Current Classes

Fall 2022

Welcome! Here is how to participate this semester:

1) Read through the catalog to see what interests you. You can also search for classes below using our search tool. All University Express classes are free and either in-person or virtual using Webex. Some classes may be recorded and posted on our website at a later date.

2) Register for the classes that interest you.

Virtual Classes: Visit our Virtual Classes page to register for the classes you want to virtually attend. You’ll receive an email confirming your registration status after registering. You can call our office for assistance if you do not have internet access.

In-Person Classes: Call the location where the in-person class is offered and reserve your spot ahead of time. Visit our Locations page for the list of locations and their schedules. 

3) Make sure you have the right technology. You can access the virtual classes from your smartphone, tablet, or computer. You may also phone in if you’d just like to listen to the presentation. 

4) Participate in the classes you registered for!

Virtual Classes: Once your registration is accepted, you will receive email reminders before the class(es) start that you can join from. 

In-Person Classes: Make sure you called the location ahead of time to register. Be sure to follow all safety guidelines at the location you are attending.

Catalog

Take a look at our class catalog to see what we will be offering this spring!

Locations

Check out the list of locations that are hosing our in-person classes and their schedules! You must contact the locations directly to reserve your spot. Be sure to follow all location safety guidelines. 

Virtual Classes

Visit our registration page so you can register for our virtual classes! 

 

Date - Time Topic Course Description Instructor Location Category

11:00 AM
Meet the Conductor: Fernanda Lastra

Meet the BPO's newest conductor, Fernanda Lastra! Learn about her journey to the BPO and her passionate advocacy for the music of South America, including her homeland of Argentina.

Fernanda Lastra West Seneca Senior Center
Humanities

11:00 AM
Reimagining the Perfect Garden

Plants change over time and seasons, insects come and go,
and weeds will always be there. Learn about gardening for
purpose, for relaxation, and for the joys of imperfection.

Delavan Grider Community Center
Natural Sciences

11:30 AM
Anthropology & the Christmas Story

The whole, beautiful story of the birth of Jesus is drawn from just two Gospels, both written several decades after the Crucifixion. Several elements in the story have interesting anthropological implications.

Tosh Collins Senior Center
Humanities

10:00 AM
An Overview of Revocable & Irrevocable Trusts

We'll discuss how a revocable trust can be used to avoid a probate proceeding upon death, and how it can be used to protect assets from Medicaid and long-term care costs.

Central Library
Law and Finance

10:30 AM
Japan: A Country with Vast Contrasts

At the center of Hiroshima's peace park stands the devastated remains of a nuclear attack. We will walk with pilgrims, flocking to Buddhist and Shinto holy sites.


Register
Humanities

2:00 PM
Presidents in Buffalo: Unusual & Unknown Stories

Considering Buffalo's rich and unique Presidential history, you will be surprised at how many unusual, unknown, and even weird stories abound. Some may be controversial; others "believe it or not."

Baptist Manor
History

10:30 AM
Understanding Lipid Profile & Cholesterol Numbers

This is for anyone interested in learning more about cholesterol and lipid profiles and how they affect our health. We'll learn about HDL, LDL, and triglycerides, how they work in the body, and management options.


Register
Science and Medicine

10:00 AM
The Cloud

The Cloud is everywhere! But what is "The Cloud?" How does it work? Learn this and more about one of the more important Internet-based technologies around.

Cheektowaga Senior Center
Current Events

10:30 AM
Introduction to Deaf Culture & Signing

Through these educational opportunities, Deaf Access Services enhances self-awareness in the Deaf Community and increases knowledge of Deaf Culture.


Register
Wellness and Personal Enrichment

11:00 AM
The Injury Report: Common Sports Injuries & Recovery Process

What is turf toe? What is a high ankle sprain? Wondering why your favorite athlete is out of the game? Learn about some of the common injuries in sports, the recovery process, and when you can expect to see athletes back in the game.

Lancaster Senior Center
Science and Medicine

1:00 PM
Buffalo Sports Trivia

Think you know everything about Buffalo Sports?! Join us for a fun game of trivia! Ryan Gazdo the "Buffalo Sports Trivia Master" will take us through the history of Buffalo, NY and our various sports teams and organizations. Buckle your chin strap and join us!

Cheektowaga Senior Center
Wellness and Personal Enrichment

1:00 PM
USS The Sullivans: Moving Forward After Her Sinking

The sinking of USS The Sullivans in April 2022 was a catastrophic event for the Buffalo Naval Park and the community. Come learn about the theories behind the historic WWII destroyer's sinking threat and the extraordinary team assembled to save her. You'll also learn about plans for the future "Fletcher-class" destroyer (one of only four ships of that era still in existence today).

Clarence Senior Center
Current Events

2:00 PM
Senior Services: How We Serve You

Join us for a lesson on what Erie County Senior Services does and how you can access its programs and services.

Amherst Senior Center
Wellness and Personal Enrichment

10:00 AM
Strengthening the Canine/Human Relationship

Why does your dog do what they do? Learn how we can understand each other better and things anyone can do with their dog to enhance the relationship. (Instructor plans to bring a few dogs to the presentation for demonstration.)

Cheektowaga Senior Center
Wellness and Personal Enrichment

10:30 AM
Teachings of the "Good Mind"

We'll share traditional, cultural messages of the Haudenosaunee people that help us to carry a "Good Mind" and promote respect, kindness, endurance, and compassion.


Register
Humanities

1:00 PM
Hide in Plain Sight

The Hollywood movie, which was filmed in Buffalo and starred the recently deceased James Caan, was inspired by articles written by Buffalo's own organized crime expert, Lee Coppola. Lee will take us behind the scenes of the filming and production of this movie. His class discussion is sure to include some interesting "tidbits" about James Caan, as only Lee can tell.

City of Tonawanda Public Library
Humanities

1:00 PM
Identity Theft & Credit

Let's talk about ways to ensure your identity is protected and what exactly goes into your credit score.

Jennifer Andres Autumnwood Senior Center
Law and Finance

1:00 PM
Wildlife in the Winter

Winter survival depends on adaptation. We humans have our tricks to survive a snowstorm, but for our furry friends, the cold weather brings about amazing adaptations. Join us to learn more about the wonderful world of winter animals and how they survive and thrive in our climate.

Akron-Newstead Senior Center
Natural Sciences

2:00 PM
Complicated Conversations: How to Understand Each Other When We Don't Understand Each Other

This course will focus on problematic communication situations in both relationships and society. We will discuss a variety of social differences that exasperate negative communication such as political debate, gender roles, and cultural variances. We will then explore techniques that allow for effective communication and mutual understanding.

Amherst Senior Center
Humanities

10:30 AM
Stretching Your Money at the Grocery Store

In this class we'll discuss cost-cutting strategies when shopping at the grocery store to lower your grocery bill and prevent waste. We'll also discuss what to do before, during and after your trip to the store, and how to stock your pantry for quick, inexpensive meals. You'll also learn about the benefits you may be eligible for that can help supplement your income.

West Side Community Services
Wellness and Personal Enrichment

10:30 AM
The War in Ukraine

This talk about the ongoing conflict in Ukraine will be focused on not only the military conflict and the tragic consequences for the population there, but also its broader geopolitical and economic impact.

Orchard Park Senior Center
Current Events

1:00 PM
"The Day The Buffalo River Burned"

Were it not for the long-forgotten efforts of Stan Spisiak,
Canalside and our emerging and cleaner Buffalo waterfront
may have been delayed by decades. Learn the story here.

John Zach Akron-Newstead Senior Center
Natural Sciences

2:00 PM
History of the Royal Mail Ship Carpathia

The RMS Carpathia will forever be historically tied to the Titanic and her sinking. Many people know the story of her rescue of the Titanic survivors, but she also went below the waves for wholly other reasons only six years after the Titanic. You'll learn the story of Carpathia's history beyond that famous day in April 1912.

Amherst Senior Center
History

2 pm
Early Buffalo Music & Entertainment

A look back to the beginning of Buffalo's entertainment history, starting at Canal Street to early theaters, concert halls, vaudeville houses, big band nightclubs and music prior to the advent of Rock N Roll. This class includes information on area radio stations, songwriters, musicians and entertainers, along with many historic photos of Buffalo's entertainment heritage.

Rick Falkowski Baptist Manor
Humanities

2 pm
The Evils of Probate

Find out everything you ever wanted to know about probate and why everyone wants to avoid it.

Amherst Senior Center
Law and Finance

2 pm
The Cloud

The Cloud is everywhere! But what is "The Cloud?" How does it work? Learn this and more about one of the more important Internet-based technologies around.

Brendan Chella Amherst Senior Center
Current Events

1:30 pm
Wildlife in the Winter

Winter survival depends on adaptation. We humans have our tricks to survive a snowstorm, but for our furry friends, the cold weather brings about amazing adaptations. Join us to learn more about the wonderful world of winter animals and how they survive and thrive in our climate.

Orchard Park Senior Center
Natural Sciences