The Fall 2021 Courses span a wide range of interest for our community. You will be able to attend up to 7 classes out of a choice of 33 for the extremely low fee of $60 per course (plus a 50% fee for a second person at the same terminal).


Period 1:  10:00 to 11:15 a.m.
Period 2:  11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Period 3:  1:45 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.


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Session 1 – Tuesdays: March 2 – April 6
Session 2 – Tuesdays: April 13 – May 18

Period 1:  10:00 to 11:15 a.m.
Period 2:  11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. .
Period 3:  1:30 to 2:45 p.m.
Period 4:  4:00 to 5:15 p.m. (Session 1 only)
Period 5:  7:00 to 8:15 p.m. (Session 2 only)


$200 for 3 courses
$260 for 4 courses
$315 for 5 courses
$370 for 6 courses
$400 for 7 courses
$425 for 8 courses

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Tuesdays: June 8 – June 29

Period 1:  10:00 to 11:15 a.m.
Period 2:  11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. .
Period 3:  1:30 to 2:45 p.m.


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A Century Of Progressive Photography Through The Lens Of Arthur Rothstein
Instructor: Dr. Ann Rothstein Segan

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 draw on the life and work of Arthur Rothstein, one of America’s foremost documentary photographers and photojournalists, to explore the powerful influence of visual images and photo stories on our evolving national character. NEW!

Absolute Beginners Talmud Class
Instructor: Rabbi David Berkman

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 while studying selected passages. No special language requirements. NEW!

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

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.)

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.” NEW!

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 the North in the 16th century with Holbein and Brueghel; the Mannerist period and Venice with artists such as Titian and Parmigianino. (Last given 15 semesters ago.)

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 a glimpse into what it takes to prepare, create, and perform. “Together in Dance” is an NYC-based arts education company that builds community through experiences in the performing arts. With expert guidance, participants will also be invited to step into an artistic process of their own – in a fun, inclusive way – “The Together in Dance” way! NEW!

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

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 achieve effective policy? 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, John Collier, and Somerset Maugham – each reading for the microphone and captured for posterity. 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 institutions. (This course was last given seven semesters ago. Much of the material, and all of the material for the last two days, is new.) [Please note that this class will start at 9:45 am and end at 11:15 am.]

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!

Enhance Your Brain Using Unusual Thinking Skills
Instructor: Jim Evers

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!

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!

Forensic Psychology: Exploring Complex Human Criminal Behavior
Instructor: Dr. Steve Levy

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!

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 class features music from the Broadway production tied together with the history behind each song. Bonus: Hamilton at the White House, Hamilton on Jeopardy, the Tony awards, the Stephen Colbert Show, and Some Good News. NEW!

Israel And Palestine: Thoughts On Healing The Divide
Instructor: Dr. Leonard (Lenny) Grob

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 by the two peoples. Topics include: the role of Holocaust memory in the conflict; borders and security; future of Jerusalem; Palestinian refugee question; potential for confederation; and negotiated peace/long-term reconciliation. NEW!

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 and form of the short story. We will read stories by each writer written from 1920-1933. Fitzgerald: “Bernice Bobs Her Hair” (1920), “May Day” (1920), “Winter Dreams” (1922), and “Babylon, Revisited” (1931), and Hemingway: “Cat in the Rain” (1925), “The Killers” (1925), “Hills Like White Elephants” (1927), and “A Way You’ll Never Be” (1933).   All of these stories should be downloadable in pdf files. NEW!

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!

New Views on Key Elder Issues
Instructor: Julia Schwartz-Leeper and Jim Evers

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 also contacting a specialist in NY State elder housing. NEW!

Instructor: Marty 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 Thursday, the 14th.]

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 world. NEW!

Positive Pyschology: The Science of Human Flourishing
Instructor: Debra Levin

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!

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 and swinger as his style evolved across 25 years. Many leading ladies of the day provide exciting duets. 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!

Stretch Yoga
Instructor: Charlese Randolph

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!

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 Marty as we examine, from an historical point of view, key passages from these two books and see what they were really all about. NEW!

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” O’Doul, Rube Marquard, and many others.  Hear from the players themselves what it was like to play baseball professionally in those early days. 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 the screen. NEW!

Virtual Museum Visits
Instructor: Carrie Barratt

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 King, and other places. The first part of the course will be an overview of shows, sights, thoughts, and then we will talk together. NEW!

Why is she so angry?
Instructor: Charlese Randolph

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!