi, 2016) is his first book.