LIFE: Learning is ForEver

A venture of Recreation & Leisure Services Department and Community & Family Education

Religion Programs with Dr. Sarah Ruble

Gustavus religion professor returns to the Community Center to offer two new programs. 

Sarah Ruble, Professor in Religion, Gustavus Adolphus College

Christian Nationalism: Past and Present

Thu., Feb. 8, 11 a.m., SPCC Rm. 219, Free

Culture War as Gender Wars

Thu., Feb. 22, 11 a.m., SPCC Rm. 219, Free 

A Life Gone to the Birds: Al Batt

Columnist, humorist and nature lover Al Batt returns to Saint Peter with winter reflections and storytelling. 

Al Batt, Writer

Thu., Mar. 13, 2 p.m., SPCC Rm. 219, Free

Sarah Ruble
Al Batt
Dr. John Leisenring
Jazz, Blues and Rock 'n' Roll
18th and Vine

Let’s Bogie! 

Jazz, Blues and Rock ‘n’ Roll

Lecture series by Dr. John Leisenring, professional musician and Professor Emeritus University of Missouri


New Orleans Jazz Funerals and the Roots of American Music

As the happy music of the brass band fades into the streets of the French Quarter, with the dancing feet of the second line following, we’ll examine how the music of the New Orleans Jazz Funerals represent a microcosm of the roots of American Music. Through the beginnings of Ragtime, the Blues, and on to the wonderful music played by Louis Armstrong, the amalgam of European and African music that is OUR music will be explored and discussed. 

Thu., Mar. 7, 11 a.m., SPCC Rm. 219, Free 

The Big Bang of American Music: Dance Music Becomes Art Music and Rhythm ‘n’ Blues Becomes Rock ‘n’ Roll

Pianist John Lewis once said, “We got tired of being entertainers, and became the artists we knew ourselves to be.” Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker and their fellow musicians of the “BeBop” school emerge in the 1940s, and advance American Music into an art music,

Dancers love of Rhythm and Blues led to the emergence of Rock ‘n’ Roll in the 1950s. Black musicians dominate, but soon Sun Records, in Memphis, begins to record the “million-dollar quartet,” led by Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and others. Rock and Roll gains wide acceptance beyond the African-American diaspora. Enjoy lots of musical examples and vintage photographs. 

Thu., Apr. 4, 11 a.m., SPCC Rm. 219, Free

Just what is Kansas City Jazz?

18th and Vine Street wasn’t just an intersection in the black district of Kansas City. It was the center of musical activity in the 20s and 30s, which led to a major reworking of what had become known as American Music. KC was a stopover for traveling bands, and the openness of the Pendergast Era provided an environment for growth for hundreds of musicians. From the Pla-Mor Ballroom with Andy Kirk and the Twelve Clouds of Joy through the Reno Club with Count Basie and Lester Young, American Music grew up to become the Art Music of the 40s and beyond. Enjoy lots of musical examples, and lots of good Kansas City stories and legends.

Thu., May 2, 11 a.m., SPCC Rm. 219, Free

American Wars

Historical Experiences

Arn Kind returns! Through drama, role-playing, and living history experiences, participants will gain an understanding of: 

The American Revolution Experience

Wed., Feb. 28, 2 p.m., SPCC Rm. 219

A Divided Nation: The American Civil War

Wed., Mar. 27, 2 p.m., SPCC Rm. 219 

Minnesota in World War I: The Great War

Wed., Apr. 24, 2 p.m., SPCC Rm. 219

Please note that Mr. Kind’s programs may run 2 – 3 hours, offering the audience a thorough historical experience!

Arn Kind
Arn Kind
Arn Kind