New York Course Info

How to Use Your Mind to Enhance Your Health

Dr. Wendy Hurwitz

Tuesdays, October 4 – November 8, 7:00-8:30 pm

Course Description:

Up to 90% of all visits to the doctor’s office are stress-related, according to Harvard.  Stress can be considered as much a risk factor for disease as smoking.  Why can two people be in the same situation and respond to stress differently?  Can going through stressful times without stress be a learned skill?  Learn the difference between good stress, bad stress and how stress impacts the body. Drawing from the latest, most up-to-date information, translated into easy-to-understand and accessible information, participants will learn multiple approaches to using one's mind to enhance one's health.

Opportunities to experience different approaches for personal fit.

Everyone will come away with multiple tips and techniques for using our natural capacities to optimize well-being.


About Dr. Wendy Hurwitz:

A graduate of Yale University School of Medicine, Dr. Hurwitz is a nationally recognized expert on stress. A former medical researcher for ABC News, Dr. Hurwitz is an expert in two fields: Mind/Body Medicine and Energy Medicine. She teaches both professionals and students in medicine, psychology, and the allied health professions, and has lectured at Harvard Medical School, Yale University School of Medicine, Columbia University, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, University of Connecticut School of Medicine, NYU, and Fordham University.  Dr. Hurwitz is the author of the chapter Energy Medicine in the textbook Micozzi, M (ed):  Fundamentals of Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2nd Edition, Churchill Livingstone, Philadelphia, 2001.   She has a forthcoming book on stress.

Dr. Hurwitz is a former member of the Medical, Scientific, and Academic Council of the International Society for the Study of Subtle Energies and Energy Medicine; member of the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine; Fellow of the American Institute of Stress; member of the International Positive Psychology Association; member of the American Counseling Association; and an American Red Cross Local Disaster Volunteer.  Dr. Hurwitz helps organizations and individuals achieve peak performance by enhancing vitality and wellness. She translates the latest and most sophisticated scientific research on stress and energy into practical, easy-to-use techniques people can use to maintain and enhance vitality even under the most trying circumstances. Dr. Hurwitz has provided training for AT&T, Unilever, Lowe Worldwide, the FDNY, and has been an invited guest speaker at the United Nations.

The Beatles and Their Legacy (Part Two)

Prof. Mark Spicer

Mondays, October 3 – November 7, 6-7:30 pm

Course Description

This two-part course will offer an in-depth study of the music of the Beatles. We will trace their history, both in terms of their own stylistic development and against the backdrop of artistic, cultural, and political events and issues of the late 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s. We will also explore the legacy of the Beatles—that is, the extraordinary influence that they have had and continue to have in shaping the history of popular music. The six-week lecture series in the fall semester will cover the second half of the Beatles’ career, from their revolutionary 1966 album Revolver (which celebrates its fiftieth anniversary this year) through their swansong Abbey Road. (Participants may take this course without having taken Part One.)

About Mark Spicer

Mark Spicer is Professor of Music at Hunter College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York. He received his B.Mus. and M.Mus. (1987, 1990) from the University of North Texas and his Ph.D. (2001) from Yale University. Prof. Spicer specializes in the reception history and analysis of popular music, especially British pop and rock since the1960s, and his writings have appeared widely in a number of scholarly journals and essay collections. His book Sounding Out Pop, co-edited with John Covach, was published by the University of Michigan Press in 2010, and he has since edited the volume on Rock Music for the Library of Essays on Popular Music series from Ashgate (2011). Most recently, he completed a three-year term (2013–15) as Associate Editor of Music Theory Spectrum, the flagship journal of the Society for Music Theory.

Prof. Spicer served for ten years (2005–15) as Director of Undergraduate Studies in Music at Hunter College, as was the 2015 recipient of Hunter’s Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching. In addition to his scholarship and teaching, he maintains an active parallel career as a professional keyboardist and vocalist, having worked with several groups in the US and the UK since the 1980s. In the early 1990s, he was a founding member of the critically acclaimed group Little Jack Melody and His Young Turks, and can be heard on their first two CDs, On the Blank Generation (1991) and World of Fireworks (1994). He continues to take the stage most weekends, both with his own “electric R&B” group, the Bernadettes, and with the Christ Church Choir in New Haven.

Architectural Fantasies: the Art of Architectural Drawing

Mark Hesselgrave

Course Description

Architecture is distinct from other visual arts. Drawings and physical models are made only in service of the process of building; they are a means to an end rather than objects to be cherished. Conceptual explorations that lead to the building are discarded as irrelevant. The master builder reigns supreme. While this is still mostly the case, another branch of architecture has grown over the years – the architect as polemicist, theoretician, weaver of fantastic visions. In this role, the architect creates drawings and models which are the end goal, the art.

This course will look at conceptual architecture that was never intended to be built. Drawings (and some models) will be studied as artistic constructs in their own right. We will look at materials and methods used in the work, and try to understand the intellectual and cultural milieu that gave rise to that work. Our primary “text” will be the work itself, which we’ll look at through slides and interpret through discussion, with supplemental readings when appropriate. Examined projects will include work by Piranesi, Boullee, Sant’Elia, Archigram, Lebbeus Woods, Walter Pichler, and Zaha Hadid. 20th and 21st century work will make up the bulk of our studies.

About Mark Hesselgrave

Mark Hesselgrave received his Bachelor’s degree from California Polytechnic State University in 1980, and his Master’s in Architecture from the Yale in 1985. During his time at Yale, he took advantage of the then co-habitation of the Art and Architecture Schools, taking a number of courses in the School of Art. Hesselgrave was also the primary Teaching Assistant for Philip Grausman’s drawing course at the School of Architecture. Mark received the Drawing Prize upon graduation from the school. Mark has taught Foundation Drawing at Purchase College, SUNY.

Mark joined the firm of Cesar Pelli & Associates in 1985. There he worked on a wide range of projects for universities and institutions across the country, including the Cleveland Clinic, UC Riverside, UCLA, Trinity College, and the Institute for Advanced Studies in Princeton. Mark’s skill in coordinating complex technical projects led to his promotion to Senior Associate. A private consultant since 2009, Mark’s firm provides design, project management, and technical services. He works in all architectural capacities, but his primary contribution is in the aesthetic and technical development of interiors and exterior wall systems. Throughout his career Mark has continued to draw, professionally for design inspiration and presentation, and for pleasure.