Winter 2023 Classes Start January 10!
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The Winter 2023 semesters is meant to be a smorgasbord program. You can attend one-day, two-day and even three-day courses, choosing from what is indeed a very impressive selection of topics.    The cost for four full days of activity, offering you a maximum of thirteen classes from a list of forty-four, is a mere $60.

You do not have to register for individual classes in advance. Register once and, on presentation days, log on to the classes that interest you.  Students receive the Zoom links in a reminder email on Monday before each Tuesday session. 

COURSE TIMES

Period 1:  10:00 to 11:15 a.m.
Period 2:  11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Period 3:   1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
Period 4:   6:00 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. (for one class on January 31)

Tuesdays: January 10, 17, 24 and 31.

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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 century. She won an Oscar for best actress in the film Roman Holliday.


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

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.


Beyond Estate Planning
Instructor: Beth Blecker

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?


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

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 center stage, celebrating the pivotal roles they played in the Exodus—inspired by Sh’khinah, the feminine face of God. The Exodus is more than a story of what happened to some other people at some other time. It is all our stories—the ways we too are being liberated from the enslaving places in our own lives. So here we use our freedom to tell it with a feminine sensibility at Seders that are moving, joyful, meaningful, and relevant; that nurture the spirit, feed the soul, and open our minds and hearts. This is a Jewish story, but its values are universal. Freedom and justice belong to all.


Climate Change (Part 1)
Instructor: Susanne Kernan

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 time at the end for class brainstorming & discussion


Climate Change (Part 2)
Instructor: Susanne Kernan

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 time at the end for class brainstorming & discussion


Confederation as the Key to Resolving the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Instructor: Dr. Leonard (Lenny) Grob

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 both peoples an independent state while allowing each to live in the whole as their homeland.


Conversational Techniques for the Introverted and Opinionated
Instructor: Nancy Diamond

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 Ted Talk on conversational strategies as a jumping off point for practical conversational techniques. Participants will then engage with each other in applying some of the strategies discussed.


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.)


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.)


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!


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? (Given in two parts.)


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? (Given in two parts.)


Exploring the Music of our Own Personal High School and College Years – (Part 1)
Instructor: Jim Evers, Marcelle Mase, and Leslie Barnett

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 big band, slow foxtrot, jitterbug, Lindy Hop, twist, rock & roll, the crooners, The Everly Brothers, American Bandstand, Elvis, Beatles Chubby Checker, and so much more of the great fun on Memory Lane? Be there and share. (Given in three parts.)


Exploring the Music of our Own Personal High School and College Years – (Part 2)
Instructor: Jim Evers, Marcelle Mase, and Leslie Barnett

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 big band, slow foxtrot, jitterbug, Lindy Hop, twist, rock & roll, the crooners, The Everly Brothers, American Bandstand, Elvis, Beatles Chubby Checker, and so much more of the great fun on Memory Lane? Be there and share. (Given in three parts.)


Exploring the Music of our Own Personal High School and College Years – (Part 3)
Instructor: Jim Evers, Marcelle Mase, and Leslie Barnett

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 big band, slow foxtrot, jitterbug, Lindy Hop, twist, rock & roll, the crooners, The Everly Brothers, American Bandstand, Elvis, Beatles Chubby Checker, and so much more of the great fun on Memory Lane? Be there and share. (Given in three parts.)


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 Caedmon catalogue, we will hear, among others, the voices of Dylan Thomas, Yeats, Auden, Edith Sitwell, Robert Graves, Archibald MacLeish, Gertrude Stein and e. e. cummings. 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 class.


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 Sisters. Before they left, the actors recreated Cabinet Battle #1 in the West Wing of the White House. Bonus: A Lin Manuel-Miranda sequel Button with Stephen Colbert featuring the Declaration signer with the most valuable signature.


Hearing Healthcare in a Changing Landscape
Instructor: Sophia Patrikas

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.


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.


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.


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.


Letter to Marc Chagall: The Curious Odyssey of a Holocaust Poem
Instructor: Dr. Michael Nevins, M.D.

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 and, after showing the film, will respond to comments and questions.


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 ultimately an act of concealment or one of revelation? Please note: If you plan on attending this class, please download the text packet here. There will be no screen-sharing in this course. (Given in two parts.).


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 ultimately an act of concealment or one of revelation? Please note: If you plan on attending this class, please download the text packet here. There will be no screen-sharing in this course. (Given in two parts.).


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.


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 system. This class will meet you where you are at any given moment. All are welcome. No yoga experience is necessary.


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.


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.


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 Ada Limon. (The latter is the current Poet Laureate of the USA.) Click here to download the poems for the class.


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 Ada Limon. (The latter is the current Poet Laureate of the USA.).  Click here to download the poems for the class.


Pop Art and Photorealism
Instructor: Sandra Martin

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.


Revocable Living Trusts
Instructor: Courtney E. Boniface

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 disastrous, when having a trust is helpful (but not vital) and when a trust is simply a waste of money.


Selections from Beatles in Bassa
Instructor: Patricia Haddad and Orlando Haddad

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 make your jaw drop. That the arrangements are first rate is only part of the wow-factor. Performances are consistently inventive and superbly captured on record. This is truly one for the ages – as if being a songbook of immortal Beatles music were not enough!” (Raul Da Gama, That Canadian Magazine)


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 to Congress (1951) and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s Address to Civil Rights Marchers (1963). Earlier recordings will include the voices of Presidents Theodore Roosevelt, Taft, Wilson, and Coolidge. 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 class.


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

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 decided to do it. He substituted black people in his neighborhood for historical figures in Old Masters paintings. President Obama chose him for his portrait at the National Portrait Gallery in 2018. Jean-Michel Basquiat was born in New York and died there as well of a heroin overdose at 27. His controversial neo-expressionistic style deals with wealth versus poverty and segregation versus integration. At 22, he exhibited at the Whitney Biennial. There is currently a play in New York from London called The Collaboration about his work with Andy Warhol.


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 ever created.


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.


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, and the artist-writers Marcel Duchamp and Jean Cocteau. 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 class.


Why Meditate? (Part 1)
Instructor: Linda Hoju Strauss

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 health, reduce anxiety and depression, control pain, and improve sleep. These two experiential sessions will introduce you to meditation and will include accessible practices you can use.


Why Meditate? (Part 2)
Instructor: Linda Hoju Strauss

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 health, reduce anxiety and depression, control pain, and improve sleep. These two experiential sessions will introduce you to meditation and will include accessible practices you can use.


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 received no veterans benefits, but they proved women could fly planes as well as men and in time they received their due recognition.