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Current Classes

Spring 2024

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 of the in-person classes will be livestreamed on-site and you will be able to log on and watch from home. This is the first time we are offering this option. We ask that you please be patient and understanding if issues arise. Be sure to visit us here regularly for the latest schedule and list of recordings!

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. Consider making a lunch or dinner reservation too so you can enjoy our Stay Fit Dining meals either before or after the class! Lunch and dinner reservations must be made at least one week in advance. 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.

Spring Catalog PDF

Check out our semester catalog PDF  and pick out the classes you want to attend!

Locations

See what classes are being hosted by our 26 participating locations!

Virtual Classes

Visit our registration page so you can register for our virtual classes! Be sure to check back regularly because we may be adding some virtual sessions throughout the semester. 

 

Date - Time Topic Course Description Instructor Location Category

10:30 AM
A Puerto Rican Cooking Fiesta

Embark on a flavorful journey through the vibrant culinary traditions of Puerto Rico in a cooking class led by a dynamic duo—Assemblymember Rivera and his beloved mom, Esther Rivera! With hands-on guidance and heartwarming anecdotes, you will be transported to the sun-kissed shores of the Caribbean, to learn the soulful essence of Puerto Rican cuisine. Get ready to savor the spices, sizzle with excitement, and create unforgettable recipes in this delicious celebration of food, family, and culture. Buen provecho!

Assemblyman Rivera West Side Community Services
Health and Wellness

12:00 PM
They Call Me Korney: The True Story of Buffalo's Korney Gang

Set in Buffalo during Prohibition, this true story involves a group of Polish East Side gangsters. Korney Kwiatkowski leads the gang that robs and kills its way to the front pages—and a surprise ending.

Michael Rizzo
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History

1:00 PM
Reopening of the Colored Musicians Club

It's a new day, a new chapter for Buffalo's Colored Musicians Club. Come learn about all the exciting improvements happening to this Buffalo landmark!

George Scott Dorothy J. Collier Community Center
Current Events

2:00 PM
You're NOT for ART!

Chronicling the endearing and diverse artistic journey of "unknown" yet cherished octogenarian - artist Sylvia Fahey-Kleindist. YNFA! celebrates the essence of art as a lifelong pastime, irrespective of fame or commercial success. This is a documentary film screening followed by a filmmaker Q&A.

Lukia Costello Amherst Senior Center
Humanities

10:30 AM
All About Amphibians & Their Struggles to Survive

A very interesting class, even for those who don't know much about amphibians. We'll explore the diversity of amphibians on Earth today, as well as their Devonian-era origins.

Penn Dixie Schiller Park Senior Center
Natural Sciences

10:30 AM
Books & Censorship: History Repeats Itself

Books have been censored throughout history. Different eras have seen various methods of silencing dissent. We'll look at some of these occurrences along with the current situation, particularly in places where librarians and teachers feel under siege. The ALA (American Library Association) documented more book bans in 2022 and 2023 than in any other time period since they began compiling data 20 years ago. Where is this happening? Which books are most likely to be cited? Why now?

Grand Island Golden Age Center
Humanities

12:45 PM
Mastering the Magic: iPad & iPhone Settings 101

Welcome to the ultimate crash course in unraveling the mysteries of your iPad and iPhone settings! Whether you're a tech novice or an aspiring wizard, join us as we demystify the enchanting world of Apple's settings. In this class you will learn the art of swipes, pinches, and taps to move effortlessly between screens. You will also discover the wonders of Control Center, your gateway to quick access and magical shortcuts.

Chella, Brendan West Seneca Senior Center
Technology

1:00 PM
How Black Rock & Its Harbor Played a Part in Shipbuilding, Transport of Salt, & the Civil War

As a stop on the Erie Canal and now the site of the 100-year-old lock in the Niagara River, there is still much to say about this historic corner in Buffalo. Join us to learn all the facts!

Mary Ann Kedron; Town of Evans Senior Center
History

10:30 AM
Discussion Session about Diversity in Western New York

Instructor May Shogan will address misconceptions about refugees and immigrants and explore how they add to the region's diversity, vibrancy, and economy.

May Shogan Schiller Park Senior Center
Current Events

2 PM
Meet the Two Charlies: Burchfield & Penney

Meet the Two Charlies: Burchfield & Penney

Buffalo’s very own Burchfield Penney Art Center holds the

largest public collection of works by Charles E. Burchfield

(1893–1967), as well as an archive of more than 10,000

pages of handwritten journals, 25,000 drawings, and

other ephemera. Best known for his romantic, often fantastic depictions of nature, 

watercolorist Charles Ephraim Burchfield (1893–1967) developed a unique style of watercolor painting 

that reflected distinctly American subjects and his profound respect for nature.

Join us to learn more about the man himself and his masterpieces!

Meet the Two Charlies: Burchfield & Penney
Buffalo’s very own Burchfield Penney Art Center holds the
largest public collection of works by Charles E. Burchfield
(1893–1967), as well as an archive of more than 10,000
pages of handwritten journals, 25,000 drawings, and
other ephemera. Best known for his romantic, often fantastic depictions of nature,
watercolorist Charles Ephraim Burchfield (1893–1967) developed a unique style of watercolor painting
that reflected distinctly American subjects and his profound respect for nature.
Join us to learn more about the man himself and his masterpieces!

Mary Kozub, Director of Education, Burchfield Penney Art Center
Amherst Senior Center
Humanities

10:30 AM
University Express The Book Club

NEW this semester, a special UE The Book Club meeting with local author Rosanne Higgins moderating along with our Book-Lover-In-Chief (& our favorite commish) Angela Marinucci. Our discussion will be on the book "Orphans & Inmates" which has a historical Buffalo setting. Join us this one time, or come to join our Book Club, which meets monthly. All are welcome! Book Summary: In the spring of 1835, at the pier of Buffalo's Canal District, the "most dangerous square mile" in developing America, 17-year-old Ciara Sloane steps onto land, alone, save for her younger sisters, orphaned at sea on the voyage from Ireland. Turned away by her only family on this side of the Atlantic, Ciara is admitted to the almshouse, along with her younger sisters, as the nursemaid, charged with bringing order to the chaos that is the children's ward. With the help of the Christian Ladies Charitable Society, led by the formidable Mrs. Farrell, and the compassionate and charming Dr. Michael Nolan, Ciara is able to transform the children's ward from a place of loneliness and despair to one of optimism and hope.

Angela Marinucci & Roseanne Higgins Northwest Amherst Community Center
Current Events

10:30 AM
Vetting Your Sources

Working as the research analyst, Ryan has to make sure the sources of the data are truthful and accurate. This class will show you how to spot false information, and tips to find accurate information for the topics that pique your interests.

Ryan Gadzo
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Current Events

2:00 PM
Cooking with the Commish: Angela's Appetizers for Summer Parties

Join our favorite commish in an exciting culinary adventure as she guides you through the art of crafting delectable summer party appetizers. You'll discover secrets behind creating light & flavorful starters that are perfect for warm-weather gatherings. Angela will share her expertise on selecting fresh seasonal ingredients that will be sure to elevate your appetizer game. Unleash your creativity and impress your guests with appetizers that capture the essence of summer in every bite.

Angela Marinucci Amherst Senior Center
Health and Wellness