Courses Archive


Please enjoy browsing The Learning Collaborative's Archives.
Each Session offers an eclectic and impressive collection of courses, many of which merit repeating based on student feedback.
Feel free to inquire about possible re-offerings in the future.


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    Fall 2023

    • November 2

        2.TH.1.O – Presidents Who Took Us to War
        Instructor: Marty L. Cohen

        Traditionally, Americans have resisted going to war. Why did presidents of the United States lead us to war, several times, in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries? Were they justified? NEW!


        2.TH.2.O – Hot Button Retirement Issues
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        Already retired or just thinking about retirement? 77% of Americans don’t understand how to safely withdraw from their nest eggs when in retirement. Ten years ago just 10% got it right. Now only little more than 20% do. Financial education is the key! NEW!


        2.TH.3.O – Shameful Laws: America Was Not Always the “Good Guy”
        Instructor: Dr. Duncan Rogers Lee II

        While we hold ourselves to be the “shining light” of democracy and human rights, it has not always been so. In an effort to learn from our past, this course will take a look at our historical repressive treatment of American Indians, Mexicans, women and various immigrant groups since the U.S.A. came into being. (America’s…


    • October 30

        2.M.1.Z – Combo of Short Stories and Nonfiction
        Instructor: Robin F. Brancato

        You’ll receive in advance a list of selected readings, mostly from The New Yorker. Each week we’ll typically discuss a pair of stories or timely articles. You’ll either access them online directly from the Internet, or I’ll send a digital version for you to print out. NEW!


        2.M.2.Z – The Life and Art of Carl Sandburg
        Instructor: Richard Markowitz

        Carl Sandburg (1878-1967) was an unusually versatile figure in American arts and letters. In addition to being a celebrated modern poet whose output expanded the definition of poetry, he was the Pulitzer Prize winning biographer of Lincoln, a novelist, a memoirist, a writer of children’s stories, and a collector, singer, and popularizer of American folksong. We will…


        2.M.3.Z – Great Thinkers in Their Own Voices: Series 6
        Instructor: Richard Markowitz

        The actual voices of important personalities of the recent past are rarely heard in the modern age.  Recordings of distinguished men and women, including Ray Bradbury, Katherine Anne Porter, Jules Feiffer, Charles Schulz, Dave Brubeck, Stephen Sondheim, Victor Borge, Karl Menninger, Noam Chomsky, and Otto Preminger will be heard. NEW!


    • October 31

        2.T.3.O – The Opera Experience
        Instructor: Joan Adinolfi Mallory

        Immerse yourself in interactive educational sessions that include operatic highlights, a synopsis of the plot, and an introduction to the composer, all while enjoying beautiful music. The operas covered will be, by session, Aida, Madama Butterfly, Il Trovatore (part one), Il Trovatore (part two), Pagliacci, and La Traviata. NEW! Trivia Question: Which is the most…


        2.T.1.Z – Two 20th Century Stage Classics in Contrast
        Instructor: Alice Twombly

        We will see what two plays, Death of a Salesman (1949 ) by Arthur Miller and Fences (1985) by August Wilson, reveal about contemporary American Life today. NEW!


        2.T.2.Z – Women Artists through the Ages
        Instructor: Suzanne Altman

        This course follows the important women who impacted art from the Renaissance to the present day. After we examine the exceptional women who bucked the odds to succeed in the 16th to 19th centuries, we will focus on 20th century artists in the fields of sculpture, painting, and photography, and will conclude with some of…


        2.T.3.Z – CANCELLED – The Art and Artists of Latin America
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        Starting with the pre-Colombian art of the Aztecs of Mexico and ending with the Chicano art of the Southwest, this course will examine at the historical, political and religious influences in Latin America art. We will look at colonial art and then move on to the work of the Mexican muralists Diego Rivera, David Siqueiros,…


        2.T.1.O – Ray Bradbury: Science Fiction as Social Commentary
        Instructor: Vivienne Dieckmann

        Unlike traditional literature, science fiction uses the concept of “ideas as hero” to highlight a particular aspect of society as well as to predict the future. The nature of man, the threat of Artificial Intelligence, the censorship of books, the depersonalization of society, the exploration of other planets are just a few of the topics…


        2.T.2.O – Vital Movement™
        Instructor: Judith Rose

        Feel more vitally alive! Offer your body and spirit the gift of Vital Movement™, a unique program for wellness enhancement that integrates the teachings and principles of a variety of kinetic and artistic disciplines to provide effective, joyful, and restorative movement experiences for participants of all ages and levels of proficiency. Each Vital Movement™ class is a deeply…


    • September 11

        1.M.1.Z – Women in History
        Instructor: Rick Feingold

        Women who ignored convention changed the way we live and think. Madam C.J. Walker, the first Black female millionaire, built a hair-care empire that employed thousands of African-American women. The Lowell Mill Girls were the first to go on strike for shorter hours and better pay. Ruth Handler launched Barbie through her company, Mattel Toys.…


        1.M.2.Z – Shakespeare and the Presidential Election of 2024
        Instructor: Alice Twombly

        Starting with Julius Caesar, we will look at the speeches in the play as examples of political discourse and manipulation. After that, we will look at excerpts of political addresses from other plays, to be announced. NEW!


        1.M.3.Z – Today’s News and What It Really Means
        Instructor: Sylvia Lewis

        Join other news hounds for in-depth discussions of the week’s events and emerging trends. Explore a variety of media to find the most important topics. Facts and sources will be the main focus. Sylvia, who will be leading us, is a retired journalist whose long-time beat was urban and environmental planning. NEW!


    • September 12

        1.T.1.Z – Science in the News
        Instructor: Dr. Marty O. Cohen

        There is always lots of exciting news in the various fields of science. Each week, these classes will feature reports and discussions on approximately ten different recent scientific and technological breakthroughs. NEW!


        1.T.2.Z – Understanding Artificial Intelligence and the History of Communication
        Instructor: Dr. Alan J. Pierce

        Artificial Intelligence (AI) is revolutionary rather than evolutionary. From computer code written by a human, AI has leapfrogged into a black box that writes its own code. We will explore its early development, what AI can do today and what it might be able to do tomorrow. Since it can be categorized as a communication…


        1.T.3.Z – Portrait of an Artist
        Instructor: Susan Barnett

        We will begin with the novel, August Blue, by British author Deborah Levy. Please read the book and have a copy with you for the first session. Additional readings will be assigned as we discuss this fascinating story. NEW!


        1.T.1.O – The Broken Constitution
        Instructor: Mike Rossi

        Should the Constitution be revamped? Is it a viable document? Has every president abided by constitutional law? NEW!


        1.T.2.O – Five American Presidents
        Instructor: Tom DeStefano

        (Five 90 min. classes, skipping 9/26) Each week we will examine the life and times of one American president: Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Ulysses Grant, Harry Truman, and Dwight Eisenhower. NEW!


        1.T.3.O – Anesthesiologist in the Operating Room
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        Anesthesiologists provide medical care for patients while surgeons operate. From a historic prospective we will investigate physiology, pharmacology, equipment, and modern practice. (This course was given five years ago.)


    • September 14

        1.TH.1.Z – Still More Movies: (Group A)
        Instructor: Robin F. Brancato

        You’ll receive in advance a list of six films, either features or documentaries, to view at home (one per week). They’ll be selected on the basis of fruitfulness for discussion and diversity of subject matter and style. You’ll get access to them on Netflix, Amazon Prime, You Tube, or your public library. (One or two…


        1.TH.3.Z – Still More Movies: (Group B)
        Instructor: Robin F. Brancato

        You’ll receive in advance a list of six films, either features or documentaries, to view at home (one per week). They’ll be selected on the basis of fruitfulness for discussion and diversity of subject matter and style. You’ll get access to them on Netflix, Amazon Prime, You Tube, or your public library. (One or two…


    • September 21

        1.TH.2.Z – Poetry Rx: A Prescription for Wellbeing Revisited
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        (Five 90 min. classes, skipping 9/14) Chronic negative stress, both a cause and effect of physical illness, is a prevalent part of our daily lives. How we deal with this stress determines our health and sense of wellbeing. Using actual life experience to share the use of poetry to relieve stressful emotions concurrent with sudden…


    Summer 2024

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    Winter 2024

    • February 1

        How to Begin to Write a Memoir
        Instructor: Ronni Miller

        This is a hands-on writing workshop to experience ways to initiate the writing of a memoir. Simple exercises from Ronni’s nationally known Write It Out® program provide methods to utilize feelings and memories to begin to write your story.


        My Life as a Death Row Attorney
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        Learn about the current status of the death penalty in this country, with particular emphasis on the dysfunctional death penalty system in California, home of the largest death row population in the country. Hear what it is like to represent men and women convicted of murder and sentenced to death.


        A Look At What Artificial Intelligence (AI) Is Doing Today And What Experts Expect It To Achieve In The Near Future.
        Instructor: Dr. Alan J. Pierce

        A PowerPoint with images and short video will help keep the topic grounded in reality and away from science fiction future possibilities. (For new students not in Alan’s previous AI class, he will spend a few minutes making certain that all class members are familiar with the technology revolution that AI is bringing to the…


        Smooth Downsizing, Staying Organized!
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        If you are considering sooner or later to downsize, then this class is for you! Join Helena, a professional organizer, as she presents some structures and routines that will help you prepare for such a move. She will help you address all your organizational issues way in advance so that when the time comes, you…


    • January 11

        Invitation to the Dance #1
        Instructor: Richard Markowitz

        We will consider the careers of a wide range of figures who expanded the parameters of dance. Katherine Dunham, Ruth St. Denis, Ted Shawn, Agnes de Mille, and Margaret Severn will discuss their lives and life’s work. We will also examine the indigenous Mexican Dance of the Flyers (Danza de los Voladores). To follow along (highly recommended),…


        More Celebrated Authors Reading from Their Works #2
        Instructor: Richard Markowitz

        In 1953, Goddard Lieberson, the Executive Vice President in charge of artists and repertoire at Columbia Records, initiated a series of spoken word recordings documenting the voices and writing of many prominent American and British authors. We will sample these records by listening to John Steinbeck, Somerset Maugham, Christopher Isherwood, Truman Capote, and John Collier…


    • January 15

        Irving Berlin, an American Institution #1
        Instructor: Martin Schneit

        Marty will discuss how the immigrant boy from Russia became the classic ragtime to riches story. Irving Berlin’s first published song earned him 37 cents.  Listen to the story of one of the America’s most popular songwriters whose hits include “Alexander’s Ragtime Band,” “God Bless America,” “White Christmas,” “A Pretty Girls Is Like a Melody,” “Puttin’…


        Hot News, Cold Eyes #1
        Instructor: Sylvia Lewis

        Here’s a chance to consider a major news event and to explore any relevant emerging trend(s). Facts and sources, not opinions, will carry the day. The news event in question will be pinpointed in early January and announced by email before the class meets. Sylvia is a retired journalist with 40 years’ experience in magazine and book publishing.


    • January 16

        Beautiful Poses à la Chaise
        Instructor: Judith Rose

        “A thing of beauty is a joy forever.” (By John Keats, from “Endymion.”) Beauty, in its purest form, is an essential element in the practice of Vital Movement™. Join founder Judith Rose for an experiential workshop that will explore the therapeutic possibilities of a unique movement art that is graceful, fluid, and attuned to the…


        A Woman’s Place
        Instructor: Susan Barnett

        The satirical novel, Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus, begins in the year 1961 and focuses on an extraordinary woman and the challenges she faces as a brilliant scientist and a single mother. Please read the book before we meet.


    • January 18

        Reflections on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
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        This session will be devoted to a presentation of thoughts on the current crisis as it has developed all the way to this mid-January session. Emphasis will be given to ideas for resolution of the conflict, both short- and long-term. 


        Hearing with Your Brain and the Tinnitus Link 
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        Join Dr. Sophia Patrikis, Clinical Audiologist with Hudson Valley Audiology, to discuss how we really hear – with our brains. We will be discussing everything Audiology-related, from hearing loss and speech understanding in noise to how tinnitus is an auditory symptom.


    • January 22

        The Origins of Genesis #1
        Instructor: Dr. Marty O. Cohen

        Genesis is the best known part of the Bible: the world’s all-time best seller. We will examine the tales in Genesis and learn how they probably originated. How much is historical, how much is borrowed from other cultures, and how much is original?


        The Origins of Exodus #2
        Instructor: Dr. Marty O. Cohen

        Second only to Genesis in popularity, Exodus is a widely known book of the Bible. We will examine the tales in Exodus and learn how they probably originated. How much is historical, how much is borrowed from other cultures, and how much is original? (The Origins of Genesis is not a prerequisite.)


    • January 23

        Mindful Chair Yoga #1
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        This chair-based yoga class is appropriate for all ages and levels of ability. Instruction incorporates yoga postures, gentle movement sequences, breath work, and guided meditation, all of which focus on bringing about an increased sense of mindful awareness. Research has demonstrated that mindfulness practice of breath and body is effective in managing stress and quieting…


        Charles W. Chestnutt: Two Stories of “The Color Line” – “A Matter of Principle” (Part 2)
        Instructor: Alice Twombly

        (See description for Alice Twombly #1.) The link for the literature is: https://americanliterature.com/author/charles-w-chesnutt/short-story/a-matter-of-principle


    • January 25

        John Jacob Astor: Furs to Real Estate #1
        Instructor: Rick Feingold

        The book Astor by best-selling author Anderson Cooper has revived interest in the fur trader and real estate tycoon. Born into poverty in Germany, John Jacob Astor came to the United States and built the American Fur Company by trading manufactured goods from Asia and Europe with Native Americans. Once fur hats went out of…


        Barbie: An American Icon #2
        Instructor: Rick Feingold

        In the 1950s children could play with baby dolls only. There were no adult dolls. Then Ruth Handler decided to invent a doll with adult features. The doll named “Barbie” was a “Teen-age Fashion Model.”  Barbie could be dressed in a variety of fashion outfits and she lived in a “Dreamhouse.” She had a boyfriend named Ken…


    • January 29

        The Music of Cole Porter #2
        Instructor: Martin Schneit

        Cole Porter is recognized as one of the greatest composers for Broadway and Hollywood during the golden years. His musicals dominated Broadway from the 1930s through the 1950s. Porter ruled the Hit Parade with “Anything Goes,” “My Heart Belongs to Daddy,” “I Love Paris,” “Begin the Beguine,” “Can-Can,” “You’re the Top,” “Let’s Do It,” and “Don’t Fence…


        Media Sources You Can Trust #2
        Instructor: Sylvia Lewis

        Neutral. Objective. Unbiased. Verified. Where can you find these traits? And which sources can you use when you want to do your own fact checking? A list of sources will be provided by email before the class meets.


    • January 30

        Mindful Breathwork Pranayama #2
        Instructor: Bette Willins

        Learn to Breathe! Breath is an effective tool used to enhance health and wellness, the power of which is often underestimated. The science of breathwork originated thousands of years ago, with ever-growing research demonstrating that the intentional use of the lungs is strong medicine. Doctors and experts agree. Breathwork provides whole health benefits to a…


        The Future of Food
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        The cost of food is going up and lines at soup kitchens are getting longer. This class will briefly explore why this is and what needs to be done to mitigate it by changing our food policies and our food system and to adapt to them by changing what we eat.


        Taking Charge of Your Paperwork and Your Other Stuff, Too
        Instructor: Karen Caccavo

        When will you stop saying you need to get your papers and your stuff organized? Start the year organized! Join Karen Caccavo, a personal money manager, and a professional organizing colleague who helps seniors declutter and downsize “the stuff.” Karen and colleague will share insights and strategies from their practices working with seniors. Bring them your…


        Reflexology: What it is, its History, and its Benefits
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        Reflexology is based on the belief that each area on the bottom of the foot, and also the hand, corresponds to a specific part of the body. This is a unique method of relaxation therapy that involves applying pressure with the thumbs and fingers on reflex or acupressure points on the feet as well as…


    • January 8

        Discussion of the Film Past Lives
        Instructor: Robin F. Brancato

        In advance of the class, watch Past Lives, directed by Celine Song, a 2023 film about childhood friends in Seoul who connect years later in New York. The movie is available on streaming and DVD.


        Memoirs of a Sculptor
        Instructor: Dr. Carl Rattner

        Using PowerPoint imagery, this talk will endeavor to explain Carl’s life’s work as a sculptor: how it began and evolved; the people, places, and things that inspired it; what it is about and how it is made.


        Edgar Degas
        Instructor: Suzanne Altman

        This 19th-century artist is primarily known as an Impressionist and painter of ballerinas. In reality, he did not consider himself an Impressionist and his subjects went far beyond the ballet. This talk considers his problematic and tragic life, as well as the revolutionary contributions he made to the history of Art. He is currently featured…


        Selling and Buying Homes in 2024
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        We will review the 2023 local market (Rockland and environs), zeroing in on wins/losses in the local pricing strategy, identifying what most of the buyers were looking for, and noting where they moved from. We’ll also touch on tips for buyers: how to prepare yourself to win, an overview of the predicted trends for 2024,…


    • January 9

        Charles W. Chestnutt: Two Stories of “The Color Line” – “The Wife of His Youth” (Part 1)
        Instructor: Alice Twombly

        Charles Waddell Chestnutt (1858-1932) was a pioneer of African-American Literature. He was the “father of the African-American short story” and “an inspiring force for the founding writers of the Harlem Renaissance.” (Quotes are by Joan R. Sherman.) Chestnutt’s work frequently examined “the color line” between blacks and whites and particularly within the societies of mixed race…


        Leadership
        Instructor: Mike Rossi

        A leader always understands that questions are a part of a leader’s life. Do people lead for selfish reasons? Do leaders think everything is about them? Are successful leaders able to lead others, lift others? We will explore a full gamut of leaders: politicians, athletes, entrepreneurs, celebrities, and others!


        Demystifying Today’s AI Tools (and How You Can Use Them)
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        This course will present a high-level overview, in nontechnical terms, of Artificial Intelligence (AI) tools and, using live demos, show how you can use them today. You’ll learn how to sign up for a ChatGPT account, the most popular AI platform on the web, and how to construct prompts to get meaningful ChatGPT results.


        The Opera Experience: Puccini’s Tosca
        Instructor: Joan Adinolfi Mallory

        This masterpiece, by Puccini, tells the story of an opera diva who is forced to betray her lover in order to save his life only to lose hers in the end.


    Summer 2023

    • June 5

        Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, a Journey, a Song
        Instructor: Robin F. Brancato

        Prior to our class, try to watch this documentary (1 hour, 55 minutes), directed by Daniel Geller and Dayna Goldfine (streamed on Netflix, Prime Video, and elsewhere).


        Why We Need to Sharpen Our Imaginations and Creativity in the Era of Artificial Intelligence (AI)
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        AI will be doing more and more of the rational and linear thinking required in all fields. This releases us to be speculating and prototyping possibilities and creative solutions to complex problems. We will discuss a process for this and a way for collaborating with AI.


    • June 6

        The Life & Times of Sister Adele Myers
        Instructor: Dr. Carl Rattner

        Adele Myers was a unique woman.  As a Sparkill Dominican she eventually found her calling as a teacher, advocate and administrator. She founded the Art Department at St. Thomas Aquinas College and created the Thorpe Intermedia Gallery whose unique exhibits were often reviewed by the NY Times. Adele was also a gifted artist.  Her work,…


        The X-Rated Story of “Venus in Furs” 
        Instructor: Judith Rose

        In 1555, Titian painted a portrait of Venus, which caused a great scandal in its time. The brouhaha was NOT inspired by the graphic nudity of the goddess, but by the furs surrounding her form. Learn the true reason for this “Shande,” and then savor the many works of art and letters that continue to…


    • June 8

        Reading Aloud a Shakespeare Soliloquy
        Instructor: Alice Twombly

        This is an examination of reading techniques and of seeing different ways of reading a line. Class members will have a chance to read aloud Marc Antony’s speech “O pardon me thou bleeding piece of earth” from Julius Caesar and Romeo’s speech “O, she doth teach the torches to burn bright” in Romeo and Juliet.  Click here…


        Reading Aloud a Shakespeare Dialogue
        Instructor: Alice Twombly

        Using short scenes from two plays, pairs of students will read aloud and interpret scenes from Much Ado About Nothing and Romeo and Juliet.  Click here to download the scenes used in the class (PDF).


    • June 12

        Escape from Behind Enemy Lines  
        Instructor: Rick Feingold

        During WW II, an escape network operated in occupied France that returned down allied airmen to England. The network located the airmen and hid them from the Germans utilizing a series of safe-houses. Once a month – during dark of the moon – the men were transported to the Brittany coast and then to England.…


        The Company Town – Factory Work in the Gilded Age, -Sparrows Point, Maryland
        Instructor: Rick Feingold

        Steel factories and coal mines built company towns in the late 19th century to house their workers. The company owner controlled the schools, prohibited the sale of alcohol, and established a moral police force to keep records of the behavior of residents. Obedience to the boss was required. Residents shopped at the company store. Infractions of the rules…


    • June 13

        Votes for Women: American Suffragists
        Instructor: Mike Rossi

        For nearly 150 years, American women did not have the right to vote. On August 18, 1920, they won that right! But what happened before and has occurred after that date?


        From Allies to Enemies: 1945 to the Present
        Instructor: Marty L. Cohen

        This class will cover how the Cold War started at the end of World War II and how the United States dealt with the Soviet Union. [Special Note: This class was scheduled to be the last of  Marty’s six-class course during the 2023 spring semester. It was not given due to illness. Those who enjoyed…


    • June 15

        The Unknown Hans Christian Andersen
        Instructor: Richard Markowitz

        Andersen’s fairy tales are known and loved the world over, but they have eclipsed his output as novelist, playwright, poet, travel writer, and autobiographer. His work in each of these genres, and as a graphic artist, will be examined and discussed. To follow along (highly recommended), you may request texts in advance.  Forward your email address to…


        Paul Robeson vs. the House Un-American Activities Committee
        Instructor: Richard Markowitz

        In 1956, the distinguished bass-baritone, actor and civil rights activist Paul Robeson was summoned to appear before the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC). In spite of declining health and emotional vulnerability, he defended himself with eloquence and forthrightness. We will hear interviews and speeches in which Robeson expressed his political and ideological beliefs, as well as his…


    • June 19

        Picasso and the Women – Reconsidered
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        This year is the 50th anniversary of Pablo Picasso’s death. There are many art exhibitions looking at his contributions from different points of view. Let’s look at Picasso’s art through the eight main women in his life: Fernande, Eva, Olga, Marie Therese, Dora, Francoise, Genevieve, and Jacqueline. He painted them all through his blue, rose, cubist, classical, and…


        It’s Not Just Money, It’s Life and Beyond
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        Your money should serve you and your goals, not the other way around. Travel, retirement, stability – your dreams are within reach. Then when it is time to leave what you have to your heirs, you are making it easy for them.


    • June 20

        The Broken Constitution: Is It Really Broken?
        Instructor: Mike Rossi

        Should the Constitution be revamped? Is it a viable document? Has every President abided by constitutional law?


        Ronald Reagan: The Great Communicator
        Instructor: Tom DeStefano

        Reagan was the 40th President of the US. His early life as a lifeguard, Hollywood actor, head of the Screen Actors Guild, and political life will be covered with special attention given to his presidential years (1981-1989.)


    • June 22

        The Wonder of Wild Mushrooms
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        An illustrated introduction to identifying and safely collecting wild mushrooms in Rockland County.


        My Experience Owning a Full Electric Vehicle
        Instructor: Vincent Cina

        In this presentation, Vincent provides an overview of electric vehicles (EVs), including charging and range – two most common questions about them. We will also discuss his experience operating an EV as a daily local driver and on two long trips totaling over 4,000 miles. He will leave sufficient time for your questions at the…


        The Power of Pause: An Expressive Arts Approach for Stillness & Reflection
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        This expressive arts session with Dr. Reji Mathew is an invitation to explore stillness, mindfulness, and reflection through the expressive arts. Dr. Mathew will guide students through an intermodal journey through movement, imagination, visual art, music, and writing to cultivate our capacity to be aware of all the possibilities of wellness available to us. SPECIAL…


    • June 26

        Understanding Artificial Intelligence (AI)
        Instructor: Dr. Alan J. Pierce

        In this presentation we will look at what AI can do today, explore its early development, and the also look at the major jumps that allowed it grow so powerful. A PowerPoint that includes images and a short video clip will help you to understand this amazing technology. With ChatGPT live on our viewing screen,…


        How Will My Assets Pass When I Pass? 
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        We will discuss the five basic ways that assets pass upon our deaths. You will learn why how you own an asset is a crucial part of assembling a cost- and tax- efficient estate plan. We will discuss what assets should always pass by beneficiary designation (and never through your will or trust) as well as what probate…


    • June 27

        American Anti-Semitism
        Instructor: Dr. Marty O. Cohen

        This session will examine the roles played by Ulysses S. Grant, Henry Ford, and Franklin D. Roosevelt in the story of American anti-Semitism.


        How to Begin to Write a Memoir
        Instructor: Ronni Miller

        This is a hands-on writing workshop to experience ways to initiate the writing of a memoir. Simple exercises from Miller’s nationally known Write It Out® program provide methods to utilize feelings and memories to begin to write your story.


    • June 29

        Vermeer: Master of Light
        Instructor: Suzanne Altman

        This is the year of the largest ever retrospective of Vermeer’s works to be held in The Rijksmuseum of Amsterdam. While seeing the exhibit in person is not possible, (it has been sold out for months,), the class will provide an overview of Vermeer’s life, milieu, and the astonishing paintings he produced that have captivated museum…


        How the 10,000 Year Clock and Other Projects Foreshadow a Sustainable, Brighter Future
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        The 10,000 Year Clock is a project of an organization called The Longview. We will discuss the organization, the clock, and other projects that point to a brighter future. From this, you hopefully will be more confident about having informed hope for the future.


    Spring 2023

    • April 25

        2.2.5Z Can New and Emerging Technologies Meet the Challenges that Humanity Is Now Facing?
        Instructor: Dr. Alan J. Pierce

        Many of the problems that we are now facing are caused by global warming. We will explore new and emerging technologies that could hopefully solve these problems. We will also look at breakthroughs in medical technologies, artificial intelligence, transportation, and, if time allows, look at some of the award-winning products from the Consumer Electronics Show…


        2.3.1Z Art Movements of the 19th Century
        Instructor: Suzanne Altman

        The 19th century was a dramatic and exciting time in the history of Western Art. The work of the Romanticists, Realists, Impressionists, Post Impressionists and Symbolists all displayed a marked departure from tradition. This class will examine all of these movements and artists such as Courbet, Manet, Renoir, Van Gogh, and many others whose masterpieces…


        2.3.2Z The Short History of …
        Instructor: Dr. Marty O. Cohen

        This course will be a potpourri, featuring the short history of many diverse subjects such as the Empire State building, the Miss America contest, Lord Nelson’s brilliant strategy at the Battle of Trafalgar, the Maccabees, how famous products got their names, the Dutch tulip investment bubble, π (3.14159…), most popular first names for boys and…


        2.1.1Z Entrepreneurs in American History
        Instructor: Rick Feingold

        The American standard of living was made possible by the ingenuity of risk takers who developed new products and manufacturing methods. Alexander Hamilton laid the foundation for the nation’s financial system. Samuel Slater engaged in “industrial espionage” and applying British textile technology to an American “factory system.” Entrepreneur Frederic Tudor – the “Ice King” became…


        2.1.2Z Artist’s Process: Unpacking the Mysteries with Together in Dance
        Instructor: Katie Palmer

        Get to know dance and musical theater professionals from the “Together in Dance” community (led by Executive Director Katie Palmer.) Some performers will be returning from last semester and some will be new. In this series, participants will be treated to a sample of all of the artists’ work in their respective métier and have…


        2.1.3O Presidents and War!
        Instructor: Mike Rossi

        American presidents have taken the nation into major conflicts. These were difficult times for the president who sent hundreds of thousands of American men and women to the warfront, facing possible death. We will explore how certain presidents were able to withstand the pressures of war while others were broken by them. NEW!


        2.2.2Z Meet Me at the Museum
        Instructor: Susan Barnett

        A Danish professor and an English farmer’s wife are brought together by a shared fascination with the Tollund Man, the subject of a famous poem by Seamus Heaney. Their letters to each other reveal how much they have in common, not only with each other, but also with us. Be sure to read the book…


        2.2.3Z Seeking Hope in Dark Times
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        In our effort to understand troubling current issues, we will explore several topics including political polarization, cancellation culture, climate change inaction, truth in politics, and meritocracy. Provocative ideas of political philosophers from Plato to Hannah Arendt will be shared. Thoughtful discourse of participants is anticipated. NEW!


        2.2.4O The Opera Experience
        Instructor: Joan Adinolfi Mallory

        Join us for a lively, informative and interactive presentation of six selected operas: Pearl Fishers, Rigoletto, Nabucco, Girl of the Golden West, Manon and Lescau. Featured are the signature arias as well as dramatizations of the libretto and an introduction to the composer, usually in costume. Much fun. Please join us. NEW!


    • March 14

        1.1.1Z Six More Movies
        Instructor: Robin F. Brancato

        We’ll watch a different film each week, in advance of the class, and then have a discussion of its subject matter, style, and significance. The movies will be a combination of contemporary and classic, and a great attempt will be made for you to get them easily by streaming or on DVDs from your library. NEW!


        1.1.3O Works of James Joyce
        Instructor:

        In the course we will look at works of James Joyce concentrating on The Dubliners and A Portrait of the Artist and also taking a peek at Ulysses and Finnegan’s Wake. NEW!


        1.1.4Z The Washington “All-Stars” Latest Mischief: Supreme Court Decisions: Part 2
        Instructor: Dr. Duncan Rogers Lee II

        In Part 1 of this Course, (given in Fall 2022,) we examined the history of the Constitutional Right of Privacy culminating in the June 2022 Dobb’s decision. In Part 2, we will examine the Second Amendment, First Amendment Freedom of Religion cases, Election Law cases and the Critical Area of Administrative Law cases (think, “Social…


        1.2.2O In Search of a More Perfect Union
        Instructor: Marty L. Cohen

        This class is about how the United States changed in its struggle over wars, economic crises, and political upheavals since its beginnings. NEW!


        1.2.3Z The Future is Brighter than the Media Wants Us to Think
        Instructor:

        We will discuss primary source informed reports on the positive developments in climate, environment, water, health, hunger, poverty, equity, literacy, and artificial intelligence. NEW!


        1.2.5Z Thomas Hardy
        Instructor: Alice Twombly

        This class will read from and discuss Far from the Madding Crowd (Penguin edition) and the development of “Wessex” as the landscape of Hardy’s novels. Hardy’s poems on complicated love, the defining landscape, and twisted fate will complement the reading of the novel. NEW!


        1.3.1Z Great Black Literary Figures
        Instructor: Richard Markowitz

        This panorama of distinguished Black writers will include the voices of W. E. B. Du Bois, James Weldon Johnson, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Gwendolyn Brooks, James Baldwin, Maya Angelou, and Nikki Giovanni in recorded interviews or reading from their works. In addition, Frederick Douglass, Richard Wright, and Lorraine Hansberry will be represented in recordings…


        1.3.2Z The Art and Artists of Spain
        Instructor:

        Let’s explore the lives, study the paintings, and learn about the time periods of Spanish artists from the Renaissance through modern times. We will study El Greco, Ribera, Velázquez, Murillo, Goya, Sorolla, Gaudí, Picasso, Dalí, and Miró. [This course was last given several years ago. Much new material.]


        1.3.3Z Selected Topics the Visual Arts: Five Important Aesthetic Questions
        Instructor: Dr. Carl Rattner

        How can we better view, understand and assess visual art works? This class will endeavor to address five important questions basic to aesthetic inquiry: What is it that I see? Is it, in fact, art? What kind of art is it? How good is it? And what does it mean? [This class was last taught…


    • March 15

        1.1.1aZ Six More Movies – 2nd session
        Instructor: Robin F. Brancato

        ** This is an additional session of the Course 1.1.1Z ** We’ll watch a different film each week, in advance of the class, and then have a discussion of its subject matter, style, and significance. The movies will be a combination of contemporary and classic, and a great attempt will be made for you to get…


    Winter 2023

    • January 10

        Beyond Estate Planning
        Instructor:

        You have your legal documents – now what? As a parent and/or grandparent it is very important to get your estate documents done, but is that all you need to make sure your family is protected?


        Discussion of the Film Till
        Instructor: Robin F. Brancato

        In advance of our meeting, watch the 2022 film Till, directed by Chinonye Chukwu. This movie is based on the true story of Mamie Till-Bradley, who pursued justice after the murder of her 14-year-old son Emmett in Mississippi in 1955. Till can be found on Amazon Prime Video. (Given twice.)


        Highlights in Science: 2022
        Instructor: Dr. Marty O. Cohen

        In this class we will discuss the major scientific achievements in 2022. Topics will include astronomy, space exploration, medicine, archaeology, biology, and more.


        Mindful Yoga
        Instructor: Bette Willins

        This chair-based yoga class is appropriate for all ages and levels of ability. Instruction incorporates yoga postures, gentle movement sequences, breath work, and guided meditation, all of which focus on bringing an increased sense of mindful awareness. Research demonstrates that mindful practice of breath and body are effective in managing stress and quieting the nervous…


        Exploring the Music of our Own Personal High School and College Years – (Part 1)
        Instructor:

        Join this class to share the music of your youth as each of our three instructors explains the impact on the emotions from the music, the lyrics, and the dances. We’ll also look at how the news of each era and how the increasing accessibility of music impacted ours and your music: Were you into…


        Opera: The Pearl Fishers by Georges Bizet
        Instructor: Joan Adinolfi Mallory

        The lifelong friendship of two men is threatened by their passion for the same woman. The signature aria, “Au Fond  Du Temple,” alone is worth the price of admission, say the critics.


        Sounds of History: Speeches & Oratory in the 20th Century
        Instructor: Richard Markowitz

        With the development of sound recording and broadcast technologies starting in 1877 and 1916, respectively, it became possible to preserve audible historical events and speeches for contemporary listeners and for posterity. We will listen to a variety of noteworthy twentieth-century speeches, including King Edward VIII’s Abdication Speech (1936), FDR’s Declaration of War (1941), Douglas McArthur’s Address…


        The Ziegfeld Girls
        Instructor: Martin Schneit

        The Ziegfeld Follies ran from 1907 to 1931. Florenz Ziegfeld glorified the American Girl and made her a symbol of the modern independent woman. He was instrumental in bringing women to the center of society.


        Climate Change (Part 1)
        Instructor:

        Part 1 of this course includes a presentation on exactly what’s happening with climate change so far, and what steps NY State has taken to address/mitigate it by reducing our carbon emissions. Part 2 describes the many ways that we can take action, individually and collectively, to reduce our carbon emissions, using some local examples, with…


        Voices of the Surrealist Movement
        Instructor: Richard Markowitz

        The term “surrealism,” coined by the French writer Guillaume Apollinaire in 1917, was eventually applied to the movement that encompassed visual arts, literature, theatre, film, photography, and music. We will hear the movement’s leader, André Breton, author of the 1924 surrealist manifesto, and other important figures of surrealism, including the artists Salvador Dali and Man Ray,…


        Poet Laureates of the United States: 1937- 2023 (Part 1)
        Instructor: Alice Twombly

        Since 1937, there have been fifty-four American Poet Laureates. We will look at four of them, two in each Part and discuss what each has contributed to the appreciation of poetry in the United States. For Part 1, we will discuss Robert Hayden and Louise Gluck. For Part 2, we will discuss Robert Pinsky and…


    • January 17

        Exploring the Music of our Own Personal High School and College Years – (Part 2)
        Instructor:

        Join this class to share the music of your youth as each of our three instructors explains the impact on the emotions from the music, the lyrics, and the dances. We’ll also look at how the news of each era and how the increasing accessibility of music impacted ours and your music: Were you into…


        Audrey Hepburn
        Instructor: Martin Schneit

        Audrey Hepburn was a major cultural icon in film and fashion and became a special ambassador for UNICEF. She was the most acclaimed young ballerina in the Netherlands. Severe malnutrition during WWII stunted her growth and made it impossible for her to pursue ballet. So Audrey turned to acting. She became the lady women have emulated for over half a…


        Revocable Living Trusts
        Instructor:

        Revocable Living Trusts can be an essential estate planning tool, but they aren’t necessary for everyone (despite the flyers in your mail telling you otherwise). We will explore what a revocable trust actually is and what a trust can – and can’t – do. We will discuss situations when not having a trust could be…


        Selections from Beatles in Bassa
        Instructor:

        Orlando and Patricia will play selections from their recent recording Beatles in Bassa and will discuss making it within the context of a Q&A session. The following is taken from one of many enthusiastic reviews: “More than anything else it is the sheer ingenuity of the invention that is packed into each song that will…


        Mindful Breathwork Pranayama
        Instructor: Bette Willins

        Learn to Breathe!? This chair-based breathwork class is appropriate for all ages and levels of ability. Instruction incorporates gentle yoga sequences to prepare the body to dive deep into mindful, healthy breathing, and will include guided breathwork techniques and meditation. It is great for managing stress and quieting the nervous system. No experience is necessary.


        Evaluation of the Biblical Women (Part 1)
        Instructor: Dr. Marty O. Cohen

        The biblical period was the time of a (very) male-dominated society but a surprising number of women managed to make their mark, anyway. We will examine the parts played by several dozen biblical women – from Eve to Mary Magdalene. This class will be a combination of history, theology, sexuality, and feminism. Who can resist?…


        Confederation as the Key to Resolving the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
        Instructor:

        Both Israelis and Palestinians have a profound connection to the whole of the land between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River; both consider the whole their homeland. But both one-state and two-state solutions are highly problematic. In this session, we will explore “confederation” as a third way to end a century of bloodshed, giving…


        The Art of Kehinde Wiley and Jean-Michel Basquiat
        Instructor:

        Let us look at the lives and art of these two African-American artists whose works have been the subject of much attention lately. Kehinde Wiley was born in L.A., earned a MFA from Yale and established himself as a painter in New York. He did not see black people represented in museums in a positive light, so he…


        Magic Mirror on the Wall (Part 1)
        Instructor: Judith Rose

        The Mirror is a compelling archetype that threads its way through the arc of classical and contemporary literature, and even hides between the pages of the Hebrew Bible. The Looking Glass also sets the foundation for a rich meditation on the subject of Beauty itself. It poses a scintillating question: Is gazing in a mirror…


        Evaluation of the Biblical Women (Part 2)
        Instructor: Dr. Marty O. Cohen

        The biblical period was the time of a (very) male-dominated society but a surprising number of women managed to make their mark, anyway. We will examine the parts played by several dozen biblical women – from Eve to Mary Magdalene. This class will be a combination of history, theology, sexuality, and feminism. Who can resist?…


    • January 24

        Edward Hopper
        Instructor: Suzanne Altman

        This talk coincides with the excellent exhibit currently at the Whitney Museum: Edward Hopper’s New York. Suzanne will discuss Hopper’s unique perspective on the isolation and loneliness of urban life, his study of the effects of natural and artificial light, and his fascination with architecture. And, of course, his Rockland County connection!


        Women Air Force Service Pilots of WWII
        Instructor: Rick Feingold

        The female pilots of World War II (WASP) flew jets and sometimes new planes the men avoided. They ferried aircraft from the factory to airbases to free male pilots for combat. They endured discrimination and were paid less than men for the same job. The Women Air Force Service Pilots had no military standing and…


        Climate Change (Part 2)
        Instructor:

        Part 1 of this course includes a presentation on exactly what’s happening with climate change so far, and what steps NY State has taken to address/mitigate it by reducing our carbon emissions. Part 2 describes the many ways that we can take action, individually and collectively, to reduce our carbon emissions, using some local examples, with…


        How to Begin to Write A Memoir
        Instructor: Ronni Miller

        This is a hands-on writing workshop to experience ways to initiate the writing of a memoir. Exercises from the nationally known Write It Out® program provide methods to utilize feelings and memories to write your story.


        Blossoming Beyond the Desert: A Feminine Reimagining of the Passover Seder
        Instructor:

        So why is this course different from all other courses about Seders? Because it’s a Feminine Re-imagining of the Seder. Our effort to imagine and create Seders that can reawaken some of the sacred aspects of this ancient ritual that for many women have been lost. Here we look at the story with women taking…


        Opera: Turandot by Giacomo Puccini
        Instructor: Joan Adinolfi Mallory

        This opera shows how a vindictive queen is transformed by an unexpected love. Comedy, drama, revenge, and redemption – all in one opera. The signature piece is “Nessun Dorma” sung by Marcello Giordano.


        Hearing Healthcare in a Changing Landscape
        Instructor:

        Join Dr. Sophia Patrikis, Clinical Audiologist with Hudson Valley Audiology, to discuss the different paths to better hearing. From the recent over-the-counter hearing aid law to complete hearing healthcare with an audiologist, she will dive into the dos and don’ts of seeking care for your auditory system.


        Magic Mirror on the Wall (Part 2)
        Instructor: Judith Rose

        The Mirror is a compelling archetype that threads its way through the arc of classical and contemporary literature, and even hides between the pages of the Hebrew Bible. The Looking Glass also sets the foundation for a rich meditation on the subject of Beauty itself. It poses a scintillating question: Is gazing in a mirror…


        Great Poets Reading from Their Works
        Instructor: Richard Markowitz

        In 1952, Marianne Roney and Barbara Cohen founded Caedmon Records, one of the first commercial labels to specialize exclusively in recordings of literature, including poetry. Over several decades, noted contemporary poets recorded for Caedmon, which also issued historical recordings from earlier years which had received only limited circulation or had never been issued commercially. From the extensive…


        Why Meditate? (Part 1)
        Instructor:

        For millennia, people have practiced quiet contemplation to slow their busy minds, to introduce calm, and to enhance their appreciation of things as they are. And now the many health benefits of meditation have been measured and proven. A regular meditation practice can help reduce stress and improve stress-related health conditions, promote mental and emotional…


        Poet Laureates of the United States: 1937- 2023 (Part 2)
        Instructor: Alice Twombly

        Since 1937, there have been fifty-four American Poet Laureates. We will look at four of them, two in each Part and discuss what each has contributed to the appreciation of poetry in the United States. For Part 1, we will discuss Robert Hayden and Louise Gluck. For Part 2, we will discuss Robert Pinsky and…


    • January 31

        Irving Berlin: An American Institution
        Instructor: Martin Schneit

        Jerome Kern concluded that Irving Berlin has no place in American music. He is American music. During Berlin’s career he published an estimated 1500 songs. Marty will discuss how this immigrant boy from Russia became the classic ragtime to riches story.


        Exploring the Music of our Own Personal High School and College Years – (Part 3)
        Instructor:

        Join this class to share the music of your youth as each of our three instructors explains the impact on the emotions from the music, the lyrics, and the dances. We’ll also look at how the news of each era and how the increasing accessibility of music impacted ours and your music: Were you into…


        Why Meditate? (Part 2)
        Instructor:

        For millennia, people have practiced quiet contemplation to slow their busy minds, to introduce calm, and to enhance their appreciation of things as they are. And now the many health benefits of meditation have been measured and proven. A regular meditation practice can help reduce stress and improve stress-related health conditions, promote mental and emotional…


        Discussion of the Film Till (also given Jan. 10, Period 1)
        Instructor: Robin F. Brancato

        In advance of our meeting, watch the 2022 film Till, directed by Chinonye Chukwu. This movie is based on the true story of Mamie Till-Bradley, who pursued justice after the murder of her 14-year-old son Emmett in Mississippi in 1955. Till can be found on Amazon Prime Video. (Given twice.)


        Conversational Techniques for the Introverted and Opinionated
        Instructor:

        Are you a good listener? Do you like to share your thoughts and opinions? Do you wish someone else would just do the talking for you? Understanding your communication style and how to be a more effective participant can make family gatherings, social interactions, and visits with friends more enjoyable. This interactive course will use a…


        Hamilton at the White House
        Instructor: Rick Feingold

        Hamilton premiered at the White House in 2009 with Lin-Manuel Miranda performing the opening number during the early days of the Obama Presidency. Seven years later, after becoming a smash Broadway hit, the cast performed again at the White House for President Barack Obama and First Lady Michele Obama. Music includes Alexander Hamilton and The Schuyler…


        Letter to Marc Chagall: The Curious Odyssey of a Holocaust Poem
        Instructor:

        Michael Nevins has recently completed a short documentary video assisted by several Rockland County collaborators. The subject is a poem written after World War II by a Polish poet illustrated by Marc Chagall. The video is scheduled to be shown at venues in this country and Europe. Dr. Nevins will discuss the backstory of the project…


        The Fifty Best Paintings in NYC
        Instructor: Suzanne Altman

        Everyone knows that New York City is home to many of the greatest paintings in the world – but what are the best of the best? This (opinionated) lecture takes you on a visual journey through many museums and other venues to see the paintings most experts consider to be among the finest works of art…


        Being the Conservator of The New-York Historical Society
        Instructor:

        Kenneth Bé will talk about the New-York Historical Society – the first museum founded in New York City in 1804. He will focus on his role as the museum’s conservator and his many activities behind the scenes.


        Pop Art and Photorealism
        Instructor:

        Which inventive American artists of the late 20th century turned the art world around with their innovative approaches to painting through photographs, collages, grids, print making and paper making? We will look at their lives, art styles, and contributions to the movements.


    Summer 2022

    • June 14

        Rigoletto by Verdi
        Instructor: Joan Adinolfi Mallory

        Rigoletto is a Verdian masterpiece that tells the tragic story of a licentious duke and his hunchbacked jester, Rigoletto. We will hear the signature arias and learn about Verdi’s background and his battle with the censors before Rigoletto was approved for performance. Come share this opera experience with us.


        Wislawa Szymborska: A Polish Nobelist Poet – Five Poems
        Instructor: Alice Twombly

        Out of 117 Nobel Prize Laureates in Literature, only 16 have been women, and only 3 were poets – one of whom was Wislawa Szymborska, a Polish poet who won the prize in 1996. Her poems in translation speak powerfully to us today. There will be two classes of her poetry. (See class 2.2.3.) In…


        Mindful Yoga
        Instructor: Bette Willins

        This chair-based yoga class is appropriate for all ages and levels of ability. Instruction incorporates yoga postures, gentle movement sequences, breath work, and guided meditation, all of which focus on bringing an increased sense of mindful awareness. Research demonstrates that mindful practice of breath and body are effective in managing stress and quieting the nervous…


        Poetry Rx, Part II
        Instructor:

        Through interactive group sharing, we will experience the inspirational and healing power of poetry! (Part I, given in a prior semester, is not a requirement.)


        Psalms as a Response to Climate Change
        Instructor:

        Judeo-Christian faith communities depend upon psalms, from the Biblical book of that name, for poetic appreciation of God’s created world. Are psalms flexible and eternal enough to educate us about the present environmental crisis? Can psalms serve as a compass that orients us in our own time?


        Artist’s Journey #1
        Instructor:

        We have a special activity this semester called “An Artist’s Journey”. Each Tuesday morning, a different accomplished artist will talk about and show her artwork. She will elaborate on how she negotiated a career, family life, and her changing interests in various media. Each artist will share how her talent displayed itself in her early…


        Leaving a Legacy
        Instructor:

        You don’t need to be rich to include a charitable gift in your estate plan. We will explore different ways you can support your favorite charity or causes during your lifetime and after your death. We will discuss ways to make gifts (even some that don’t incur any legal fees!) and learn how some charitable gifts can…


        The Sumerians: The “Inventors” of Civilization
        Instructor: Dr. Marty O. Cohen

        The Sumerians of ancient Iraq, who were lost to history until modern times, created an astounding civilization. They revolutionized agriculture, science and technology, governmental organization, warfare and just about every other aspect of civilization way back as far as 7,500 years ago. Echoes of Sumerian religion reverberate throughout the opening chapters of the Biblical book…


        Blueprint for U.S. Leadership in the Age of China
        Instructor:

        The United States is being challenged now by a rising China in all aspects of world leadership. Is China destined to become “number one” or is a there a blueprint for maintaining our supremacy in world affairs?


    • June 21

        Cowboys, Cattle Trails, and Cowtowns of the Old West
        Instructor: Rick Feingold

        Millions of cattle were driven from Texas ranches to railheads in Kansas for shipment to the Armour meatpacking plant in Chicago in the late 19th century. Traveling along the Chisholm Trail, the cowboys ended up in the Kansas Cowtowns of Wichita, Abilene, and Dodge City. Newly paid, the rowdy cowboys would spend their money in saloons, gambling…


        Gifted Performance
        Instructor:

        Beginning in the 19th century, different conceptions have arisen about giftedness and what it is. Is it genetic? Is it environmental? Is it both? Recent research on gifted performance in adulthood and how it is nurtured from childhood through adulthood provides a more thorough and nuanced understanding of gifted performance in adulthood.


        Forty Years of Digging up My Jewish Roots
        Instructor:

        Four decades studying his Jewish roots in Russia-Poland, inspired Michael Nevins to write two books based on his experiences. Now he has produced a film based on a dramatic Holocaust-related poem written during the 1960s by Polish poet Jerzy Ficowski entitled “Letter to Marc Chagall.” This class will be the “world premier” of the short video which features…


        Artist’s Journey #2
        Instructor:

        We have a special activity this semester called “An Artist’s Journey”. Each Tuesday morning, a different accomplished artist will talk about and show her artwork. She will elaborate on how she negotiated a career, family life, and her changing interests in various media. Each artist will share how her talent displayed itself in her early…


        Starry Nights: A Conversation between Pablo Neruda and Vincent van Gogh
        Instructor: Judith Rose

        Pablo Neruda (1904-1973) wrote his early love poems a few years after Vincent Van Gogh’s (1853-1890) death. Yet the vibratory energy of Van Gogh’s stunning and dizzying painting “Starry Night” seems to pulse through the vertiginous verses of Neruda’s earliest work La Poesia.  Had Neruda ever seen the painting or are we simply witnessing the…


        Wislawa Szymborska: A Polish Nobelist Poet – Five More Poems
        Instructor: Alice Twombly

        Out of 117 Nobel Prize Laureates in Literature, only 16 have been women, and only 3 were poets, one of whom was Wislawa Szymborska, a Polish Poet who won the Prize in 1996. Her poems in translation speak powerfully to us today. There will be two classes of her poetry. (See class 1.1.2.) In each…


        Winslow Homer
        Instructor: Suzanne Altman

        This spring and summer the Metropolitan Museum will be showing an important exhibit of the works of Winslow Homer who is known for his powerful paintings of American life and scenery. Particularly featured will be his representations of war, race, politics, and the environment. Suzanne will be discussing his life, his works during and after…


        Introduction to the Life and Works of James Joyce
        Instructor:

        This class will feature a review of the amazing life of James Joyce with a peek at his four great publications.


        Ethel Merman
        Instructor: Martin Schneit

        Ethel Merman was New York City’s girl next door.  She went from being a stenographer from Queens and became the queen of the Broadway musical in its golden age.  On October 14, 1930 she brought the house down with her performance of George and Ira Gershwin’s I Got Rhythm.  Ethel’s rags to riches story fueled the hopes of everyday…


    • June 23

        John D. Rockefeller: The Richest American Who Ever Lived
        Instructor: Rick Feingold

        Asked how he became so rich, Rockefeller replied, “God gave me my money.” Rockefeller was in the oil refining business early after the Pennsylvania oil rush began in 1859. He built state-of-the-art refineries and bought out his rivals. Rockefeller negotiated secret rebates with the railroads and formed what would become the Standard Oil Trust. Eventually the…


        Journal Writing as a Spiritual Practice
        Instructor:

        This class is for journalers and journaler-want-to-bes. Please bring a pen and a journal or spiral notebook.


        Hannah Arendt: Political Philosopher and Seeker of Truth
        Instructor:

        Hannah Arendt’s thoughts command our attention for we share her questions, concerns, and perplexities about the world in which we live. This talk will focus on her life and diverse contributions.


        An Exploratory Look at New Breakthroughs in Energy and Power Technologies
        Instructor: Dr. Alan J. Pierce

        Some of these technologies will already be in use and others will still be under construction or works in progress at research institutions. As a member of this class, you will be encouraged to share your thoughts since we have all been using technology our entire lives.


        Masterpieces of the Dutch Golden Age
        Instructor: Suzanne Altman

        The 17th century in the Dutch Republic was an extraordinarily fruitful time in the history of art. Great painters such as Vermeer, Rembrandt, Claesz, and Hals produced masterpieces of portraiture, genre painting, landscape, and still life of this era. We will explore the reasons for this abundance of genius and creativity and see many examples…


        Allied Disinformation, Deception, and Code Breaking in WWII
        Instructor: Dr. Marty O. Cohen

        Some think that “Military Intelligence” is an oxymoron. How wrong they are! During WWII, the Allies changed the course of the war in both the European and Pacific theaters by the successful use of disinformation, deception, and code breaking. This class will cover some of the most spectacular examples.


        Simone de Beauvoir’s Newly Discovered Novel Inseparable
        Instructor:

        This talk will include a brief look at Simone de Beauvoir’s life with a summary of her works and a discussion of her newly discovered novel Inseparable, with an Introduction by Margaret Atwood, translated by Sandra Smith, published by Ecco, an imprint of Harper Collins Publishers. The novel was short-listed for the French American Florence…


        Abraham Joshua Heschel: Activist Rabbi
        Instructor:

        Many Americans familiar with the name Abraham Joshua Heschel have come to know that name primarily through the iconic photograph of Heschel walking alongside Martin Luther King in Selma. He is remembered as an activist who happened to be a rabbi. Fewer of us are aware of Heschel’s philosophical and theological writings, and many fail…


        Sahaja Yoga
        Instructor:

        In this class, we’ll explore what Sahaja Yoga is; its history, techniques, and benefits on physical, mental, and spiritual levels. In Sahaja Yoga, one becomes peaceful, joyous, and collective as a drop falling into the ocean of compassion. Of course, one cannot pay for the knowledge and experience of Divine Love like we can’t pay…


    • June 28

        J.P. Morgan: The Original Rich Uncle Pennybags
        Instructor: Rick Feingold

        When the federal government ran out of gold in 1895, J. P. Morgan bailed it out with gold from his bank. Then he bailed out the government again in 1907. He bought out Andrew Carnegie and formed the largest corporation in the world, named U.S. Steel. Rich Uncle Pennybags, better known as the banker in…


        Teaching Myself to Others (Poetry)
        Instructor:

        Many people are curious about how poets create and shape their work. As a published poet and teacher for over fifty years, Zev hopes to answer some of those questions. Using selected poems from two of his books, we will explore the processes through which he arrived at the poems’ final shapes. The active dialogue between…


        Diversity Dynamics and Trends in America
        Instructor:

        We will examine what diversity is, in terms of our own lives. We will explore the dynamics of diversity to understand the benefits and consequences faced by people of diverse identities in America. Finally, we will touch on political trends that relate to diversity.


        Artist’s Journey #3
        Instructor:

        We have a special activity this semester called “An Artist’s Journey”. Each Tuesday morning, a different accomplished artist will talk about and show her artwork. She will elaborate on how she negotiated a career, family life, and her changing interests in various media. Each artist will share how her talent displayed itself in her early…


        Carl Sandburg and Robert Frost: Two Great American Poets
        Instructor: Richard Markowitz

        We will listen to interviews with both of these renowned literary figures and hear each of them reading from his works. To follow along (highly recommended), you may request texts in advance. Forward your email address to Richard at thinkers.liu@gmail.com and he will email the texts to you before the class.


        The Ziegfeld Girls
        Instructor: Martin Schneit

        The Ziegfeld Follies ran from 1907 to 1931. Florenz Ziegfeld glorified the American Girl and made her a symbol of the modern independent woman. He was instrumental in bringing women to the center of society. The Ziegfeld Girl became an American Institution.


        Jewish Roots of Flamenco
        Instructor:

        Flamenco is an art form that arose in Spain, influenced by various populations passing through or living in the southern region of Andalusia. Beginning in the third century BC, Jews, Christians, Muslims and later the Roma people all contributed to Andalusian culture. This presentation will discuss flamenco and its Jewish connection.


        Informed Hope
        Instructor:

        Are you in despair about the future because of so many urgent, unresolved problems such as climate, water, pollution, inequities, health, and more? They are all urgent and the media reminds us of them 24/7. But there is something the media seldom mentions: the incredible number of hopeful projects that are now happening. In this…


    Fall 2022

    • Session 1

        1.3.4Z Five More Movies – Section 2
        Instructor: Robin F. Brancato

        You’ll receive a list of five films that you’ll watch, one a week, in advance of the class. The titles will be a combination of classics and contemporary films, which will be available, usually free, on Netflix, Amazon Prime, or as DVDs from your public library. They will be diverse in subject matter and style and will…


        1.1.3Z Activities for a More Joyful Life and a Sharper Brain
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        Many of us are feeling less joyful about life these days and many are also concerned that our memory capabilities and other brain functions are slowing down. Join us in this class where, together, we will discuss these issues and practice scientifically designed activities that can enhance our joys and sharpen our brains. It could…


        1.1.1Z Jewish Literature in the Gap
        Instructor: Dr. Marty O. Cohen

        In the years between the end of the Hebrew bible (ca. 333 BCE) and the origins of both the Rabbinic Period (which led to the Talmud) and the Christian New Testament (ca. 70CE), a vast amount of religious literature was produced. Most of these books have been lost but a great deal has survived. The…


        1.1.4Z Artist’s Process: Unpacking the Mysteries with “Together in Dance”
        Instructor: Katie Palmer

        Get to know dance and musical theater professionals from the “Together in Dance” community (led by Executive Director Katie Palmer.) Some performers will be returning from last semester and some will be new. In this series, participants will be treated to a sample of all of the artists’ work in their respective métier and have…


        1.1.5O The American Presidency: Its Strengths and Weaknesses
        Instructor: Mike Rossi

        The role of the President is perhaps the most difficult job in the world. Why would someone want this position? Perhaps for prestige. Others may seek the office for the country’s sake. Some may have been forced. We will explore some “unknown” strengths and weaknesses of the presidency. NEW! (This class will be repeated in…


        1.2.1O Smooth Downsizing and Staying Organized!
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        If you are considering sooner or later to downsize, then this class is for you! Join Helena, a professional organizer, as she presents some structures and routines that will help you prepare for such move. She will help you address all your organizational issues way in advance so that when the time comes, you can…


        1.2.2O Opera Experience
        Instructor: Joan Adinolfi Mallory

        Join our interactive, entertaining and educational class featuring musical highlights, synopses of plots, and backgrounds of the composers – a new opera each day. Featuring Lucia Di Lammermoor (Donizetti), Daughter of the Regiment (also Donizetti), Carmen (Bizet), Nabucco (Verdi), and La Donna del Lago (Rossini). NEW!


        1.2.3Z The Future Impact of New Technology
        Instructor: Dr. Alan J. Pierce

        We will look at some new technological breakthroughs from different tech categories and explore how they might impact the future of humanity. NEW!


        1.2.4Z Vital Movement
        Instructor: Judith Rose

        Feel more vitally alive! Offer your body and spirit the gift of Vital Movement™, a unique program for wellness enhancement that integrates the teachings and principles of a variety of kinetic and artistic disciplines to provide effective, joyful, and restorative movement experiences for participants of all ages and levels of proficiency. Each Vital Movement class is a deeply…


        1.2.5Z Deconstructing Othello
        Instructor: Alice Twombly

        This class will feature a close look at the ways in which Shakespeare creates and balances Othello against his arch nemesis, Iago, in language, poetry, and action. Have on hand any good edition of the play. NEW!


        1.3.1Z Five More Movies
        Instructor: Robin F. Brancato

        You’ll receive a list of five films that you’ll watch, one a week, in advance of the class. The titles will be a combination of classics and contemporary films, which will be available, usually free, on Netflix, Amazon Prime, or as DVDs from your public library. They will be diverse in subject matter and style and will…


        1.3.2Z The Washington All-Stars Latest Mischief: A Review of Recent Supreme Court Cases in Context, Part 1
        Instructor: Dr. Duncan Rogers Lee II

        As most people are aware, the Supreme Court has been very busy of late with major decisions affecting abortion, the 2nd Amendment, voting rights, and religious rights, to name a few. In this two-part course, we’ll examine each major decision in view of its historical precedents. (What is not covered in Part 1 will be…


        1.3.3Z American Artists of the 20th and 21st Centuries
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        This class will explore the lives and times, and study the paintings, of American artists of the 20th and 21st centuries and their visions. Some of the artists that will be studied are O’Keeffe, Hopper, Wood, Wyeth, Lawrence, Pollock, Lichtenstein, Warhol, Hockney, Neel and Wiley. [Last taught 4 ½ years ago.]


    • Session 2

        2.2.4O The Story of Rock ’n’ Roll: An American Music Phenomenon
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        Through music videos and documentaries, this course will examine the evolution of how this music affected America’s social and political institutions, mores, and family life.  We’ll cover “juke joints”, RnB, Country, Honky Tonk, Boogie Woogie, Doo Wop, Rock-a- Billy, Soul, Motown, Rap and more. NEW!


        2.2.5Z Hard Times by Charles Dickens
        Instructor: Alice Twombly

        Dickens’ shortest novel (1854) has been called “a bitter expose of capitalist exploitation during the Industrial Revolution in Victorian England.” It has such memorable characters as the harsh schoolteacher, Professor Gradgrind, and other unforgettable Dickensian creations. NEW!


        2.3.1Z The Great Fire by Shirley Hazzard
        Instructor: Susan Barnett

        A review by Joan Didion captures this marvelous novel: “Shirley Hazzard has written a hypnotic novel that unfolds like a dream: Japan, Southeast Asia, the end of one war and the beginning of another, the colonial order gone, and at the center of it all, a love story.” Have a copy of the book with you for…


        2.3.2Z More Short Stories
        Instructor: Robin F. Brancato

        We’ll read and share ideas on two stories every week, many of them from The New Yorker. Stories will be selected based on relevance to our world today, diversity of content and style, and likelihood of inspiring good discussion. Stories will either be available for you to access directly on the Internet or sent by…


        2.3.3Z Teaching Myself to Others
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        Poet and teacher Zev Shanken reads and explains the origin of his poems as a way of celebrating the joy that reading and writing poetry can bring to political, religious, familial, and romantic issues in our lives. Material will come from his three published books and his new book currently under development. NEW!


        2.1.1Z Envisioning America: How Artists Have Pictured the Country from the Revolution to the Social Justice Movements of the 20th Century 
        Instructor: Suzanne Altman

        We will explore distinct eras of American History including the Revolutionary period, the western Expansion, the Civil War, the World Wars, the Great Depression, and the Social Movements of the mid- to late 20th Century, as seen by such artists as Gilbert Stuart, Thomas Cole, Winslow Homer, Jacob Lawrence, and Judy Chicago. NEW!


        2.1.2O The Devil Made Me Do It
        Instructor: Vivienne Dieckmann

        In the 1960s The Flip Wilson Show was on the top of the television charts. One of his characters, Geraldine, excused herself from any wrong-doing with the line, “The devil made me do it.” In this session we will explore the genesis of Geraldine’s concept through excerpts from John Milton’s Satan in Paradise Lost. Satan,…


        2.1.3Z The Story of American Steel: Andrew Carnegie, Charles M. Schwab and the Sparrows Point Legacy
        Instructor: Rick Feingold

        Andrew Carnegie built a steel empire, became wealthy, and then gave it all away. Charles Schwab would become wealthy leading Bethlehem Steel but died bankrupt. In 1887, Sparrows Point was an isolated stretch of marshland on the shore of the Chesapeake Bay. By 1958, it was the biggest steel mill in the world. In 2015,…


        2.1.4O The American Presidency: Its Strengths and Weaknesses NEW! (This class is a repeat of course 1.1.5O of session 1, period 1.)
        Instructor: Mike Rossi

        The role of the President is perhaps the most difficult job in the world. Why would someone want this position? Perhaps for prestige. Others may seek the office for the country’s sake. Some may have been forced. We will explore some “unknown” strengths and weaknesses of the presidency. NEW! (This class will be repeated in…


        2.2.1O The Threepenny Opera
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        The Threepenny Opera by Bertolt Brecht, with music by Kurt Weill, was first produced in Berlin in 1928. We’ll take a look at the lives of Brecht, Weill, and Lotte Lenya, and learn who Mack the Knife is. This work has been described as the operetta that made off-Broadway. [This class was given several years…


        2.2.2Z Personalities of the 1920s
        Instructor: Richard Markowitz

        The decade of the 1920s is now celebrating its hundredth anniversary. Through recorded interviews with and about the foremost personages of that time, many still remembered (Clara Bow, Willa Cather, Clarence Darrow), others mostly forgotten (Ganna Walska, Miguel Covarubias, W. T. Benda), we will acquire a picture of what this fascinating decade was like, with attention…


        2.2.3Z The Way We Were
        Instructor: Martin Schneit

        With five separate classes, as follows below, Marty will bring back the New York area as it was. Lectures 1 and 2 are new; lectures 3 to 5 are repeats from the past. Nov. 25th Jewish New York – How Jewish America started in New York Dec. 6th The Bronx as Seen by Marty Growing…


    Spring 2022

    • Session 1

        1.4.1 More Movies
        Instructor: Robin F. Brancato

        You’ll receive a list of six films that you’ll watch, one a week, in advance of the class. The titles will be a combination of oldies commemorating a particular director or actor and contemporary films. Choices should be available, usually free, on Netflix, Amazon Prime, YouTube, or as DVDs from your library. They will be diverse in subject…


        1.1.1 More Movies
        Instructor: Robin F. Brancato

        Course is closed.  A second instance is available on Wednesdays at 10a.  Register here You’ll receive a list of six films that you’ll watch, one a week, in advance of the class. The titles will be a combination of oldies commemorating a particular director or actor and contemporary films. Choices should be available, usually free, on…


        1.1.2 American Business History
        Instructor: Rick Feingold

        The capitalist economic system is marked by economic boom and bust cycles. The prior expansion cycle was the longest in American history. This class covers business cycles of the 18th to 21st centuries in America. Topics include: three depressions of early America, J. P. Morgan, the crash of 1929, the Great Depression, and the 2008…


        1.1.4 Highlights of Great Operas
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        We will discuss and hear selections from the following operas: La Boheme, Pagliacci, Cavalleria Rusticana, Werther, La Donna del Lago, and Tosca. NEW!


        1.1.5 Mindful Chair
        Instructor: Bette Willins

        This chair-based yoga class is appropriate for all ages and levels of ability. Instruction incorporates yoga postures, gentle movement sequences, breath work, and guided meditation, all of which focus on bringing about an increased sense of mindful awareness. Research has demonstrated that mindfulness practice of breath and body is effective in managing stress and “quieting”…


        1.2.1 Positive Psychology: The Science of Human Flourishing
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        We will explore Positive Psychology – a recent outgrowth of the field of psychology that explores science-based tools that facilitate happiness. Positive Psychology is NOT positive thinking. We will explore how to adopt a positive lens through mindfulness, meditation, meaning and purpose, gratitude, character strengths, and more! NEW!


        1.2.2 The Life and Artistry of John Gielgud
        Instructor: Richard Markowitz

        The seven decade career of John Gielgud (1904-2000) encompassed a wide range of performances on stage, screen, radio and recordings. We will hear him review his personal and professional life in detail, read prose of Dickens, Wilde, and Lewis Carroll, enact scenes from plays of Shakespeare, Chekhov and T. S. Eliot (among others), and recite…


        1.2.3 Memoir Plus
        Instructor: Ronni Miller

        This is a hands-on writing workshop to use the raw material of one’s own life to write fact or fiction stories. It is sometimes the everyday, ordinary moment, a phrase, taste, smell, touch, or sight that is embedded in our memory and has had the greatest effect on our life. To document and express these…


        1.2.4 An Exploratory Look at the Metaverse and Other New Technologies
        Instructor: Dr. Alan J. Pierce

        Starting with the Metaverse (a virtual-reality space in which users can interact with a computer-generated environment and other users) we will look at new, exciting, and important breakthroughs in technology. Some of these technologies will already be in use and others will still be works in progress at research institutions and medical facilities. As a…


        1.2.5 Deconstructing Macbeth
        Instructor: Alice Twombly

        In reading Macbeth, we will try to get below the rich language of the play to understand not only the complexities of the theme of ambition and its consequences in the lives of Macbeth (a real Scottish Thane) and Lady Macbeth (a real Scottish Princess called Gruoch) but also to examine how the structure of…


        1.3.1 Novel Beginnings: First Chapters
        Instructor: Susan Barnett

        How do authors begin their stories? We will read and discuss first chapters representing a variety of forms of narration and style, beginning with Dickens’ David Copperfield, Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, and Anthony Trollope’s The Eustace Diamonds. Copies of these will be sent to members of the class before the first session. The remaining selections…


        1.3.2 Science in the News
        Instructor: Dr. Marty O. Cohen

        Every day, new and exciting discoveries and developments in the various fields of science are announced. In this class, the prior weeks’ most important scientific news items will be presented and discussed. Participation by class members is encouraged. ALL NEW ITEMS!


        1.3.3 Skills for Navigating the Rapids of Accelerating Change
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        We now live in a world of accelerating changes – in technology, the environment, economics, and social values. Instead of having change-aversion, we can navigate change using some new skills and honing some latent skills. Through interactive discussions, we will explore some of both – the new and the latent. Depending on class needs, these might…


    • Session 2

        2.2.2 The Long Game: China’s Quest for Centrality in the 21st Century
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        China has entangled the world in its long game – a slow but steady drumbeat of economic coercion, intensive global propaganda, political pressure, and consensual agreements designed to create the perception that the Chinese way of life is superior to the West. The free world, inspired by US leadership, however, can address the threat of Chinese…


        2.2.3 Scenes from Pulitzer Prize Winning Plays
        Instructor: Richard Markowitz

        The Pulitzer Prize for Drama was first awarded in 1918 and has been given most years since then. We will hear scenes from many celebrated American plays, performed by distinguished actors. Representative plays will include Strange Interlude, The Skin of Our Teeth, The Little Foxes, Abe Lincoln in Illinois, and J.B., among many others. NEW!


        2.2.4 Meaningful Mysticism
        Instructor: Judith Rose

        The word Kabbalah means “The Receiving.” It refers to a system of sacred secrets passed down from teacher to disciple that explored life’s deepest mysteries. In our time together, we will share the study of a selection of these insights, as well as excerpts from the writings of Christian, Hindu, Buddhist, and Sufi mystics, along…


        2.2.5 Beowulf and Grendel
        Instructor: Alice Twombly

        Beowulf is considered to be the first great work of “English” literature although it was written in the Anglo-Saxon period (between the 7th – 10th centuries, C.E.) and in Old English. It concerns characters who did not live in Britain, but in Scandanavia. Mythic Beowulf, a Scandinavian prince, has killed Grendel, who threatened the lives…


        2.3.1 Art History Book Group
        Instructor: Suzanne Altman

        This course is a blend of an art history course with slides and a book discussion group. Excerpts from six books about artists will be provided (though you are certainly welcome to read the entire book.) Information and visuals relating to the book will be shown to spark discussion. Books include Girl with a Pearl…


        2.3.2 Stellar Short Stories: American Authors
        Instructor: Susan Barnett

        We will look at a selection of stories by Edith Wharton, Eudora Welty, William Faulkner, and Ring Lardner, perhaps familiar but well-worth re-reading and discussing. These stories will be made available through email to the students before each session. We begin with “Roman Fever,” by Edith Wharton, to be emailed to those registered for the…


        2.3.3 Does Human Nature Boil Down to Self-Interest?
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        The way individuals have responded to the current pandemic sheds light on one of the main divides in our society. Some see human nature dictating that we act solely according to our self-interest; others see regard for the welfare of others – altruism – as a key motivation for our actions. Guided by the philosophies…


        2.3.4 Artist’s Process: Unpacking the Creative Process versus Performing!
        Instructor: Katie Palmer

        Join the artists of Together in Dance as they take you behind the scenes in the life of an artist. In this series, we will compare and contrast the difference between creation of a work versus performing in one that’s already established. You’ll talk with dancers, choreographers, songwriters, and actors who are currently working members…


        2.1.1 How to Organize an Estate Plan after the “SECURE Act”
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        Whether you have already put together an estate plan or have been “getting around to it,” on January 1, 2020 things changed! Now more than ever it is important to know who you are leaving what to. Should you name them on a beneficiary designation or are they in your will. Learn how to use…


        2.1.2 More Short Stories
        Instructor: Robin F. Brancato

        We’ll read and share ideas on two stories every week, many of them from The New Yorker. Stories will be selected on the basis of relevance to our world today, diversity of content and style, and likelihood of inspiring good discussion. Stories will either be available for you to access directly on the Internet or…


        2.1.3 Stories of the U. S. Air Force: 1917-1953
        Instructor: Rick Feingold

        This class will cover Eddie Rickenbacker – flying ace of World War I; American propaganda of World War II including the Disney film Education for Death, Memphis Belle, and the story of Lili Marlene; Louis Zamperini’s career as a runner at the 1936 Berlin Olympics and as a flyer who survived 47 days in a…


        2.1.4 Six Illustrated Lectures with a Historian and Storyteller
        Instructor: Martin Schneit

        This potpourri course will include the following one-day classes. All are NEW! Lower East Side – Tidbits about some of the great people like Irving Berlin, Eddie Cantor, and George Burns who lived on the Lower East Side. Jewish Harlem – Before the great black migration from the south, Harlem was the third largest Jewish settlement in…


        2.2.1 Great Museums of the World
        Instructor: Suzanne Altman

        This course explores some of the most famous and treasure-filled museums in the world including the unparalleled collection of the Louvre, the Dutch Golden Age at The Rijksmuseum, the Renaissance masters at the Uffizi Gallery, and the cultural treasures of the British Museum. Also the Spanish masters at the Prado and, of course, NYC’s most…


    Winter 2022

    • January 11 Period 1

        My Adoption Triangle
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        This three-week course will tell the compelling story of the author who was adopted at birth into a nurturing family, who lost her mother to cancer at twenty, and then reunited with her birth mother at fifty with the help of information given to her earlier in life by her mother. It is also the…


        Mindful Chair Yoga
        Instructor: Bette Willins

        This chair-based yoga class is appropriate for all ages and levels of ability. Instruction incorporates yoga postures, gentle movement sequences, breathwork, and guided meditation, all of which focus on bringing an increased sense of mindful awareness. Research demonstrates that mindful practice of breath and body are effective in managing stress and quieting the nervous system.…


        How to Identify an Art Movement
        Instructor: Suzanne Altman

        This lecture will help you identify the characteristics that are distinctive to art movements from the Middle Ages to the 20th Century. Examples will be shown to illuminate how each era made unique contributions to the span of art history, both expanding on and reacting against what came before.


        Poetry Rx
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        This course will feature selected readings from the book by the same title by Norman E. Rosenthal, MD. We will share poems that may provide emotional and physical healing through nature and our mind/body connection. Analysis and sharing by students, along with the deep analysis by this perceptive psychiatrist, will hopefully bring us collectively to…


    • January 11 Period 2

        The Opera Experience: Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers
        Instructor: Joan Adinolfi Mallory

        The Opera Experience is an interactive class where students learn the story and background of a particular opera. They also listen to the signature arias, “meet” the composer, and even participate in some of the drama. This time we will examine Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers.


        More “Modernism”
        Instructor: Alice Twombly

        This will be a short story that we didn’t get to read in the fall, namely F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Diamond as Big as the Ritz”. Look for the pdf link and download.


        Israel and Palestine: Thoughts on Healing the Divide Week 1
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        This course is a condensed version of the closed-out course by the same name given by Dr. Grob during the fall 2021 semester. It will explore bridging ideas for resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. We will thus give less attention to the past and more to the future. Although references to historical events will necessarily…


    • January 11 Period 3

        Understanding Passwords
        Instructor: Vincent Cina

        This is part one of a two-part presentation on passwords. We will explore these questions: Why do we have passwords? How do bad actors (cyber criminals) steal our passwords? What are the characteristics of a good (i.e., secure) password? Vincent will share his experiences helping people deal with their password pain.


        Recent News in Science
        Instructor: Dr. Marty O. Cohen

        Every day, new and exciting discoveries and developments in the various fields of science are announced. In this class, the prior few weeks’ most important scientific news items will be presented and discussed. Participation by class members is encouraged.


    • January 18 Period 1

        Sinatra’s Radio Days as a Big Band Vocalist and Soloist
        Instructor: Dr. Floyd Lapp

        Hear Frank Sinatra’s debut with the Hoboken Four (1935) and big band remotes with Harry James and Tommy Dorsey (1939-1942), and as a soloist through the 1940s on a multiple of radio programs including, Your Hit Parade. This archival material represents a special period for the American Song Book and the evolution of Sinatra’s musical…


        Memoirs of a Sculptor
        Instructor: Dr. Carl Rattner

        Using PowerPoint imagery, this talk will endeavor to explain Carl’s life’s work as a sculptor: how it began and evolved; the people, places, and things that inspired it; what it is about and how it is made.


        My Adoption Triangle Week 2
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        This three-week course will tell the compelling story of the author who was adopted at birth into a nurturing family, who lost her mother to cancer at twenty, and then reunited with her birth mother at fifty with the help of information given to her earlier in life by her mother. It is also the…


        Israel and Palestine: Thoughts on Healing the Divide Week 2
        Instructor:

        This course is a condensed version of the closed-out course by the same name given by Dr. Grob during the fall 2021 semester. It will explore bridging ideas for resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. We will thus give less attention to the past and more to the future. Although references to historical events will necessarily…


    • January 18 Period 2

        Bridging the Divide: Talking to People with Whom We Do Not Agree
        Instructor: Dr. Duncan Rogers Lee II

        If you use Facebook or other social media, if you attend School Board or Town Board meetings or read about them, then you have witnessed disagreeable people behaving disagreeably. While you cannot effectively change such people, you can change the nature of your interaction with them and this can lead to the beginning of learning…


        What Did You Say? Everyday Communication Strategies for the Whole Family
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        Are you frustrated or embarrassed due to difficulties hearing and communicating? Join us as we host an informational session about how one hears, communication strategies, and group problem solving surrounding communication breakdowns. Gain insight and strategies from our audiology staff and the experiences of others who may struggle in similar ways.


        A Vital Movement™ Workshop for Our Time
        Instructor: Judith Rose

        The times are calling upon us to be patient, adaptive, creative, and congruent as we face the chronic uncertainties and collective trauma of this epic moment in history. Join Judith Rose, the founder of Vital Movement™, for a unique movement journey, and return to the land of your body and soul. Our session will be a dynamic…


        Still More “Modernism”
        Instructor: Alice Twombly

        This will be another short story that we didn’t get to read in the fall, namely Ernest Hemingway’s “Now I Lay Me”. Look for pdf link or look for Hemingway short story collections on line or in the library.


    • January 18 Period 3

        24 Hours of Reality: Protect Our Planet, Protect Ourselves
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        This class is about Climate Change, (aka climate disruption), with a brief primer on what is happening now and how critically important it is to take immediate action, individually and collectively. Suzanne is a trained and certified Climate Reality Leader™.


        Gandhi’s Moral and Political Philosophy
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        Gandhi was a curious combination of a radical and an anti-modernist. This class will try to bring out how that was a consistent combination of stances. We will consider his ideas of non-violence, the state, the nature of science, and his views on liberalism and the cultural and cognitive effects of capitalism.


        Dealing with Passwords
        Instructor: Vincent Cina

        This is part two of a two-part presentation on passwords. It will cover the reduction of password frustrations while at the same time practicing “safe computing”. Topics will include: Password Managers, Multi-Factor Authentication, One Time Passwords, and Authenticators.


    • January 25 Period 1

        Frederic Edwin Church: Painter of the World
        Instructor: Suzanne Altman

        Frederic Church was a vital figure in the movement in American painting known as the Hudson River School and in the development of Western landscape painting in general. Thomas Cole’s paintings made the Hudson River Valley famous, but Frederic Edwin Church was famous for painting the world. Church’s artistic explorations took him to exotic and…


        The Girl from Ipanema and the Music of Antonio Carlos Jobim
        Instructor: Rick Feingold

        The Bossa Nova sound originated in Rio de Janeiro, home to the Copacabana and Ipanema beaches. The Girl from Ipanema won a Grammy for Record of the Year in 1965. Rio, a city of contrasts, features one of the seven wonders of the modern world, the pre-Lenten celebration Carnival, and striking favelas. The city comes…


        My Adoption Triangle Week 3
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        This three-week course will tell the compelling story of the author who was adopted at birth into a nurturing family, who lost her mother to cancer at twenty, and then reunited with her birth mother at fifty with the help of information given to her earlier in life by her mother. It is also the…


        The Radio Plays of Norman Corwin
        Instructor: Richard Markowitz

        In the heyday of network radio broadcasting and after, Norman Corwin became celebrated as the poet laureate of radio. During a career that spanned more than five decades, he wrote and directed award winning audio plays which examined a wide range of themes dealing with the human condition. Humorous, satirical, whimsical, dramatic, poignant – the…


    • January 25 Period 2

        A Whirlwind Tour of Positive Psychology: The Science of Human Flourishing
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        Positive Psychology is the science of human flourishing. It is a recent outgrowth of the field of psychology that explores science-based tools that facilitate happiness. In this one-session Zoom introductory class, we will take a whirlwind tour of techniques that facilitate uplift: meditation, appreciative inquiry, practicing gratitude, using character strengths, and focusing on meaning and purpose.


        Musicians of Color in the Concert Hall – Session 2
        Instructor: Richard Markowitz

        Richard is presenting a two-session course that considers the lives and careers of musicians of color. In the first session, we will consider composers, conductors, and instrumentalists. The second will be concerned with vocal recitalists and operatic singers. Figures to be profiled will include, among others, William Grant Still, Henry Burleigh, Dean Dixon, Roland Hayes,…


        Joy through Improvisation
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        Add joy to your life through “Improv.” Stretch your mind by opening up the dusty files of your imagination. This improvisation series, with all new situations, provides an enjoyable brain workout through games, exercises, and imaginary play. The results are humor, fun, and a sharpened mind.


        Israel and Palestine: Thoughts on Healing the Divide Week 3
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        This course is a condensed version of the closed-out course by the same name given by Dr. Grob during the fall 2021 semester. It will explore bridging ideas for resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. We will thus give less attention to the past and more to the future. Although references to historical events will necessarily…


    • January 25 Period 3

        Why I Do Not Fear Artificial Intelligence, but Have Concerns about It and Want to be Ready
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        Media often report warnings about AI. They come from scientists, world and corporate leaders, employees, historians, and others. Having followed popular media and the professional media about AI, Jim respects these warnings, but he also respects the excitement and promises AI offers. How to get ready? You will learn suggestions for what we all need to…


        Community, Culture and Politics: a Path Back to Community
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        This class is about the social breakdown of trust in institutions large and small (from school districts to Congress), in a time of increasing cultural and political polarization. We’ll be asking ourselves, how did we get here, and is there a way back? We will briefly look at three examples of successful community-building that overcame…


        Indian Religions and Current Politics
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        In this class we’ll explore the diversity of peoples practicing within the religious groups of India and see how they’re currently involved in the tensions of their country’s politics which have come into play these years due to globalization.


        Contemporary Populisms
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        The class will take up the question of what, if anything, is common to a range of different populisms in our time (Trump in the USA, Brexit in the UK, Narendra Modi in India, Le Pen in France, Bolsanaro in Brazil, and Erdogan in Turkey.) Though there will be some effort at giving some historical…


    • February 1 Period 1

        Rene Magritte and his Thought-Provoking Paintings
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        Class Cancelled due to illness. This Belgian surrealist will amuse you, confuse you, and delight you with his images of everyday objects and people in unusual spaces. Let’s look at these paintings and see how challenging it is for us to interpret them.


        Discussion of the Film Passing, Directed by Rebecca Hall
        Instructor: Robin F. Brancato

        Please watch in advance of the class the film Passing, available on Netflix beginning Nov. 10, 2021. This recently released black-and-white movie, based on a 1929 novel by Nellie Larsen, involves two friends from childhood for whom secrets unfold when they unexpectedly meet again as adults.


        Cornelius Vanderbilt: The First Tycoon
        Instructor: Rick Feingold

        Cornelius Vanderbilt began operating his own ferry in New York Harbor at the age of 16. He would work from dawn until dark ferrying passengers between Staten Island and the tip of Manhattan. The tiny business would grow into a massive steamship company. Vanderbilt would undercut his competitors by pricing his services so low that…


        A Few More Math Nibbles
        Instructor: Marc Wantuch

        Clever people like you know that, though voted the most-hated school subject, Mathematics hides many delights. Take Fibonacci’s sequence – lotsa fun – but invented a thousand year before he was born. I’ll explain why I love that guy and why you should, too.Why does 12 pm never happen? Why wear a digital watch? They’re…


    • February 1 Period 2

        Feminine Musique – The Life and Times of Pauline García-Viardot
        Instructor:

        Pauline Garcia-Viardot (1821-1910), of Spanish descent, was a leading nineteenth-century French mezzo-soprano, pedagogue, and composer. Her music will be performed by female music specialists Feminine Musique. Pauline’s music will be interspersed with fascinating details about her life and the lives of musicians, writers, and artists in her inner circle – Chopin, George Sand, Delacroix, Liszt,…


        Can Technology Solve Global Warming?
        Instructor: Dr. Alan J. Pierce

        We will look at technology that might ameliorate some of the effects of global warming. The big question is, of course, will humans be part of the next extinction if global warming is not brought under control? In this session Dr. Pierce’s teaching style will be that of a discussion leader rather than that of…


        Lower Manhattan
        Instructor: Martin Schneit

        Marty will discuss the history of Lower Manhattan with the architecture, people, and events concerning Trinity Church, Federal Hall, The New York Stock Exchange, sites associated with 18th century slave uprisings, Alexander Hamilton, and George Washington.


        Propaganda Music and Film of World War II
        Instructor: Rick Feingold

        The Allies utilized films, music, posters, cartoons, and even comic books in a propaganda effort to increase support for the war effort in America and abroad. President Franklin Roosevelt created the Office of War Information in 1942 to control all communications coming into and out of the United States. This program features the Three Stooges…


    • February 1 Period 3

        The Fabulous First Chapter of “Deacon King Kong” by James McBride
        Instructor: Susan Barnett

        When reading or re-reading the opening of this award-winning novel, we enter a world described through a satiric lens. We will examine and discuss the ways in which the author uses the brilliant devices of comedy to show us people and places as we have not seen them before. Have the book with you for the class.


        The Quirky English Language
        Instructor: Dr. Marty O. Cohen

        English is the unchallenged present day international language. It is the most widely used language in commerce, on the Internet, and in the field of entertainment. However, it is also highly quirky, which makes it unique among languages. In this class we will look at, and hopefully enjoy, many of these quirks.


        Trim Tab People: Little-Known Individuals Who Have Impacted the World
        Instructor:

        A trim tab is a small rudder that turns a larger one. Many of the world’s improvements have come from individuals we probably have not heard of, but their stories make for interesting learning. Find out who changed the course of World War II. Who was the wealthiest female CEO in 2013? What MD never…


    Fall 2021

    • Session 1A Fall 2021

        The Amazing Biblical Books of Esther and Daniel
        Instructor: Dr. Marty O. Cohen

        Esther and Daniel, the last two books to be added to the Hebrew Bible, were written and circulated in the province of Judah in response to the bitter persecutions of Antiochus IV, the Greek-Syrian despot of the 2nd century BCE. Esther became vitally important to Jews while Daniel became equally important to Christians. Join with…


        More Movies
        Instructor: Robin F. Brancato

        You’ll receive in advance titles of six films to watch on your own, for discussion in class, one per week, of themes, characterizations, directors’ decisions, relevance to today, and more. NEW!


        Constitutional Law: First Amendment Religious Freedom and the “Trump” Court
        Instructor: Dr. Duncan Rogers Lee II

        The class will review important Constitutional cases forming a framework for the extent to which government may be involved with or restrict religion. The last two classes will be devoted to recent and upcoming cases pitting the first amendment against the right to privacy, LGBTQ rights, and the rights of local governments to restrict religious…


        A Century Of Progressive Photography Through The Lens Of Arthur Rothstein
        Instructor:

        Since the 1920s, photography has been a dynamic element of the cultural landscape, but images have also been used to document, expose, and explain societal problems. Governments and reform advocates have employed images and photo-stories to inspire or provoke political supporters and opponents at every level, from the neighborhood to the national. This course will…


        Art History Of The Renaissance
        Instructor: Suzanne Altman

        A journey of art from the 14th to the 16th centuries. We will study the origins of the Renaissance with artists such as Giotto and Duccio; the early Renaissance (15th century) with Donatello and Botticelli; the High Renaissance of Leonardo, Michelangelo and Raphael; the Early Renaissance in the North with artists Durer and Bosch; in…


        Positive Pyschology: The Science of Human Flourishing
        Instructor:

        We will explore Positive Psychology – a recent outgrowth of the field of Psychology that explores science-based tools that facilitate happiness. Positive Psychology is NOT positive thinking. We will explore how to adopt a positive lens through mindfulness, meditation, meaning and purpose, gratitude, character strengths, and more! NEW!


        These Are a Few of My Favorite Things: A Literary Souk
        Instructor: Judith Rose

        Imagine walking through a lively Middle Eastern market filled with an exciting variety of literary wares! Sample and savor the stories, poems, essays, and parables that have left their mark on the heart of the reader. Note: Weekly texts will be emailed to students for at-home printing; the instructor will not be sharing them on…


        Nostalgia
        Instructor: Martin Schneit

        This course involves a week devoted to each of the following nostalgic topics: Fred Astaire, the Borscht Belt, New York City during World War II, The Brooklyn Bridge/Brooklyn Heights, Irving Berlin, and Audrey Hepburn. NEW! [Special Note: On week 2, instead of meeting on Tuesday, the 12th, this class will meet at 10:00 am on…


        Modernism In The Short Stories Of Ernest Hemingway And F. Scott Fitzgerald
        Instructor: Alice Twombly

        Modernism was a worldwide artistic movement of the late 19th and early 20th century in the pre-WWI and post-WWI worlds. It sought to break with traditional and classical forms of art be they music, painting, dance, or literature. Two American writers of the 1920s and 1930s, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway, changed forever the focus…


        Overlooked and Underappreciated: Art of the
        Instructor: Suzanne Altman

        In this course, we will look at the contributions of six different marginalized groups of artists: Women, African Americans, Latin Americans, Asian Americans, Indigenous Americans, and members of the LGBTQ community. In addition to discussing their works, we will examine how their identity impacted their creativity and how the works were received by the larger…


        Fifth Business: Introducing Robertson Davies
        Instructor: Susan Barnett

        If you have read anything written by this Canadian writer, he needs no introduction, and is well worth re-reading. Otherwise, welcome to a “marvelously enigmatic novel, elegantly written and driven by irresistible narrative force,” as described in Christopher Lehman-Haupt’s New York Times Book Review. The latest Penguin edition is preferred but not required! NEW!


        Celebrated Authors Reading from Their Works
        Instructor: Richard Markowitz

        In 1953, Goddard Lieberson, the Executive Vice President in charge of artists and repertoire at Columbia Records, initiated a series of spoken word recordings documenting the voices and writing of a dozen American and British authors. We will hear Edna Ferber, Katherine Ann Porter, John Steinbeck, Aldous Huxley, Christopher Isherwood, Truman Capote, William Saroyan, the Sitwells,…


        New Views on Key Elder Issues
        Instructor:

        This course presents fresh views on key Elder issues by national and local guests, who will give talks and hold Q&A sessions. Topics to be covered, among others, are Longevity, Wellness, Economics, and Housing/Living. Speakers will include Karl Pillemer, Cornell University author and gerontologist, and Taylor Patskanick, specialist and researcher at MIT AgeLab. We are…


    • Session 1B Fall 2021

        Forensic Psychology: Exploring Complex Human Criminal Behavior
        Instructor:

        People have always been fascinated by criminal behavior. Just look at TV listings, popular movies, and offerings on streaming services. This class will examine the complex nature of concepts like diminished capacity, insanity pleas, intoxication, specific intent, ability to stand trial, and the psychology behind jury selection. NEW!


        American Artists of the 18th and 19th Centuries 
        Instructor:

        We will explore the lives and times and study the paintings of American artists from the 18th and 19th centuries. The painters studied will be: Copley, Stuart, Peale, Cole, Heade, Church, Bierstadt, Moran, Whistler, Eakins, Homer, and Sargent. (This course was last taught eight semesters ago.)


    • Session 2A Fall 2021

        Sinatra Sings Songs from His Movie Musicals
        Instructor: Dr. Floyd Lapp

        Hear excerpts from Sinatra’s twenty Hollywood musicals that span the period beginning as Tommy Dorsey’s big band vocalist in the early 1940s, continuing with his MGM musicals as “the Voice”, and as the “Chairman of the Board” in the 1950s and 1960s. This class provides a nostalgic tour de force with Sinatra as a balladeer…


        An Opera Experience
        Instructor: Joan Adinolfi Mallory

        Here are the topics, one for each of the six weeks. Excerpts of recordings with great soprano and contralto artists with anecdotes of their careers and personal life, tragic finales including Werther, happy endings including La Donna del Lago, party scenes including La Traviata, signature scenes including Tosca, and famous choruses including “The Anvil Chorus.”…


        Deconstructing Two Shakespearean Plays: Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth
        Instructor: Alice Twombly

        A look at the poetry of the plays and the structure it provides as it reveals character and the contrast between an early and a late play. Familiarity with both plays would be helpful.” NEW!


        Still More Stories, Some From The New Yorker
        Instructor: Robin F. Brancato

        You’ll receive in advance a list of stories, two per week, with instructions on how to access them. Read the stories more than once, if possible, for best possible discussions. NEW!


        Bioethics in 2021: What Have We Learned So Far?
        Instructor:

        Since 2007 we at The Collaborative have looked at many ethical challenges in medicine from a policy perspective. In terms of enacting good planning, what have we learned so far? What is the responsibility of the public? Elected officials? The courts? What, if any, kind of flexibility should each constituency be willing to demonstrate to…


        Enhance Your Brain Using Unusual Thinking Skills
        Instructor:

        Discover how to think like a Rocket Scientist, Futurist, Freakonomist, Inventer/Designer, Exponentialist, Possibilarian, Neurologist, Einsteinianist, Poker Player, and Flexible-3D Open Thinker. You will also learn how to detect a con artist and a liar. Great fun, significant insights, and lots of resources. NEW!


        Artist’s Process: Unpacking the Mysteries with “Together in Dance”
        Instructor: Katie Palmer

        Get to know musical theater and dance professionals from the “Together in Dance” community (led by Executive Director Katie Palmer). Some performers will be returning (from last semester) and some will be new! In this series, participants will be treated to a sample of all of the artists’ work in their respective métier and have…


        Stretch Yoga
        Instructor:

        Charlese will lead you through Yoga poses to stretch your muscles while working on improving flexibility and balance. NEW!


        The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: A Very Timely Novel
        Instructor: Susan Barnett

        How has Mark Twain’s Huck survived eviction by librarians, attacks for its use of racial slurs, and criticism for literary crimes? What connections can be made between the America Mark Twain writes about and the one in which we live today? Let’s read, re-read, and discuss. NEW!


        Virtual Museum Visits
        Instructor:

        Over the past several months, many of our beloved art museums have re-opened, yet not all of us are getting around to shows the way we used to do. In this course, we will visit one or two museums each week, a virtual tour of Frick Madison, The Whitney, The Met, Salon 94, DIA Beacon, Storm…


        Israel And Palestine: Thoughts On Healing The Divide
        Instructor:

        This course will explore bridging ideas for resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. We will thus give less attention to the past and more to the future. Although references to historical events will necessarily be made, the course will focus on ideas that might, at some future time, bridge the large gaps between traditional positions taken…


        The Beginnings of Baseball: Interviews with Players from the Early Years
        Instructor: Richard Markowitz

        Baseball, often referred to as “America’s National Pastime,” dates back to the Civil War years. We will focus particularly on the so-called Dead Ball era, the period between 1900 and 1919, at the end of which Babe Ruth became celebrated as a power hitter. Interview subjects recalling their careers will include Fred Snodgrass, “Goose” Goslin, “Lefty”…


        Why is she so angry?
        Instructor:

        Through the eyes of one black woman, we will examine the “angry black female stereotype” and what it has meant throughout history, exploring also the effects this issue has had on the presenter. NEW!


        Absolute Beginners Talmud Class
        Instructor:

        The age-old wisdom of the Talmud has inspired medieval scholars, modern yeshiva students, Supreme Court justices, Long Island Railroad commuters, and people of all faiths. Thanks to several excellent annotated translations, this ancient text is more accessible than ever before. Join Rabbi Berkman as we explore the history, language, and methodology of the Talmudic text…


        Hamilton Returns to Broadway, Fall 2021
        Instructor: Rick Feingold

        Today, Hamilton, a ground-breaking musical featuring Black and Latino actors playing the founding fathers, is the hottest ticket on Broadway. Hamilton, who as an immigrant became the first Secretary of the Treasury and founded the U.S. financial system, died at the hands of Vice President Aaron Burr upon the dueling grounds in Weehawken, NJ. The…


    Summer 2021

    • June 8 Period 1

        Growing up with Rock ’n Roll: Blasts from the Past 
        Instructor:

        Stephen discovered Rhythm & Blues music while listening on his first transistor radio to Jocko’s “Rocket Ship Show.” Suddenly one night, there was Alan Freed and his “Moondog” radio show. Stephen was hooked on Rock ’n Roll for the rest of his life. This lecture will review the early days of Rock ’n Roll and its effect on music, teenage social life, and social mores. It was the sound track of his generation.  He is the drummer in the Rockland-based band “Grandpa.” Join him for some music and share your own memories.


        War’s Consequences: Two Short Stories by Ernest Hemingway
        Instructor: Alice Twombly

        We will study “In Another Country” and “Soldier’s Home.” Here are the links: https://www.somanybooks.org/eng208/SoldiersHome.pdf and       https://mt15000219.schoolwires.net/cms/lib/MT15000219/Centricity/Domain/97/In%20Another%20Country.pdf. Please read the stories before class.


        Mindful Chair Yoga
        Instructor: Bette Willins

        This chair-based yoga class is appropriate for all ages and levels of ability. Instruction incorporates yoga postures, gentle movement sequences, breath work, and guided meditation, all of which focus on bringing about an increased sense of mindful awareness. Research has demonstrated that mindfulness practice of breath and body is effective in managing stress and “quieting” the nervous system. Modifications are provided specific to participants’ needs, allowing for the optimal balance between support and challenge. This class will meet you where you are at any given moment. No yoga experience necessary.


    • June 8 Period 2

        A Writer’s Journey
        Instructor: Susan Barnett

        In her short story, “An Unwritten Novel,” Virginia Woolf shows us glimpses of her creative process as she describes an ordinary trip by train and focuses on a particular passenger, unknown to the narrator.  Once again, the magic of Woolf’s remarkable use of language and imagination is on display. Please read the story before class. It can be found at: http://digital.library.upenn.edu/women/woolf/monday/monday-04.html


        Great Arias of Tenors and Baritones/Basses
        Instructor: Joan Adinolfi Mallory

        The class will feature nine Metropolitan Opera stars with some fascinating facts about their lives and careers.


        Rob Sings, Plays, and Answers Questions about His Sixty Years as a Rock Performer
        Instructor:

        Rob Stoner will demonstrate various guitar techniques and sing your favorite songs. He will discuss the lifestyle of a traveling performer, the economics of the concert industry, how songs are written, and how recordings are made. Photographs and video from throughout his career will be exhibited and discussed.


    • June 8 Period 3

        A Blueprint for American Leadership in the Biden Administration 
        Instructor:

        Over the last four years, American foreign policy was severely compromised. Reestablishing American leadership is a top priority for the Biden Administration. This presentation will outline initiatives in both foreign and domestic policy that will enable the United States to regain global leadership in the face of an increasingly combative China intent on undermining American influence around the world.


        The Rise and Fall of Letchworth Village
        Instructor:

        During the early 20th century, Letchworth Village in Rockland County was at the center of the Eugenics movement in America. Administrators there performed research on “feebleminded” youth in order to validate the theory that mental illness was inherited, untreatable, and associated with anti-social behavior. Dr. Nevins, who has written several books and articles on this subject, will discuss the personalities and work of several of the Village’s local leaders.


        What is Yoga?
        Instructor:

        Most people think that yoga means putting a young and flexible body into pretzel-like positions. But that’s only one part of yoga. Beyond a fitness and wellness trend, the ancient practice of yoga has Eight Limbs. You’ll find out about yoga philosophy, morality, and yoga breathing, and much more. You will also discover why yoga has endured for millennia, why it’s practiced by hundreds of millions of people of all ages around the globe, and why the medical community embraces yoga for treatment of common ailments (including back pain, arthritis, stress management, and more). The class is taught by a yoga instructor who undertook yoga teacher training at age 63 and who believes in aging well!


    • June 15 Period 1

        A Discussion of the Film Minari
        Instructor: Robin F. Brancato

        In advance of our meeting, please watch Minari, directed by Lee Isaac Chung, which follows a family of South Korean immigrants who relocate from California to Arkansas in the 1980s. By the time we meet, we’ll know whether Minari has won any of the six Academy Awards for which it’s been nominated.


        Moving Pictures
        Instructor:

        Dr. Segan provides an intimate portrait of her father, the influential 20th century photojournalist Arthur Rothstein. She presents the photo-stories that highlight his pivotal role in the landmark New Deal-era documentary photography project that became a national treasure and explores the highlights of his fifty-year career that shaped the visual culture of post-war America during the Golden Age of picture magazines.


        Black Lives Matter  
        Instructor: Alice Twombly

        African American poets examine race through the lens of powerful poems. These poems are listed in order of publication. Each of these is downloadable using Google, but here are suggested links for each poem.
        1. “I, Too” by Langston Hughes 1926 www.poetryfoundation.org
        2. “Southern Cop” by Sterling A. Brown 1936 www.poemhunter.com
        3. “we real cool” by Gwendolyn Brooks 1960 www.poetryfoundation.org
        4. “Those Winter Sundays” by Robert Hayden 1962 www.poetryfoundation.org
        5. “Facing It” by Yusef Komunyakaa 1988 www.poetryfoundation.org
        6. “Incident” by Natasha Tretheway 2006 www.poetryfoundation.org
        If we have time for it:
        7. “Praise Song for the Day”, Elizabeth Alexander 2009 www.poetryfoundation.org (Written for President Barack Obama’s Inauguration, Jan 20, 2009.)


    • June 15 Period 2

        Let’s Take a Good Look at Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice
        Instructor: Dr. Marty O. Cohen

        Why did Shakespeare write this play? What do we make of it? Is it outright anti-Semitism, sympathy for the oppressed, or somewhere in between? (It would be helpful, but not essential, to have the text of the play in front of you during class.)


        Wisdom Through Humor
        Instructor:

        As a bit of “philosophy light,” we will share some life lessons found in the “wise fool,” court jester, and some appropriate jokes and other humor. We will avoid bawdy, racist, ethnic, insult and other hurtful humor. “Laughter is an overlooked medication.” – Norman Cousins.


        24 Hours of Reality: Protect Our Planet, Protect Ourselves
        Instructor:

        This class is about Climate Change (aka climate disruption), with a brief primer on what is happening and how critically important it is to take action, individually and collectively, asap.


    • June 15 Period 3

        Introducing the Lute
        Instructor:

        The lute was one of the most commonly and widely used musical instruments throughout Europe from the 15th through the 18th centuries. Through an overview demonstrating the history of its development, construction, technique, and repertoire, learn about why it was so popular and important in musical and social history during this period.


        Dance in Spain as Embodied Resistance
        Instructor:

        This will be an exploration of dance in Spain and its relationship to power throughout history. The class will study dance as an embodiment of resistance to the Reconquista during the Golden Age in Spain, the Napoleonic invasion, the subsequent fall of the Spanish empire, and finally the Spanish Civil War and the fascist Franco regime.


        Cognitive Health in Older Adulthood
        Instructor:

        Dr. MacKay-Brandt will discuss how cognition changes as we age and how cognitive changes are related to brain changes. She will review the current research findings on some of the factors that influence cognitive change and interventions aimed to reduce age-related changes.


    • June 22 Period 1

        The Ukraine: A Geopolitical Tinderbox.
        Instructor:

        This will be an interview with Kos, who is a developer of the Collaborative’s new website and who lives in, and is a concerned citizen, of the Ukraine. The interviewer will be Dr. Howard Goldstein.


        Smooth Downsizing, Staying Organized!
        Instructor:

        If you are considering downsizing sooner or later, then this class is for you! Join Helena, a professional organizer, as she presents some structures and routines that will help you prepare for such a move. She will help you address all your organizational issues way in advance so that when the time comes you can ensure a smooth transition and not have to rush through the process of going through years of objects and papers in your home. Become and Stay Organized now!


        Current Issues in Policing
        Instructor:

        Officer Davies is the Community Police Officer for the Clarkstown PD and has experience in Community Police, Crime Prevention, Scams, Emergency Management, CARES unit, and VIN etching. As part of this class, there will be questions from the audience – which are encouraged.


    • June 22 Period 2

        Vital MovementTM
        Instructor: Judith Rose

        Feel more vitally alive! Offer your body and spirit the gift of Vital Movement™, a unique program for wellness enhancement that integrates the teachings and principles of a variety of kinetic and artistic disciplines to provide effective, joyful, and restorative movement experiences for participants of all ages and levels of movement experience. Each class is a deeply focused, dynamic and fluid ritual that encourages growth and transformation. Please have a sturdy armless chair in your space. All new choreography!


        It’s a Mitzvah!: The Role of Rights, Responsibilities, and Obligations in the Jewish Tradition
        Instructor:

        While many have heard the word “mitzvah,” few understand what the word actually means. And fewer are comfortable with the ramifications that follow. But the word “mitzvah” is what lies at the heart of Judaism, and the different ways in which the word has been used have given rise to the many streams that exist within its practice. Join us to explore the word, its meaning, and resulting behaviors.


        The Roots of Rock ’n Roll
        Instructor:

        This begins with jump blues and in the late 40s with Louis Jordan, Swing Bands, and a compilation of songs that defined what is Rock ’n Roll.  Pioneers like SUN Records (Sam Phillips) and CHESS (Leonard Chess) created a new demographic. There will be a special segment on Boogie Woogie. Artists Ray Charles, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Elvis and the Rock-a- Billy Stars Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis will be presented. Also, the “beat,” from thigh slapping to Bo Diddley. The session will end with Jim Crow, juvenile delinquency and the teenage idols. Much new material.


    • June 22 Period 3

        Rescuers During the Holocaust: What They Can Teach Us About Human Nature?
        Instructor:

        Christian rescuers during the Holocaust engaged in acts that put their own lives and the lives of their families in mortal danger. During this talk, Lenny will explore the implications of these altruistic acts for our understanding of “human nature.” He’ll be relying, in part, on interviews he conducted with rescuers during a visit to Germany.


        Beginning Piano Improvisation
        Instructor:

        This class will teach piano students how to improvise using some basic techniques. By learning the blues scale, pentatonic scales, and major and minor modes, they can begin to improvise after this class.


        The Life and Works of Irene Nemirovsky (and a Sneak Preview!)
        Instructor:

        Irene Nemirovsky was a famous writer in France before she was arrested and later killed at Auschwitz. Many of her works describe the lives of Jewish immigrants in France in the interwar period, as well as provide insight into French society of the time. A novella of hers, coming out in September, is The Prodigal Child. This was translated by Sandra, who will give a sneak preview of the work. (The first part of this lecture was last given for the Collaborative about five years ago.)


    • June 29 Period 1

        Great Women in Art
        Instructor: Suzanne Altman

        Long overlooked and underappreciated, women have been a force in art history for centuries. From Renaissance portrait painters to the still life painters of the Dutch Golden Age to accomplished Impressionists to the many important 20th century women in Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism, and Feminist Art, this lecture explores artists both obscure and well known. Works by Artemisia Gentileschi, Rosa Bonheur, Mary Cassatt, Helen Frankenthaler, and Georgia O’Keeffe will be shown and discussed.


        Motown Records and Berry Gordy
        Instructor: Rick Feingold

        Berry Gordy wrote the Jackie Wilson hit Lonely Teardrops but barely made any money. So he started his own record company named “Motown”. The label played an important role in the racial integration of popular music, achieving crossover success. Motown would launch the careers of Diana Ross & the Supremes, Smokey Robinson, The Temptations, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, the Four Tops, Stevie Wonder, and The Jackson Five. The class will feature classic videos of the early years of Motown music.


        Rene Magritte and His Thought-Provoking Paintings
        Instructor:

        This Belgian surrealist will amuse you, confuse you, and delight you with his images of everyday objects and people in unusual spaces. Let’s look at these paintings and see how challenging it is for us to interpret them..


    • June 29 Period 2

        Tales of the Folk
        Instructor: Richard Markowitz

        All cultures have stories that are transmitted orally from one generation to the next. We will consider stories from four cultures: French, Irish, Yiddish, and West African, in captivating recordings by distinguished storytellers, authors and actors. To follow along during this class, you may request texts in advance. Forward your email address to Richard at thinkers.liu@gmail.com. and he will email them to you.


        The Case Against Reparations to African Americans for the Enslavement of Their Ancestors
        Instructor:

        Proposed legislation HR 40 in the U.S. Congress would create a commission to study and propose reparations for slavery in our past. Robert will share his rationale against federal reparations, and then encourage discussion.


        From North Dakota to the Metropolitan Opera House
        Instructor:

        Korliss Uecker, a Juilliard School graduate (BA and MA) and richly endowed operatic soprano, who has appeared in over 150 Metropolitan Opera performances (including appearances with Luciano Pavarotti and Placido Domingo), will discuss her career and perform a broad variety of music, from Puccini to Gershwin, and more. Ms. Korliss will be accompanied on the piano by Christopher Oldfather.


    • June 29 Period 3

        Henri Matisse
        Instructor: Suzanne Altman

        Henri Matisse is considered to be one of the greatest of the 20th century artists. This class explores his influences, his life, and the astonishingly innovative journey of his art during his long career. Matisse is widely regarded as the greatest colorist of the 20th century and as the main rival to Picasso for the title of greatest artist of his time.


        Celebrated Authors Reading from Their Works
        Instructor: Richard Markowitz

        In 1953, Goddard Lieberson, the Executive Vice President in charge of artists and repertoire at Columbia Records, initiated a series of spoken word recordings documenting the voices and writing of a dozen American and British authors. We will sample these records by listening to Edna Ferber, Katherine Ann Porter, John Steinbeck, and Somerset Maugham – each reading for the microphone and captured for posterity. To follow along during this class, you may request texts in advance. Forward your email address to Richard at thinkers.liu@gmail.com and he will email them to you.


        Science Fiction as a Predictor
        Instructor: Dr. Alan J. Pierce

        Science Fiction books, movies, and TV shows have long been predictors and inspirations for invention. This PowerPoint presentation will use photos and videos to explore the predictions and then compare them to the actual technologies that were eventually created.


    Spring 2021

    • Session 2 Spring

        Poets of the Harlem Renaissance: Part II
        Instructor:

        This is a continuation of Poets of the Harlem Renaissance: Part I. We’ll introduce poets such as Arna Bontemps, Anne Spencer, and Sterling Brown, whose works spoke of the physical, emotional, and intellectual aspects of life for African Americans during the 1920s–1940s.


        Great Thinkers in Their Own Voices (Series 4)
        Instructor: Richard Markowitz

        The actual voices of important personalities of the recent past are rarely heard in the modern age. Recordings of distinguished men and women, including Bayard Rustin, Malcolm X, Margaret Mead, James Baldwin, Woody Guthrie, Aaron Copland, Arthur Miller, Moss Hart, Aldous Huxley, H. G. Wells, Edith Sitwell, and Robert Graves will be heard. (Originally given in Fall 2012.)


        Reframing New Mindsets about Aging, Ageism, and Longevity
        Instructor:

        From a collection of insights and experiences, you will learn new ways of thinking (mindsets) about the challenges of the increasing number of older people, the rise of ageism, and the issues of well-care and health-care coming from living longer. You will also gain a deeper sense of hope and a more informed way to respond to these concerns.


        Science in the News
        Instructor: Dr. Marty O. Cohen

        Every day, new and exciting discoveries and developments in the various fields of science are announced. In this course, the prior week’s most important scientific news items will be presented to the class and discussed. Participation by class members is encouraged.


        Racism
        Instructor:

        We are going through unprecedented times based on issues of racism. This class will make it clear how racism has been percolating through our society since the inception of our nation and help you understand what brought it to a boil. The class will present a direction for positive change. If you took one of Mark’s courses before,…


        Joy Through Improvisation
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        Add JOY to your life through “Improv.” Stretch your mind by opening up the dusty files of your imagination. This improvisation series provides an enjoyable brain workout through games, exercises, and imaginary play. The results are humor, fun, and a sharpened mind. ALL NEW SITUATIONS!


        Evolving Technological Trends and Digital Transformations
        Instructor: Dr. Alan J. Pierce

        The pandemic has moved this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) event to a fully digital online format. The six sessions of this class will cover the rapid changes and technological trends that are here today, some formed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Pierce will use video clips that he recorded during CES…


        Memoir Plus
        Instructor: Ronni Miller

        This is a hands-on writing workshop to use the raw material of your own life to write fact or fiction stories. It is sometimes the everyday, ordinary moment, a phrase, taste, smell, touch, or sight that is embedded in memory and once released makes for the best stories. To document and express these stories is…


        Basic Bioethics
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        Bioethics, as we will discuss it, examines the application of technology to healthcare and challenges that have arisen. We will examine factors such as autonomy, resource allocation, constitutional issues, genetic engineering, and death and dying from a public policy perspective.  Class participation is key to the success of this class.


        The American Renaissance: Walt Whitman
        Instructor: Alice Twombly

        “The American Renaissance” (1840–1870) is the name given the period when America’s first literary giants emerged. Herman Melville and Walt Whitman, who defined American individualism, created their epic works mid-century: Moby Dick in 1850, and the first edition of Leaves of Grass in 1855. In this class, we will read Whitman’s Civil War poems from the…


        New and Emerging Technologies
        Instructor: Dr. Alan J. Pierce

         

         


        Civilizations Collide: China’s Quest for Primacy in the 21st Century
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        Since the victory of Mao Tse Tung in 1949, China has been on a path to regain its primacy and restore its dignity within the world order. Mao’s successor, Deng Xiao Ping, rebuked communism and embraced free enterprise to enable China to ascend economically. China’s rise since then has been nothing less than spectacular, lifting over a…


        Clarissa Vaughn (Session Two): A Day in Her Life
        Instructor: Susan Barnett

        In The Hours, Michael Cunningham describes the world of his heroine living in New York City at the end of the twentieth century, during the AIDS crisis. He begins with a moving description of the last day of Virginia Woolf’s life. The new virus is devastating to the lives of many, including Clarissa’s friend, Richard,…


        Art History for Travelers
        Instructor: Suzanne Altman

        This is a class for armchair travelers who want to relive the joys of a past trip or those planning one in the future (when we can travel again!). Each class explores a different country (France, Italy, Greece, Spain, The Netherlands, and the UK and its essential contributions to art history, including the great museums, important works of architecture, and cultural monuments.


        Plato’s Relevance Today
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        Twenty-four hundred years after they were written, the dialogues of Plato remain meaningful in our times. Excerpts from these dialogues will be explored in this introduction to the minds of Plato and his teacher, Socrates.


        The Air Force in World War II
        Instructor: Rick Feingold

        This class will cover the United States Air Force in World War II. Topics include the B-17 bomber, American propaganda including the Three Stooges’ short You Nazty Spy!, The Great Escape, Skippy Smith – a black daredevil parachutist stuntman who founded the American Parachute Company with “Rochester” Eddie Anderson, and Hollywood and the Air Force. The final session will cover the “Escape from Behind Enemy Lines” account of how the instructor’s own father, Louis Feingold, a B-17 navigator, escaped enemy capture with the help of  the French Underground after his plane was shot down in 1943 over occupied France.


        Medicine in the Courts
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        In today’s world, many health issues are debated in court because the matters that arise are so challenging and oftentimes have little precedent. Are the courts the correct venue? If so, why? If not, what is the appropriate arena? A basic understanding of bioethics is important to dealing with the issues presented. Class participation is…


        More Short Stories Mostly from The New Yorker
        Instructor: Robin F. Brancato

        We’ll read and share ideas on two stories every week, many of them from The New Yorker. Stories will be selected on the basis of relevance to our world today, diversity of content and style, and likelihood of inspiring good discussion. Stories will either be available for you to access directly on the Internet or sent by me to you in digital form.


        Figurative Art Movements of the Early 20th Century
        Instructor: Suzanne Altman

        The class will examine the developments in art in America following the artistic revolutions in Europe in the late 19th century. We will explore American Impressionism, the Ashcan School, Regionalism, Social Realism, the Harlem Renaissance, and Contemporary Realism. Some of the artists we will view and discuss are John Singer Sargent, Edward Hopper, Grant Wood, and Jacob Lawrence as well as many lesser known figures.


    • Session 1 Spring

        Great Thinkers in Their Own Voices (Series 3)
        Instructor: Richard Markowitz

        The actual voices of important personalities of the recent past are rarely heard in the modern age. Recordings of distinguished men and women, including Jimmy Carter, Grandma Moses, Louise Nevelson, Jonas Salk, Linus Pauling, Isaac Stern, and Glen Gould, will be heard. (Originally given in Fall 2011.)


        The Amazing Biblical Book of Samuel
        Instructor: Dr. Marty O. Cohen

        Foreign enemies, a leader who doesn’t want to step down when his time has come, passionate love, bitter hatred, forbidden sex, highly dysfunctional families, jealousy, revenge, plagues, and, of course, religion. It’s all there in the incredible biblical book of Samuel that chronicles events that took place over 3,000 years ago. Join with Marty as…


        The American Renaissance: Herman Melville
        Instructor: Alice Twombly

        “The American Renaissance” (1840–1870) is the name given to the period when America’s first literary giants emerged. Herman Melville and Walt Whitman, who defined American individualism, created their epic works mid-century: Moby Dick in 1850, and the first edition of Leaves of Grass in 1855. In this class, we will study Melville’s Moby Dick (In class 2.2.6, see below, we will read Whitman’s Civil War poems from the later editions of Leaves of Grass:  “Drum Taps” and “Memories of President Lincoln.”) You can take both courses or just one.


        Artist’s Process – Unpacking the Mysteries with Together in Dance
        Instructor: Katie Palmer

        Please join us as musical theater and dance professionals from the “Together in Dance” community (led by Executive Director Katie Palmer – see Bio section), share their experiences and processes as artists. In this series, participants will be treated to a sample of all of the artists’ work in their respective métier and have a…


        Intermediate Genetics
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        We will cover important concepts in genetics that are required for understanding our modern world, including basic molecular genetics, new technologies, and the ethical issues involved in the use of new technologies. The technology is complex but every effort will be made to provide the background needed and the explanations will be as simple as possible.


        Estate Planning 2021
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        Topics include: Did your estate plan survive the pandemic and the election? Lessons learned during Covid-19; how estate planning evolved in 2020; how will changes in Washington DC affect your estate planning?


        Clarissa Dalloway (Session 1): A Day in Her Life
        Instructor: Susan Barnett

        A new edition of Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway is out this January, one hundred years after the Spanish flu pandemic ravaged the world. Although not mentioned directly in the novel, that epidemic affected various characters, including Clarissa Dalloway herself. As she prepares for a dinner party, we learn about post-World War I London as well…


        Organizing Step by Step
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        In preparation for Spring, use the time to finally get organized. Join Helena, a professional organizer, as she presents some guiding principles while sharing her secrets for organizing your closet, your papers, your kitchen, hobbies, and collectibles. You’ll feel better about your home and your life. Stop procrastinating! Organize Step By Step! (The class will be a…


        On Being a Musician
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        Join us for a rare and personal glimpse into the world of professional musicians. This interactive course brings us directly into the studios and homes of a master pianist, violinist, harpist, trombonist, guitarist, and singer/song writer. In addition to learning about their early lives as performing artists and their various creative processes, we’ll all enjoy…


        The Great Traditions of Imperial China
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        For over four thousand years, China enjoyed an advanced civilization that contributed to the world in science, technology, the arts, and the humanities. China’s longevity is largely due to her intellectual foundations that enabled economic prosperity and political stability for an agrarian society that viewed the world through the lens of Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism. Understanding…


        Hot Topics in Constitutional Law
        Instructor: Dr. Duncan Rogers Lee II

        This course will examine the Trump Impeachments, Trump and the 2020 Elections, First Amendment: Religious Freedom, and the Future of Roe v. Wade.


        Seen Any Good Movies? Part 2
        Instructor: Robin F. Brancato

        In this class you’ll view for the first time, or re-watch, six films, one per week. When we meet we’ll discuss the content, relevance, style, and intrinsic value of that week’s movie. You’ll receive in advance a list of six titles, chosen because they’re worth discussing, diverse in subject matter and not overly lengthy. Every…


        CIVICS: 911
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        This is the seventh in a series of discussions between TLC students and local civics leaders, moderated by Bill Batson. Bill worked in New York State politics for 20 years as an operative, organizer, communications officer, and candidate. Six new speakers will be presented.


        Mindful Chair Yoga
        Instructor: Bette Willins

        This chair-based yoga class is appropriate for all ages and levels of ability. Instruction incorporates yoga postures, gentle movement sequences, breath work, and guided meditation, all of which focus on bringing about an increased sense of mindful awareness. Research has demonstrated that mindfulness practice of breath and body is effective in managing stress and “quieting”…


        Selected Topics in the Visual Arts: Part 3
        Instructor: Dr. Carl Rattner

        This class will focus on the media and methods of art making: how design factors and creative concepts govern artistic creation; how drawings, paintings, sculpture, prints, and architectural forms are made.


        Death to 2020? What Have We Learned from It?
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        “Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it!” Members of AA work the 12 steps with their sponsor. In step 4, people are asked to conduct a “searching and fearless moral inventory” of their lives. From this analysis they can strengthen their resolve for sobriety and a return to sanity. As…


        Human Kind vs. Human Unkind: A New Perspective
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        In this class, you will look at a range of descriptions of human kind by such thinkers as Hobbes, Rousseau, Locke, Darwin, and several compelling contemporary writers such as Bregman, Hiadt, Konnicova, and Eagleman. You will gain a full-spectrum perspective on whether are we basically good or evil, selfish or altruistic, con artists or trust-worthies, or some of both. You will also learn tools to…


        French Art: Impressionism and After
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        Explore the lives and study the paintings of the French Impressionists and those who came right after them. Some of the artists who will be studied are Manet, Monet, Renoir, Degas, Cassatt, Caillebotte, Cezanne, and Seurat.


        Sing Me a Song of Social Significance
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        The International Ladies Garment Workers Union produced and toured the nation with a musical promoting union membership and labor solidarity. It had a message that was sugar coated as entertainment. “Social Significance” was one of those songs. Other lyricists and composers also used the same technique to communicate their own messages within the entertainment genre.…


    Wednesday Session

      Seen Any Good Movies? Part 2 – Wednesday Session
      Instructor: Robin F. Brancato

      In this class you’ll view for the first time, or re-watch, six films, one per week. When we meet we’ll discuss the content, relevance, style, and intrinsic value of that week’s movie. You’ll receive in advance a list of six titles, chosen because they’re worth discussing, diverse in subject matter and not overly lengthy. Every…