The Courses, all to be held on Tuesdays in June, span a wide range of interest for our community. You will be able to attend 12 one-day classes out of a choice of 36 for the extremely low fee of $60 (or $85 for two people at the same terminal).

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

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Period 5:  7:00 to 8:15 p.m. (Session 2 only)


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Tuesdays: June 8 – June 29

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

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.

A Blueprint for American Leadership in the Biden Administration 
Instructor: Jim Levey

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.

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.

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:

Beginning Piano Improvisation
Instructor: Louis Landon

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.

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
2. “Southern Cop” by Sterling A. Brown 1936
3. “we real cool” by Gwendolyn Brooks 1960
4. “Those Winter Sundays” by Robert Hayden 1962
5. “Facing It” by Yusef Komunyakaa 1988
6. “Incident” by Natasha Tretheway 2006
If we have time for it:
7. “Praise Song for the Day”, Elizabeth Alexander 2009 (Written for President Barack Obama’s Inauguration, Jan 20, 2009.)

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 and he will email them to you.

Cognitive Health in Older Adulthood
Instructor: Dr. Anna MacKay-Brandt

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.

Current Issues in Policing
Instructor: Officer Niles Davies

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.

Dance in Spain as Embodied Resistance
Instructor: Anna de la Paz

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.

From North Dakota to the Metropolitan Opera House
Instructor: Korliss Uecker

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.

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.

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.

Growing up with Rock ’n Roll: Blasts from the Past 
Instructor: Dr. Steve Levy

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.

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.

Introducing the Lute
Instructor: Kenneth Bé

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.

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

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.

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.)

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.

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.

Moving Pictures
Instructor: Dr. Ann Rothstein Segan

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.

Rene Magritte and His Thought-Provoking Paintings
Instructor: Sandra Martin

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..

Rescuers During the Holocaust: What They Can Teach Us About Human Nature?
Instructor: Dr. Leonard (Lenny) Grob

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.

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

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.

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.

Smooth Downsizing, Staying Organized!
Instructor: Helena Bardusco

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!

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 and he will email them to you.

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

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.

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

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.)

The Rise and Fall of Letchworth Village
Instructor: Dr. Michael Nevins, M.D.

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.

The Roots of Rock ’n Roll
Instructor: Jeff Sherer

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.

The Ukraine: A Geopolitical Tinderbox.
Instructor: Howard B. Goldstein, M.D. and Constantine Pavlov

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.

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!

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: and Please read the stories before class.

What is Yoga?
Instructor: Linda Hoju Strauss

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!

Wisdom Through Humor
Instructor: Jim Evers

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.