Recorded Classes

We hope you enjoy the pre-recorded classes from our spring semester below! 


Click here to learn more about our Virtual Elder Law Day Summer Series. 

Erie County's Response to Climate Change

Climate change is an urgent threat to humanity that demands swift, decisive action. This class will focus on how Erie County is proactively working with the community to equitably address climate change, including working to protect the community from extreme weather events and other climate change impacts. The course will also discuss actions individuals can take to help in the fight against climate change.

Instructors: Josh Wilson, pollution prevention coordinator; Tracy Skalski, sustainability coordinator, Erie County Department of Environment and Planning

*This is a recording of the live streaming session that took place on Thursday, July 30, 2020.

Understanding Condos, Townhouses and Patio Homes

What is the difference between condos, townhouses and patio homes? What are you buying? What are “common elements”? How is a residential community like this managed? Who actually governs the homeowner’s association? Are property taxes really lower or not? What types of financing are allowed for these types of properties? What is the best way to prepare for a move from a larger to a smaller residence? A local realtor with over 30 years of experience will help you answer these questions. Instructor: Michael Olear, MSW, Lead Broker, The Olear Team at MJ Peterson

*This is a recording of the live streaming session that took place on Thursday, June 18, 2020.

Shakespeare in the Parks

All of Western New York is a stage for Quince and her band of rude mechanicals. This series of scenes and monologues is the Shakespearean equivalent of a Greatest Hits Album. Four actors. Forty-Five Minutes of socially-distanced fun. Come celebrate 45 years of FREE Shakespeare with us! Coming soon to a Zoom, Park or Venue near you!

This was shown during a live streaming University Express class on 7/28/2020. Check out the next video to watch the Q&A session that took place after the showing.

Q&A With Shakespeare in Delaware Park

Listen to the Q&A session with Lisa Ludwig, Grace Aroune, and Sean Crawford from Shakespeare in Delaware Park. This took place after the showing of the Shakespeare in Delaware Park’s virtual series of scenes and monologues on July 28, 2020.

Recycling Confusion - What Should Go in My Tote

Join Erie County’s recycling experts to find out what can be recycled, how your recycling should be prepared and perhaps most important, what should NOT go in your recycling tote. These staff members will also discuss the importance of reduction and reuse and the recently completed solid waste management plans for Erie County.

Instructors: Gary Carrel, Solid Waste Recycling Specialist; Amy Alduino, Recycling Coordinator, Erie County Department of Environment and Planning, Division of Environmental Compliance Services; Lori Caso, Public Affairs, Waste Management

*This is a recording of the live streaming session that took place on Tuesday, July 21, 2020.

The Old Man & The Sea

This novella was the reason Hemingway won the noble prize for literature in 1954. Its simple story of an old man, the sea and a huge fish is a tale of recovery, faith and survival. It is a true classic of literature.

Instructor: Jim Banko, Retired English Teacher, Buffalo Public Schools

*This is a recording of the live streaming session that took place on Thursday, July 16, 2020.

Shakespeare in Delaware Park Virtual Guest Artist Series

Episode 11: Painting Shakespeare: Shakespeare's Influence on Art
Featuring guest artist Danielle Saeva, Locust Street Art Adult Painting Instructor


Sojourn into the lives of your ancestors through the digital world of the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library’s genealogy databases. You may be surprised at what you could discover.

Instructor: Rhonda Hoffman, Genealogy Specialist, Buffalo and Erie County Public Library

Superstitions and Magical Thinking

Most superstitions are examples of basic patterns of thinking, which postulate mystical interconnections and causations in nature. In this talk such patterns of thinking are explored, shown to be based in six distinct principles, and explained with reference to a number of different superstitions collected by Dr. Stevens – and provided by the audience (bring along your favorites!). Such principles are universal, found in all cultures and periods of history and prehistory, which suggests that they represent fundamental ways in which the brain works.

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 9, 2020.


A practice of Mindfulness can help reduce stress, improve outlook, and promote a better quality of life. We will learn about what Mindfulness is and how it can benefit you. We will also explore the power of gratitude and get tips for starting a daily practice of your own.

Instructor: Rachel Ceness, MS, RDN, Certified Health Coach, BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York