Summer 2024 Classes Start on June 3!
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The Learning Collaborative’s 2024 Summer (June) Program is once again an extra special event. Summer 2024 Classes will start on June 3.  Instead of asking you to choose which class to take on a given day at a given time, we have spread your class choices out on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays for four consecutive weeks. You have the possibility of attending twenty-four excellent courses, all for the tuition fee of just $60.

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Summer Session – Monday:  6/3, 6/10, 6/17, 6/24

Summer Session – Tuesday:  6/4, 6/11, 6/18, 6/25

Summer Session – Thursday: 6/6, 6/13, 6/20. 6/27


Period 1        10:00 to 11:15 a.m.

Period 2:       11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

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$60 per student for the Summer Session.

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Amazing Sicily!
Instructor: Loretta Tito

I knew we were going to visit Mount Etna Volcano, a World Heritage site, but didn’t expect the strange other-worldly feeling we had while walking on its black, ashy, barren hills. Then a bride and groom arrived in a chauffeured car and posed on one black hill after another while photographers snapped photos from all angles. The volcano is a Destination Wedding place! Who knew? Come on a special tour of Sicily and share the many unusual experiences that I had.

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

Our demand for electricity keeps going up while our desire to use fossil fuels keeps going down. It will take the best scientists, engineers, and even a help from AI to meet the challenge.

Barbie: An American Icon
Instructor: Rick Feingold

In the 1950s children could only play with baby dolls. There were no adult dolls. Then Ruth Handler of Mattel invented 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 “dream house.” She had a boyfriend named Ken and drove a Corvette convertible. Over the years, Barbie’s careers included doctor, astronaut, pilot, and even a matador! Learn how the world’s most beloved doll came to be.

Discussion of the film Origin
Instructor: Robin F. Brancato

View in advance of the class (on Amazon Prime, for instance) the 2023 biographical film Origin, written and directed by Ava DuVernay. This film is based on the life of author Isabel Wilkerson while she was in the process of researching her Pulitzer Prize-winning work Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents.

Exploring Chamber Music: A Journey of Beauty and Depth
Instructor: Ilana Davidson

Ilana, an esteemed soprano and the artistic director of the Serenata Chamber Music Series in Nyack, will lead a class that will delve into the world of chamber music. We’ll unravel the meaning and importance of chamber music. We will discuss how it has continued to evolve and impact our lives and communities. Our listening experiences in the class will include masterpieces by renowned composers in addition to a glimpse into lesser known, yet no less profound, interpretations. We will explore the interplay of the instruments and voices. We will engage together as music enthusiasts, with an opportunity to listen, watch, and share our insights and discover why chamber music continues to captivate our hearts and minds.

Four Contemporary American Poets Describe the United States
Instructor: Alice Twombly

We will look at contemporary poems by four different poets, all of whom present their views of the United States since 2000. We will read and discuss each poem and then make some general observations at the end. Links for each poem will be on the website for downloading.

Growing Up As a Baseball Fanatic
Instructor: Jay Rifkin

Enjoy interesting stories, facts, and anecdotes focusing on NYC baseball beginning in the late 1940s. Relive some of your fondest memories playing baseball on the streets, in the parks, and watching it at our iconic stadiums.

Healthy Aging through Healthy Hearing
Instructor: Jeffery Shannon

Join Dr. Shannon owner of Hudson Valley Audiology to explore how important healthy hearing is throughout life, specifically in older age. We will discuss everything from the initial hearing test to treatment outcomes.

How to Navigate the Internet Safely
Instructor: Vincent Cina

Empower yourself with essential skills and practical strategies to safely navigate the internet. By recognizing common online threats, like social engineering and scams, you will be better equipped to protect yourself. Learning how to decipher web and email addresses will furnish you with the knowledge needed to verify what is legitimate and what is not. Let’s navigate the digital landscape together!

Media Sources You Can Trust
Instructor: Sylvia Lewis

Objective. Unbiased. Verified. Where can you find these traits? Which sources can help you distinguish between real news and fake news? And what resources can you rely on when you want to do your own fact checking? Information will be provided by email before the class meets. (This is an update of the course Sylvia taught during the winter 2024 semester.)

Mimi and Laura Goodman – LGBTQ+: You know the L and G, but what do the T, Q, and + really mean?
Instructor: Laura Goodman and Mimi Goodman

The journey and personal stories of the presenters’ children will be told. There will be a discussion about the difference between sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression, as well as gender affirming care. We will touch on current laws and how they are impacting the health and well-being of non-binary and transgender youth. There will be ample time for questions and discussion of this complex topic.
(Because of the personal stories and vulnerable nature of some of the information shared, the Goodmans request that people be “fully present” by having their video cameras on.)

Returning to Anthony Trollope/First Chapters
Instructor: Susan Barnett

We will read and discuss the first chapter of Can You Forgive Her? You can download this opening chapter of Trollope’s first Palliser novel by typing in the title and author in your search engine and read it before the class meets.

Review of A Special Gift
Instructor: Marcia Simon

Marcia will discuss a children’s book, that she authored, that tells the story of a boy who loves basketball and ballet, and how he was bullied for dancing ballet. The book was made into an “After School Special” shown on ABC-TV. It won a Peabody Award. (Marcia suspects it may have inspired Billy Elliot, a 2000 British coming-of-age comedy-drama film.)

Sheryl Leroy and Karen Tarapata – River Hook: Creating a Preserve from a Delinquent Property
Instructor: Sheryl LeRoy and Karen Tarapata

We will hear in this class the story of the purchase of a property in disrepair by the village of Upper Nyack and its transformation into a preserve that takes into account the environment and the input of the community. Some history of the property and its previous owners will be shared along with the work that is currently on-going and planned for the preserve. This class is co-presented by Karen Tarapata, the mayor of Upper Nyack, and Sheryl Leroy, the President of the Friends of River Hook. They will also share how the village and the Friends are working together to create a preserve that will be a haven for native flora and fauna, outdoor art, community building, and peace.

Some Simple Math Delights for the Sophisticated Mind
Instructor: Marc Wantuch

Content will be a “tasting menu”, a smorgasbord, including (but not limited to): White bears, black swans, peculiar triangles, stupid Babylonians, math geniuses who did “stoopid” things (not just me), neckties, why humans aren’t very good at the THIRD dimension – never mind fourth, fifth or higher – and a quotation from Hamlet.

The ABCs of Medicaid Planning
Instructor: Lauren Eisen

Are you worried about the costs of possible long-term care? You are not alone! Lauren will review the basics of Medicaid Planning in New York. She will discuss what you should be thinking about now in order to protect assets for the future. Lauren will also discuss common mistakes to avoid that can jeopardize your access to Medicaid.

The Art of John Singer Sargent
Instructor: Suzanne Altman

Great expatriate artist John Singer Sargent (1856-1925) was considered the leading portrait painter of his generation, depicting influential artists, writers, actors, dancers, and musicians of the day. He was also a master watercolorist in his later life. He created over three thousand known works of art. Suzanne will discuss his fascinating, somewhat secretive, life and the inspirational work that he produced in a long career.

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

“Together in Dance” is excited to be back at The Learning Collaborative and this time it’s Executive Director Katie Palmer sharing her artistic journey as a theater maker in New York City. She will share her trajectory as a performer and director, the work she creates with her independent theater company Theater in Asylum, and give a behind-the-scenes look at the research, process, and final product of her latest production. “Together in Dance” is an NYC-based arts education company that builds community through experiences in the performing arts.

The History of West Point
Instructor: Tom DeStefano

This class will cover the beginnings of West Point as a strategic fort at the infamous S-curve of the Hudson River. The establishment of a fort at West Point kept the British from controlling the Hudson River and splitting the New England states from the Middle States. During the American Revolution, George Washington said, “West Point is the most important post in North America.” We will hear the story of Benedict Arnold who tried to turn West Point over to the British. After the war, the Military Academy was established here, creating a permanent officer Corp for the Army We will conclude with the post-Revolutionary history of this most important site.

The Lower East Side
Instructor: Martin Schneit

The bulk of immigrants who came to New York City in the late 19th and early 20th centuries settled into crowded tenements on the Lower East Side. In the 1840s, large numbers of German immigrants settled there. They were followed by groups of Italians and Eastern European Jews, as well as Greeks, Hungarians, Poles, Romanians, Russians, Slovaks and Ukrainians, each of whom settled in relatively homogeneous enclaves. By 1920, the Jewish neighborhood was the largest of these ethnic groupings, with 400,000 people crowded into this relatively small area. From the comforts of our plush chairs, let’s take a trip to the Lower East Side and visit Yonah Schimmel’s Knishes, Katz’s Deli, Anshe Chesed, the Romanites, the Daily Forward, the Eldridge Street Synagogue, and the First Roumanian-American Congregation.

The Opera Experience
Instructor: Joan Adinolfi Mallory

This class will present the opera Lucia di Lammermoor by Gaetano Donizetti. It will be a dramatic and interactive program based on the true life and attempted murder of Lucia’s bridegroom.

The United States Supreme Court
Instructor: Mike Rossi

Article III of the Constitution establishes the federal judiciary. Over the years, various Acts of Congress have altered the number of seats on the Supreme Court. Judicial Review is a component of the Supreme Court. We will analyze … what was then … and what is now!

What’s the Latest in Science?
Instructor: Dr. Marty O. Cohen

We will review the latest exciting developments in several branches of science. You do not have to be a scientist, yourself, to understand and appreciate.

Why Our Presidents Took Us to War
Instructor: Marty L. Cohen

Were the reasons for war justified or not? Marty will discuss each war that we entered and then will ask for comments from the students if they agree or disagree with the decision to go to war.