Recorded Classes

We hope you enjoy the recorded classes below!

If you have any questions for an instructor after watching their class recording, email Katie Earl at katherine.earl@erie.gov.

Visit our Spring 2021 page to see what we are offering and learn how you can participate! 

The Electoral College: Why was it created Do we still need it?

5 times in our history a candidate for the Presidency won the popular vote but lost the Presidency because of the electoral college. This class will look at the compromise the founding fathers reached that resulted in the creation of the electoral college. Then we will consider if this system is still needed and relevant.

Instructor: Len Lenihan, Political Analyst; former community and political leader

*This is a recording of the live streaming session that took place on July 16, 2021. 

Biden’s Administration and New South Asian and Middle Eastern Realities

Historically close relations with the Middle Eastern countries have impacted the foreign policy of all countries belonging to South Asia with great economic impact on the whole world.

Instructor: Faizan Haq, communication department faculty, Buffalo State College; founding president, Western New York Muslims

*This is a recording of the live streaming session that took place on July 15, 2021. 

History of the Buffalo Mafia

Examine the crime unit from its formation in Sicily, its emergence in Western New York, to its demise as the 20th century came to a close.

Instructor: Lee Coppola, retired journalist, assistant US attorney, academic dean

*This is a recording of the live streaming session that took place on July 16, 2021. 

The Arts and the Art of Healing

Learn how Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center brings the soothing impact of art, music, and storytelling to patients and visitors.

Instructors: Cynthia Schwartz, Director, Alliance Foundation Ambassador Program and William Vogel, Roswell Park Art Coordinator

This is a recording of the live streaming session that took place on July 14, 2021. 

Feeling Well While Knowing Food

We'll discuss the role of food in patient care and identify certain foods that can help in building immune systems and managing weight.

Instructor: Riffat Sadiq, MD, president and CEO of WNY Medical, PC

*This is a recording of the live streaming session that took place on July 15, 2021. 

Is PT for Me?

Hear the advantages of physical therapy and how just a few sessions can lessen your pain and improve your quality of life.

Instructor: Jeannethe King, PT, DPT, ATC, Excelsior Orthopaedics

*This is a recording of the live streaming session that took place on July 13, 2021. 

Native American Gallery Tour

Join for a tour of the Native American Gallery at the Buffalo History Museum.

Instructor: Patrick F. Ryan, Education Coordinator, The Buffalo History Museum

*This is a recording of the live streaming session that took place on July 9, 2021. 

Roundabouts

Compare the origin of the modern roundabout with its predecessor, the traffic circle.

Instructor: Ken Kuminski, licensed professional engineer

*This is a recording of the live streaming session that took place on July 12, 2021. 

The Anthropology of Conspiracy Theories

Belief in hidden forces plotting to subvert our way of life is universal and probably has its roots in the evolution of human sociality.

Instructor: Phillips Stevens, PhD, associate professor of Anthropology emeritus, University at Buffalo

*This is a recording of the live streaming session that took place on July 13, 2021. 

Why Trade is Good and Trade Wars Are Not

This class will summarize and explain the basic insight of trade theory: trade generates economic gains to all participating countries. We will then consider why governments may choose to restrict trade, despite economic losses. Finally, we will go over alternatives to such restrictions. Examples derived from US trade relations with other countries will serve as illustrations of key points in the discussion.

Instructor: Elena V. McLean, PhD, Associate Professor of Political Science, University at Buffalo, SUNY

*This is a recording of the live streaming session that took place on July 12, 2021.