The Fall 2023 session is coming in September!
Registration is Open Now.
Our program brings together people who now have the time and the freedom to take classes for fun and who enjoy the real pleasure of continuing to learn.
The curriculum is patterned after successful national programs designed to meet the educational interests of the retired community.
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Welcome to the Fall 2023 Session of The Learning Collaborative
We are delighted and pleased to welcome you back to The Learning Collaborative as we launch our 33rd semester!”
We have determined by polling that you, the students, and our instructors are split on the question of holding onsite or Zoom courses. So we’re trying to accommodate both sides. For the fall, we are offering onsite and Zoom courses so that all our students and teachers can satisfy their preferences. (You can select both onsite and Zoom if you so choose.)
In order to maximize your number of choices, we are again offering, as we did for our successful summer program, classes on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. This will be for both session 1 and session 2 of the semester.
Both sessions will offer simultaneous onsite and Zoom courses on Tuesdays. On Mondays all courses will be by Zoom. Thursdays, session 1 will be by Zoom and session 2 will be onsite. (All options will be thoroughly spelled out later in the catalog.) This spreading out of our courses allows us to present twenty-four options for you (though, because on Tuesday the Zoom and onsite courses are simultaneous, you can select up to eighteen courses.)
There is a minimum of two courses for signup. However, if you sign up for five courses (which some people do), you will get a pass to all classes, except for a few that might have to be cancelled or postponed, and you can attend up to the maximum of eighteen. What a nice way to make the fall something to remember!
We try to hold all the classes of a course on consecutive weeks. But due to two holidays observed at NCJC and the holiday of Thanksgiving, there are some courses where a week is skipped and added to the end. Again, this is spelled out below.
Note that Robin Brancato’s film course, always a popular choice, will be given twice. The second group will meet later in the afternoon than usual, from 3:30-4:45.
Phyllis Citrin’s course will start one week late. Tom DeStefano’s course will skip the third week. In order to have the full 450 minutes per course, each of the other five dates, for both Phyllis and Tom, will run 90 minutes (instead of 75.)
Onsite classrooms will be well ventilated. Masks are optional. There will be lunch space onsite but the details have not been worked out yet.
We believe that we are presenting a wonderful selection of courses for your learning and pleasure and we do hope to see you, whether in person, by Zoom, or by a combination of both.
Marty Cohen, Catalog Editor
comments From Our Students
Bill always seems to have his fingers on the pulse of what’s timely and happening in the community at large—The course keeps me informed about current events, which I really need; because at times one can become oblivious to matters not always addressed on the 6:00 News. He’s timely and informative.
Bill Batson’s courses are always current and pithy and absolutely timely. They also always deal with creating a more just society, something we surely could use! I ALWAYS learn and grow from his courses — and read his newsletter every week!
Robin Brancato is an excellent teacher. She is well-organized and stimulates great discussions. All the movies she selected were very interesting. All around a very enjoyable course. Hoping she continues to do it and will gladly join, again.
The facilitators were warm and welcoming, and encouraged class participation. Great demonstrations and knowledgeable presenters. Gave insights into musical theatre, dance and song and what lay behind their creation from people who were part of this world.
The instructor has a wealth of information and used a variety of means to illustrate his points. It was especially interesting to watch the videos that he provided. It greatly enriched the content. Although it was basically a lecture course, given that we were all there to learn more about this topic, the format was perfect.
The book was not easy reading. With the guidance of Susan, it became a joy to explore the day in the life of a woman in upper class English society following WW1 and a pandemic. The writing and accompanying articles created a backdrop for stimulating discussion.
Phyllis was able to tackle the extremely difficult course material and present it in a way that we were able to understand it. She did this by patiently presenting different subjects in different ways and reviewing it periodically. Phyllis was unbelievably prepared with wonderful slides and small videos. It was a great course, and it was very timely because she integrated the genetics with the Covid vaccines, the variants, etc.